Mini Reviews: Thrive & Addicted After All

May 13, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Mini Reviews: Thrive & Addicted After AllThrive (Addicted, #2.5) by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Published by K.B. Ritchie on July 18th 2014
Pages: 425
Source: Purchased
Also by this author: Addicted to You (Addicted, #1), Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters, #1; Addicted, #2.1), Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters, #2; Addicted, #2.2), Fuel the Fire, Long Way Down, Some Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters), Addicted to You (Addicted, #1), Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters, #1; Addicted, #2.1), Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters, #2; Addicted, #2.2), Fuel the Fire, Long Way Down
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four-stars
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Two years will change them forever.
When rumors spread like wildfire—like having three-ways with her boyfriend’s rock climbing brother—Lily Calloway spirals into a dark place. Her bedroom. Loren Hale is more confident and determined to keep their sex life private, even from their friends, and he helps Lily in the only way he knows how. But how much love is too much?
Their lives are filmed, watched, and criticized. And through it all, Lily and Loren have to face enemies they never thought they’d see, demons they don’t know if they should bury, and setbacks they didn’t think they’d meet. Not this soon.
And one rumor could be too much for them to handle. It will test their greatest limitations, and if they don’t hold onto each other, someone is going to drown.
A full-length New Adult Romance that bridges the gap between the second and third books. Thrive must be read before Addicted After All if you have not read the Calloway Sisters spin-off series.

So I’m trying to finish all of the books in both the Addicted series and in the Calloway Sisters spin-off before the epilogue book releases in a week. Thrive and Addicted After All are the last two books that are from the perspective of Lily and Lo, two addicts who are the focus of the series. I didn’t write a review for books number 2 and 2.5. I could write one now, but truthfully, it’s been awhile since I’ve read them and I just remember them being a whole lot of drama revolving around rehab for Lo and Lily’s sex addiction being leaked to the public. So this review will focus on these two books only, though there might be some mention of the other books since they all go together. I recommend reading this whole series and the spin-off. It’s filled with an entire family of memorable characters who encounter tons of drama that comes with the fame that this group has acquired along the way.

Technically, I could’ve skipped this one since Kiss the Sky follows the same timeline as Thrive does. However, I decided to read it anyway since it’s still apart of the series and I felt like I had to read every single one of these books. We get to see some of the same events that are covered in both Calloway Sisters spin-off books, just from Lily and Lo’s POV which does bring a new perspective to things. My reviews for Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower were still pretty recent, so I’m not sure how much of the plot I need to focus on here. Basically, we get to see the events of the reality show from Lily and Lo’s POV. There were a few things that we didn’t get to see from Connor and Rose’s perspectives, which was refreshing. The other part of the book was what was covered in Hothouse Flower, which showed Daisy and Ryke getting together and Lo’s frustrating relapse.

Lo is a frustrating character at times, I love him but his struggles are extremely human and heartbreaking. Lily is definitely one of my favorite characters, I love her personality and how geeky both her and Lo get when they are together. Even though Lily is a sex addict, she’s also a very reserved person who blushes at just the mention or even the thought of sex. I love how these authors tackle misconceptions that people might have about sex addicts. Personally, I know nothing about sex addicts, but it did disturb me greatly how the media and people treated Lily because she’s a woman who happens to be a sex addict. Lo is a total jerk to say the least. He’s an alcoholic who still struggles with wanting to drink on a daily basis. His relationship with his brother is awesome to see. I also love his relationship with his best friend, Connor. They both bring out the best in Lo as they help him fight off his major addiction.

So to conclude, I’m glad that I read this book and didn’t skip over it just so I could get to the conclusion of Lo and Lily’s story. I love visiting Lily and Lo in any capacity possible. This book is actually a really long one to say the least. I mean, it is covering two full length books in one. Naturally, they do leave some events out that were included in the other two. I hate to say it, but I feel like Lily and Lo’s sex scenes are probably the least sexy of all the couples. Admittedly, this makes complete sense considering the fact that Lily struggles with her sex addiction and so Lo has to exhibit some restraint when they have sex. Anyway, I like these scenes, even if they aren’t what most would consider to be sexy, they were still raw and real. This wasn’t my favorite of the series, but it’s still an important one in terms of the incredible relationship between Lo and Lily.

Mini Reviews: Thrive & Addicted After AllAddicted After All (Addicted, #3) by Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Published by K.B. Ritchie on November 19th 2014
Pages: 532
Also by this author: Addicted to You (Addicted, #1), Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters, #1; Addicted, #2.1), Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters, #2; Addicted, #2.2), Fuel the Fire, Long Way Down, Some Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters), Addicted to You (Addicted, #1), Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters, #1; Addicted, #2.1), Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters, #2; Addicted, #2.2), Fuel the Fire, Long Way Down
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Two addicts. One epic love story.
Prepare for the worst.
That’s what Lily and Lo try to do when Jonathan Hale schedules an “important” meeting. The problem: after being swept into the public eye and battling their addictions, they’re not sure what the worst is anymore.
In a sea of many changes—including Ryke & Daisy living with them—Lily realizes that the best part of her fluctuating hormones might just be the worst.
Her sex drive is out of control.
Loren knows that she’s insatiable, but he’s not giving up on her. She’s too much a part of him. And as he carries more and more responsibility, some of the people that he loves doubt his resolve.
In the conclusion to their love story, Lily & Lo stand side-by-side to fight, one last time, for their happily ever after.
**AUTHORS' NOTE**Due to the 2-year gap between Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) and Addicted After All (Addicted #3), you must read Thrive (Addicted #2.5) or the Calloway Sisters spin-off series before reading Addicted After All.

Addicted After All is definitely my favorite in this series. It wrapped up this incredible couple’s story up better than I could’ve ever hoped for. So since this book has been released for nearly two years now, I’m going to post some spoilers from this point on. If you haven’t read this book, don’t read further because I’m not including a spoiler status here since so much of it is going to turn out to be one. This book revolves around Rose and Lily’s pregnancies, but it also is about Lily and Lo realizing that they are a stronger unit together than apart. They’ve realized that the best way to face their separate addictions is by getting through it by leaning on each other. More than that, they learn that leaning on other people isn’t the worst thing in the world.

The supporting characters in Addicted After All are one of the many things that make this such a special story. One of the people that Lily and Lo learn to lean on is Ryke, Lo’s half brother. The best thing about Ryke is how dedicated he is to helping Lo get on the track to sobriety. He’s a loyal brother and an even better friend. He does so much to help Lo when it comes to their verbally abusive father. My favorite of the bunch has to be Connor Cobalt. Obviously, he’s even better as the lead in his story. But I loved getting glimpses of him here. Seeing his bromance with Lo here was totally worth it. Who am I kidding? Anything involving Connor is, but I’m particularly a fan of how he fits into this world with our main boy Lo.

Ultimately, this was an amazing read. I’m so happy that everything ended up well for this couple. They certainly didn’t have an easy road, but it’s amazing that they were able to come out on the other side of things. Only Lily and Lo would name their child after a character from a comic book that they love. I basically love their child and Connor and Rose’s as well. Not to mention, Rose’s birth story is easily the most fabulous and off the wall story that I’ve ever heard of. It’s definitely unlikely to really happen, but it’s a fabulous one regardless. Anyway, I loved this book and there really isn’t more to say than that! I highly recommend this series to lovers of a solid and complicated NA romance, with tons of drama, but not a ridiculous amount either.

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