Thursday, May 22, 2014

Review: Addicted to You ( Addicted #1 ) by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

Addicted to You by Krista 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. 




Even though most of my friends were praising this series non stop, I still have my reservation on starting it. The blurb and the premise just rub me the wrong way. I just can't help but feeling the 'Eek Factor' of having a heroine who bang every random strangers that she came across. 

There were a few things that caught me by surprised
1. despite the word 'sex' was mentioned so damn many times, this isn't an erotica. In fact we don't get much smut in it.

2. even though the heroine have sex with so damn many people until we lost count of it, we never did get the nasty bits. So it didn't have the 'Eek factor'. 

3. I thought this is going to be a heavy and emotional read due the serious theme of the book. Actually there is a lot of humor in it. We only get the heavy part somewhere towards the end. 

Lily - a sex and porn addict. Told entirely from her POV, I love the humor in her voice. It make the entire tone of the book much lighter and fun to read despite the messed up situation. 

Loren - an alcoholic. He had some serious daddy issue and tend to drink to oblivion to numb all his feelings. He is a vulnerable hero that just needed a ton of TLC from someone who care. I love him, but not in lust with him. I think my feeling towards Lo is more towards 'motherly'.

"I've seen you naked plenty of times."
"When we were kids."
"I'm sure your breast haven't grow since then."

Lily & Loren - they were childhood friends and soul-mates. They were both deeply flawed characters, yet I'm rooting for them to get better. They truly care and love each other. But the way they enable each other addiction and telling the other party 'It's gonna be okay', is totally unhealthy.

"We're terrible at so many things - remembering important dates, college, making friends - but the one thing we've always been halfway decent at is being together."

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.

Connor - I love this guy from the get go. He started off as Lily's tutor and then force his way to become their friends. Is hard for me to describe this character that totally fascinated me. He is smart, confident, sociable, snarky, blunt and the most self-assured young man that I've ever read without pissing you off. He believes himself to be the next Bill Gates or something equivalent. This guy is totally in his own element.

I try to imagine what type of girl Connor would seek, but she seems unfathomable - like a hazy picture with only her brain showing. 

Rose - Lily's elder sister who is still a virgin. Lo call her the ice queen or cold bitch. Usually we read about opposite attract, but I'm loving the fact that she and Connor is so similar in so many ways that they pissed each other off. I'm totally intrigued by this dynamic duo.

Ryke - another fellow student. He passed off a weird vibe in the beginning with his interest in Lo. I don't buy that he is just a genuinely good guy with a heart of gold wanting to save Lo. It just doesn't make sense. Well, things make sense later. I appreciate having Ryke around as the supportive friend that Lily and Lo desperately need in their life.

Overall, I love this new adult story with multidimensional characters, great plot with a few surprises along the way and it deal with some serious issues that plaque the youngsters. Despite having a deeply flawed H/h that should have drive me crazy, I find myself rooting for them. All the secondary characters were great and I love the friendships they formed. This book have me laughing and crying and I love every seconds of it. I love the way it ended, bittersweet and hopeful.

I watched Lo, and I start to see a new future. It's there, still blurry, but it looks brighter and better.

Rating 5/5