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.
After seeing several raving reviews for this book’s spinoff series, I decided on a whim to give it a try, and that maybe a new adult book would finally make its way into my heart. It was close. But not quite.
I’ve never met a alcoholic or a sex addict before in my life, so I didn’t know what to think about the way both characters acted. I found it really weird how the heroine felt like dying when she couldn’t go a few hours without sex–is that even realistic? I honestly don’t know, but it felt like it wasn’t. The alcoholic, I could understand. Alcohol seems to be the hero’s escape, so fine. BUT THEN, he acted like such a huge baby who couldn’t find a legit way to solve his problems.
It could just be that I’ve never experienced these things or know anyone who has, but I seriously could not find any reason to justify the characters’ addictions. Again, this could just be me.
It’s funny–despite not believing the situations presented, I still did enjoy reading Addicted to You. My favorite part has to be the writing. These two authors made the book so easy to read, and the feels just rolled off the page. And by feels I mean feels.
Individually, both the main characters were annoying and really got on my nerves. I really felt that Lily needed a whack on the head every two pages. I have no idea why, really. Maybe it was because of all the unnecessary drama she caused every once in a while. Loren was a huge baby. He dealt with his problems childishly and I did think he lacked maturity. He lacked it a lot.
“You’re a permanent fixture in my life. You’re not going anywhere.”
As a couple, I rooted so hard for Lily and Loren. Despite being shitty individuals, together they just had so much chemistry and I adored how they really understood each other and (in the end) tried to help each other. I cried for them, swooned for them and supported them through and through.
I just wanted to address the role their families placed in the book. I really didn’t like how Lily didn’t trust her family in the beginning. I mean, that is a serious problem you’ve got there, girl, and who better to support and understand you than your sisters? And Loren… There are fathers who expect to much from their children, and I’m so disappointed that Loren didn’t handle his relationship with his father better.
Now, the ending was just shocking, but I loved how the authors put the book to an end. It would leave you wanting more, but I really think things will turn out for the better. I would recommend this to any new adult fans who want something a bit different from the generic NA plots these days.