Series: Addicted #2
Publisher: Self Published on November 30, 2013
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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.
“‘She doesn’t need another handout.’ He invades Sebastian’s space again. ‘You’re a lazy sanctimonious prick who profits off of apathetic trust fund babies. The students who need those exams are the ones who can’t afford them. You knowingly perpetuate a repugnant cycle.’ He stares at him like he’s shit on the bottom of his shoe. ‘You keep the rich kids stupid and the poor kids poor.'”
Favorite Character: Connor…he’s funny!
“Of all of the days in the month, I have to be stuck in traffic on the one that means the most to me.”
My Musings: Addicted for Now was another fabulous installment in the Addicted series. I swear that these novels just keep getting better and better!
In Addicted for Now, Lily and Lo are finally reunited after three months of separation. But being back together, while amazing, is not very conducive to Lily’s recovery. Having Lo back is the biggest temptation of all. But Dr. Branning, Lily’s therapist, has give Lo a blacklist, hopefully to control the situation before it get out of hand. Things are going alright until Lo and Lily start getting anonymous texts from someone who claims to know her secret. Someone who wants to take revenge on Lo, but they have absolutely no idea who it is. Eventually, the secret gets leaked, and poop hits the fan.
This novel was crazy good. There was always something interesting happening, and I think that throwing in someone who knows the secret was definitely a good move suspense-wise. It kept me wondering who it was, even after ti was leaked, until the very last chapter of the book. And let me tell you, I had no idea! In addition to that, Lo is struggling to stay strong for Lily, Lily is feeling a ton of shame about her secret, Rose is dealing with all of it and her line, and Connor is just Connor…a guy who’s blunt and brutal honesty and intellect kept me cracking up.
“His eyes stay on mine,never leaving. I don’t break our gaze, filled with seven days of need and want and tension. I refuse to stare at his lips or his abs or any other part of him. I want Loren Hale. The man, the lover, the guy who fills me with happiness and bliss. Not just the body.”
Lo and Lily really got closer in this novel, which I didn’t think was possible. But they really looked out for each other. This novel was mainly about Lily’s recovery and the secret being leaked, but Lo did have a few problems himself. Lo was really stable in this novel, except for at a few points. He was Lily’s rock, and she definitely would have failed without him. Lily really made some progress in this novel as well. Sure, she had a few digressions, but in the end, she was still a few more feet forward in conquering her addiction. She really learned how to be stronger and more independent in the novel, and finally started believing in herself. I can’t wait to see what this new found strength Lily adopted will lead to.
“My eyes widen at Ryke, but he’s just glaring, and when I mean glaring, I mean he has the whole Frankenstein’s monster routine down. Hard set jaw, clenched fists, taught shoulders, and tight lips. He looks about ready for a fight. But I’m not sure who he wants pummel.”
Something that I haven’t mentioned ye is how much I enjoy the secondary characters in this novel, namely Ryke, Rose, and Connor. Ryke is Lo’s older half-brother. There was a significant increase in the bromance in this novel. Ryke and Lo really worked together in this novel and were there for each other. They were really beginning to look more like family. And Ryke was hilarious. He had this ‘I don’t give a crap’ attitude about almost everything, and it was really funny to read. Him and Connor definitely livened up the novels.
“His lips rise. ‘I usually dumb down around the intellectually deficient so I don’t come off like a complete prick.’ I think he just called me stupid. ‘But I see you as a true friend, so I’ve backed off some of the pretenses. Most people wouldn’t be able to stand all of me.'”
Connor is someone that I can definitely admire, and I can’t wait to see more of him and Rose in Kiss the Sky. And that brings me to Rose. Rose is definitely someone that I can aspire to. She’s independent, self reliant, and super smart. She was ana amazing character, helping everyone in their time of need.
The last chapter or two brought the novel full circle. We found out who the leak was, and just a ton of stuff happened. We see some of Lily’s resolution, we see sides of characters we would have never thought existed…it was just an emotional roller coaster, those last few chapters. Regardless, they got me super excited for the next installments in Lily and Lo’s story.
Addicted for Now is definitely a novel I can recommend to anyone and everyone. It had just the right amount of everything–troubled characters, recovery, love, drama, and suspense. The Ritchie twins managed to concoct and amazing novel that I greatly adored.