Series: Addicted #2
on March 22, 2014
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?
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