Goodreads Rating: 3.96 / 5 pages
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: May 22, 2014
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.
New Adult Romance recommended for readers 18+ for mature content
Review also posted on Goodreads
Since they were young, Lily and Loren are best friends. For years, they are in a fake relationship to cover up their addictions from their families. They both came from a wealthy family with good reputations and as much as possible they don’t want to taint it because of their unhealthy routines.
Lily Calloway is addicted to sex, while Loren Hale is an alcoholic. To think of it, they are an unusual pair. Just because they’re filthy rich doesn’t mean they are healthy. They are pretentious in the eyes of their families and assure them nothing is wrong with them. I’m scared for these two to go over their limits. Their addictions became a hindrance for them to seek help. However, they confide with each other to battle these demons.
I almost gave up on this book because I had a hard time understanding Lily and Lo. The premise is great but my reading pace is really slow and nothing happens until I reached the 40% mark. The story starts to pick up and appreciate the main characters. I love how they don’t judge each other because of their lifestyles and accept each other for who they are. I just adore their friendship. It such a tight bond that no one can break. I love how honestly express their feelings. For a New Adult novel, it’s a total package. There’s family drama, love story, It’s like I’m watching a soap opera or a TV show I’m hooked with and my anticipation for them just builds up. This book also brought me to tears and I didn’t expect it. The side characters are so interesting and intriguing. Especially, Connor and Rose. I swear when these two had banters, I’m smiling like an idiot.
Addicted to You is not a cliché NA novel. It’s realistic, legit and emotional as it implies a great voice. It’s like an awareness to those people who experienced addiction. We shouldn’t ignore these people and shouldn’t judge them for their actions. Lastly, we shouldn’t let them destroy themselves by helping and treating them with respect.
Thank you sis Pearl (click for her book review) for recommending it to me!