SERIES: Addicted by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Book 1: Addicted to You
Book 1.5: Ricochet
Book 2: Addicted for Now
Book 2.5: Thrive (COMING SPRING 2014)
Book 3: Addicted After All (COMING SPRING 2014)
Connor and Rose’s story!: Kiss the Sky (Coming January 24, 2014) <– CAN. NOT. WAIT. OMG. #CONNORLOVE
Ryke and Daisy’s story!: Hothouse Flower (Coming March 2014) <–YES YES YES. *evil laughter* this is gonna be soooo good >:)
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.
ADDICTED. BIG TIME. i don’t even know how to start.
OK, so, this is not a series I would have normally picked up, but a friend told me about it with RAVING reviews..I mean, she was GUSHING. and, right now, so am I! I love being surprised by books, and this is one of the biggest of all. LIKE SERIOUSLY. god, okay.
First warning, these books were off-the-charts intense. Every second of it was either pure agony, happiness, or a moment filled with hope, and sometimes the hope held up, and something I deflated like a freaking balloon. YEP. there is no hiding from this book. Every emotion is evident, and all-consuming, and sometimes I was yelling and screaming in anger and desperation, and sometimes in happiness and with hope. (all in my head of course. 😉 ) SO, in saying that, I’m sure there will be those of you who don’t like it, but I’m telling you RIGHT NOW, give it a try, because it turned my world UPSIDE DOWN, INSIDE AND OUT.
In the books, there are two mains: Lily and Lo, aka two messed up people who have been addicted, BADLY. Lily, to sex, and Lo, to alcohol. LIKE FULL BLOWN ADDICTED. and with their kind of addiction, there was no covering it up, and no bottling it up inside. Every second of these books, I FELT Lo’s and Lily’s pain as they indulge, sacrifice, and try to get over their addictions for each other. I FELT EVERY SINGLE MOMENT, from Lily’s embarrassment to Lo’s frustration in Addicted to You and to both their desperation in Addicted for Now. I don’t know how Krista and Becca Ritchie made the words on their pages transform into emotions in my mind, but they did. oh yeah they totally did. consider me MIND BLOWN. OOPS. i think I forgot to mention something pretty darn important: their love for each other. In the beginning, they were just roommates letting each other swim in their pool of addiction, to the point where they were drowning. but once they realized what they were doing to each other, everything came together. OK, maybe not everything, but they did. Throughout the entire series, their love for each other and their confidence in each other’s strength and will to get over their addictions was INCREDIBLE. and that’s what made the series so heartfelt and emotional, in a good way (of course!) 🙂
LILY AND LO, *SIGH* they went through so much together. UGH. yet they handled it, despite their difficulties. yeah it may not have been the prettiest sight ever, but it was realistic; believable, and THAT was why I loved every second, every word, every DARN KISS, FIGHT, AND EVERYTHING ELSE that made their relationship what it was. Lo, oh man…that boy, PERF. OK, as PERF as an addict can be; as perfect as a human being can be. He was flawed, big time, but seriously, that’s what made him beautiful, inside and out, as he stood by Lily EVERY SECOND, through the media, through her inner struggles, through his rehab…
“Only the bad parts,” he says. He takes the first step forward. And then another. And another. Until our shoes touch, until his thumb strokes my cheek. “I’ll always be yours. No distance or time apart will change that, Lily. You need to believe that.”
yup. just breath-taking that one was..
THEN, there’s Lily. Not gonna lie. She was a total train wreck, that one. But, I know that this series never would’be hit me as hard if her addiction hadn’t been as enveloping and hard to overcome as it was for her. HER STRENGTH? AWE-INSPIRING. The first book was good, and then in the second, MAN, she just knocked me off of my feet. her love for Loren? OFF.THE.CHARTS. She’s addicted to sex. Lo’s in rehab. She’s his girlfriend. He’s not there. Yeah, you can see how that might be a problem? YEP. BUT SHE DID IT. SHE FREAKING DID IT. *victory dance* 🙂
“One,” I say in a small voice. “I will not look at porn.”
“I thought this was supposed to be a proclamation.” Ryke rocks on the balls of his feet. He leans forward and says, “I can’t even hear you.”
“Say it like you mean it,” Rose agrees with a supportive nod.
“Scream it,” Connor adds.
“I will not look at porn!”…
“Two. I will not masturbate!”…
“Three. I will not be compulsive about sex!”…
“And four,” I pause as I look at these final words. They mean the absolute most to me. “I will not cheat on Loren Hale!”
YIPPEEEE 🙂 this made %&#($@ HAPPY!
SO, i think I mentioned this, but MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS? THE SUPPORT SYSTEM. like seriously. best FRIENDS EVAR. RYKE. CONNOR. ROSE. DAISY. OMG. can’t get over them AT ALL. Ryke…oh dear god..give me a moment to just appreciate that guy..ok done. 😉 Ryke is one of my favs, because of his blunt honesty and his relationship, ahem ahem (if I tell you, it would be a total spoiler…so I WONT 🙂 ) His ability to be Lo’s rock through everything and force Lily to do what had to be done in the beginning…*SIGH* and, let’s not forget about his
good looks EXTREMELY SWOON-INDUCING face,body,and basically everything else 🙂
CONNOR? hell to the yes. MAN. perfect match up for Rose, and honestly, one the best supporting characters I’ve ever read about. Without doubt, he is the one I would want by my side, because he was blunt to the point of brutal honesty, and supportive to the the point of tears.
And then, there’s Rose and Daisy, Lily’s sisters. GOD, Rose. She is one hell of a woman. At the beginning, she’s the only one who ever really tried to insert herself into a distant and holed-up Lily’s life. she has her own problems too, but that doesn’t stop her from being the supportive and trustworthy sister who eventually becomes Lily’s personal savior, in so many ways…and then there’s Daisy, who only really starts to show up a little later, but her antics and attempts to grow up way too fast, as a result of her job, always add to the grins and sometimes, the heart pounding, that I came across throughout the series. AND can i say? I TOTALLY AGREE. Daisy and Ryke? YES PUH-LEASE.
YEP, this series was definitely a good one. I AM SO DARN EXCITED FOR THE BOOKS COMING UP, everyone’s stories. omg. let me catch my breath….yeah definitely excited 🙂 EEEEP!!!
OH, and of course, the series? THIS SERIES ABSOLUTELY DESERVES FIVE FREAKING PERFECT, BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES.