Review: Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie

addicted to youAddicted to You by Becca Ritchie, Krista Ritchie
Series: Addicted #1
Published by Self Published on August 22nd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 324
Source: ARC copy from NetGalley
Goodreads
four-stars

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

what i thoughtI received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Ugh, I’m really kicking myself… I requested this book AGES ago and I just now read it… I’m terrible with the books from NetGalley I’ve gotten.. I still have like 3 more I need to read. Anywho…

Lily is addicted to sex. Her “boyfriend” Lo is addicted to alcohol. Both their families come from money and they are faking a relationship in front of their families. They do live together and both are going to school. Neither of them speak to their families, they are kept to themselves and their addictions while keeping everyone out. When it’s time to go on a vacation with their families, they start to rethink their fake relationship… Maybe they can help each other out right? How bad could it get… Both characters hit rock bottom and have to figure out what they are going to next. They know they can’t continue this kind of life and be able to survive.

“I want to love you more than I love this” — he waves his bottle– “and I don’t know how else to do it unless there’s something to lose.” — Addicted to You

I can’t believe how much I loved this book! It definitely was not an easy book to read that’s for sure. This isn’t just a typical love story.. We are dealing with 2 characters who have addictions, and not easy ones to deal with. The addictions have become a daily ritual and because of their addictions, they didn’t realize they ever had feelings for each other.

“This is why  I don’t do family functions. This is why I don’t have friends. I disappoint everyone.” — Addicted to You

Now, I personally haven’t dealt with addiction, so I can’t really relate to their stories that well. But I do understand how much addiction consumes your life and affects those around you. This story is so realistic and so amazing, I can’t get over how amazing it was! It did take me a couple chapters to really get into their story, but once I did, I ended up completely immersed in Lo and Lily’s lives. A lot of the time I just wanted to give them a big ‘ole hug and tell them it’s going to be okay.. There were also times where I just wanted to slap them for being so annoying.. I’m really excited to see what comes next in their relationship and see if they can both battle their addictions while being in a relationship.

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quotes

“I’m here for you. Always.” — Addicted to You

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“If you don’t love yourself, Lily, how can anyone love you back?” — Addicted to You

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“The condoms had glittery stickers all over them. Who else in high school had a Lisa Frank fetish? She even carried around a binder with a rainbow unicorn and she was in ninth grade. So not only was she cruel, but she was vain enough to practically sign her name across the crime.” I pause. “You know the sad part of the story. I actually used those condoms”. — Addicted to You

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Challenges This Belongs To:

2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2014rewind

 

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