Book Review: Kiss the Sky


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Calloway Sisters, #1
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Virgin. Sex addict. Daredevil. Alcoholic. Smartass … Jackass. Her five friends are about to be filmed. Reality TV, be prepared.

Rose Calloway thought she had everything under control. At twenty-three, she’s a Princeton graduate, an Academic Bowl champion, a fashion designer and the daughter of a Fortune 500 mogul. But with a sex addict as a sister and roommate, nothing comes easy.

After accepting help from a producer, Rose agrees to have her life filmed for a reality television show. The Hollywood exec is her last chance to revive her struggling fashion line, and boundaries begin to blur as she’s forced to make nice with a man who always has his way.

Twenty-four-year-old Connor Cobalt is a guy who bulldozes weak men. He’s confident, smart-as-hell and lives with his equally ambitious girlfriend, Rose Calloway. Connor has to find a way to protect Rose without ruining the show. Or else the producer will get what Connor has always wanted—Rose’s virginity.

This New Adult Romance can be described as Friends meets The Real World. Expect fist fights, drugs, sex of varying degrees, crude humor and competitive alpha males. Definitely for mature readers audiences only.

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5 STARS

Kiss the Sky was far from basic or cookie-cutter New Adult! I was promised a Friends-meets-The Real World vibe, and this novel didn't just deliver on that promise, it went beyond expectations. And while I've used the term "all-nighter" for a couple of books on the blog, that doesn't make it any less meaningful in this instance. Seriously. I only stopped reading once because I had to eat breakfast. I was simply...addicted. ;)

On the surface, the reality show is about a bunch of rich twenty-somethings, living under one roof and dealing with the aftermath of a scandal. Even the title, Princesses of Philly, sounds superficial. But Rose Calloway and Connor Cobalt are not fluffy, dim-witted characters just indulging in life as it goes by. Neither are housemates Lily, Lo, Daisy, and Ryke. My generation has bred shows like Laguna Beach and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, so I know what people might be imagining when they see the words "reality show." Kiss the Sky is nothing like that. It's not all one-dimensional drama or overly obnoxious antics. There are genuine relationships, and I loved how they interacted with each other. There was grit, edge, and a realness to it. 
"I think they're all assholes," I say matter-of-factly. "Some just have more redeeming qualities than others.
There was a scene when they're all huddled together, separate from the rest of the crowd in the room, and it showed everything I loved about the dynamic of their friendships. It was candid, witty, sharp, and entertaining. To put it into another perspective, I love films with ensemble casts. I love how the actors play off of each other. I'm talking comedies, independent films, the Anne-Hathaway-in-Rachel-Getting-Married kind of gems. That's how this book reads, an ensemble of vibrant, living-breathing characters.
Some people like us for our flaws. Others still see us as caricatures.
These are fascinatingly flawed people, but they can be protective and fiercely loyal. When one gets hurt or when shit hits the fan, the fallout isn't exactly pretty...yet Rose, Connor, Lily, Lo, Daisy, and Ryke stick together. I went through a gamut of emotions right along with them, and I adored how they were their own unconventional close-knit family.
I mouth, Don't fuck with me. These five people mean more to me than words can express. I've never once felt like I had a real family.
But with them- I know I do.
This story unfolded like rapid fire. It was unique. It had stunning twists. There was always something going on to keep me completely captivated...I laughed, and I even got pissed...I fell deep for Kiss the Sky.

Then, the ending brought everything back to Rose and Connor. Even though the group had been through a lot, that breathtaking ending reminded me that this book spotlighted Rose and Connor's journey. My opinion of Rose actually evolved throughout the novel. I haven't wanted to reach in and shake a character that badly in awhile! At first, her uptight and obsessive attitude rubbed me the wrong way, but then I came to admire her tenacity and her sense of responsibility for her sisters. Being a sister myself, I was drawn in by Rose's bond with Lily and Daisy. And even with her tough exterior, there's still a sense of vulnerability about her...all of the pressure she was under and her insecurities.

I liked Connor Cobalt from the very beginning, though. He always put a big grin on my face and made my stomach flip. (*cough* Lapdance. *cough*) He's a smooth-talker, for sure. He's confident and smart, with an uncanny ability to know exactly the right thing to do or say. These are important traits to remember for two reasons. 1) He tempers Rose. An intriguing balance. 2) It translates into some amazing, intimate moments. ;) Connor wasn't without his own flaws, either. He's the kind of man that strives to have everything in life, and you wonder how far he's willing to go and at what cost.
"You think it's stupid, but sometimes love is worth every foolish choice you make."
This is why, together, Rose and Connor were such a compelling couple. I adored their quirks...the nicknames, the literary references, the French...and I witnessed their struggles. They both tried to do so much and control everything, and it made the moments when they slowed down and let go with each other so effective! These two grew with every turn of the page.

Krista & Becca Ritchie told a stunning and provocative story in Kiss the Sky, and they did it through striking, unforgettable characters. I was hooked, and every page fed my addiction. If you're looking for an exciting, one-of-a-kind New Adult novel, this is it. Start reading Kiss the Sky, and enjoy the ride!

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ADDICTED SERIES RECOMMENDED READING ORDER

| Addicted to You (Addicted #1) |

| Ricochet (Addicted #1.5) |


| Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) |


| Kiss the Sky (Spin-Off, Calloway Sisters #1) |


| Hothouse Flower (Spin-Off. Calloway Sisters #2) |


| Thrive (Addicted #2.5) |


| Addicted After All (Addicted #3) |