Addicted to You (Addicted Series) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Addicted to You (Addicted Series)

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Overview

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***
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Editorial Reviews

Goodreads - Kristen @ Seeing Night Reviews
Fans of Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster and Jennifer Echols Such a Rush will want to get their hands on Addicted to You asap!
Goodreads - Ali @ Ginger-Read Reviews
"Not many books move me to tears. Hell, not many books even move me to holding my breath. Addicted to You did both."
Goodreads - Heather @ Reading Haven
"This was a knock your socks off, raunchy, nitty-gritty, rough and tumble look at addiction between two soul mates."
Goodreads - Jennifer @ Donnie Darko Girl
"I. Love. This. Book. It's one of my new favorites, and I can't recommend it enough. It's witty, clever, real, and dazzling."
Goodreads - Kassie @ Kassie's Book Thoughts
Krista and Becca Ritchie delivered an incredibly fresh debut in the New Adult genre. This is a book that you will not want to miss, trust me when I tell you that this is a MUST READ!
Goodreads - Kristen @ Seeing Night Reviews
Fans of Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster and Jennifer Echols Such a Rush will want to get their hands on Addicted to You asap!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016567594
  • Publisher: K.B. Ritchie
  • Publication date: 5/22/2014
  • Series: Addicted , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 322
  • Sales rank: 27,372
  • File size: 613 KB

Meet the Author

Krista & Becca Ritchie write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series. Connect with them on twitter, facebook and their website: kbritchie.com
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  • Posted May 23, 2014

    Lily is a college girl who goes out the bars a lot. That's norma

    Lily is a college girl who goes out the bars a lot. That's normal, right? Not when the sole purpose of going is to have sex in the bathroom. The college slut? The cheating girlfriend? The ungrateful daughter & sister? Lily has a problem and thinks she is doing everyone a favor by not answering their calls and staying away.

    Loren has a few drinks every now and then. He's only doing what he was taught. He's only in college so he doesn't lose his trust fund. He's just skating by. He answers his father's calls but they never turn out to be good calls. There's always a drink waiting.

    Lily and Lo are in a fake relationship to help each other hide their addictions from their families. Everything is a lie. But one night at a party it all starts to crash around them. Will they be able to hide it much longer? Do they go to rehab? Therapy? What happens to their relationship when they realize they have to help themselves before they can help each other? What then?

    I loved this book! So superbly written! I felt like I was watching two friends go thru these problems. It was heartfelt and heartbreaking. So often I wanted to choke the main characters and shout at them wondering why they don't see the signs for each other's addiction. I'm proud of the decisions that were made and I can't wait to see what happens after christmas.

    *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Posted February 16, 2014

    Outstanding.  Addicted To You was a visual, exciting and eye-po

    Outstanding. 

    Addicted To You was a visual, exciting and eye-popping read. The writing was refined and developed, making every scene from parties to sex to the root of Lo and Lily's respective alcohol and sex addictions come to life around you. I had my popcorn in a bucket and was happily sitting front row to a sexy, riveting, yet deeply engrossing show.

    I bought book #1.5 and #2 promptly am SO excited for this series. Book #1 was complete and fulfilling, but there's so much more left to experience. Great storytelling right there.

    - Writing = 5 stars
    - Story/plot = 5 stars
    - Characters = 5
    - Heat level = moderately high
    - TOTAL = :D

    Big 5 stars!

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

    I finished Addicted to You a couple of days ago and am just now

    I finished Addicted to You a couple of days ago and am just now finally able to write my review. Frankly, I was completely blown away. This is not just a story about two privilege rich kids who over-indulge and lose control. This is a raw emotional story filled with pain, confusion and addiction. No emotions are hidden from the reader.




    Surprisingly, you would thing a story about a sex addict would be filled with explicit sex. However, this is not the case. No gratuitous sex scenes. Instead, we are given open access into Lily’s thoughts and reasoning as this story is told in first person voice from Lily’s point of view. OH.MY.GOD. I know I will never think of a sex addict the same way again. To feel her pain and confusion, the self-loathing of her actions shook me to the core. Is this how all sex addicts feel? Lo’s addiction is probably to see how it works yet I keep wondering to myself what has brought him to the point of self-medication. As addicted to their own individual drug of choice, there is also the added co-dependency they have for each other that seems to be even more destructive. Enabling the enabler to enable and fiercely protecting each other above all else. I sort of expected this book to start at the beginning of their addictions but instead we are jumping into the middle of the addictive vortex. My expectations of what I thought should happen next immediately are thrown out the door. 




    This is not an easy book to read. Frankly there are some fairly ugly parts. I have to commend author twins Krista and Becca Ritchie for taking on such a controversial subject with such raw trueness. It would have been easy for them to pain a pretty picture but instead they have presented a story of two damaged souls without the rose-colored glamour glasses to make it all safe. And, that my friends, is the true beauty to this story. 




    If you are looking for this book to end in a HEA with all wounds heal, kiss-kiss, hug-hug all is forgiven, then you will sadly disappointed. The ending of Addicted to you certainly did not feel like a cliffhanger or not one that had me screaming, “Noooo” but it certainly had me questioning the what-ifs. What happens next? Do I want to know? Can I live with where the authors take me? There’s only one way to find out. Continue reading the series. As addicted to sex and alcohol Lily and Lo are, I am as well addicted to their story.




    I received this book from Net Galley for the express purposes of an honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated.




    Stars – 5

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

    5 "I Am Now Addicted to This Series" Stars Right now

    5 "I Am Now Addicted to This Series" Stars

    Right now my mind is reeling. This book has evoked so much emotion in me. This is a dark romance littered with sex, drinking, family dysfunction, and addictions. If you are in to romances which leave you with warm fuzzies, move on, this is not the book for you. On the other hand, if you are drawn to stories that grip you, have you hanging on hoping that something good will come out of all te craziness, then this is for you.

    Lily is addicted to sex. When she gets stressed, sex is her release. But she is fully addicted to the point where it not only interferes with her life, it is her life. From pornos, to self stim, to faceless/nameless hook-ups, Lily finds her fix. Her lifelong best friend, Lo is an alcoholic. They use each other to hide their addictions from their families. They enable each other to live their destructive lies. At the root of it is a love for each other as much as it is for their own personal gain.

    This book is rough to read. Many scenes are disturbing and they are utterly frustrating. But that is addiction. You just want to shake some sense into these two, but that won't help. They make some friends along the way that try to help. But they need to help themselves. An interesting twist near the end could have made things worse, but in essence I feel it only helps the characters seek the help to heal.

    No doubt this is a love story, but love is not always easy, and it definitely is not always pretty. There is somewhat of a cliffhanger ending but it is not drastic though it will leave you hungering for more. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more of Lily and Lo's story.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted December 31, 2013

    ** spoiler alert ** This book turned out to be a nice surprise.

    ** spoiler alert ** This book turned out to be a nice surprise. It starts with Lily, a rich college student hiding her sex addiction from worried-about-appearances-family and all her friends except her BFF Lo Hale. He covers for her at every turn because he has his own self preservation secret to keep.

    "Silence (of the awkward variety) thickens after his words die in the air. Normally, I'd be talking to him about The Blue Room and my nefarious intentions tonight, making plans since I am his DD. But in the censored car, it more difficult to start R-rated conversations."

    Lily reciprocates his loyalty through putting up a front of being in a fake relationship for the previous three years. Together they are closer than close but their friendship has unhealthy connotations at every level.

    "He observes me. Every little movement. And my heart speeds. Is she watching us?" I whisper, wondering why he suddenly looks like he wants to devour me. It's part of our life, i remind myself. This isn't real."

    The authors have done a great job of character developing them both through denial, guilt and realisation of their addiction finishing on a slight cliffhanger that they need to part ways in order to recover from their addictions separately and hopefully becoming stable enough to pursue their love on a more healthier foundation in the next installment of the series.

    “I'll always be yours. No distance or time apart will change that,Lily.”

    I applaud the authors for taking a common thread of addiction and giving it a twist. Usually the taboo subject of sex addiction might be more commonly shown through a male character's promiscuity so it was interesting to see it done successfully from a female view point. You believe in her high and uncontrollable hunger for a quick fumble and then the deflating guilt afterwards. I will certainly be revisiting the rest of the series to see how Lily and Loren fair in their journey to kicking addiction and finding a better coping mechanism.

    I was provided a ecopy of this book for a honest review by the author through netgallery

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  • Posted December 14, 2013

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    I¿ll admit it¿ the first reason I wanted to read this book was b

    I’ll admit it… the first reason I wanted to read this book was because it was about a female addicted to sex. There’s tons of books about guys that crave and need sex. I can’t think of a single one, other than this one, that puts a female in that situation. Immediately, I was intrigued to see how it was portrayed by the authors.

    Speaking of authors, I wasn’t completely sure how I was going to enjoy a book written by two people. Generally, it’s easy to pull off if the book is told from dual perspectives (different authors provide different voices), but this book is only told from Lily’s perspective. So, how’d they do? Wonderful! There wasn’t any noticeable change in voice in Lily (maybe it’s because they’re twins, haha… totally kidding, I know twins are absolutely two separate people).

    Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I was drawn into the story immediately. I loved the characters, especially Loren. The book, being the first in the series, ends very abruptly. I’m excited to see how the series progresses.

    Currently, there are two other books in this series. I’ll be starting the next one, Ricochet, immediately.

    * This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

    Be sure to check out all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.

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  • Posted November 20, 2013

    Addicted to You is the first time I've read anything by these au

    Addicted to You is the first time I've read anything by these authors and I could not be more impressed by the story. The authors
    did a good job of capturing the emotions of the MCs and how their addictions are crippling both each other and how it's affecting
    Lily's family. I must admit I was surprised to learn of the connection between Lo and Ryke, and literally laughed out at the first
    exchange between Connor and Rose.

    I will definitely get the rest of the books in the series to see how Lily and Lo are able to deal with life after getting the help they need.

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  • Posted November 18, 2013

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    I read this book because Aestas Book Blog when nuts over it...Ev

    I read this book because Aestas Book Blog when nuts over it...Every book I have read from her recommendations have been awesome. Well let me tell you this one was gripping. The storyline isn't your everyday love story. It is two messed up people trying to get by the best they can...together! I read it in a single sitting. Addiction isn't pretty and this book doesn't try and cover up the life changing results of it...but you will be engrossed with the characters and their individual struggles and be captivated by their love and commitment to each other. It is the beginning of a love affair with the series. I was so thankful to see Ricochet was already available because I didn't know what I was going to do waiting for the next book. All I can say is READ IT!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    adhfksdhfkldhfksdhfklsdhfklshdfa. I don't know. I don't know wha

    adhfksdhfkldhfksdhfklsdhfklshdfa. I don't know. I don't know what to say or react after finishing this book in two days. You have to know that I'm not really a fan of abuse (in all kinds) cause I tend to hate the characters and their flaws. I agree, it's called flaws for a reason. But for me, their flaws are just like a reason. It's a way for escape, it's a bad choice. A really, really, really bad one. 




    I should maybe do a WHAT I LIKED and WHAT I DON'T LIKED here to see better. I mean understand better. 




    WHAT I LIKED: I love the characters. All of them. Well, okay, I love the main ones - Lo, Lily, Rose, Connor and Ryke. The last two guys I enumerated... I'm in love with them. LOL. I love the witty things Connor spouts. He's intelligent and that is so smexy. Ryke on the other hand, is a dangerous kind of guy. BUT in all that those two are way attached to Lo and Lily. I love how even if Connor is wicked rich like those two, he is someone who has a good heart. He and Ryke really cares for Lily and Lo. 




    As for the story, it shows us that it is real. One might not readily admit that they are an alcoholic or a sex addict but it is true and it is happening somewhere. I get that. I really do. For the first part, I kept wondering "Why it happened? How did they became like that?" I know. I know that if I read further on I'll get my answers. I was hoping to get it much sooner. But I don't know, at the back of my mind, I was thinking I might not get the answers I want. Krista and Becca might withhold it to me. LOL. And so I kept on reading.




    Some of the things happened in the story that I did not fully expect. Actually, one of them were the two guys, Connor and Ryke. They just barged in in Lo and Lily's life. I love their roles into the two addicts' lives. I can honestly say that I don't have any bore moments over this book (hello! I read it in two days straight! I even withhold watching TV series so I could finish it. :P).




    WHAT I DON'T LIKED: I guess what I don't like will always be the choices the characters made. Even though I know that is not their fault entirely. And that they are created that way to prove to all the readers that this happens. That once you become an addict, it's hard to stay away. That you crave it so much that it destroys not only you but also your family and friends.




    The indecisiveness... I sometimes hate it when people are so indecisive - hypocrite I am, maybe, cause I do that too from time to time - I mean you said you'll do this, promise it, swear it, give your word but then you'll do exactly the opposite of it. I kinda hate it. Especially if it's something major, like life altering major. I only do indecisiveness for small things, like "Should I buy this book? But it's expensive... But I really want it." Like that. lol.




    I also know that this is really not the authors fault. So the "What I don't liked" part of my review is purely the story. Did you get it? lol. I mean, I'll give the authors 5 stars for how they have written it. I guess because they are bloggers/reviewers first before publishing books. They know the ins and outs of reviewing. So they know what are the things we readers are looking for. What our weaknesses are.




    On the other hand, I'd give 5 stars for the characters. I like them. How they are created, how realistic they are. But I'd give 4 for the characters' choices. The main MCs' choices in life, I mean. I know that that is not really how you should review a book, but hey, this is what I want. LOL. :P And I can not really, fully explain WHY it is like that. Just... KUDOS to Krista and Becca Ritchie! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    Addicted to You was a great read. I was intrigued by the blurb i

    Addicted to You was a great read. I was intrigued by the blurb immediately. The story was different from anything I read before. It tells the
    story of Lily and Lo. Lily is addicted to sex and Lo is an alcoholic. They use their addictions to try to help eachother throughout their fake
    relationship. Lines start to blur and Lily and Lo have to question whether their actions are revealing more of their real feelings for one 
    another. I thought the authors did a wonderful job of showing Lily's addiction as any other addiction. The pacing of the story was really 
    good because I felt the story wasn't rushed. The last few chapters had me flipping through the pages so fast and you can feel that something bad was going to happen. There was a twist towards the end that I didn't see at all. There were clues, but I didn't piece everything until before the big reveal. The story ends in a good place leaving you wanting more of Lily and Lo's story. Addicted to You was an amazing, heartbreaking and emotional journey about love, friendship and addiction. I'm seriously in love with this story. Highly recommend! 

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  • Posted November 12, 2013

    I absolutely loved Addicted To You. It is the story of Lily and

    I absolutely loved Addicted To You. It is the story of Lily and Lo. Two college students whose families are extremely wealthy. They struggle with addiction and work together to hide it from their families. They are both so entangled in their own addiction and completely co-dependent on each other. They've been friends forever and fall in love. But how can they ever truly love each other when they are addicted. The authors did an amazing job portraying the shame and guilt Lily and Lo experience and even the desire to be better but the ease of not trying to get better. The character development was great and I really liked both Lily and Lo, faults and all. The backstory and plot were well put together and had me questioning things but discovering them in due time. There was love and drama and even pain and truth in so much that happened. The authors did a great job telling the story. It doesn't end with a cliffhanger but in a way that you know there will be another book because there is more story to tell. I can't wait for the next one. I am rooting for Lily and Lo!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

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    4.5 stars!

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  • Posted November 3, 2013

    When I started this book I had low expectations. Ok here is a bo

    When I started this book I had low expectations. Ok here is a book about spoiled rich college kids who had no parental guidance who just party to much and end up falling in love...ie a college Gossip Girl. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The novel starts out bursting the bubble of what I thought Lily and Loren's relationship was going to be. Lily battles sex addiction and Loren alcohol and the writers did an excellent job of immersing you in the shame and hiding portions of their addictions and how they enable each other. You get the sense that not only do they love each other but there is a dependence on each other that gives the novel a realism that makes you want to root for them to overcome their issues and be able to survive together.

    The book made me eager for more and I have to say that this may be the winner for me for best new adult novel of the year. The writing and the story is fresh with a gritty realism that I have rarely seen in New adult novels. Most read like YA with the characters having no experience with the reality of what an average person of their age might have actually experienced by that time (No offense but if it was nice to actually know that these characters had sex, drank, swore, hated their parents, I found them actually more relate-able even with their addictions). I look forward to the next installment.

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  • Posted September 15, 2013

    Shockingly surprised by this book. I will admit that I was nervo

    Shockingly surprised by this book. I will admit that I was nervous about reading based on the synopsis but I am so glad I jumped in. Krista & Becca Ritchie gives a poignant look at addiction through Lily's eyes as she battles sex addiction and her best friend/boyfriend Loren battles alcohol. I got lost in in the characters, Krista & Becca immersed me in their world in a way that had me rooting for them to find a way out of the dark places that led them both to their addictions. The love they have for each other is wonderful which is what really drove the story for me. I want these 2 to find a way to handle their addictions and have their HEA, I feel they deserve it. Of course, we won't know if that can happen until Addicted for Now but we are left at an ok place for both Lily and Loren as wait for the next installment on their lives.

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

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    I don¿t think I ever laughed so much and then got sad really qui

    I don’t think I ever laughed so much and then got sad really quickly in a book before. The emotional overload of what addictions can to do you inside and out, pulls me into this story further than what I imagined.




    Plot: You have two really good friends since childhood both facing horrible upbringings and addictions. In fact, they use each other to hide what their doing. There are two major elements that kept me in this book. One is humor. Despite their addictions (sex/alcoholism) there are some very funny moments that just make you shake your head. They have moments where they barely escape. The other element is hard reality. Their addictions make it hard for them to lead a simple normal life. Lo can’t go anywhere without getting drunk and Lily can’t stop thinking of her next lay. It literally interrupts their daily routine of things and man that is heart breaking.




    Characters: I adore who well these characters are written. The reader gets an good inside look at both addictions. Lily is addicted to sex. She has to have it. Anytime, anywhere and it doesn’t matter with what guy so long as she get her next big high. At some points of the story, it gets real scary to read. Lily goes to point of looking up people on Craigslist (shudders) just for sex. You don’t really understand how hard this addiction is for her till you been in her mind. It’s literally is something that she can not stop. Lo is addicted to alcohol. He drinks it all day, everyday. He can’t go anywhere with out sipping a drink. He lives on it like water. Lo reaches he lows as well. He used alcohol as means to escape. He has a hard past that is building up quite well through out the story. And when he reaches his breaking point, ugh! I wanted to cry.




    Ending: I think the ending of the book has got to be both hard and needed. I saw it coming but I was hoping that by some miracle they’ll both snap out of it and stop doing what their doing. After reading the book and treading the line of death and destruction, this is needed. I’m looking forward to the next book cause the  authors left the reader at a good point with some hope.




    Bravely written with excellent characters, Addicted To You is one of the best New Adult books I have read this year. The attractive allusion that these characters put on is the best performance that can fool anyone. Tackling sensitive issues with superb writing, Addicted To You is triumphant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Amazing book!!!!!!!

    I didnt know if i was going to like this book going from the description but the reviews sold me on it. I was hooked from the first page. Just read it u wont regret it if u like romance books! I cant wait for addicted 2! Make sure u read the addicted 1.5 its amazing to!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    TiWi

    Good Emotional Dark Love Story. ***This is a Sequel Book*** Mature Readers Only...320+ pages. This book centers around 2 childhood friends who are now in College & live together. Lily & Lo's real life problems (Bullying, 2 Addictions, Verbal Abuse ect.) Now that I finished it I'm glad I stuck w/ it, but it took me a few days to finish (Since 2/12 I have read/bought 1 Nook Book a day usually)

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  • Posted August 7, 2013

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    No one told me you can love someone and still be miserable. How

    No one told me you can love someone and still be miserable. How is that possible?




    Upon completing Addicted to You I've learned a few things about myself. 




    I love broken people. I have this deep compulsive optimism that everyone can be fixed
    I adore toxic romances. I understand that everything will not always be sunshine and rainbows
    I lust for smutty for situations. Need I elaborate
    I'm loath cliffhangers. Well that's not new, it just surprises me when it happens, immediately sending me over the edge.
    I desperately need Addicted to You to become a sequel, series, or whatever I. WANT. MORE!!!!
    Loren (Lo) Hale and Lily Calloway are both addicts and enablers.Truth be told I did not think that you could be both. They live in a decisional world that they're functional addicts and everything is under control. Only thing is everyone around them can see the train wreck happen. 




    Addicted to You had my full attention after the first chapter and keep me on the edge until the very end. At one point I thought I would go through my own withdrawal when I was forced to put it down to do something frivolous like cook, clean, go to sleep, or to work. 




    Lo and Lily have been best friends for ever and have kept each others secret for just as long. In efforts to keep they debauchery in full swing they pretended to be in a relationship, until things took a turn during a boating trip. From my view of things I believe Lo was all in the "fake" relationship and Lily just needed to realize that there was nothing faux about the connection they had.




    I will say that at first I despised Lily. There was eye rolling, name calling, I even gave my e reader the finger a few times. I assumed like most people that she just wasn't trying hard enough to get better. Once I had a moment to Google her condition, my need for her to be fixed kicked in.




    On the outside Lo's problem didn't seem much of an issue to me, I'm presuming its because Lily helped him keep it together in front of family. Not to mention the few moments it appeared that he was trying to keep it together for Lily's sake. When Lily's jealousy had her on a downward Lo was able to see it and help take control of her.




    Krista and Becca have done an awesome job with Addicted to You. I experienced with so many different emotions I laughed, cringed, had butterflies, became aroused, I even cried. The story flowed so well. It was plausible. I stayed on the edge of my seat. If you're like me and love toxic love, broken souls, with a dash of drama and angst I definitely urge you to add Addicted to You to your TBR list.




    **Thank you, gracias, merci to the author/ publisher for providing me an arc copy via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for my honest opinion.** Follow my blog shawnasurvey at blogspot dot com

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

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    This book people. It was not at all what I expected. Honestly, g

    This book people. It was not at all what I expected. Honestly, given the fact that my first foray into the NA genre was the Too Far series by Abbi Glines, I pretty much just expected some soap opera worthy antics followed by lots of graphic sex. And yes, I know, I should never make assumptions about one book based on other books but I’m only human. Sometimes I do things I shouldn’t. Regardless, Addicted to You blew my expectations out of the water. The writing, the characters, the story. It was heartbreaking, intense, and absolutely beautiful in its own way.

    This is definitely a character-driven story. Lily, Lo, and their relationships both with each other and their families are the driving force. It was so hard not to fall in love with these characters. Despite the fact that they are addicts from incredibly rich families living overly privileged lives, they are so easy to empathize with and even relate to at times. I adore that they are comic book nerds who go to Comic Con. Is their relationship a healthy one? Absolutely not. It’s co-dependent and enabling and they have a long way to go before they reach a point where it can be called healthy. But it has the potential to be. It’s honest and it’s true and heartbreakingly beautiful and I have a lot of feelings about it, obviously. I think it’s just a sign of how good the writing is that the Ritchie’s have taken these two characters who most people would find to be utterly detestable and turned them into ones that you just root for. Even when you’re disgusted with them, you still love them.

    Lily especially was a lot easier for me to relate to than I expected her to be. Obviously I couldn’t relate to her addiction, although I could empathize with her. While I’ve never been addicted to anything, I come from a family of drug and alcohol addicts, including both of my parents and maternal uncles, an experience that I felt made it easier for me to understand the characters even when I couldn’t sympathize with them. While I couldn’t relate to the addiction, I could relate to her self-loathing and isolation and loneliness. One sentence in particular really struck a chord with me, possibly more than any other I’ve ever read

    “I guess the only way to be close to me is to inject yourself in my world because I won’t make the move to enter yours. That’s horrible, isn’t it?

    Does she frustrate and piss me off and make me want to throw things at her? Yes. All the time. She’s an addict with no apparent desire to change her lifestyle, one who uses her addiction to justify enabling the addiction of the person she loves most in the world. If that doesn’t piss you off you’re doing life wrong. But like the future Lily see’s for Lo, distant and bright, I have that same hope for her.

    I also loved the minor characters, especially Connor and Rose. They were a breath of fresh air when things became too intense. The relationship between Rose and Lily just makes my heart explode with joy and made me want to give my own sister’s a giant hug. And while I’m not Ryke’s hugest fan, I appreciate him and his purpose.

    The writing, while not perfect, was still very good. Just the right balance of descriptive, evocative, and raw without being simplistic or juvenile, I was sucked in immediately. Yes, there were some moments and plot twists that had me rolling my eyes but they were not enough to overshadow all of the good.  I was so pleased with how well researched the addictions were. While I don’t know anyone with a sex addiction, I did once write a research paper on it in college and while my memory is a little blurry on it I felt the subject was handled with grace, tact and honesty. And as someone with firsthand experience dealing with both functional and non-functional alcoholics I was 100% satisfied by how Loren’s problem was handled. I often hear people say that a functional alcoholic can’t possibly exist but I know for a fact that they do and Loren is well written evidence of that.

    I’m also a huge fan of how tastefully the sex scenes were handled. Lily’s sex addiction is a dominant force in the book but the scenes of her with both the random guys she picks up and Loren are never overtly graphic or ridiculous. They are tasteful and realistic and well written. There were scenes that broke my heart and some that yes, slightly disgusted me, and others that just made me want to hug her and fix all of her problems. And then there were the scenes with Lo that had me swooning and fanning myself and just falling utterly in love with him. Honestly, the best scenes are the ones between Lo and Lily that are building-up to the sex. They just make me all swoony okay. It’s so obvious that they are completely in love with each other and neither are willing to risk what they have with the truth and it just made me sigh and sad and swoon all at once.

    If you are looking for a gooey read of two damaged people magically fixing each other’s problems with their epic love, this book is not for you. This book is draining and brutal and the last few chapters literally felt like someone had dug their hand into my chest and were slowly ripping my heart out. But it is also a compelling and beautiful story, excellently written and researched, with honest, realistic characters that will tug at  your heartstrings and make you want to pull your hair out all at the same time. I look forward to the next installments and will definitely be recommending this to others.

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

    As soon as I read the description, I could tell that Addicted to

    As soon as I read the description, I could tell that Addicted to You was going to be an intense read...I mean how can it not be when it's pretty much all about addiction? I loved the intensity of the story, and I liked getting to see such a raw perspective on addiction (or it seemed real to me...we really see both Lo and Lily hit some major lows!), but, I also found it to be intensely emotional, and I was quickly wrapped up in Lily's life. I absolutely loved Addicted to You!

    While Lily and Lo both hit some low spots and showed their bad sides to the reader, I still really liked them as characters. Lo was sexy, charming, funny, and I loved how much he cared for Lily! I also really liked Lily. She was so embarrassed by her addiction, and it did get the best of her at times, but I thought that her narrative was very honest, and it felt like she didn't hide anything from the reader, which I really liked. She was so hard on herself, and felt so guilty about her desires and how sex basically controlled her life...and I just felt so compassionate towards her, and I wanted her to be able to overcome it all. I really felt for her even though my situation is nothing like hers. Krista and Becca Ritchie have created incredibly flawed characters, but you still can't help wanting to get to know them better.

    Addicted to You is a character-driven story, and I'm a fan of plots based on character, so I loved that aspect of the story. I couldn't put it down at all. I enjoy light fluffy reads, but I do like to read stories that wrench at my heartstrings, too, and that's exactly what Addicted to You did! It made me laugh, smile, blush (just like Lily did :P haha), and it definitely made me cry...at one point I was pretty much constantly sobbing, but I liked it...in that weird, masochistic way that us book lovers do. ;)

    Overall, Addicted to You was fantastic! The characters were wonderful and their open flaws made me like them even more. I enjoyed that while Lily and Lo kept most people at arm's length, the reader is able get to know them better, and can see the great people underneath their addictions. I loved Addicted to You for many reasons---the characters, the story, the writing, and the fact that it was so honest and open towards the addiction aspect of the story. I really appreciated the realism of the story, and I liked seeing the characters as more than just their addictions. I would recommend Addicted to You to those who like contemporary stories that are a little more mature (it does have adult content since the characters are addicted to sex and alcohol), and I'd also recommend it to those who enjoy stories that aren't light and fluffy, and have a little more depth to them.

    * This review also appears on my blog and on my other social media accounts.
    * I was provided with an ebook of Addicted to You to participate in Addicted to You's blog tour, and to give an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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