Published by K.B. Ritchie on July 1st 2013
Also by this author: Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters, #1; Addicted, #2.1), Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters, #2; Addicted, #2.2), Thrive (Addicted, #2.5), Addicted After All (Addicted, #3), Fuel the Fire, Long Way Down, Some Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters), Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters, #1; Addicted, #2.1), Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters, #2; Addicted, #2.2), Thrive (Addicted, #2.5), Addicted After All (Addicted, #3), Fuel the Fire, Long Way Down
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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 when they go on a family boat trip, surrounded by open seas and limited male bodies in sight, Lily’s confronted with a big fear. Only one guy onboard can fill her addiction, and she’s sworn off going there with Loren Hale ever again.
Now the only person who can truly help her can barely help himself.
**This is a New Adult book recommended for readers 18 and up**
Wow, this book honestly exceeded all of my expectations. I’ve heard reviewers say that the series as a whole is extremely addictive and impossible to put down, but finding it out for myself was a whole different experience. This book takes on addiction in a completely fresh way. I’ve never read anything like this book. Lo and Lily’s voices are both very believable and I found Krista and Becca Ritchie’s writing in general to be so beautiful and well done. This book has been sitting on my Kindle for awhile now, so I’m glad I finally gave it a try because it was definitely worth the read. Immediately after I read this one, I had to pick up the next two, Ricochet (which is 1.5) and Addicted for Now (which is the second book) and was not disappointed a bit! Before I read the rest of the books in this incredible series, I wanted to write a review on the book that started it all.
I’m not going to lie, this book can be tough to read sometimes. Lily and Loren both have their own addictions going on, and they continue to enable each other as they go on pretending to be in this fake relationship. So naturally, sometimes things can get a little emotional when you realize just how destructive the two are together. At the same time though, they both need each other, in this totally messed up way. If you’re looking for a neat and pretty love story, this isn’t the book for you. Lily’s life as a sex addict is an emotional one and so is Loren’s as an alcoholic. In spite of the emotional parts, I did enjoy both Loren and Lily as characters. You really sympathize with them throughout the story and can’t help but enthusiastically cheer for them and hope that they receive a happy ending.
What makes this book really tick is the supporting characters. My personal favorite was Connor, who starts off as Lily’s tutor. He’s a preppy rich boy who is very pretentious to say the least. However, Connor becomes Lily and Loren’s close friend and I love the bond that the three share. Connor also has a hilarious relationship with Lily’s older sister Rose. I definitely ship it and I can’t wait to read the book about them. Ryke is another one of the supporting characters who gradually becomes a member of this awesome inner circle. Another character is Daisy, Lily’s youngest sister who is a supermodel and not in this book that much, but she becomes more of a presence in the other books. I still felt like I had to mention her. This cast of characters add a bit of much needed humor to the mix.
This isn’t an easy read, but it’s still an addicting one. Though it is emotionally heavy at times, it’s really not that sexually graphic when it comes to Lily and her addiction. We really don’t get that many details when she meets a random guy and has sex with him in a bathroom stall or if a guy comes back to her place. This stood out to me because it shows that the details don’t matter to her, the power that her addiction gives her is what matters to her. Lo’s addiction to alcohol is extremely destructive at times (okay basically all the time) but luckily he has some people in his life who step in and try to wake him up. Basically, this is a must read all across the board!
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