Jan 11, 2014

Book Review: Addicted to You

Title: Addicted to You
Series: Addicted, #1
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Publication Date: June 13, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Dark
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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.

My Thoughts

This book was recommended to me by Sue and Aishah and I did plan on reading more New Adult books this year since there actually have been quite some that have been successful in capturing my heart and attention.

Addicted to You was dark, hot, funny, emotional and surprising. The book deals with main protagonists going on their personal addictions: Lily is addicted to sex while Loren is addicted to booze. Two of the many addictions in life that are hard to control and with no help, might just result to something dangerous that can harm the subject. Reading this makes me feel the need to help the characters, even knowing I can’t because they’re fiction. There’s just this part of you when you read it that you want to step into the book and offer your help.

I love how this also dealt with family relationships and friendships. I love the Calloway sisters but Rose and Lily’s relationship just managed to pluck my heartstrings (reminds me of Elsa and Anna from Disney’s Frozen, in a different world and scenario that is). And even if Jonathan, Lo’s father, was kind of harsh towards him, there’s still this father figure in him that really cares deeply for Lo. I don’t want to spoil because you can feel this towards the end of the book. Fathers (and mothers) with attitudes like that yet is actually someone who cares and loves on the inside is something I don’t read very much often in NA. And with Lily and Lo’s addictions, they have their friends who are such wonderful characters because they’re actually willing to help. One of the things that I absolutely appreciate while reading Addicted to You. Sometimes, you really just need someone to talk to and just let everything out when you had enough of the hiding.

The romance wasn’t heavy on angst but quite filled with worry and fear due to secrets and addictions. It’s perfectly flawed in a way one would think that their relationship won’t work but I admire the Lily and Lo because later on, they decided to help themselves in order to be better and to make the relationship work. I also like the fact that they’re best friends before they entered the boyfriend-girlfriend situation. And the bantering mixed with flirting is just sexy and funny that I couldn’t help but let out a Cheshire cat-like grin.

The ending was filled with hope and a promise and I am definitely starting the second book now.

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