Friday, May 19, 2023

Book Review: Kiss the Sky

By Sara Steven

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 not everything comes easy.

When Rose's fashion line is in peril, she plans an unconventional solution to save it. Making matters more intense, she agrees to be in a relationship with her "godly" college rival, Connor Cobalt.

At twenty-four, Connor Cobalt bulldozes weak men. Confident and smart-as-hell, Connor vows to help Rose outside of the bedroom and inside. But melting this ice queen is a challenge no one has been able to succeed at.

And now they're living together. (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

I’m familiar with the Addicted series from the two authors who created this story, and having read about Rose and Connor already, I was super excited to learn more and dive deeper into their unique relationship. It’s interesting, because the Addicted series highlights Rose's younger sister, Lily, and the sexual addiction she struggles with. Rose is the complete and total opposite. She is completely closed off and does not want to engage in relationships–sexual or otherwise. Getting intimate with people makes her uneasy and insecure, a struggle she deals with on a daily basis, due to the bond she has with Connor.

Connor might be more confident in the bedroom, but he is just as analytical and at times, as cold as Rose can be. It’s obvious that for both characters, it’s a defense mechanism–so much so, that Connor has declared he can’t love anyone. Not even Rose. Love is intangible and frivolous to Connor. It’s the type of attitude he witnessed growing up, but in his mind, it makes the most logical sense. Even with that sort of declaration, though, it’s obvious that Connor would do anything for Rose, and vice versa. I really loved this couple. I think so far, they are my favorite couple!

An opportunity for a reality television show throws a wrench in everyone’s plans. It leads to trust issues and unwarranted tests on this couple’s relationship. There are so many boundaries that Connor wants to cross, and deep down, Rose wants that too, but is it safe? Whose heart will get broken? 

The continual push and pull between Rose and Connor was electric! I’m glad for the work Connor has to put in to lower Rose’s defenses, and even more glad that out of everyone, aside from her sisters, it’s Connor that Rose leans on in times of chaos. The heat between them–ooh boy! Those particular scenes were super hot! I loved the snark factor in the dialogue between them. It really made for a super fun, sexy experience.

Thanks to Berkley for the book in exchange for an honest review. Purchase Kiss the Sky here.

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