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.
If you’re looking for a good book or series to start off your book challenge for the new year then this is it! I started off just going to review Addicted To You, the first book in the series, but ended up reading all the books in the series.
The relationship between Lilly and Lo is so beautifully horrible you can’t stop reading. Right from the very beginning of the book you’re sucked into both of their addictions with Lilly trying to sneak from the bed of a guy and Lo drinking straight from a bottle of whiskey. Their addictions cause them to keep themselves isolated from everyone just to sustain their addictions without complications. However, it ends up being to much and they have to make the decision of whether or not they love each other more than their addictions. Not only will you get caught up in their story but also the dynamics of their family and new friends.
The next book(s) Ricochet (#1.5) and Addicted For Now (#2) pick up where the first left out. Ricochet is a more in depth look into how Lily is effected by her addiction and how deep and serious it goes.
I loved how the authors addressed sex addiction and the stereotypes and assumptions that can are placed on women sexually. I also appreciated how they made sure to add in the personal notes that the sexual exploration of a woman is not something to be ashamed of. Nor is dealing with an addiction period. The authors could have easily taken a story about a sex addict and turned it into a cheesy romance novel but it’s completely not that way. It’s an amazing series and I am anticipating the following books in the ADDICTED series. I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys NA novels both male and female. There is something I’m this series for everyone.
I don’t talk to Lo about feelings. About how it makes him feel to watch me bring home a
different guy every night. And he doesn’t ask me how it feels to watch him drown into oblivion. He stifles his judgment and I withhold mine, but our silence draws tension between us, inescapable. It pulls so taught that sometimes I just want to scream. But I
keep it inside. I hold back. Every comment that undercuts our addictions fractures the system in place. The one where we both live being free to do as we please. Me, bedding any guy. Him, drinking all of the time.