Thursday, April 7, 2016

Book Review: Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
By Krista and Becca Ritchie
Release Date: May 22, 2014
Source: Barnes and Noble
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. 

Holy moly, this book. I already had super high expectations for this story after my friend Sarah from Words with Sarah recommended it to me. I finally got around to reading the free ecopy I had on my Nook and, let me tell you, I definitely regret waiting that long to read this highly addicting book! 

Lily Calloway and Loren Hale have some serious problems, and they've used each other to hide their problems from the world. No one would know that Lily is addicted to sex and Lo can't go a day without a hard drink (or ten). Lily and Lo know that they're addictions are safe with each other and that no judgement will come from one another. But Lily can't help the way she feels around Lo and has no idea if how he acts is real or an act to fool everyone else around them. But as their addictions become worse, Lo and Lily start to cling to each other more and more and have to face the reality they really can't hide their addictions and imperfections forever. 

From the beginning, I was rooting for Lo and Lily to FINALLY get together. They had so much chemistry, but because they were in a fake relationship to hide their problems from their families, Lily could never tell if Lo's affection was ever serious. I was dying for her to just ask him, but, of course, there was always the risk of ruining their friendship. But seriously, the chemistry between those two was off the charts and even though they both had some serious problems of their own, they just wanted to have their best friend at their side. 

Speaking of problems, these two had serious addictions and they were completely destroying their lives. I got so frustrated with Lily for letting her own addiction get the better of her and for her not trying to stop Lo from abusing his own addiction so much. If you loved him, you would help him! However, I completely understood the relationship they had and how they were supposed to be able to be themselves with each other without feeling like complete failures and like their addictions were a bad thing. This book was equally frustrating and lovable and heartbreaking. The imperfections of the characters just made it so perfect and I only wanted the best for them. 

While this book was about addictions, it made the addictions so understandable and heartbreaking. You knew that both characters had their own addictions and had been addicted for so long that they really didn't know any other way of life. The book ended in such an emotional way that I am dying to find out what happens next in this series. I have become so attached to these characters and I need to know that they'll just be okay.

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