by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Released |August 22nd 2013 by K.B. Ritchie|
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She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.Addicted to you is what I would consider to be my first true feel of the New Adult genre. And to be honest, it just felt like I was reading a romance except with younger characters. But anyways, I liked Addicted to You. The drama in this book was very interesting. This is the second book that I have read that deals with a female being a sex addict. This book was pretty hard to read in some ways because both of the characters are struggling with being an addict, we're dealing with a sex addict and an alcoholic. For them to be so young, they're struggling with something so serious. I liked that the book wasn't some mushy romance. The characters were in love, but that love was painful. The entire time I was reading the book I was hoping that things would start to magically get better for them because of everything they were going through, but in this story, that didn't happen. But that is what made the story so realistic!
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.
Lily is the pov that we are reading from in this book and at times she annoyed me. She is the sex addict and it started at a very young age with her. And then there's Loren who has been an alcoholic since he was very young as well. Lily's character was a very shy even though she had problem. She wasn't a very social person and could easily be embarrassed. Loren was kind of funny at times and he could be hostile and easy going at the same time. The two have been friends since they were kids, but have been in a fake relationship with each other for 3 years to help each other cover up their problems. But soon they start to fall into a real relationship with each other, but that relationship wasn't an easy one. I liked Lily, but at times I didn't because she had a weak mind and not referring to her addiction even though she was weak minded there as well. She had issues saying no to people. If you don't want to go somewhere or do something just say no. Yes, she pushed her family away, but she always felt like she had to yes to them. She tended to guilt herself into things and I don't really like that characteristic about a person. I liked Loren, but that guy had serious issues. His background was a lot more intense than Lily's and I think that made me connect with him a tad bit more.
Both characters had some character development, but I feel that Loren's had the most. Lily wants help, but she doesn't at the same time. I feel she didn't really put forth as much effort as Loren did in the end. Don't get me wrong, I liked her character, but she still has a long way to go. The relationship between the two was hard to watch because you could tell they loved each other, but their relationship wasn't all that healthy. The entire time I was rooting for them though. I want them to get better. The side characters were pretty interesting as well. I don't know for sure about Ryke, but he has me intrigued and Conner was a pretty decent guy especially if he can deal with Rose, Lily's demanding sister. I can't wait to continue on with this series to see where things go from here with the characters. If you like this genre, I'd definitely recommend checking it out :)