Review: Addicted to You by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
Release Date: August 22, 2013
Publisher: self-published
Number of pages: 324
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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. 

REVIEW

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.

Rating Report
Plot
Characters
Writing
Pacing
Romance
Impact
Ending
Overall: 3
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Aimee is a sixteen year old bookworm from the Phillipines! She reads any book that catches her attention, but she mostly reads YA. She's into graphic design, writing and sleeping. You can find her at Deadly Darlings, The Book Geek, Goodreads and on Twitter.
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  1. says

    Ha! You can imagine that this is one review I can’t wait to comment on until I’m off my blogging ban. Because yes, it’s a ban. I miss it so. Anyhow, I loooove that you brought out some things that bothered me as well. This is by far the weakest out of all the books. I can tell you that in Addicted For Now, you’ll see a lot more of the sisterly relationship and it grows and grows and grows so much throughout the books. I love this one particular quote in Kiss the Sky where Rose says to Connor how much her sisters mean to her. It’s gorgeous. Lo and his family stuff will get more deveolpment and OH MY GOD THE BROMANCE, AIMEE! THE. BROMANCE!!!!!!! CONNOR COBALT. I CAN’T EVEN. I hope that if you’re still planning on continuing the series, you’ll enjoy the future books even more :)
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    • Aimee says

      Hahaha! I need to read the next books in this series! But I already have so many books in my immediate TBR…. D: Maybe in June? Hopefully… CONNOR IS SO CUTE, I CAN’T WAIT FOR KISS THE SKY!! I Just love him and Rose so much! <33

  2. says

    I think the only times I’ve heard characters declare they’re going to die if they don’t have sex have in comic contexts/shows. You read an NA book that wasn’t crap, I did too a week or so back! Is there a subtle revolution going on in the genre!?!? I would give this a try but I HATE those relationships between father who asks too much/ is crappy overall when it isn’t done in a satisfactory(for me) fashion.
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  3. says

    It can be really hard to enjoy books when you don’t identify with the main character/s. I don’t think I would be able to relate with a sex addict or alcoholic – but then again, the thing about books is that the best ones will make you empathise even if you DON’T relate. But it sounds different from your typical NA :)
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  4. says

    grrr.. accidentally hit submit. anyway, as far as i know sex addiction is more of a compulsion. but i don’t know. I’ll have to read this and see for myself.

  5. says

    Whoa, the plot is very interesting. I agree with you, there are main characters that are so annoying and cursing them through post its will never be enough, ugh. Great review Aimee! I like NAs and this sounds different so I might give this one a try soon.

    P.S. There is actually a sex addiction listed as mental disability.
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  6. says

    Aimee I’m glad that you decided to give this book a go, as I have been hearing some great things about it. Also I haven’t had the best of luck with NA books lately, so I’m always on the lookout for something to surprise me. I’m glad that you were able to enjoy this overall. Lovely review!
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  7. says

    You, little missy, will stat away from sex addicts and alcoholics! LOL. I’ve seen this book around a bunch of times and although it was intruiging, there was a lot of things holding me back. I’m not a big fan of angst, it’s NA and most of the time NA characters make me want to hit them in the head and from what it looks like, this book is no different. I am more interested now with the relationship though, because even when you didn’t enjoy both main characters, you rooted for their relationship. Hmmmm…maybe I will give this a shot :) great review, Aimee!
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  8. says

    Yeah, I don’t know how realistic I’d find not being able to go without sex for a few hours either. Like you said with the alcohol–it’s an escape. But feeling like you’re going to die . . . there are too many problems with that line of thought. I don’t think I’ve ever met a sex addict either, so maybe I could have willfully suspended disbelief depending on how it was presented, but if she LITERALLY thought she was going to die . . . maybe it’s my ignorance speaking, but that’s just silly.
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  9. says

    I LOVE this series. Part of the reason is because their addictions ARE very realistic. Most people don’t understand sex addiction and that it is just like a drug addiction, and drug addicts DO feel like they’ll literally die without a fix. There is a lot of progression and character growth throughout the series; addicts don’t change overnight. Another reason why it’s realistic. Wish you could have enjoyed it more. Maybe the next books will be better for you.
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  10. says

    Fantastic review, broken down nicely. I dunno about this one, I’ve got an aversion towards NA as it is, but an alcoholic and a sex addict? Sounds like an excuse for the author to include as much drunken sex as possible. I love YA, but the sex scenes in NA are just too in your face for me. I can understand why the genre is popular though, it really does fill the gap between YA and adult, but too much getting it on and not enough actual depth.

    Just curious Aimz, how do your parents feel about you reading books with sex scenes in them? My mother would have had kittens if I was reading them as a teen :D
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  11. says

    Aimee…some of the issues you had with the book are most likely the same issues I would have. Don’t even get me started on the whole sex-addict business. I feel like Hollywood created that illness for me as an OUT for when they get caught with their pants down. *rolls-eyes* GAH! I always say whatever fiction you write…make me believe it. Fabulous review! ;)
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