Thursday, December 5, 2013

REVIEW: Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

(Addicted series, book 1)
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. 

New Adult Romance recommended for readers 18+ for mature content


WOW. JUST…….WOW!!!!!!!

There are good books; there are great books; and then there are books like this one. The ones that suck you in and leave you hanging on every single word, page, chapter. The books that fully envelop you and drag you into their world completely. Those books are hard to come by, but Good God Almighty, Addicted to You is without a doubt one of them. I don’t know how it’s possible that I didn’t know about this series until a few weeks ago, but regardless, I am so fucking glad I found it.

Lily Calloway has a big secret. It’s one that nobody would ever expect from the shy, tiny girl that keeps to herself. It’s one that has her looking at porn on her laptop while in class, sneaking into bar bathrooms with random guys, and calling gigolo services. Lily Calloway is addicted to sex. She has managed to keep her secret from everyone, including her family, with the help of her best friend and roommate, Loren Hale. They create a faux relationship to parade around their families in an attempt to hide not only Lily’s secret, but Loren’s as well. But Loren isn’t addicted to sex. He prefers alcohol; lots…and lots…of alcohol.

They lean on each other to cover up their problems, but when their secrets both bring them crashing to the ground, they can’t hide the truth anymore; the truth that they’ve enabled and fueled each other’s addictions almost to the point of no return.

Y’all, I almost can’t even express to you how much I LOVE this book!!! The storyline was captivating, heartbreaking, jaw dropping, and so, so incredibly astounding. There are a lot of books out there that involve addiction, but this one stands above the rest. The absolute dependence that both Lily and Loren have on their own addictions is mind blowing. He can’t do anything without a drink in his hand…or flask…and she can’t go a day (sometimes less) without having sex. These could have easily been characters that were so far gone I didn’t feel anything for them. I mean, these are two college kids who come from shitloads of money, so it would have been easy to say “give me a fucking break.” But Krista and Becca made these characters real, vulnerable, and amidst all their destruction, they made these characters likable. I felt for them on so many levels.

The scene with Lily at the fashion show is the one that sticks out in my mind more than any other for some reason. I think maybe because that particular scene shows us just how much sex overrules everything else for her. Once the thought is in her mind, she can’t function until she satisfies her urge. That particular scene showed her addiction in the worst way and yet, it’s that scene that made me feel for her more than anything.

It wasn’t just Lily and Lo that made this book sensational. The secondary characters are some of the best I have ever had the experience of “meeting”. Between Rose, Connor, Ryke, and the small glimpses of Daisy that we get, there was not one person in this entire book that bored me. It didn’t matter who was in the scene, because I craved more of every single one of these characters. Honest to God, I can’t think of a book that has such phenomenal characters that each have so much depth!!

I could talk about this book for days and fucking days. I don’t know why more people aren’t reading this series or haven’t heard of it, but you can be damn sure I’m about to change that. This book changed reading for me. The bar has been raised. The Ritchie sisters know how to write, and I was blown away by just how immaculate this entire book was from start to finish. If you haven’t read this book yet, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY – READ IT AND READ IT NOW!!!!! If you’re anything like me, you’ll end up…well...addicted.  


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