by Becca Ritchie, Krista Ritchie
Series: Addicted #1
Published by K.B. Ritchie Release date : August 22nd 2013 (first published June 13th 2013)
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Realistic Fiction
Source: Purchased | Format: eBook
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She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.
No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.
Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.
But as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.
Their real vice may be each other.
Having read my fair share of NEW ADULT this year, not to mention books on ADDICTION, I thought there wasn’t a whole lot more that could be brought to the table. Well, I was wrong. I have said it a MILLION TIMES, but I love it when an author(s) takes a step outside the box and writes something different. Not only that, but do it well. Addiction is no easy feat to deal with, discuss and I would assume, write about. Bring in SEX addiction and you have my interest piqued. This book isn’t perfect but it was amazing in it’s own right.
I don’t know HOW common sex addiction is; I haven’t seen too many cases on it, I haven’t researched it– nor I have EVER read it about it before in a novel. I can see where the lines might be a little blurred to some–the difference between an actual addiction or just promiscuity. However, I never thought ONCE that Lily didn’t suffer from addiction.. It’s raw, gritty and very, very hard to witness at times. That’s what makes this book so amazing. When I a finish a book and left thinking, emotional and just generally suffering that feeling that a band-aid was just ripped off, I applaud the author(s). Becca and Krista did an amazing job capturing Lily’s desperation. Her turmoil and her reckless behavior.
My heart really went out to Lily. She had been suffering for years. Not only to sate her addiction, but to live out her crafted lie with Lo to protect herself and hide it from her friends and family. Then again, there were times where I felt she was SO SELFISH I couldn’t stand it. Her thoughts that her behavior doesn’t affect anyone but herself and that is was less reckless than others was really hard to grasp. She puts herself in harms way every time she hooks-up with someone. Sure, she was safe for the most part but that doesn’t mean that what she was putting herself through emotionally wasn’t any less harmful. Not only was she suffering from her OWN addiction, she was an enabler to Lo’s. This is where I start thinking. She didn’t feel like she had the RIGHT to tell Lo to stop drinking, since it would make her a hypocrite. Then again, she used him to sate her addiction as a way to help lessen his intake. It took me awhile to comes to terms with this, because it was NOT okay. Yet, you can’t help but sympathize because she knows it’s wrong. She knows it’s selfish but she can’t help it. It’s so.. RAW.
When things started to change between her and Lo, you can’t help but SEE the disaster coming. I loved them together though. They had been friends for years, having each other’s backs at every turn. You KNOW they feel more for each other than what is initially let on and you can’t help but to root for them. They are each other’s rock AND kryptonite (aside from their addictions, that it). I honestly thought it would have taken them longer to get together, but there was more to the drama and plot than meets the eye. It took awhile to see the direction of where things were going, due to some serious slow parts in the middle, when Connor and then Ryke enter the picture. I liked Connor form the beginning. He is funny, a little too arrogant but is a REAL friend to both Lily and Lo. As for Ryke… Hm.. Like I said, I didn’t know the direction of where the story was going to go with him in it. It was random and threw me off when he’s concerns came out about Lo. Still, he was a good friend to Lo and at times, Lily. I thought it was an interesting plot twist, albeit random. I also really loved Rose, Lily’s older sister. She was pretty crass at first though, so it caught me a little by surprise how INVOLVED she became in everything.
My Peeve- Well, it’s minor things. The middle of the book was really, really slow and I hate having that “WHERE IS THIS GOING” feeling. There were too many similar scenes that I felt we could have went without. There were also some inconsistencies with the writing. One minute, Lily would be “wiping her hands on her jeans” and the next ” Fixing her dress”, so which was it?
Overall- I REALLY liked Addicted to You. Although there were some things I personally could have done without, I thought this was an amazing book overall. It’s dark, gritty and one of the best NA’s I have read in a long time. I will defiantly be continuing on with this series.
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