Series: Addicted #1
Publisher: Self Published on August 22, 2013
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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.
“‘You two are so weird,’ Connor says, very casually. Being called weird by Connor is like a unicorn calling a horse magical. It makes no damn sense, which is why Lo and I break into smiles, even if Lo’s mood has somewhat shifted since the phone call.”
Favorite Character: Lo…
“I wake up.”
My Musings: My goodness gracious that book was intense. Now, I’ve read a book about someone addicted to sex before. But this one just blew the other right out of the park!
Addicted to You followed Lily Calloway and her best friend, and fake boyfriend, Loren Hale. See, the two of them have been hiding some things from their families–they’re not dating, for one, and they suffer from addictions. That’s right. Loren is an in-the-closet alcoholic and Lily is a sex addict. But they’re been hiding it for three years now, what could possibly go wrong? When real feelings start coming to the surface, things just get a thousand times more complicated.
“I inhale strongly, trying to let his comment brush off my shoulders. Trying to ignore his sudden moodiness. Some days, he can be sexy. Others, he can crush you with a glare.”
I really enjoyed the characters in this novel. They were dysfunctional. And I’ve seemingly been on a contemporary binge, but these characters managed to hold their own. They were definitely real. They weren’t perfect, to say the least, but they didn’t try to be. They knew that they were flawed. Lo was an interesting character. At times, he was hard to read. His addiction, in my opinion, was a bit more deep set than Lily’s. But it was bad. It saddened me to see him struggle with it. Other than that, he was a bit on the moody side. At one moment, he could be cute and sweet, another, cunning and sexy, and another, withdrawn and distant. But that just made his character unique, sort of like an enigma to me.
“As a girl who frequently burns of thousands of calories grinding on pelvises, I need my protein.”
Lily was a bit annoying at first. A bit whorish. But the more we got to see and learn about her addiction, the more sympathy that I felt for her character. I do really believe that she would have done anything and everything to help her best friend. And she hid away from her family and friends in order to keep them from knowing how “bad of a person” she was.
“‘You’re making a compromise, and it’s only fair that I do the same. We’ll work out our schedules.’ He rests his hand on my ankle, sending shivers up my spine. ‘I want to love you more than I love this’–he waves his bottle– ‘and I don’t know how else to do it unless there’s something to lose.'”
The two of them together was an utter mess. They fueled each other’s addictions, unfortunately. But they still managed to work. They really made each other want to be better, even if they psychologically could not. And I believe that it’s the thought that counts. They led each other a few feet in the right direction. And let me tell you, the chemistry between the two of them was insane.
This novel deals with a few things, the most obvious, addiction. Usually, I can’t really get into a story with a character suffering from addiction, because it almost always feels somewhat forced. This novel did not. I felt as if these two could have been real people suffering from these sicknesses. It was really sad, yet really interesting to read, and definitely made the characters more relatable. The other thing that this novel dealt with was family problems, most notably Lo’s, although Lily had her fair share of family drama. Lo didn’t have the best relationship with his father, and definitely not one with his mother. It was horrible to read, but it really helped to build the background of Loren’s character. It gave us more insight into his addiction than ever.
There definitely isn’t anything bad that I could think to say about this novel. It is definitely a gem among self-pubbed titles. It had fantastic side characters, dealt with some real and serious problems, and never, ever got dull. It’s definitely a novel that I can recommend to any readers out there who love contemporary romances with a side of troubled teen…er, new adult? Regardless, I can’t wait to see what happens next in Lo and Lily’s story.