Series: Addicted #1
on May 22, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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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.
New Adult Romance recommended for readers 18+ for mature content
After all the raving and book pushing that Siiri from Little Pieces of Imagination has been doing, I finally listened and picked up Addicted To You. Now I know why it’s called that because I am seriously addicted.
I wouldn’t have picked it up from the blurb, with Lily being a sex addict and Loren being an alcoholic, it sounded a bit too much on the erotica side of new adult for me. But guys, it was so much more than just being about the sex. It really explores the emotional and physical affects of addiction and how scary, uncontrollable and intoxicating it can be.
I didn’t just have sex for fun or because it made me feel empowered. I liked the high, the rush, and how it seemed to fill an emptiness that kept growing inside of me.
Addicted To You contained immense character development for both main characters. Lily and Loren both have a problem, and they use each other to cover it up. Being best friends for their whole lives, and the only people that know each others’ secrets, their bond was strong, uncontrollable, unbreakable, just like their addictions. These two are absolutely intoxicating, with the intensity which they relate to each other, care for each other, and try not to interfere with each others’ addictions. Being together is both destructive and preventing them from seeking help or getting better, because having someone else to relate to with addictive behaviour kind of makes it a part of life. The more Lily spirals into a self-harming spiral of sex, the more Loren drinks to hide his pain.
“Lo,” I choked his name. “What’s wrong with me?”
He came closer and bent down to my height on the bed. Carefully, he cupped the back of my head, his fingers intertwining with my brown locks. His deep amber eyes filled mine. “Nothing is wrong with you,” he said.
That is, until they meet the preppy wanna be entrepreneur college boy Connor Cobalt who somehow weasels his way into their lives, as well as the intense, no-nonsense Ryke who doesn’t take no for an answer. These secondary characters both have their own stories and something to offer the couple itself, and it was great seeing them interfere with the unhealthy bond that the Lily and Lo had and making friends with them, and caring for them. Something which they’ve never had before outside of each other. Connor and Ryke are super sexy in their own ways, and are also excellently developed characters.
Addictive to You is a fantastic, well developed story about the sex and alcohol addiction and the unhealthy relationship between Lily and Lo. The way the story is told is hazy from the start, as Lily skips from faceless men each night as she pursues her natural high. The way she is completely dependent on sex to go through life is both disturbing and tragic, and she cannot function like a normal person without it.
I’ve never read a book that explored sex addiction so readily and honestly, and it was both a frightening and enlightening experience. It’s an emotional, sexy, disturbing, addictive and wild ride, with a host of characters that will charm their way into your heart.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5