Title: Thrive (Addicted 2.5)
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Genre: New Adult
Length: 425 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars
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.
If you are reading this review, then I’m guessing you’ve already read the authors previous books in this series. So you know the level of their talent. As far as I’m concerned, these twins have set the bar for the New Adult genre, and that bar is high. Most other books fall well below that bar. With that said, it shouldn’t be unexpected that the minute I finish one of their books, I just want to start the next. Their words are like drugs, and yes, I AM AN ADDICT.
I could write at lengths about the amusing banter between Rose and Conner, or the growing chemistry between Ryke and Daisy, which results in conflict between Ryke and Lo. But this is Lily and Lo’s book. We get their alternating POVs thru the scandals of the Calloway books. We see the pain the experience every day, and the love they share, which helps them survive that pain. So rather than do the traditional review, I wanted to take some time to address Lily and Lo, and tell them all the reasons why they are one of my all-time favorite book couples.
“We’re going to have our happy ending. It just may take us awhile to get there.”
You don’t know me. I feel like I know you though, I’ve been following you for a while. Not literally. I’m not a stalker. But I heard about your story and it sucked me right in. I don’t judge you in any way. I wish we could be friends. And since that isn’t likely, I’ll just tell you all the fun things I wish I could do with you – not sexually, just to be clear.
*I wish I could dress up and go to Comic Con with you. I’d be Wonder Woman, she was always my favorite.
*I wish I could race piggy-back with you (me on my husband’s back, you on Lo’s, of course). I’m pretty sure you’d win though.
*I wish you could share some intimate Lo stories with me. He must be spectacular. Don’t blush. Be proud.
*I wish I could personally witness the way you and Lo look at one another. If you two should kiss, I can guarantee I’m not going to look away. (I hope that doesn’t sound creepy).
*I wish I could give Wendy Collins, Scott Van Wright, and Celebrity Crush a piece of their own medicine.
*I wish you could go back to Lucky’s Diner and eat in peace.
*I wish you could leave your house (or room, for that matter) and not live in fear.
*I wish I could hold your hand or give you a hug when you feel that fear.
*I wish you and Lo happiness for the rest of your days.
And I’m tearing up while writing this. So rather than say anything stupid, I’ll leave it at that.
Oh wait, one last thing: I love Lily 3.0!
*takes a deep breath*
Before you crumple up this letter and throw it away, just give me five or so minutes.
You are not Lily Calloway’s boyfriend. Ok, by pure definition, you are, but that’s not my point. You are LOREN fucking HALE. You are your own person. I feel like you need to be reminded of that sometimes. You mean something. And more importantly, you mean something to a lot of people.
Don’t role your eyes at me!
If you read the letter I wrote to Lily, than you know I had a lot of wishes for her. I have one wish for you.
*I wish you could see all the love that surrounds you.
Conner loves you. Your flirty banter is more than just a game to him.
“I’m not afraid of Rose, but thanks for the concern, darling.”
Rose . . . er . . . likes you . . . maybe?
“But you and Lily – you two love each other. It’s not that difficult to put my feelings aside when I can see how happy you make her.”
I’m afraid that’s as good as it gets with Rose, so let’s move on.
Ryke loves you. No one stops their life to support someone they barely know, even if they are family. It’s not guilt, or lack of trust that has him looking out for you. Ok, maybe that is part of the reason, but there is more. He can’t afford to lose the one person in his life the means something to him (other than Daisy). BTW, that fight broke my heart but I’m so proud of you for expressing all of your feelings to him.
“I just wish you could love me more than you hate him. Is that even fucking possible?”
“I love you, you know that.”
Daisy loves you. She might not express it, but like Rose, she sees how you treat her sister, and she doesn’t want to do anything to change that. The ultimate secret keeper.
*brace for it*
Jonathan loves you. Yes, he is an awful father. He did it all wrong. But deep down I believe he does care about you. He wouldn’t push your business, and fund it for that matter, if he didn’t think you had potential.
“Don’t let any motherfucker come into your life and destroy what belongs to you. Not your woman, not your home, not your money or your career. You protect all of that, you hear me?”
I love you! Yes, I know you don’t know me, just roll with it.
I love how you call Julian, Julius.
I love that you insist on reading comics at the same time as Lily. Or have specific rules for her if she reads ahead.
I love when you flirt with Conner.
I love when you spar with Rose.
I love that you and Lily have the same thoughts.
“Congratulations, you are officially the cockiest human being on planet Earth.” That’d be Iron Man. But I held my tongue.
“That’s Iron Man,” Lo says. I literally rise like I’m floating. I kiss him on the lips, so suddenly that I think he’s caught off guard too.
I love that you can pleasure Lily for four hours straight. *standing ovation*
I love how you and Lily look at or touch each other and passion instantly sets in.
I love how you treat Lily like she is your everything. And no one who knows you could say otherwise.
Which leads me the last person . . .
Lily loves you. Your soul mate. I’m sure you already know this, but you are lucky. Your courtship may not have been traditional, but the love that formed, is stronger than most will experience in a lifetime. You saved each other.
What’s the first best day? I press send in an instant.
She’s quick to reply.
The day I fell in love with you. – Lily
I hope you already knew everything I just wrote (although maybe I was a happy surprise *expectant smile*), but I thought it was worth repeating.
My parting advice, should you still be reading this sappy letter: embrace the love that surrounds you, don’t hide from it.
There is nowhere safer than in Loren Hale’s arms.
I have high hopes for you and Lily. If you two can show your incoming addition, an ounce of the love you have for each other, everything will be just fine.
For any fan of this series that loves Lily and Lo as much as me, this book will break your heart and then put it back together. Now you’ll begin the agonizing withdrawals until Addicted After All is released. So dear authors, don’t make me wait too long for my next fix. I AM ADDICTED. Waiting isn’t good for my health ; )
Our love is rare. It’s one I can’t abandon, even if I tried. When she screams, and identical one rips through me. When she cries, my world rains with grief. When she loves, I truly, truly fly.
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