Monday, March 17, 2014

[Review] Addicted To You ~ Krista & Becca Ritchie

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

Aly's Review
“Our selfishness wedges between us. Neither of us is willing to give up what we love for each other. Not yet. And I’m not sure what it’s going to take to let go of our addictions.” - Addicted To You. *whooosh*  me being blown away by the truth in there.

Addicted To You by Krista & Becca Ritchie is not just a love story. It is a story of addiction and personal demons. It is a story of family and how much we hurt those we love. Because Addicted To You shows important lessons we romantics need to learn: sometimes love is not enough.

He's addicted to alcohol.
She's addicted to sex.
They are self destructive, a bomb just ticking. But bombs will always have collateral damage. As much as you try to blow up alone, someone's bound to get hurt. This novel is a full display of that.

“Our love should have mended all the pain and the hurt. Instead, we’re met with more complications, more consequences, more frowns and furrowed brows.” ~ Addicted To You

Lily has a problem. Sex is her constant - and always will be. Her life is made up of a string of forgettable one night stands. But her best friend Lo pushes her, forces her to see that HE is there. Their "relationship" doesn't have to be fake.

Loren "Lo" Hale has a problem. Alcohol is the only thing he could depend on. It is his crutch, his lover, his friend. He has the worst temper and could say such hurtful words. But the only person Lo could really love is Lily.

What I loved about this book is its cynicism and evasion. Lily and Lo hated the world and lived in their own bubble. They hated each other's addictions but had to deal with it. They were broken and lost in their addictions. A typical love story would be them getting together, then POOF, bye bye demons. But it wasn't like that.

 It made it harder.

They didn't WANT to change or give up what they had. Their love for each other wasn't enough because they didn't love themselves. It took self acceptance, love for themselves, and reality to really change. This was a heartfelt book that didn't make the effort to sugarcoat the hardships with addiction.

There were a few editing issues though. Just a few. The following are some of the problems I've found:
-Discrete vs discrete
-Taught vs taut (this seems to be really common among authors)
-Lauren vs Loren (weird, since this is the main character's name)
-People, persons
I know, I'm being so picky. It's just a bit bothering, so it's a personal thing. Read it though. The quality of this NA book surpassed my expectations.

4 whiskeys!

Oh! And it's really cute how they both start with the letter L. For loooove. Haha. Ha. Ha. Kay.

LL (love and... L...?) okay, bye,


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