Author: Becca Ritchie, Krista Ritchie
Series: Addicted #1
Publication Date: July 1, 2013
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 crap, do I ever love this book! A couple of months ago I read Kiss the Sky, not realizing that it was connected to a series until after I finished it. I loved that book so much and read it without feeling like I had missed anything, so it surprised me that these characters already had history from the Addicted series. Technically, Kiss the Sky is a spin-off that can be read separately, but of course, I needed to read Addicted to You because I love the characters so much and wanted to see where it all began.
The story is told from Lily’s POV, and her voice is so authentic and real. It feels weird to say that I love Lily and Lo together since their relationship is so unhealthy, but that’s the point. They know it’s unhealthy and that they have serious issues, but it is easy to see – to feel their love. They’ve been best friends since they were young children, eventually enabling each others addictions. Despite everything they went through together, no matter how bad things got, I was always rooting for them. I really do love them both and their connection, especially when Lo teased Lily.
I will admit that I had some misgivings when I saw the book’s main character is a sex addict, especially since it’s in the New Adult genre. I’m really impressed though, with what the authors did with the story and how they dealt with the issues. I know this is a heavy subject matter, but I didn’t feel crushingly heavy to me for two reasons: 1) I understand addiction, and it was easy for me to look at their situation from more of a clinical stand-point, and 2) I already had an idea of the turnout because I read Kiss the Sky first. So it might be heavier to others than it was for me. Again though, the authors did a fantastic job.
I was excited to get to know Lily and Lo, but I wasn’t expecting so much of the other characters. Since I read Kiss the Sky first, I already knew how certain people met and were connected, so it took any of the surprise out of it. However, it was actually a lot of fun that way; it seriously felt like I was reading a giant flash back. I felt giddy so many times when certain characters would appear or certain situations would arise because I already knew where it was heading and loved it. It was interesting to see Rose and Connor from Lily’s perspective. I declared Connor as my book-boyfriend when I read Kiss the Sky, but Ryke may pass him up. Uh-oh, I’m in a fictional love triangle!
So yes, Addicted to You has made an even bigger fan out of me. I am positively in love with the series and characters. Hell, I might even go as far as saying this will probably turn into one of my favorite series. If you are hesitant to read this because it’s NA, stop it! Just read it and see for yourself how freaking good it is.