Monday, 23 December 2013
Addicted for Now by Krista and Becca Ritchie.
He's addicted to booze. She's addicted to sex...staying sober is only half the battle.
No. More. Sex.
Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.
Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.
They will torment Lily until Lo breaks.
And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words.
No. More. Us.
Addicted for Now has a very unique and interesting storyline, the real battle with addiction starts in this book, Lily and Lo have lived in isolation and started to learn to control their addictions, now they have to learn to live together and function with their additions. I think this plotline is especially different and to an extent informative. Lily's sex addiction is confronted as an illness and treated as such, I liked how realistic her journey was and how informed it all seemed. Lily herself seemed to come across a lot better in this book, I had previously found her socially weak and a bit annoying! However in Addicted for Now I warmed to her. Lo's alcohol addiction is something people understand more, it was good to get into his head and see how he was approaching his personal addiction. Lo himself is a hard character to understand, he can be both cruel and malicious regardless of whether he is drunk or sober but his devotion towards Lily was amazing. I admired how determinedly he helped Lily and avoided enabling her, which honestly is a hard task as a recovering alcoholic twenty something guy. I think as he grew into his sobriety he did begin to see people as friends rather than acquaintances as well as making a few apologies for his past. I loved this character growth and look forward to seeing more of Lo.
The added fear of someone going public with all this information really upped the drama and made the side cast essential. I loved Rose, Daisy, Ryke and Connor in the first book but I enjoyed seeing them all together dealing with the addictions. Rose developed a lot as a character in this book, it was great to see her and Lo connecting through their devotion to Lily and I liked seeing more of her business and personal life. Connor was as always abrasive but loyal, his approach to tracking down the stalker was methodical and meticulous and his relationship with Rose is so intriguing! Daisy also showed a more vulnerable side in this book and I could feel the tension between her and Ryke rising. Ryke was again abrasive and harsh but he had mellowed towards Lily and was a great sobriety coach for Lo. I love how much he gets Lo and seems to almost pre-empt his actions. The stand out side character for me though was Lo's Dad. In the first book he seemed cruel and manipulative and while he retained those qualities it was clear how much he cared for both Lo and Lily. I think he was one of the only 'parents' to listen and take in to consideration Lo and Lily's feelings. I actually began to really like him!
Addicted for Now is obviously just a middle step in Lo and Lily's story but it is a complete story leaving questions and conflicts for further books while resolving
small interests and moving on their personal journeys.
I love Lo and Lily's journey, relationship and complex lives. The side cast are all brilliant to read! I can't wait for more!
Have you read this series?