Series: Addicted #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: January 13, 2015
Format: Audiobook, Length: 12 hours and 4 minutes
Narrator: Erin Mallon
How I got it: I bought it!
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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 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.
If you asked me to name my one, single favorite series, I wouldn’t hesitate a second before naming Krista & Becca Ritchie’s Addicted series. I first read this book a couple years ago. I definitely enjoyed it the first time. It was intense and unlike anything I’d read before. My love for this series has grown tenfold since then and when I learned the series would be available in audiobook format, I immediately preordered them and jumped right in as soon as I could. I loved this book just as much, if not more, the second time around.
Addicted to You is the type of book that captures your attention and your heart and you can’t get enough. It was intense and uncomfortable at times. It’s real and raw and you can’t help but love the characters, even if sometimes you want to cringe because of their behavior. This book – and the rest of the series, for that matter – tackle addiction head on. It doesn’t mince words. It doesn’t gloss anything over. But that’s what makes it so spectacular, in my opinion. Well, that, the incredible writing, and the characters!
Lily and Lo have been best friends since they were little. Now they’re in college and in a fake relationship – and living together. But here’s the real kicker: Lily’s a sex addict and Lo’s an alcoholic. Their fake relationship is a cover story so their family and friends don’t learn about their addictions. They’re both self-destructive and they enable each other, but they also love each other. Their connection is so real, their need for each other so palpable, you can’t help but want them to be together. They’re just so right together, flaws and all.
I wouldn’t necessarily consider Addicted to You a happy book. It’s also not a particularly light read. It’s about a couple with real problems who have been hiding for far too long. But in and amongst the angst, is humor and a whole bunch of heart. There are also some sexy times. You might think there’s more sex and fewer feels being that Lily’s a sex addict. You would be wrong. This book isn’t about her conquests. (Thank goodness.) Yes, you do get some of that, but it’s not until she and Lo begin to blur the lines that you get much detail. (Which I was glad about.)
One of my favorite things about the Addicted series is the strength of the relationships between the characters. Whether family, friend or lover, these characters have amazing chemistry. They’re there for each other. They protect each other. I believe they would literally go to the ends of the earth for each other. I still say this series would make one hell of a TV series. As long as they kept it true to the books… and aired it on a cable network.
I’ve read this book before and know what the future holds for Lily, Lo and each of the other characters, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying it the second time around. If anything, I think because I know what happens down the road, I was able to relax a little. I didn’t have to worry about whether or not things would happen that would break my heart. I could focus on the feels and connecting with the characters. I could enjoy the words and the little things that make this book (and series) stand out so far from the crowd. I absolutely loved the narrator. Erin Mallon did an incredible job. The small details, like the inflection in Lily’s voice when she felt uncomfortable or embarrassed was perfect. Lily might be outgoing when it comes to satisfying her addiction, but she’s rather timid and awkward when it comes to discussing “gross” things. It’s just one of the many complexities about her character and Erin voiced her perfectly. She also did a great job with the other characters and the pacing. A five (plus)-star performance for a five (plus)-star book.
I’ve already started Ricochet, which I somehow missed reading the first time around, and I’ll be binge-reading this entire series in preparation for the last two (*sob*) books, Fuel the Fire and Long Way Down. Bring on the feels!