Book Review: Long Way Down by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Title: Long Way Down (Calloway Sisters #4)
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie @KBRitchie
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: New Adult
Pub Date: November 20th, 2015
Rating: 4 stars

With a seven-year age difference, Ryke & Daisy have faced an uphill battle in the eyes of the world and their families. Known as the most adventurous, fast-paced couple — their next step has always been elusive to the rabid media.

Behind the scenes, heartbreaking troubles continue to test Ryke & Daisy’s resilience and shape their future together.

They promise:

To never slow down.

To never compromise who they are.

To never abandon their love for each other.

But preserving their happiness also means adding more risks. Ones that Connor Cobalt wouldn’t even take. As a professional free-solo climber, Ryke is no stranger to risk, but his next step with Daisy wagers more than just his health.

With their lives on the line, Ryke & Daisy head towards the vast, wild unknown in this epic final conclusion to the Addicted series.

Grace Review
The two wild ones take the ultimate risk in the name of love.

On paper, I’d assume that Lily and Lo were the most lost of the 3 couples.  But over time, they have proved me wrong.  Connor and Rose have been career minded and goal oriented practically since birth.  So that left me wondering where Ryke and Daisy’s lives would lead.  While Ryke suffered through abandonment as a teenager, as the secret, Daisy’s life was completely controlled by her Mom, well beyond her own wishes.  They were the couple that no one approved of, not only because of the age difference, but because people didn’t see how they fit.  It’s in this story how you see how much they have grown individually and as a couple, where it can’t be denied that they are meant for each other.

Our relationship is fucking animalistic and visceral but grounded on the trust and friendship we built first.

In Fuel the Fire, we learned of Daisy’s physical condition that could possibly impact her ability to have children.  Barely an adult, and with a closing window of opportunity, she and Ryke join together in the riskiest decision.  This book was so different than other romance books in that they didn’t glorify sex.  Despite her love for Ryke, her condition made it difficult to enjoy sex.  How Ryke handles this will only make you fall deeper in love with him.  He could have been upset or frustrated with her, but he is the complete opposite.

Being the last book in the series (minus the bonus epilogue to be released), it is always hard to say goodbye.  So I expected heartbreak in that regard.  But there are so many other moments that will have you reaching for tissues.  It was sad to see how much hate their former fans had for them and the steps they took to release that hate.  I knew what they needed to do to fix it, so I was surprised, especially with Rose and Connor in the fold, how long it took them to come up with the idea.  It was also surprising that the idea didn’t even come from that couple.

Somewhere between now and then, I’m less human in the eyes of the people I grew up with.  They can touch me with thinking.  They can use me without caring.

While the overall pace of the story is slow, there were moments where I held my kindle in a death grip, desperate to find out what was happening.  The two risk takers made some bad decisions along the way.  One truly cost them, one they were lucky it didn’t turn out as bad as it looked. But in taking these risks, they expose their true selves to their friends as to what truly guides them.  That played a role in how others viewed them and gained their respect.

A good part of this book deals with forgiveness and acceptance.  Whether it be Jonathan with his sons, Garrison with the whole clan, or even Connor with Ryke, a lot of bad blood is put to rest, allowing bridges to be mended.

The selfish man is telling me to be a little less self less.

This book also further cements my love for Lo.  He is such a different person than he was in book one.  It was amazing to see his transformation.  And he comes full circle, becoming Ryke’s savior, in a sense.

“I love you both, and the only perfect world has Ryke standing beside Daisy and Daisy standing beside Ryke.  Anything less is fucked up.  Remember that, will you?”

For all fans of the Addicted series as well as this spinoff, the epilogue was perfect.  We get a glimpse into the future of the couples and see how they weathered the storm and survived as a stronger unit because of it.  All the feels.  I didn’t want to say goodbye, but the authors brought me to a place, with closure and peace, that I was ok to do so.

– Grace



Click on the images below to purchase the previous books in this series and the Addicted series:

Addicted to you riccocet Addicted for now

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