Friday, July 5, 2013

Review of 'Addicted to You' by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Release Date: 07/01/13

Summary from Goodreads:

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 when they go on a family boat trip, surrounded by open seas and limited male bodies in sight, Lily’s confronted with a big fear. Only one guy onboard can fill her addiction, and she’s sworn off going there with Loren Hale ever again.

Now the only person who can truly help her can barely help himself.

**This is a New Adult book recommended for readers 18 and up**

**My thoughts**

This was one of those books that is difficult, because you get so wrapped up in the main character's world. You are able to feel her pain, even though you are more than likely not a sex addict. You can see the train about to derail and crash and you are aching to stop it, but obviously can't do anything about it. You want to jump in and shake both of them, as well as their families, who are partially responsible for their self-destructive behaviors. Loren and Lily think that they are helping each other, but really, they are exacerbating each other's problems. Not only are they addicted to their vices, but also to each other. One of my favorite Eddie Vedder quotes from the mid-1990s is "You can't save someone else from drowning if you're barely treading water yourself." This couldn't be more true for these two characters.

They are like a bad accident - you just can't pry yourself away from them. I spent a day reading the book, telling myself I needed to go do something else that was productive (shower, clean, eat...). I kept promising myself just one more chapter. But I was too engrossed in the drama and heartache to put it down.

As Loren and Lily ride their rollercoaster of deceit and dependency, they make some unlikely new friends and become further entangled in a new web of problems. The end of this book comes to a satisfying conclusion, but their problems are by no means over. New hurdles are going to present themselves to these two. I hope the series continues, so that I can find out how they handle it.

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About the Authors

Becca Ritchie is a carnivore of pop culture, television, film and of course YA and NA books. While in college, she worked at The CW television network and put her vampiric knowledge to good use, blogging about hit series and swooning over actors’ abs. When she’s not blogging, she writes novels and has teamed up with her twin sister for their New Adult novel ADDICTED TO YOU. Available July of 2013.

Krista Ritchie is the mind behind popular trading website YA Book Exchange and created Nawanda Files, a book blog that also features books into movies news. When not pouring over entertainment news and the newest releases, she spends her time conducting research in a genetics lab. She’s happy to join forces with her sister, harnessing their twin powers to produce the first in a New Adult series.

Author WebsiteNawanda FilesYA Book Exchange

Becca’s Links: GoodreadsTwitter

Krista’s Links: GoodreadsTwitter

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