Series: Calloway Sisters #1
Publisher: Self Published on January 24, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge, 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge
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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.
“That’s the thing about being fucking smart—I understand her better than she understands herself.”
“She pushes me lightly in the chest and tries not to share my smile. ‘Why am I with you? You’re so conceited, arrogant—‘ ‘Narcissistic,’ I add, ‘attractive, lovable, brilliant.’ ‘That wasn’t an invitation for you to compliment yourself.’ ‘No? My bad, I thought we were listing my best qualities.’”
“Madame Charmaine sidles over to our coach and kneels in front of me. She snatches my hand and scans the lines on my palm wildly. ‘Mmm.’ I don’t like mms. They sound like unintelligible baby muttering, which is the equivalent of sticking a sharp needle in my ear.”
“I hate that I’m attracted to a man who things love is nothing but a weakness. But I also adore that there’s no one else remotely like Connor Cobalt in the world.”
“Loren frowns at Connor. ‘You really haven’t snorted coke? Not even once?’ ‘I have a rule about drugs.’ ‘And what’s that?’ ‘Don’t do them.’ He grins. ‘My body is a temple.’ ‘One that only Rose can enter,’ Loren banters. ‘I’ll let you in sometime, darling. Don’t worry.’”
I adored the first two novels in this series about Lily and Lo. And on top of that, I had fallen in love with Rose and Connor, so when I saw their book, I had to request it!
This novel follows Rose and her friends as they are cast in a reality tv show. But of course, the producer, Scott, is just itching to mess things up. He hits on Rose and tortures Lily. The novel followed the six months of the show, and it definitely kept my interest. It was hilarious and engaging and I just couldn’t get enough of it. And there was conflict, which made it that much better. And a plot twist that you definitely won’t see coming.
“I roll backwards, and he only grins more. This is not a cat-and-mouse game like he believes. I am not a mouse. And he’s not a cat. Or vice versa. I am the fucking shark, and he’s a lame human in my ocean. And my boyfriend, he’s the same species as me.”
Rose was our leading lady. I can really relate to Rose’s character she’s very enjoyable to read. She’s snarky and sarcastic and actually kind of mean, and I found similarities in her and my personalities. She’s not perfect and she has some problems, which made her even more real. She grew a lot in this novel.
“I spent years building barriers and defenses. I could take care of a woman better than any other guy could. But my mother never taught me how to love. She taught me about stocks and history and different languages. She made me intelligent. She made me logical and factual.”
Connor was the hero of the novel. Connor is an alpha male, which we see a lot of in this novel. I’d actually love my own Connor! He was arrogant, intelligent, and a smart ass. And even though those traits shouldn’t be attractive, they were. He also wasn’t afraid to fight for what he wanted. And although he didn’t have the best of beliefs, he really came into his feelings as the story progressed.
“I love the way he’s staring at me. It makes me feel more than just beautiful. I feel like I’m his. Like no one else could possibly compare to me. He doesn’t even have to say the words. I see it in his eyes. I can practically read it in his mind.”
Rose and Connor definitely have an interesting relationship. They’re both alpha dominant in their personalities. That means constant competition and arguing on who’s right. But it just fit for them. It wasn’t always playful, but most times it seemed that way even if it wasn’t. It was there norm. However, most of this novel was Connor trying to get Rose to open up and finally lose her virginity. But Rose was scared of being not dominant in the bedroom which made for some interesting times. Let’s just say there was some interesting sexual exploration and some leather collars…you’ll see. It was cute seeing the two of them together. They both grew a lot with each other over the course of the novel.
We definitely see a lot of the other characters in this novel.
Lily: We see a shyer yet playful version of Lily in this novel. I wouldn’t have imagined her acting the way she did in this novel from reading the novels about her. It’s was strangely adorable.
“Loren watches short stubby Brett for a long moment. He finally catches his attention. Then he runs his tongue along the nape of Lily’s neck, eyes pinned to the camera as if he’s seducing the onlookers. Lily practically melts beneath him, her breath hitching into an audible moan. Loren grins wickedly, especially as Brett stumbles back in shock. And then he sticks his tongue into Lily’s ear. They are toying with the cameramen. And it’s only day two.”
Lo: Lo was his normal snarky and mean self, unless it came to Lily. I love them.
“‘No,’ Ryke and I say together. I contain my grimace. Even though Ryke may be one of the smarter people living in the apartment, I don’t enjoy agreeing with him. It’s like siding with a guard dog instead of a human.”
Daisy and Ryke: We don’t see quite as much of them, but you can feel the tension that will come to a head in Hothouse Flower.
Scott: I hate him. He’s the worst.
Kiss the Sky was one of the best novels that I have read to date. With awesome characters, an interesting plot, and some plot twists you wouldn’t expect, this is one of my most highly recommended novels.