For those of you who don’t know, Netgalley is a source of review books for bloggers and librarians. The problem that I have is that my eyes are always bigger than my… library? No, that’s not the right saying. Anyway, I always have the intention of reading all these amazing books, but I never seem to have the time. Or maybe I just get distracted by shiny things. *shrug* So, this year, I’ve set myself a quest to try and get through some of these books that I’ve requested over the years. It’s time to play catch-up!
Feel free to check out my Netgalley TBR –>HERE<– and let me know in the comments which one I should read next!
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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.
New Adult Romance recommended for readers 18+ for mature content
Well, this was not at all what I was expecting. I had originally picked this one up because it was getting great reviews from friends, and I loved the thought of how far outside of my comfort zone it was. I figured it was time to mix things up and assumed it would be light and fun.
The writing style was about what I was anticipating, but it was a lot darker than I ever could have prepared myself for. I know Lily’s addicted to sex, but this story was so far from being sexy. I felt really uncomfortable on more than one occasion, even going so far as putting the book down to take a break. There were a lot of anxiety-inducing scenes, to see two addicts enabling each other. I certainly wanted to slap them both and then force them into treatment. Easier said than done, I know.
I don’t have a ton of life experience with addiction, so I would love to hear the opinion of someone who has. I can’t speak for how accurate the characters’ action were, but they certainly felt realistic. I do wish I had more time with the secondary characters. They were really intriguing, but they seemed so outside of the drama that was Lily and Loren. I really want more of Lily’s sisters, so it’s a good thing there’s a spinoff series, Calloway Sisters.
The editing was iffy. I tried to make sure I had the newest version, but there were still a few issues. I wouldn’t say it affected my enjoyment, per se, but it was enough to take note of. I’m still on the fence about whether or now I’ll continue with the rest of the series, but I would certainly consider it for more Connor Cobalt and Rose Calloway! I would have to be in the right frame of mind for something so intense, though. Addicted to You was a bit of a soul-sucking experience… and I mean that in a good way!
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