Thursday, 12 May 2016

Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Addicted to You
by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Summary: 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.
I'm not really sure how I feel about this book to be honest. I was sort of intrigued by the premise for a long time but only decided to read it after seeing people on tumblr gushing about the series and...well, I didn't love it.

I don't know enough about sex addiction to say whether this was an accurate or respectful portrayal or not, but the alcoholism? That I'm more familiar with and I just... I didn't like reading about it the way it was written here.

And it's not even because it's necessarily inaccurate (although, for the majority of alcoholics it definitely is because they don't usually have rich families or trust funds to pay for their habits and they have a lot more to lose financially and personally, and they usually don't have drivers to taxi them around so they won't end up driving drunk)... something about it was just off for me.

Maybe it's because I went into the book wanting to enjoy the romance but I found it so hard to root for them as a couple when it was so tainted by the addiction stuff -- more so from Lily's POV. Seeing someone you love slowly but surely drinking themselves to death? It's really, really difficult but she seemed to care more about not being a hypocrite than she did about his life and health even though their addictions are so different. It seemed at times like she thought it made them equal.

I love angsty romances when they're done well but this just didn't work for me. The romance in this was more toxic than anything else...and it ended before it could show it was anything more than that.

At parts, it felt like it was almost romanticizing their addictions -- not so much the addictions themselves but kind of "look at these two, they're so messed up, they understand each other so well, aren't they perfect for each other?" and I didn't like that...but that might just be how I'm interpreting it (although, based on most of the fan art I've seen, other readers seem to have read it that way too, the only difference is they liked it).

I didn't hate reading it, but I finished the book and felt kind of annoyed with the way it ended because it meant I'd have to read a sequel to find out how it all plays out. I mean, on one hand, yes I do want to know what happens but on the other...I shouldn't be feeling annoyed by the fact I can't just be done with this story and these characters. Normally, if I'm into a book, I want more of the characters.

Maybe it is just down to the fact that there's an alcoholic in my family and I've seen and been affected by the damage it can do, know the pain it can cause. So I couldn't read the book without my messy emotions about that being projected onto the story and I couldn't enjoy a story where that addiction is being used as a plot device (because it never seemed like it was one of those books that sets out to raise awareness or respectfully tackle the subject matter, it really did just feel like it was written because it made for a more interesting story).

I'd rate the book 2 stars out of 5. It wasn't a bad book really, just wasn't for me. Maybe the authors' other books will work more for me without all the addiction stuff.


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