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Posted August 29, 2013
Addiction is a popular topic right now, but it's one that I'm definitely not sick of yet! Despite just having read a book dealing with addiction (actually also titled Addicted to You), I found Addicted to You to be a unique, exciting...and addictive read (haha)! It handled addiction in a very different way than I expected it to, and I ended up absolutely loving it and the characters, too!
Addicted to You starts in a very interesting place. It starts with Leah attending a sex addicts meeting, and with a new member showing up and piquing her interest, that member is Will. ;D Right from the beginning of the book, the sparks between Leah and Will are flying and are super obvious! I couldn't wait for them to finally act on their feelings...and when they did, it was certainly worth the wait! I absolutely loved their chemistry, and while there were some issues that they had to overcome in their relationship, I loved seeing them get to know one another better. I also just loved when they talked to one another...their banter was fantastic, and both of their inner monologues were incredibly entertaining, and they had me grinning and laughing constantly! :D
Along with Leah and Will's chemistry together, I loved Leah's relationship with her roommate, Helena, and her little brother, Elijah. I also loved Will's friendship with his buddie, Finn.While both characters didn't have strong relationships with their parents, I loved that their friendships and Leah's bond with her brother were still very strong. I also just have to mention the fact that Will is Scottish...oh, I just seriously love guys with accents. I'm sure I'm not the only one, so I thought I would let you all know! Thankfully, Leah makes sure to constantly keep us aware of Will's fantastic accent, and his wonderful grin, too...she's a team player that girl. haha ;D
Overall, I loved Addicted to You! I absolutely adored the characters, and genuinely enjoyed getting to know both Leah and Will! I also loved seeing their romance emerge...and the chemistry between them was fantastic! I'd recommend this one to fans of contemporary romance, especially if you have a soft spot for nice guys or even just for guys with accents. ;D I also think you'll love this one if you like seeing characters who had lonely childhoods find love. :)
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*I was provided with an book of Addicted to You to participate in its blog tour. All opinions are my own.
Posted August 29, 2013
'Addicted to You' is a New Adult contemporary romance novel that focuses on our two main characters: Leah Carter, a college student who has lots of meaningless sex - the last of which burglarized her apartment; and Will McLean, a sexy Scottish guy studying psychology at the local university. When Leah's roommate demands that she attends sex addict therapy, Leah reluctantly agrees, even though she doesn't believe she has a problem. She's just about done with her required amount of sessions when the mysterious and sexy Will walks into the session. There is an immediate attraction between the two - one that goes deeper than just lust. Leah thinks that Will might be the one guy capable of breaking through her walls and Will is pretty sure he's falling fast for Leah. Will Leah be able to trust Will enough to let him get to know the real her?
This was a steamy yet romantic New Adult contemporary novel that showcases the reality of love and the obstacles people must be willing to endure to get it. Leah and Will are great main characters for the book. Leah is somewhat typical - she's closed off from almost everyone, had a lonely childhood with parents who don't really care about her or her brother, and doesn't trust anyone. She's definitely flawed, but in a realistic way that made it easy to identify with her and understand where she's coming from. Will is the stereotypical hottie - he's mysterious, gorgeous, smart, and is Scottish (love that sexy accent), but there's more to him than meets the eye as well. He had issues growing up as well and is hesitant to open his heart and life to anyone - especially romantically. I enjoyed watching Leah and Will's relationship change and grow throughout the book. The plot was interesting and had a quick pace that kept me engaged in the story - not to mention the incredibly steamy scenes between Leah and Will. Those definitely kept me wanting more - and I wasn't disappointed. The writing was well done and flowed naturally throughout the novel, with dialogue that didn't feel forced or fake, which is a big plus for me. The story is told from a third person point of view, so we alternate chapters between Leah and Will. I liked this approach because we get to see how each character was reacting to the situations in the book, but we don't get an inside peek into their thoughts or feelings. It was interesting to see how each of them processed their interactions and how they dealt with their growing feelings for one another. Overall, this was a fantastic New Adult contemporary romance that I would definitely recommend for fans of the genre.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted August 28, 2013
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Wow, what a completely different idea for a novel! I absolutely loved that our MC's first meet in therapy for sex addicts! The plot is so unique and fresh- I am so glad Brennan decided to go in a different direction than a lot of other NA's have lately.
Leah, our main character, has agreed to attend therapy, as her roommate believes her to have a problem. Leah, however, doesn't believe herself to be a sex addict. She just prefers one night stands. She is so emotionally closed off that she gets bored after being with a guy once and therefore doesn't do relationships. Leah was a bit of a difficult character to like. She is angry, moody, and not overly open. She is closed off to others and the only person we really see her show tenderness and care to his her little brother Elijah. However, Leah grew up in a household where her parents were not overly affectionate and in fact, her mother didn't even want to have her brother at all. Leah begged her to keep him (and not abort him!) and promised she would take care of him. Leah has been the one to take care of her younger brother and from a young age has accepted more responsibility than a teenager should. Now, in college, Leah goes to her parents every day to take care of her 9 year old brother. I can't even imagine what this must be like. Especially for poor Elijah. It's not right to even address his mother as 'Mom' seeing as she only gave birth to him and occasionally helped Leah out in order to teach her. Both of these kids deserve actual parents who care and their lack of affection has really messed Leah up. It isn't until she meets a gorgeous blue- eyed boy in therapy that she actually wonders if she could form a relationship with him and maybe feel something more.
Will is not actually a sex addict. He is posing as one for a case study he is working on at school. The last thing he ever expected was to walk in and meet beautiful Leah, who intrigues him. He stands up for her against some of the other addicts to which she informs him that he doesn't need to defend her. He immediately sees that she is self-sufficient and getting to know her won't be an easy task. Yet, Will can somehow break down Leah's defenses and she does end up letting him in and divulging tidbits about herself during a paired therapy activity. I really liked Will's character. He is Scottish (mega bonus points for that!) and while I wish we would have gotten a bit more about him and his life, you can tell by the fact that he has no plans of returning to Scotland, that things aren't necessarily rainbows and butterflies for him. Both Will and Leah confess to being lonely and I think that really forms a connection for them. Will is ready to jump in with Leah, but knows his lying isn't going to go over very well with her. He realizes that he must come clean and tell her the truth, but also knows he could easily lose the girl he so desperately wants to make his.
Elijah is another bright spot in this somewhat dark novel. Leah's relationship with her brother is just so sweet and the fact that she wants him to move in with her more than anything is just heartbreaking. Her mother is against it, afraid for what that would look like to other people. I really disliked their mother- she was only concerned with keeping up appearances and making good impressions. She did not do the right things for her family and that really rubbed me the wrong way! Elijah also forms an instant attachment to Will, after meeting at a party. Will is kind enough to make promises to Elijah and I think Elijah really looks up to him as a stronger male figure- one that won't let him down.
I did find the plot to be a bit slow going at times, however, Leah and Will really do have enough sexual tension going on to keep you plenty involved in the story. Whew!
Overall, I found this to be a rather enjoyable read and I really liked that it was different and that Brennan created a unique storyline to grab our attention!
*Received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Posted August 27, 2013
Addicted to You is Colina Brennan’s debut new adult novel. I have been on a contemporary binge all year and I have recently gotten into the new adult genre. After reading the synopsis, I knew this was something that I needed to add to my shelf.
Leah Carter is a hot mess. Her brusque attitude and long line of lovers have left her with an empty apartment and only one close friend. Due to the fallout of her latest rendezvous, her best friend forces her to attend sex therapy where she meets Will McLean. Being a psychology major, Will is intrigued by Leah from the beginning. He knows there is more to her than meets the eye. Leah also knows that Will is hiding something behind his killer blue eyes and boy next door charm.
I was a little put off by Leah at first. She was very rude and aloof, even being nicknamed “The Ice Queen” by her fellow therapy attendees. She always had her guard up and never let anyone in. That is until she meets Will. He puts her at ease and she feels like she can tell him anything. As her bond with Will deepens, we learn that she has her reasons for being the way she is. And speaking of Will, did I mention he was Scottish? Yep, he has an accent! Aside from that, I really liked the way he and Leah connected. He was very endearing and patient with her. He was determined to break down her walls because he could see something special behind them.
This story was a nice change of pace from the usual na romance. This time, it was the girl who needed fixing. I loved how Brennan hooked you right from the beginning with the meeting of the main characters and held you to the very end. The story unfolded smoothly and although I had a little trouble connecting with the characters at first, it didn't take me long to understand them.
I would recommend this to anyone who is in love with the new adult genre, or who likes contemporary romance. I’m hoping for a sequel or two as I’d love to see the relationships of both Will’s and Leah’s roommates evolve.
I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in exchange for my honest review.
Posted July 20, 2013
Posted July 12, 2013
The writing was quality, but it just never did it for me. The sample drew me in with the unique premise of meeting in a sex support group, but it never really took off from there. So if you're expecting a hot story, this is not it. It was just ok.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 7, 2013
I loved the voice of this story from page one. The premise already tells you that this isn't going to be some bland love story, but Leah's witty, sardonic voice is just hilarious. And Will, the love interest? He's hot and Scottish. What else do you need to know? I read this book in one sitting and I know you will too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 4, 2013
Holy Addiction because you will be addicted to this book!
Addicted To You is not your average story about girl meets boy and falls in love and is addicted to each other. No it is so much more. I can't believe this is the debut book for Colina Brennan because I just loved it to pieces and it felt like Colina had been writing for years. I love how she stepped outside the box and did a book about sex addiction. This is such a serious issue amongst teenage and college age girls that no one is talking about that I loved the story and how it unfolded.
Leah Carter is anything but normal. She is a beautiful girl with a good head on her shoulders except for one thing.She is addicted to hook ups. She loves the one night stands, no strings attached hook ups. Her best friend and roommate is worried about her because on one of these hookups Leah's house gets burglarized by her hook up. So her roommate tells her she needs to go to therapy before she gets hurt. At first Leah thinks her friend is crazy but she decides to give the therapy a chance. When she first goes to the sessions she realizes that it is like a hook up place where they exchange the crazy stories of what they have done and what they want to do. Then in comes a new addict with blue eyes to die for and a body that is rocking and a smile to die for and Leah is about to throw away all this therapy stuff to have one night with this gorgeous guy.
Will McLean is in college and has to do a research project. Will picks unusual addictions as his research. So he goes under cover to the sex addicts therapy session and when he gets there he is intrigued by this sexy girl there. As he talks to her and gets to know her better he finds himself feeling feelings that he never thought he would. He wants to get to know Leah better but how can he? He decides to get closer to Leah and find out the root of her addiction and try and help her over come it. But what happens is the crux of this novel and I will not spoil it for anyone because this is a HOT ASS SUMMER READ! This book has everything in it. I love how the build up was slow and not instant and how Leah and Will worked together to get through the hard times. This is a beach read and make sure you have a cup full of ice cubes because you are going to need them!
Posted June 24, 2013
I love this book. I sat down intending to read just a few chapters, and I read the entire thing. The characters are fun and unique, the chemistry is off the charts, and there's a depth and complexity to the story that can also make you think. Overall it was an amazing read.
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