Addicted For Now by Krista & Becca Ritchie Review: Recovering Alcoholic & Sex Addict

December 11, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, Books, Reviews

Addicted For Now by Krista & Becca Ritchie Review: Recovering Alcoholic & Sex AddictAddicted for Now by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Addicted #2
on March 22, 2014
Source: Purchased
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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He's addicted to booze. She's addicted to sex...staying sober is only half the battle.

No. More. Sex.

Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.

Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.

They will torment Lily until Lo breaks.

And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words.

No. More. Us.

New Adult Romance recommended for readers 18+ for mature content

A recovering sex addict and an alcoholic, how could a relationship like that work? Addicted For Now proves that it’s workable, especially when it comes to the sheer love Lily and Lo have for each other.

It was always going to be shaky ground as Lily and Lo learn to feel comfortable in their relationship and work against both of their addictions. I mean a sex addict and an alcoholic, both needing to resist their own vices while supporting each other? Who would’ve thought? Surprisingly, the two actually grow even stronger by supporting each other, Lily’s psychiatrist and their new network of friends.

I depend on him more than any girl should depend on a boy, but he’s been the backbone of my life. Without him, I will fall. 

As with overcoming any addiction, it isn’t a smooth ride all the way through, but I just loved seeing how the two strengthened together in the book. Lily, the socially awkward girl who always needed to hide behind Lo will stand up to the most vile of people at the end of her book herself, and it was definitely worth reading just for that.

It’s the first time we get Lo’s point of view and this book really strengthened my opinion of him. We all know how fiercely protective he is of Lily and how he sometimes intentionally rubs people up the wrong way, but after delving into his childhood and how his father treats him, you can see why he sometimes puts on that bravado. You can really see how much he cares about Lily and how he wants to stay strong for her, but also how much he respects Ryke and his group of friends. It’s great how such a secluded character could open up and you can see he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“If the whole world says living without each other is what we should do, then this will be the last wrong I make.” – Lo 

Witnessing interactions for Rose and Connor’s hilarious sharp fights in French and Daisy and Ryke’s fearless flirting felt like an entertaining sitcom. They are all such vibrant characters who each stand out in their own way, and I love how well developed each of their relationships are with each other.

The element of mystery was also unexpected, where a mysterious texter will threaten to go public about Lily’s sex addiction. This leads a few developments in the novel, where they try and find out who the person is and a major driver in Lo’s relationship with his father. I kind of expected this would take more of a front seat in the novel, but it did add an interesting element into play about female sex addiction as compared to male.

A female sex addict? A slut. A male sex addict? A hero. How much will I tarnish my father’s company with the news? 

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If there’s something that Krista and Becca can do well, it is to raise the stakes on each and every sequel of the series. Addicted introduced Lily and Lo as a sex addict and an alcoholic, Ricochet really heated things up and made us fall in love with the Calloway sisters and side characters, and Addicted For Now creates strength in both of these characters. I really loved the fantastic character development for both Lily and Lo, while getting some great scenes with the other Calloway sisters, and now can’t wait to read Kiss the Sky.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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30 responses to “Addicted For Now by Krista & Becca Ritchie Review: Recovering Alcoholic & Sex Addict

  1. Wait this is the third book? Oops, spoiler! 😛 I've heard nothing but good vibes for this series, especially from Siiri, their number one fan buahaha. But I'm confused…Lily is socially awkward yet a sex addict? What?

    • It's the 2nd book but the one before it was a full length novella. YES she is a socially awkward sex addict…it all makes sense when you read it 😉

  2. GAH! I've heard so many fantastic things about this Jeann, but for some reason it just doesn't sound like it's for me. However, I am so glad to hear you enjoyed it so much and that it was as well-done as you hoped it would be! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fantastic review! <3
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  3. Faye M.

    I feel like I'm the only one Siiri hasn't compelled yet to read the series o_O but for every girl she manages to lure to the darker (and sexier) side, the more I feel the pressure on my shoulders. I promise to read this next year. With this much praise from my blogger friends, it would be crazy not to!
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    • Oh Faye, I totally know what you mean, I see so many reviews pop up who blame Siiri for their new addiction hehe. It think you should read it Faye, they are amazing!

  4. I'm so happy you loved this one too. I have so much love for this series and Lily and Lo are my OTP. Also the secondary characters are awesome. What I love about these books is how realistic they are. I can't wait to see what you think of the final book! 🙂
    Lovely review!
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    • Yay, you're the first one I've heard who has Lily and Lo as their OTP! I think they are a fantastic couple, strengthened by being together. Thanks Nick, I can't wait either! Have a few spin offs to read first!

  5. LilysBookBlog

    Jeann your review is PERFECT <3

    I'm so happy your just finally getting around to reading A4N! Lo's POV really added to the story and made it easier to connect with & the whole series does feel like a sitcom at time because of all the witty banter between the characters and their chemistry. That being said, the books true strength was in Lily and Lo's addictions. I loved how their written and how they want to be strong and face their addictions for each other. They don't want to let each other down and really want to be there for one another. It's beautiful and heartbreaking and brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. THEBIGGEST OF SIGHS
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    • I know, I've been really dragging the series out so it can last for longer but I can't wait to read the next 2 spin offs and find out what everyone's OTPs are! I just love how Lily and Lo make each other stronger. It is definitely a beautiful relationship, and not at all toxic.

  6. INSANE THE AMOUNT OF PRESSURE I FEEL TO FINISH THIS HAHAHA I started book one a while ago and completely forgot to finish the second half of it because exams finished and then bleugh, I kind of fell of the bandwagon for a little while. BUT EvERYONE LOVES THIS! And I want to see why for myself. Thanks for reminding me! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the sequel! The five stars sounds super positive and so I'm going to definitely have to find some time for book one all over again (but I made such a dent the first time round D;) Lovely review, Jeann! x
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    • YESSS I totally think everyone should read it because it is amazing and it gets SO SO good! All of the books have been 4.5 – 5 star reads for me and they are so amazing with the flawed characters. In particular I would love to see what you have to say about it 🙂 Thank you Jess! You should continue!

  7. I AM SO BEYOND GLAD YOU LOVED THIS. See what Siiri has done? She's made fangirls of us all! IT'S EVIL.

    Are you going to read Hothouse? Because you must. YOU. MUST. Raisy is my OTP and I just can't with those two <333