Title: Addicted To You
Authors: Krista and Becca Ritchie
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary Romance
Rating: Three of Five Stars
Summary: She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom.
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.
Review: This book was a bit different than what I had expected - I thought there would be much more focus on the romance than there turned out to be. This book does focus on the relationship between Loren and Lily, but there's a lot more going on here.
You might think that the title and the little quote that's on the cover are just a throwaway, a cover up for the romance - but they're definitely not that. This book delves into the realities of addiction for both Lo and Lily, exploring the dark sides of being addicted to sex and being addicted to alcohol.
The way the two characters are twined together is believable, too - they're best friends who have spent most of their lives trying to hold each other together, but eventually that all has to start falling apart. The subject matter in this book is definitely not light - it doesn't hold back from the dangers that are out there for people who are addicted to sex and alcohol, so people should keep that in mind.
I won't lie - at first it was hard for me to get into Lily's head. She's wealthy, privileged, and doesn't always treat Lo very nicely. Throughout the book I got the impression that Lo is much more willing to try and help her than she is to help him. Still, she's very real and multi-faceted, and so was Lo - that was what kept me turning the page, including her relationship with her flawed but caring family.
Overall, a pretty good self published debut from these authors, I think we'll be seeing a lot more from them.
Disclosure: I received an ARC through Netgalley in return for an honest review.