Thrive (Addicted #4)

By Krista Ritchie

8,512 ratings - 4.23* vote

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 Two years will change them forever. When rumors spread like wildfire—like having three-ways with her

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Book details

Kindle Edition, 465 pages
July 17th 2014 by K.B. Ritchie
Original Title
Thrive
Edition Language
English

Community Reviews

Christy

5 stars!

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Two years will change them forever.

This Addicted series is one of a kind. I love everything about these books. Thrive is almost like reading a book(s) you love from another pov. Usually, I’m not crazy about that. But I desperately needed to know what was going on with Lily and Lo when everything happened in KTS and HHF. Even though most of the plot/storyline was the same, it didn’t feel like the same old same old- LiLo brought so much more to the story. Seeing where Lo’s head was when he did certain things was much needed for me.
“We’re going to have our happy ending. It may just take us a while to get there.”

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Thrive takes place directly after Addicted for Now and spans over two years. It’s not as detailed as some of the other books because you already know what’s going on so it doesn't need to be. I’ve heard you can read this series in different ways, but in my opinion you NEED TO READ THEM ALL and you need to read them all in ORDER. I can’t imagine skipping any.

I understand the appeal of Raisy and Cobolway, and I love them all- don’t get me wrong, but there is nothing better than LILO. I can’t explain my love for them. They are my new favorite book couple. Their love is so real, all consuming and epic. I love how they always 100% support one another. It doesn’t matter if they make a mistake or whatnot, this couple always has one another’s back. And the references (Harry Potter, XMen etc) are my favorite thing ever! They bring out my inner geek and I love it!

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“No matter what happens, I’ll always be here, Lil.”


There were times that reading from Lo’s pov brought me to tears. These books are really emotional for me because I feel so attached and connected to the characters. Even though I already knew what was going to happen, I still stayed fully invested and the story didn’t feel repetitive. It still felt fresh to me.

I’m getting ready to start Addicted After All and I’m equal parts sad and excited. This is the last Lily and Lo book. I don’t want to stop reading about them. I don’t want this series to end! Thankfully, there is another book after that and a few more on the way! I’m not ready for it all to be over!

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**** FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED *****



Spoiler-free review. Plot is not discussed.

Thrive is the latest fantastic addition to the Addicted series and I absolutely LOVED it!!

I've been a huge fan of this series from the start and can honestly say that it just keeps getting better and better. Krista & Becca Ritchie continue to raise the bar and there really is no other series like this.

The Addicted series has everything I could ever ask for in a romance. It has loveable but flawed characters who each have a special place in my heart, some of the very best writing I've ever read, and the entire series has this delightful feeling of intensity that always keeps me fully connected to every page of the story. I absolutely ADORE it. I'm addicted. I love it. I crave it. I always read every new book as slowly as I can to make it last longer. And I highly recommend it for every single fan of romance out there!!

Please note: this book is not a standalone. This series must be read in order (see bottom of post) and this is the sixth book to be released in it so pleeease be sure to start with the first book.

This series essentially follows three main couples (Lily & Lo, Rose & Connor, and Daisy & Ryke) who are bound together by love, friendship, and family ties. There's a sex addict, an alcoholic, a virgin, a smartass, a daredevil, and a jackass and I promise you will fall in love with each and every one of them.

"Everyone is staring," I whisper to Lo….

His gaze softens for me…  "You're a sex addict and I'm an alcoholic," he says, "and the whole fucking world knows it. We have to get used to people staring, love."

Also, within this series, this book is technically a "companion novel". That means it's a full length novel but it tells Lily & Lo's story (in their POVs) during the events of the previous 2 books in the series. This is not a retelling of the same story though and it is a must-read for any fan of this series. It contains new content that fills in all the blanks and truly completes the story so far. You might think that you know the whole story but you don't really... not until you've read this book.

The response to this series has been amazing. It has a strong and very passionate fan base who love these characters deeply and I think one of the main reasons is that the six focal characters, who are the heart and soul of this story, are some of the most well developed characters I have ever read. This is literally the most 'complete' story you can imagine. It's a 360 degree look at these characters lives. We know everything about them and so we care about everything that happens. It's not just that they feel real to the reader, it's that you feel like you genuinely know every side of them. You know them better than you would even know a friend because you've seen their story through six different perspectives. They become a part of you.

The character dynamics are PURE GOLD. It's not just about the main couples, but each of the six characters has their own, unique relation to the others. That's 15 interpersonal connections!!! It's a helluva lot to build a story on and KBR have done a top notch job of conveying each and every emotion flawlessly.

Although I loved each of the couples, Lily & Lo have always had a special place in my heart. I think the desperation and intensity of their situation is just so heart-wrenching that you can't help but want to root for these two addicts to make things work. I loved Lo's fierce protectiveness of Lily and Lily's unwavering faith in him. The only thing stronger than their addictions is their unconditional love for each other. I love how, no matter what, they are each each other's highest priority and nothing ever changes that. We've seen them hit rock bottom, we've seen them support each other every single step of the way, and we've seen them begin to get better. Together. Always together. There's no Lo without Lily and no Lily without Lo.

"The only thing keeping me here is Lily. I try to make every day count for something. For her. When I fuck up, she doesn't act like it's the end of the world. She tells me that the next day will be better."

And best of all, they're surrounded by a group of people bound together by all different kinds of love who are willing to go to any length for each other, and to protect each other. It's heart-warming to an extreme.

I think I've said this in every single one of my reviews for the books in this series but it bears mentioning again that the main reason I have so much respect for these authors is that absolutely everything in these books makes sense and there is never any contrived drama. The story is intense, heart wrenching, romantic, sexy, fun, emotional, but never once is the integrity of the story or the characters sacrificed. Each line, each plot development, everything makes sense. These characters are each fighting their own battles but I respect the hell out of each one of them. And consequently, I feel the same about the authors.

"There will always be bad days, but it's how we live those bad days that counts."

It's a wonderful feeling to have such complete trust in the authors of a series you love. I was halfway through reading this book before I realized that I actually hadn't even read the blurb yet. I didn't need to. I just completely trusted that they would stay true to the characters every step of the way. And they did.

This book ends without any big cliffhanger but the next story is fully set up and I can't wait to read it. If you're new to the series, you can easily start it at any time even though there are still more books to come.

My honest opinion is that this is one of the very BEST on-going series out there. I highly recommend it!!!
"We're going to have our happy ending. It may just take us awhile to get there."


This isn't a standalone story and while it's vital to the series storyline, it's still genuinely a "companion novel" so I don't feel right rating it on it's own because it's just one part of a much larger story. So, I'm going to just add it in to my full series rating of 5 STARS instead.

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***** Remember, this book is NOT a standalone.

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FULL SERIES READING ORDER (no skipping!!!)

- ADDICTED TO YOU
- RICOCHET
- ADDICTED FOR NOW
- KISS THE SKY
- HOTHOUSE FLOWER
- THRIVE
- ADDICTED AFTER ALL
- FUEL THE FIRE
- LONG WAY DOWN


My review of Book #1 ➜ http://bit.ly/1aVSaNM
My review of Book #1.5 ➜ http://bit.ly/1baSZSK
My review of Book #2 ➜ http://bit.ly/1fiPBas
My review of Book #3 ➜ http://bit.ly/McHotQ
My review of Book #4 ➜ http://bit.ly/RpIzIW

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Laura

I can't stop thinking about this book. I feel like, no matter how I want to put it, I will never do it justice. So many struggles but so much strength from all of the characters, especially Lily and Lo.

Lily and Lo's vulnerabilities are so different and yet so similar. They all come from the same place, problems at home and self-worth issues but they began to realize that they do deserve their happy ending. Earth 616 is closer and closer.

These feel-good yet emotionally strong stories are the ones that get me the most, whatever their genre may be, and the Addicted series is one I carry with me all the time.

Laura

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Now this is what I’m talking about.

I just love Lily and Lo so much. I’m in love with their love and I’m excited to read more about them.

I, also, appreciate this novella because I could read about freaking important things that happened in Ryke and Daisy’s book directly from the POVs that, to me, mattered the most.

It was amazing to read about Lo’s struggles, not only with his addiction but also with his relationships –Lily, Ryke, Connor, Rose, Daisy and his father. Lo is a very complex character who determinate his existence by the people in his live (Lily being his #1) and it’s just an experience watching him grow and love more and more.

I’m so incredibly proud of Lily. She has shown so much strength and she’s, slowly, getting on her feet and doing things right not only for her but also for Lo. In this book I saw a different side of Lily –a nerdy, cute and rational side of her that I instantly became fan of.

Her pregnancy was something that I really look forward to and Rose’s! I think this new dynamic will be great to explore.

The whole story was a gift because I read, in depth, about Lo and Connor, Lo and Ryke, Lo-Connor-Ryke and you name it. Their interactions were priceless because they marked the evolution of these characters.

Same thing with Lily, Rose and Daisy. The family aspect was on point in this book.

Overall I had a blast.

Amy | Foxy Blogs

THRIVE is a companion novel and not a novella. As a companion novel, it bridges the gap between the end of Addicted for Now through the two spin offs, Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower, and to the start of Addicted After All. There are several ways to read this series:
1) If you skipped reading the spin offs than you will NEED to read Thrive.
2) If you did read the spin offs than this is Lily & Lo's journey through her sisters' books. Lots of stuff happens to them that we never saw in KTS and HHF.
Either way if you are a fan you will want to read this book.

Logistics: it's broken into 3 parts. The time frame spans 2 years 5 months. Under each chapter number it will indicate the year and month which makes following along easy. I posted in my Addicted For Now review the time frame and I'm adding here too.
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DYNAMICS:I'm often asked which book or series does Addicted compare to. I can never think of a comparable book series but I do have a comparison-> it reminds me of the TV show Friends (popular in the 90's). Minus all the switching of partners it has the same fun feel of twenty year olds living life together. 'Friends' had a faithful fan base who tuned in each week and lived vicariously through their favorite characters. Same is true in the book world with this series. Each time a new Addicted book shows up on our kindles all of us fans gather together to buddy read it. And just like the fans of 'Friends' who still watch reruns...we, fans of Addicted, rally around a new person as they start their journey with this series. We are able relive the series through their updates and reviews.

Lily & Lo are the geeks. Rose & Connor are the nerds. Daisy & Ryke are the adventurers. The combo of these 3 couples along with their struggles and successes pulls the readers to root for their favorite couple. Being able to relate in little ways to these characters, either be a geek or daredevil or brainiac, allows the readers to see themselves in the characters.
We aren't connected by our addictions. But by our childhood. Souls fused together from the very, very start.

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Addicted series is interconnected with two spin-offs. The authors have written the books in 4 “phases”. Each phase is a complete story line with a satisfying enough conclusion.

Recommended reading order:
PHASE 1 (Lily & Lo):
{#1} Addicted to You | {#1.5} Ricochet | {#2} Addicted for Now

PHASE 2 (Rose and Connor) | (Daisy & Ryke):
{spin-off} Kiss the Sky | {spin-off} Hothouse Flower

PHASE 3 (Lily & Lo):
{#2.5} Thrive | {#3} Addicted After All

PHASE 4 (Rose and Connor) | (Daisy & Ryke):
{spin-off} Fuel the Fire | {spin-off} Long Way Down

***Thank you, Krista & Becca, for the complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.***

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7/18/2014

Beverly

* * * * 4.5 Stars * * * *

Thrive is best describe as filler. I do not mean that negatively, but it does basically fill in the time that lapsed from Addicted for Now and Hot Houseflower.

I was jonesing for this book after just finishing the binge read on the series, and was I disappointed??


I adore these six characters, so any little bit you want to give me I will happily accept.


Thrive alternates in POV between Lily and Lo. We basically relive a lot of scenes from Kiss the Sky and Hot Houseflower from their perspective. Since I am Team Ryke I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy this one, but I fell back in love with LiLo. I had forgotten how they had originally stolen my heart with their friends to lovers story.


In my opinion, Lily and Lo are soul mates and their love for each other is so apparent in their actions. Lily and Lo would die for each other, but more than that, they live for each other.

Their story is sad and it breaks my heart. I feel like they basically raised each other. She is the forgotten Calloway and he is the son who ruined it all.


Yes this Harry Potter gif for Lily and Lo, since they are such fans.

Some of Lo’s thoughts in this story made me want to cry, and it made me less angry at him for some of his actions from the other books. Lily is endearing and sweet, and I loved watching her try to be strong for Lo. I swear, I just love these two!


I obviously love this series and love these characters so why the 4.5 stars instead of 5? I hate to say it, but it didn’t blow me away because there wasn’t a ton of new material. I think in a vlog I watched there was supposed to be 80% new material…maybe I got it backwards, because It didn’t feel that way.

I still loved it and cannot wait for more!!

Hulya Kara Yuksel

“The only future I want is the one that ends with her.”



Lily & Lo <3
I'm really loving their story so much but also I love Connor & Rose and Ryke & Daisy too. I can't wait to read more about them... :)

And I don't know how I lived my life without knowing this series... But better late then never, right? ;)

Ps. This series are must read, I highly recommend them. <3

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 (Calloway Sisters #2)
Thrive (Addicted #2.5)
Addicted After All (Addicted #3)
Fuel the Fire (Calloway Sisters #3)
Long Way Down (Calloway Sisters #4)
Some Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters #4.5)

Pearl Angeli

4.5 Stars!

“We're going to have our happy ending. It's just going to take us a little while to get there.”


(I buddyread this book with sis Bea. Check her lovely review by clicking her name.)

Lily and Lo. Lo and Lily. This couple always gets the best of me. I haven't continued this series until now for some reasons. But rehashing Lily and Lo's story along with Connor, Ryke, and the Calloway sisters was such a happy indulgence. I miss this gang so much!

I could say that reading Thrive helped me reminisce some details that I hardly remember. I loved that it felt like a re-read to me. It brought back so many feels! What I loved most about this book was Lily and Lo's character development. I loved how their battle against their addiction felt so realistic to me.

It wasn't that easy for Lo to get rid of drinking temptations since it was his way of coping with problems while growing up. In this book, a lot of things got too tough especially when he also had to deal with Lily's inner battle against sex addition and during those times, he started to feel like regressing. I saw the way he fought hard not to go back to his old lifestyle and for me, that was such a brave thing to do.

Lily's growth was also apparent. It was slow but progressive. In the previous books it seemed as though her addiction would be impossible to manage but in this book I really felt her struggle towards beating it. I totally admired her because even though the addiction always stays with her, she still continued to make such a huge effort to conquer it-- all for the love for herself, Lo, and her family.

It was a great read as a whole. The romance was all around the corner and the humor definitely made it worthwhile. Krista and Becca Ritchie really know how to capture a romance reader's heart.

“We aren't connected by our addictions. But by our childhood. Souls fused together from the very, very start.”


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**Bonus Material from Thrive: Daisy's 17th Birthday Party**

**First Official Teaser Poster**

Krista and I talk all the time about how this book is really dedicated to the fans. It contains some of the crazy, wild, insane, dramatic moments from Kiss the Sky & Hothouse Flower in Lily & Lo's POVs -- plus the months that those books didn't even cover. It's largely NEW material (about 80%).

It should not be skipped if you haven't read the Calloway Sisters spin-off series. Really, we don't suggest skipping this one at all. It's vital to the Addicted series and Lily & Lo's story. We strongly suggest this recommended reading order.) Thrive is a pretty important stage for Lily & Lo, and it's one we really love. We hope you do too!

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