Review: Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Calloway Sisters #3 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: April 3rd 2015
Links: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads

Protect your family. At all costs.

It’d take the impossible to hurt Connor Cobalt, even for a moment.

Protect your family. At all costs.

At twenty-six, his narcissistic tendencies have made room for the people he loves.

Protect your family. At all costs.

And he loves Rose. But when his love is threatened, when his greatest dreams with her are compromised — what is the cost then?

Protect your family. At all costs.

Love will guide his choices.
For the first time in his life.

“I’m tragically in love with you, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Fuel the Fire was simply incredible. I laughed, I shed some tears, and I never thought I could love a couple as much as I do Rose and Connor. This is their final book, and it’s here that we see these two wonderful characters truly shine in their element. If you’ve read Kiss the Sky and loved them? Thought you knew them? Well, Fuel the Fire will have you discovering so many more beautiful things about Rose and Connor, and you’ll definitely be falling in love with them all over again. In this book, they’ll be put to the ultimate test… and the stakes are so much higher now with their loved ones – their beloved daughter, siblings, friends – on the line.

I never realized how bored I had been with life. How mundane my surroundings looked. How unchallenged I’d become.
I never realized all of these things.
Until I met her.

I don’t want to say much about the plot because I think it’s best to go into this book blind, but I will say that I absolutely adored getting to know Connor and Rose. I mean, getting to know them MORE. So much more. We get to experience their lives as a married couple, as parents, and we also get to see how they were as teenagers. And still, I wanted more. I honestly could read about Connor and Rose forever. They’ve come a long way since we first met them in Addicted to You – Connor, the narcissist incapable of love, and Rose, the cold-hearted bitch. Now, they’ve both accepted love into their lives and they’ve become so much better for it. They’re a part of a family they’ll do anything to protect, even if it’s their own lives at stake.

Together, we’re a force of nature to be reckoned with. That’s not my hubris speaking. It’s just the truth.

When I think of the word POWER COUPLE, Connor and Rose are IT. This couple is one-of-a-kind – they are two of the most intelligent, captivating, fascinating, loving characters I’ve ever read, and the dynamics of their relationship are flawless. Theirs is an intellectual love, though I’m definitely not discounting the physical aspect of their relationship (*cough* Connor is a sex god *cough*). The outside world may not SEE their love or understand it, but in private, there is no doubting the fierce, passionate, heartwarming love they have for each other. If you loved Connor and Rose’s relationship in Kiss the Sky, you are going to LOOOOVE how they are in Fuel the Fire. Their bantering in French, their glares and smirks, everything is the same and yet not. There’s a depth to everything that wasn’t there in Kiss the Sky, which makes me all the more grateful that the authors decided to write a second book for Rose and Connor.

There are rare people who will fuel the fire inside of you, who will awaken a dormant passion, who will challenge you, who will push you and better you. She alone is my rarity.

Of course, we also get to see the rest of the Addicted gang! Plus some Willow and Garrison (who I pray will have a book of their own!). Family is such an important aspect of this series, and I’m in total awe of how Krista and Becca Ritchie continue to write these characters so richly with such heart and depth. They write these characters that I wish they were real. This series is the only one I can think of where I 100% love ALL the characters (although my love for Connor is more like 150%).

If you can believe it, I actually took my time with Fuel the Fire. I spent this whole past week reading this gigantic book (I say this with love, because chubby books – at least Krista & Becca’s chubby books – are the best!) without rushing. I honestly just didn’t want to let go of Connor and Rose. This couple is my absolute FAVORITE of the Addicted series (sorry LiLo and Raisy!). Actually, Rose and Connor make up one of my favorite couples of all-time, so I’m so incredibly sad that we won’t have their POVs anymore. GAH! Just thinking about this makes my heart hurt.

Honestly, I’m so happy to have had the privilege of reading about and getting to know Connor and Rose. Fuel the Fire was phenomenal. I didn’t think I could love Connor and Rose more after Kiss the Sky, but I was wrong. I’m going to miss Connor and Rose so much!

“Every day of my life, I am enamored. Every day of my life, I am bewitched. And every day of my life, I spend it with her.”

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Fuel the Fire is the 3rd book in the Calloway Sisters series, a spinoff series of the Addicted series. While it’s not necessary to read the Addicted series before the Calloway Sisters series, I HIGHLY recommend it! All the characters are first introduced in the Addicted series, so you get a fuller, richer experience if you read the Addicted series before/along the Calloway sisters series. Plus, it’s just a freaking AWESOME series to read! Here is the full reading order of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series.

Reading Order: Addicted/Calloway Sisters series

Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie Ricochet by Krista & Becca Ritchie Addicted for Now by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Kiss the Sky by Krista & Becca Ritchie Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie Thrive by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Addicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie Some Kind of Perfect by Krista & Becca Ritchie

#1 ~ Addicted to You: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Ricochet: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Addicted for Now: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2.1 (Calloway Sisters #1) ~ Kiss the Sky: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2.2 (Calloway Sisters #2) ~ Hothouse Flower: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2.5 ~ Thrive: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Addicted After All: EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3.1 (Calloway Sisters #3) ~ Fuel the Fire: EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3.2 (Calloway Sisters #4) ~ Long Way Down: Goodreads (Nov. 20, 2015)
#3.5 (Calloway Sisters #4.5) ~ Some Kind of Perfect: Goodreads (2016)


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Promo Tour + Author Interview & Giveaway: Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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Welcome to today’s stop on the Fuel the Fire promo tour!! I am soooo excited to be a part of it and to share the fantastic author interview I had with Krista & Becca Ritchie!

Fuel the Fire releases on April 3rd, which is only ONE WEEK away!! I can’t freaking WAIT for more Connor and Rose – they are one of my FAVORITE fictional couples ever.

ONE. MORE. WEEK!!!!

Author Interview: Krista & Becca Ritchie

5 words to describe Fuel the Fire?

Krista: I never know if I’m supposed to answer this with five unrelated words or make a sentence, so I’m challenging Becca to make a sentence. Here are my 5 words: Romantic, Emotional, Intelligent, Surprising, Sexy

Becca: 5 words: how do you measure love

How was it like being back in Rose and Connor’s POVs? Was it as difficult as it was the first time?

Krista: It was almost harder than the first time. I think we both can attest that Fuel the Fire is the most difficult book we’ve ever written. The challenge was returning to Rose and Connor after being in three different couples’ heads (Lilo, Raisy, and then Nikolai and Thora from Amour Amour) for the past year. On top of that, we had forgotten how challenging writing with Connor really is. He’s a character that diffuses conflict, which makes it that much harder.

Becca: I think it took us a little bit of time to adjust, but once we did, their POVs were a nice welcome back 🙂 Of all the characters too, I feel as though Rose & Connor challenge us to be better writers. We have to elevate our style to match who they are, and I love them for that. At the end of writing Kiss the Sky and now Fuel the Fire, I had this overwhelming feeling, knowing we did our absolute personal best—and it’s so rewarding to experience that.

What was the best part about writing Fuel the Fire and being in Rose and Connor’s POVs again?

Krista: The banter, definitely. They just have their own way of conversing that’s so unique to them. It’s actually going to be sad to walk away from it. They’re also just such a romantic couple and adding that with their love-hate relationship, it creates this wonderful paradox that’s so much fun to write.

Becca: We can also elevate the lingo and use words that we’d crave to use in other POVs but the other characters don’t say often. Like “indignant” or “fervent” are two that I can name right now. Like Krista, I also loveeee writing their banter, and for Fuel the Fire, we were able to go back in time and write their first time meeting each other (which is the prologue). I could probably write a whole “Rose and Connor: the Younger Years” book because their wit is so much fun for us.

Will there be any OMFG moments (like the EPIC lap dance! *giggles*) in Fuel the Fire?

Krista: Yes! We always have a variety of OMFG moments in our books but we never know which one readers will pick out as the OMFG moment (*ahem* the lap dance). We know there are tons of shocking moments in this one, so I’m really excited to see which one readers will deem worthy of being the OMFG moment.

Becca: I agree with Krista on this one. After we wrote Kiss the Sky, we had no idea that everyone would love the lap dance to that extent. We always try to add unexpected moments into the books that we consider OMFG worthy, but we’re waiting to see which ones you think will be THE moment when you all read it 😉

Do you know the word/page count for Fuel the Fire? (PLEASE tell me it’s going to be a chubby book!)

Krista: We’re actually compulsive editors, so we don’t know if we’re going to delete something a couple days before the release. What we can say is that Fuel the Fire is longer than Addicted After All, which is our biggest book.

Becca: It’s chubby for sure 🙂

Since you two aren’t parents, did you have to do a lot of research for everything baby-related?

Krista: We did have to do research. And luckily one of our cousins is a young mom, so we were able to ask her for some tips.

Becca: Our mom also provided insight and stories and answered any questions we had, so we always knew we could turn to her.

How do you two feel about Fuel the Fire being the final book in Rose and Connor’s POVs?

Krista: It’s so bittersweet. On one hand, I hate saying goodbye. On the other hand, I know this is the right story for them and that they have enough closure where there can’t really be another book. And Fuel the Fire almost wasn’t going to happen. It was really by the power of the fans of this series that we decided to go forward with it last year, so I look at it as more of a blessing than anything.

Becca: Yep, when we wrote Kiss the Sky, we never planned to write in Rose & Connor’s POV again. I had more bittersweet feelings back then, I think. The feeling of this one is more like yes. Thank God we did this. Thank God we had fans who wanted us to write this. Thank God we grew the courage to finish it. I can’t even imagine this book not existing. It gives so much depth to Rose & Connor and their beings, and so I’ve ended this journey with them just completely happy and satisfied. It’s one of the best feelings.

Lastly, can you give us a non-spoilery teaser about my #1 book boyfriend AKA Connor Cobalt? *bats eyelashes*

Krista: Oh gosh! A non-spoilery teaser is going to be hard. Hmmm. You’re going to see lots of different sides to Connor Cobalt in this book. It goes a lot deeper than Kiss the Sky ever did.

Becca: We’ve been very hush, hush on the spoiler front, but I suppose I can give a tiny, tiny one and say that Sadie (Connor’s cat) will be talked about in FTF 🙂 Rawr!

Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Title: Fuel the Fire
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Calloway Sisters #3 (full reading order below)
Pub Date: April 3rd 2015
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Protect your family. At all costs.

It’d take the impossible to hurt Connor Cobalt, even for a moment.

Protect your family. At all costs.

At twenty-six, his narcissistic tendencies have made room for the people he loves.

Protect your family. At all costs.

And he loves Rose. But when his love is threatened, when his greatest dreams with her are compromised — what is the cost then?

Protect your family. At all costs.

Love will guide his choices.
For the first time in his life.

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Reading Order: Addicted/Calloway Sisters series

Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie Ricochet by Krista & Becca Ritchie Addicted for Now by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Kiss the Sky by Krista & Becca Ritchie Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie Thrive by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Addicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie

#1 ~ Addicted to You: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Ricochet: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Addicted for Now: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Calloway Sisters #1 ~ Kiss the Sky: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Calloway Sisters #2 ~ Hothouse Flower: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2.5 ~ Thrive: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Addicted After All: EbookPaperback • Goodreads
Calloway Sisters #3 ~ Fuel the Fire: Goodreads (April 3, 2015)
Calloway Sisters #4 ~ Long Way Down: Goodreads (2015)

about the authors

Krista & Becca Ritchie

Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.

They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.

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Promo Tour + Author Interview & Giveaway: Addicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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Welcome to today’s stop on the ADDICTED AFTER ALL promo tour!! So excited to be a part of it! I get to interview the ah-mazing Krista & Becca on the blog today.

AAA releases on Oct. 31st, which is also Lo’s birthday! AAA will also be the FINAL book in Lily and Lo’s POV’s in the Addicted series. I love the Addicted series so hard – it’s honestly one of the BEST series I’ve ever read. If you haven’t started this series yet, go go go!

Don’t forget –

FIVE. MORE. DAYS!!!!

Author Interview: Krista & Becca Ritchie

SO excited to interview you two again, Krista and Becca! ❤

So… *sniffles* This is the LAST book in Lily and Lo’s POV. What do you two have to say about that? (It’s definitely a bittersweet thing for me.)

Krista: It’s extremely bittersweet! I love Lily & Lo, they’re the couple that started it all and so it’s definitely hard to say goodbye. I think I was in a state of denial for 99% of the writing process. It really wasn’t until that very last chapter that I started bawling my eyes out. But even though it’s the end, I truly do believe it’s the right end for them.

Becca: We were totally in denial all the way through. Then we hit Lily’s last ever POV chapter, and it hit us full force. I love Addicted After All so much because it bridges themes from the beginning of the series, and Lily & Lo’s evolution is truly spotlighted. That’s all I can really say without being too spoilery 😉 But this book has become my favorite so far.

Did either of you cry while writing AAA? Or while writing any of the other books?

Krista: We cry while writing all the time lol! But for AAA it was especially rough, since this is the last book for Lily and Lo. And if I wasn’t wearing my noise cancelation headphones, I could actually hear Becca sobbing while she typed. We usually immerse ourselves into the story so much that if the characters are crying, we’re crying. If they’re laughing, we’re laughing. We’ve even been known to make the same facial expressions they would be making while we write. It’s one of the reasons we could never write in public! People would look at us like we’re crazy.

Becca: What Krista said! We cried a lot during Thrive, but the heavy sobbing came from Addicted After All. I think Kiss the Sky had the least amount of tears but many more laughs 🙂

Do you think readers will cry while reading AAA?

Krista: It just depends what type of reader you are. I know some readers who never cry in books. But if you’re more of an emotional reader *points to self* then I think you might at least tear up. I bawled. But…that’s me 😉

Becca: If you love Lily & Lo, it’ll probably be hard not to cry by the end. But like Krista said, it probably depends what kind of reader you are. As previously told, I’m clearly a heavy crier. I need a box of tissues next to me at all times.

(I’m totally the type of reader who rarely cries, but I have a feeling AAA will bring on the waterworks…)

How would you describe the feel of AAA compared to the other books in the series?

Krista: The other Lily and Lo books are very tortured. They’re at their rock bottom in Addicted to You, Lily reaches another bottom at Addicted for Now, and Lo hits another bottom in Thrive. They’ve been through a hell of a lot, and in Addicted After All they’re much less tortured but they’re still struggling with major life changes. I’m not sure if there is a tone for that. *looks to Becca for a better answer*

Becca: Hmmmm. I agree with Krista that Addicted After All isn’t as tortured as Addicted to You. It’s more light-hearted than possibly the rest of Lily & Lo’s books. They’re really able to be themselves without being saddled twenty-four-seven with their addictions. So light-hearted, a bit of fun, and of course, lots of emotion.

How long exactly is AAA? Is there a page or word count yet?

Krista: We can give you word count. We don’t know the exact page count until the book is formatted into paperback—which happens after the ebook is published. AAA is around 152,000 words. By comparison, Addicted for Now is 149,500 words. So yeah, it’s chubby.

Becca: It’s a big chubby one! Hopefully we’ll have the paperback ready soon. We’re going to hop on it as quickly as we can.

(Hurraaaay for chubby books!! 🙂 )

Will there be any OMFG moments in AAA?

Krista: Oh yeah! The big OMFG moment in AAA should surprise…everyone.

Becca: Yes!! I’m really looking forward to seeing how people react to *that* scene. Hopefully it’s a surprise or shock and whatnot. We didn’t know that people would love Connor’s lap dance in Kiss the Sky as much as they do, so it’s possible my guesses are a little off. But I’m thinking you all will be surprised 🙂

(Eeeep!!! SO excited to read the OMFG moment now!)

How much are you going to miss writing in Lily and Lo’s POV’s?

Krista: Immensely! We try not to think about it too much because then it does start becoming sad. I love, more than anything, writing in Lily’s POV. I love her humor. I love her quirkiness and all her flaws. I just love her. So it’s sad, but I have to remind myself that I have 5 books with her, and I can reread them anytime I want. It’s not the same as writing new material, but it’s better than nothing.

Becca: I adore writing Lo, out of everyone in the series. He’s probably my favorite. But I love where his story ended, and I’m okay with not going back. Because then it’d mean torturing them some more. And if anyone deserves a bit of rest, it’s them.

Do you two have anything to say to the fans that have stuck by Lily and Lo since the beginning?

Krista: We seriously never dreamed that anyone let alone so many people would love these characters enough to last 5 or 7 books with them. It’s just amazing. So thank you from the bottom of our hearts for reading their journey and sticking with it. We hope AAA is everything you wished it to be.

Becca: I think it takes very, very strong people to fall in love with Lily & Lo and to see them for more than their addictions. That’s all they want in life, and the fans of the series—who stand behind them—are giving that to Lily & Lo. It means the world to us.

(Love this!)

Any last words you’d like to say to Lily and Lo? (Even though I know it’s not the last we’ll see of them, we won’t have their POV’s anymore…)

Krista: Oh god. I might start crying again while I write this. Okay *collects oneself* Lily, you’re the one who started it all. Who took us on a huge journey and made all of our dreams come true. You never used to believe in yourself, but we’ve always believed in you. You made us laugh. And you made us cry. Your love story was one we always wanted to share—an epic romance with soul-binding love—and for that we thank you for existing on the pages. For coming to life in one way or another. *looks to Becca* Alright, I’m crying. You’ll have to say your piece to Lo.

Becca: I’m already tearing up. But here I go. Loren Hale, you are not worthless. You never were. Thank you for standing by Lily from beginning to end. And there are so many people standing beside you. You’ve made us see reasons for standing up. Reasons for living life. And continuing on. Your love for Lily has profoundly impacted us, and we’re grateful to be able to share your love story with the world.

(Aaawwwww, so sweet!!)

Okay, because Connor Cobalt is my ULTIMATE BOOK BOYFRIEND, I have to ask for a Connor teaser! *bats eyelashes* Pretty please?

Krista: Ultimate! YESSS! I approve of your book boyfriend choices. But, you know, I’m not biased or anything 😉 And a Connor Cobalt teaser, I’ll leave this for Becca. I’m afraid I’ll say too much.

Becca: Um. Um. Um. We’ve mentioned this briefly, but I think it’s a pretty good teaser for anyone who missed it. Connor is in a bit of a fight with someone throughout AAA. It’s not a leading cast member, but it’s someone that can definitely rival the intelligent smartass. And you all have met his new rival before.

Amour Amour is the next upcoming release after AAA! Is there anything new you can share about it?

Krista: We love writing about families. It’s one of our favorite elements in movies, TV shows, and books. The Addicted series has a huge focus on sibling and parent relationships. And you can also expect to see some family drama in Amour Amour.

Becca: And the circus! We’ve always wanted to read a book that focuses on acrobatic circus (think Cirque Du Soleil) and less carnival. So it’s a bit of an “athletic” book set in Vegas with twenty-somethings. It’s really fun, and it was extremely addicting to write. We had to pry ourselves off the computer.

(I’m SO excited for Amour Amour!)

What are you two working on right now?

Krista: Right now, as of writing this interview, we’re both focused on AAA tour materials. But as soon as we finish, we’re going to start the final revisions of Amour Amour and the early draft of Fuel the Fire.

Becca: We’re also working on bonus material for Connor & Rose plus Ryke & Daisy. There are more than a couple scenes that we’d been itching to write. So in any spare time we have, we jump to it and type away.

(Can’t wait for more bonus material!)

Thank you so much for the interview, Krista and Becca!! I’ll be counting down the days until AAA releases! ❤

Thank you so much for having us on your blog! Your questions were so amazing ❤

About Addicted After All

Addicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Title: Addicted After All
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Addicted #3 (full reading order below)
Pub Date: October 31st 2014
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Two addicts. One epic love story.

Prepare for the worst.

That’s what Lily and Lo try to do when Jonathan Hale schedules an “important” meeting. The problem: after being swept into the public eye and battling their addictions, they’re not sure what the worst is anymore.

In a sea of many changes—including Ryke & Daisy living with them—Lily realizes that the best part of her fluctuating hormones might just be the worst.

Her sex drive is out of control.

Loren knows that she’s insatiable, but he’s not giving up on her. She’s too much a part of him. And as he carries more and more responsibility, some of the people that he loves doubt his resolve.

In the conclusion to their love story, Lily & Lo stand side-by-side to fight, one last time, for their happily ever after.

**AUTHORS’ NOTE**
Due to the 2-year gap between Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) and Addicted After All (Addicted #3), you must read Thrive (Addicted #2.5) or the Calloway Sisters spin-off series before reading Addicted After All.

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Reading Order: Addicted series

Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie Ricochet by Krista & Becca Ritchie Addicted for Now by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Kiss the Sky by Krista & Becca Ritchie Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie Thrive by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Addicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie

#1 ~ Addicted to You: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Ricochet: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Addicted for Now: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Calloway Sisters #1 ~ Kiss the Sky: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Calloway Sisters #2 ~ Hothouse Flower: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2.5 ~ Thrive: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Addicted After All: EbookPaperback • Goodreads
Calloway Sisters #3 ~ Fuel the Fire: Goodreads (2015)
Calloway Sisters #4 ~ Long Way Down: Goodreads (2015)

about the authors

Krista & Becca Ritchie

Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins. They write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. Connect with them on twitter and their website: kbritchie.com

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Review: Thrive by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Thrive by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Thrive by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Addicted #2.5 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: July 18th 2014
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Two years will change them forever.

When rumors spread like wildfire—like having three-ways with her boyfriend’s rock climbing brother—Lily Calloway spirals into a dark place. Her bedroom. Loren Hale is more confident and determined to keep their sex life private, even from their friends, and he helps Lily in the only way he knows how. But how much love is too much?

Their lives are filmed, watched, and criticized. And through it all, Lily and Loren have to face enemies they never thought they’d see, demons they don’t know if they should bury, and setbacks they didn’t think they’d meet. Not this soon.

And one rumor could be too much for them to handle. It will test their greatest limitations, and if they don’t hold onto each other, someone is going to drown.

A full-length New Adult Romance that bridges the gap between the second and third books. Thrive must be read before Addicted After All if you have not read the Calloway Sisters spin-off series.

Lily and Lo are BAAAACK!!!

Thrive is yet another fabulous, intense, and thrilling installment in the Addicted series, a series that I’m so utterly and ridiculously in love with. Each book in the series (and the spinoffs) is so exceptionally well written, and I really just can’t get enough of the characters. And Thrive is just as brilliant as the previous books, if not more so. I loved every single part of this book–I could totally gush all day about Thrive! It’s made me fall even more in love with all of the characters (who knew that was even possible?) and left me with such a warm, gooey feeling in my heart. So for all you Addicted series fans, Thrive should not be missed!!

“We’re going to have our happy ending. It just may take us awhile to get there.”

First off, Thrive takes place a little before Kiss the Sky all the way through a little after Hothouse Flower, so for those who haven’t read the spinoffs but plan to, you shouldn’t read Thrive just yet, because it WILL spoil the plots for KTS and HF. And if you’re worried that Thrive will be just a retelling of KTS and HF, let me assure you that it’s NOT! There’s so much new material and nothing felt repetitive.

Thrive is a huge game changer in the series. It’s dense–it’s a fairly big book packed with almost two and a half years worth of stuff that happens in the Addicted series world. But luckily, Krista & Becca Ritchie are superhuman ridiculously talented and managed to make the book perfectly paced and perfectly, well, perfect. We’re back to Lily and Lo’s POVs, which I’ve missed so much. Lily is honestly the most adorable narrator ever–it’s so cute that nearly everything is a sexual innuendo to her. And I love, absolutely loooove, how much stronger Lily grows in Thrive. The two and a half years will test Lily’s strength, but she’ll come out on top. Lo though, is the one who breaks my heart. His voice is blunt and harsh and raw, and my heart was literally aching for him throughout the book. He has so much hatred and self-loathing, I just wanted to tuck him close to me and hug him (which he would definitely not approve of). But Lo does have his strengths, and he too grows into them. Lily and Lo definitely do not have an easy road ahead of them–they have so many challenges ahead of them, but with each other, they can handle anything on their road to recovery.

“How do you know that I’m strong enough?”
“Because you’re better now,” he said, almost convincing me. “And you have me–sober me. I’ll make sure you don’t spiral out of control.” His voice lowered, and his forehead touched mine. “I don’t want to live if you’re not living with me.”

The thing about Lily and Lo, the thing that sets them apart from the others and makes them my favorite couple ever, is the fact that they are committed to each other 100%. Before, they were each others’ enablers, but now, they are each others’ greatest motivators. Lily is recovering from her sex addiction for Lo and Lo is recovering from his alcoholism for Lily, and I honestly think that that’s one of the most beautiful things about their unconventional relationship.  They love each other unconditionally and without hesitation and this comes across so clearly in Thrive. I am in love and in awe of their romance that is just so perfectly imperfect.

Very softly, he says, “I wouldn’t be here without you.” It is bigger than an I love you. It is a declaration that solidifies what I’ve known for so long.
We aren’t connected by our addictions.
But by our childhood. Souls fused together from the very, very start.

Thrive is split into three parts, and in each part there are different events (some we have seen, but most we haven’t seen before) that shape Lily and Lo’s progression. There are the high days where we get to laugh with the characters and get warm, fuzzy feelings from how much Lily and Lo, Rose and Connor, and Daisy and Ryke have become so important to each other. You just know how much everyone loves each other, despite how much they make fun of each other. The Addicted series has one of the best cast of characters I’ve ever read–each relationship is distinct and unique, each character is an integral part of the group, and each character is unforgettable. (And I just have to say, I love Lo, but omg CONNOR!!! Connor is fantastic in Thrive!)

But even with all the laughs and giggles, there are still the low, low days where every minute of every day is a struggle for Lo and Lily. This couple has been through so much that it seems like a never-ending battle for them. They have to battle their addictions, battle the media that won’t give them any privacy after Lily’s sex addiction was revealed, and they even have to battle their family and friends. And no, they don’t end up winning all of their battles, but at the end of the day, no matter how much they’ve been tested, no matter how much they’ve been poked and prodded, Lily and Lo still have each other. They will always have each other.

“The world is never going to understand us,” he tells me, his eyes so impassioned that I can’t look away. “But it doesn’t matter, Lil. We have each other, and I get your pain, I understand how badly it hurst, so I need you to block out the other people today, okay? They don’t exist in our world.”

Thrive is one beautifully told story that is both gut-wrenching and heartwarming. You will laugh with the characters, you’ll cry with the characters, and most of all, you’ll fall in love with them all over again. It’s a phenomenal book that had me hooked from start to finish. I’m seriously addicted to this series ;).

Our love is rare. It’s one I can’t abandon, even if I tried. When she screams, an identical one rips through me. When she cries, my world rains with grief. When she loves, I truly, truly fly.
I have never wanted anyone else but Lily.

5 hearts for Lily and Lo! I love them to death!

5 hearts
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It’s not necessary to read the spinoffs, but I highly, highly recommend reading them! So here is the complete Addicted series reading order, including the Calloway Sisters spinoff series!

Reading Order: Addicted/Calloway Sisters series

Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie Ricochet by Krista & Becca Ritchie Addicted for Now by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Kiss the Sky by Krista & Becca Ritchie Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie Thrive by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Addicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie Some Kind of Perfect by Krista & Becca Ritchie

#1 ~ Addicted to You: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Ricochet: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Addicted for Now: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2.1 (Calloway Sisters #1) ~ Kiss the Sky: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2.2 (Calloway Sisters #2) ~ Hothouse Flower: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2.5 ~ Thrive: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Addicted After All: EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3.1 (Calloway Sisters #3) ~ Fuel the Fire: My Review •˜ EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3.2 (Calloway Sisters #4) ~ Long Way Down: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#3.5 (Calloway Sisters #4.5) ~ Some Kind of Perfect: My Review • EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads


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Promo Tour + Playlist & Giveaway: Thrive by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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Welcome to the first stop on the THRIVE promo tour!! I’m so excited to be a part of the tour, because guess what? The ADDICTED series is amazing!!!! It’s one of my all-time favorite series ever. I seriously love this series so much–the characters, the stories, everything! I can’t recommend it enough!

THRIVE is book #2.5 of the Addicted series, and releases on July 18th! 8 more days until we get Lily and Lo again (I’ve missed them both so much)!! Even though this is book #2.5, it should not be skipped. It shouldn’t be skipped especially if you haven’t read the Calloway Sisters series, because some MAJOR things happen within Thrive’s timeline.

I have for you all the THRIVE PLAYLIST and a fabulous giveaway from the lovely Krista & Becca Ritchie today! So read and listen on to get a feel of what THRIVE will be like!

I leave you with one more note:

EIGHT. MORE. DAYS!!!!

THRIVE PLAYLIST

These are the songs that inspired us while writing Thrive and/or they were songs that we heavily listened to while we wrote the book.

THE THEME SONG

“Set Me Free (Feel My Pain)” by Charli XCX – The entire book and the tone and the feels can be summed up with this one song. It will always remind us of Lily and Lo’s love and their arc in Thrive.

PART ONE

“Sleep Forever” by Portugal. The Man – For some strange reason, Portugal. The Man is always the perfect music to write to. And this song has so many Lily & Lo vibes.

“Grins” by Charli XCX – Another Charli XCX song. Honestly, we love her True Romance album. We listened to this song when we wrote the Comic-Con scene.

“We Are Stars” by The Pierces – Major LiLo feels. Lyrics: I just wanna be loved by you / I see nothing worse than to sail this universe without you.

PART TWO

“Diamonds” by Johnnyswim  – This song has major Connor & Rose feels. Upbeat, inspiring and powerful—it fits them so well during the happiest parts of their journey.

“On You Side” by Safety Suit – This song is also upbeat and reminds us of each couple, especially Lily & Lo. Lyrics: I am on your side, beginning to the end you know / beginning to the end you know / so I am never going to leave you aside / it doesn’t matter where you go

“Burn” by The Pretty Reckless – This is a Loren Hale angst song for us. He has a lot of moments in part two where he’s tested. Lyrics: Here comes the darkness / It’s eating on my soul

“Take Me Church” by Hozier –  Ditto to the “Burn”—this song exudes some serious Loren Hale angst, and it’s great to listen to during some of his scenes.

PART THREE

“My Silver Lining” by First Aid Kit – We listened to this one when we were writing any Ryke & Lo scenes. It reminds us of their complicated relationship, and their individual demons. Lyrics: I don’t know if I’m scared of dying but I’m scared of living too fast, too slow / Regret, remorse, hold on, oh no I’ve got to go

“Basic Instinct” by The Acid  – This one reminds us of Lo and his arc throughout Thrive.

“Skin & Bones” by David J. Roch – Lo again. But unlike Basic Instinct (above) this song we listened to heavily during his scenes towards the end of the book. Lyrics: Don’t lose your soul, you must fight for each breath / Don’t go quietly

“Retrograde” by James Black – We usually write to this song with serious scenes between Lily & Lo or scenes with Jonathan Hale.

“The Cold” by Exitmusic – We wrote a couple huge scenes to this song. It’s one of those powerful tempos that stir your emotions. And it definitely suited the book in a couple instances.

“Bygone” by Volcano Choir – The end of the book, this is a song that just reminds us of Loren Hale the minute it starts playing.

BONUS

“Waiting” by Alice Boman – We just discovered this song, and we think it really fits Lily and Lo’s overall story—not just Thrive. They’ve been waiting for each other for a while. To overcome all their demons and struggles. They’ve been waiting to be together fully and without restraint.

About Thrive

Thrive by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Title: Thrive
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Addicted #2.5 (full reading order below)
Pub Date: July 18th, 2014
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Two years will change them forever.

When rumors spread like wildfire—like having three-ways with her boyfriend’s rock climbing brother—Lily Calloway spirals into a dark place. Her bedroom. Loren Hale is more confident and determined to keep their sex life private, even from their friends, and he helps Lily in the only way he knows how. But how much love is too much?

Their lives are filmed, watched, and criticized. And through it all, Lily and Loren have to face enemies they never thought they’d see, demons they don’t know if they should bury, and setbacks they didn’t think they’d meet. Not this soon.

And one rumor could be too much for them to handle. It will test their greatest limitations, and if they don’t hold onto each other, someone is going to drown.

A full-length New Adult Romance that bridges the gap between the second and third books. Thrive must be read before Addicted After All if you have not read the Calloway Sisters spin-off

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Reading Order: Addicted series

Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie Ricochet by Krista & Becca Ritchie Addicted for Now by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Kiss the Sky by Krista & Becca Ritchie Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie Thrive by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Addicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie Fuel the Fire by Krista & Becca Ritchie Long Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie

#1 ~ Addicted to You: My ReviewEbookPaperbackGoodreads
#1.5 ~ Ricochet: My ReviewEbookPaperbackGoodreads
#2 ~ Addicted for Now: My ReviewEbookPaperbackGoodreads
Calloway Sisters #1 ~ Kiss the Sky: My ReviewEbookPaperbackGoodreads
Calloway Sisters #2 ~ Hothouse Flower: EbookPaperbackGoodreads
#2.5 ~ Thrive: My ReviewEbookPaperbackGoodreads
#3 ~ Addicted After All: EbookPaperbackGoodreads
Calloway Sisters #3 ~ Fuel the Fire: Goodreads (2015)
Calloway Sisters #4 ~ Long Way Down: Goodreads (2015)

about the authors

Krista & Becca Ritchie

Krista & Becca Ritchie write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. Connect with them on twitter and their website: kbritchie.com

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