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 when they go on a family boat trip, surrounded by open seas and limited male bodies in sight, Lily’s confronted with a big fear. Only one guy on board can fill her addiction, and she’s sworn off going there with Loren Hale ever again.
Now the only person who can truly help her can barely help himself.
**This is a New Adult book recommended for readers 18 and up**
Krista and Becca Ritchie have been blogging over at the Nawanda Files for as long as I’ve been reading book blogs, and they were among the first people in the book community that I enjoyed conversing with about YA novels, and eventually NA (New Adult) novels, as they hadn’t really come into the genre until recently. They are excellent in relaying book, movie, and TV show news, and I was over the moon when they announced they were coming out with a NA novel that they co-wrote (Becca has previously published 2 YA novels of her own). This is one of those moments where I am beyond thrilled that they let me read it early for review, because knowing what I do now from reading the story, I wouldn’t have been able to handle reading all the teasers they plan on using for their blog tour.
While a lot of books I read surprise me on some level with how deep and dark their themes develop throughout the story, I’ve managed to avoid books about issues that affect everyday people such as alcoholism and sexual abuse. I think one of the reasons I enjoy science fiction and paranormal stories are because they are realistic to the point where I can see where the idea stemmed from, but I wouldn’t be comfortable if that idea came to life in reality. With Addicted to You, I was slightly blindsided. I knew going into reading this story that the main characters have addictions, but the severity and the inevitable of the consequences of their actions kept my emotions in a vice grip until the very end.
Lily Calloway is addicted to sex and Loren “Lo” Hale is addicted to alcohol. They don’t shy away from their addictions and they are both fully aware of how unconventional and unhealthy their relationship is, but they’ve moved past the point of hiding it with each other. They have a system, and so far, it’s worked for them. They have been “dating” for 3 years, they moved in with each other during college, and they both dodge their families to keep them out of their destructive paths. Children of entrepreneur billionaires for commercial products that pop up throughout the story, we see how Lo became the alcoholic he is and you definitely feel for him by the end of the book when we find out about his past. For Lily, I still feel like there wasn’t enough of a back story for her addiction. But I guess this is a perfect example of people who don’t necessarily have to be abused to become addicted to something. Sex is a part of life, and she grows up letting it consume her no matter the consequences.
I’m torn with the main characters relationship. On the one side, there was a lot of sexual tension between Lily and Lo throughout the story, and while this made for some excellent moments, it also fed into one of their addictions and you constantly saw how Lily had to battle against herself against Lo and how Lily thought she was helping distract Lo only to feed her own addiction. There was a lot of back and forth between the two, mainly arguing and blaming, and I believe people might even call it an abusive relationship. There was no violence between then, but there was a lot of emotionally draining responsibilities they depended on each other for. For being in their early twenties, they are both dealing with a lot, and it pains me to see them make the wrong choices. But once again, I’m not affected by either of their addictions, so my reaction is harsher than one of someone who may have experienced similar problems.
The minor/supporting characters definitely intrigue me, especially Rose and Connor. I’m not so much a fan of Connor as I am of his and Rose’s love/hate relationship and how passionate Rose is about it. Connor explains that he wants someone to intellectually spare with (paraphrasing) and it was so sweet when Rose and Connor came face to face (my sources tell me they will have a little something of their own in the future, I can hardly contain my glee!). As for Ryke, I don’t know if I can even get into his character. I hope we see much more of him in the sequel, because he was introduced late into the story and I was left wanting more. His history plays a huge part in the main conflict of the story and I want to explore it.
The humor in this novel is fantastic. I had to contain my giggles because after 3 failed attempts at telling people a comical line and they looked at me all stone faced, I decided this type of humor is an acquired taste. I normally don’t notice typos or grammar, and I was pleased with the fact that I didn’t stumble over any in this novel. There weren’t a lot of overly descriptive scenes; they were focused more on the conversation and the reactions, which I happen to enjoy more. This is more realistic for me than having a whole page describing the way someone looks or the way the sunset sets on the beach, meaning to be metaphorical.
I’m looking forward to seeing what else the Ritchie sisters come up with, because now that I’ve sampled their blog posts (Nawanda Files) and their NA novel, I’m addicted!
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