Saturday, May 9, 2015

Addicted to You (Addicted, #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie [Audio Review]

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.

I did a re-read of the series via audio version. I love audio books and I loved this series. Krista and Becca picked great narrators (for Lo, Lily, Ryke, Connor, Daisy and Rose). If you have not tried it, you need to.

5 Addicting (I love this seres) Stars

One word to describe Addicted to You is DIFFERENT. The story line and Lily and Lo’s relationship is SUPER unusual. It was a really refreshing and somewhat comical and an intense read.
Lily is addicted to sex, Lo is addicted to alcohol. Early on they used each other as support systems for their vices. Lily likes to have random one night stands and Lo likes to drink himself away. They pretend to be a couple so their families do not question their side habits.

“Let me try to be enough for you”

I’ve read a few books where the Hero is addicted sex, but Lily’s addiction goes to a whole new level. She truly is addicted to sex and porn, which I found so funny because it’s so random. To me, an addiction is something that consumes you to the point where it’s detrimental to yourself. I didn’t think I could see sex in this way, but oh boy I did.

The beginning of the story starts out by explaining the kind of relationship Lily and Lo have. You never know how hard someone tries to cover up their addiction, until you see all the effort they put into it. The read goes into explaining what Lily likes, as in meeting random guys at clubs, or picking a few guys at school, but she never sleeps with the same guy twice. Lo drinks all the time, but enough to be coherent in public settings and always hides his alcohol if he drinks in public.

What I love most about this book is the intensity. I love that Lo and Lily desperately need each other (on top of their habits). It’s a sad, but epic love story. I love it when the Hero and Heroine are so consumed with each other, they just can’t fathom being apart. These are the kind of romance novels I crave for. The ones that consume me.

“I’ll always be yours. No distance or time apart will change that, Lily”

 “I know what you want, and you don’t need to take it. I can give it to you”

“You’re a permanent fixture in my life. You’re not going anywhere”

I love that Lo and Lily are so flawed. There’s so much character build-up, you become part of the story. I completely understood where Lo comes from. I understood his pain and why he just can’t stop drinking. I completely understood Lily. I felt her need, urges and anxiousness. Lo and Lily are very complicated characters and I just loved them.

They slowly start to spiral out of control, but neither can stop. They want to stop, but it’s too hard.  Both Lily and Lo hate their lives, but they can’t imagine a life without sex and alcohol, so they just continue to lie and cope. It’s like watching a car accident happening in slow motion. You don’t want to, but you just can’t look away.

“No one told me you can love someone and still be miserable. How is that possible?”

I seriously love this series. I read all the books and I did a re-read backwards.  If you haven’t started this, then you are insane.

It’s a well written, complicated, intense, yet one-of-kind read. I recommend.

Audio Questions

Would you listen to Addicted to You again? Why?

Yes! This is my second time reading Addicted to You and my first time listening to the audio version. I have listened to five books in this series on audio and I just LOVE them.  I love the narrators the authors picked. It really makes the story just much much more! The intensity in audio books is always kicked up a notch and it makes me feel more (if that makes sense).

What was one of the most memorable moments of Addicted to You?

There were many memorable moments in Addicted to You. I don’t want to give anything away. I do like the parts where Lily and Lo are exposed and they need each other. I love how much they depend on each other and I love how passionate they are towards each other. I also love the heart to hearts each characters have with other side-characters, like the sisters and Ryke. I felt like all the “moments” were justified and they all touched my heart. 

Have you listened to any of Erin Mallon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to many Erin’s books. She also narrates in Thrive, Addicted After All (which I have listened on audio). I am a MAJOR fan of her work. I will listen to anything she narrates. She’s very talented. She conveys emotions very well. You feel her pain, her anxiousness and even her arousal when she narrates.  Her voice is girly and completely adorable.  She always sounds young (like the character’s age). She’s very good at what she does. She was the perfect Lily. 

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Overall the book is moving. The book shifts many times and each shift brings the book at a deeper level. I think the ending was the most powerful. I felt like all the angst, pain, energy and drama kind of just unfolded and it was emotional, but in a super good way.  God, I love this series.

An Audio Copy was provided


Addicted to You - AMAZON (Audio - $1.99) (Kindle - FREE) - REVIEW

Ricochet - AMAZON - REVIEW

 Addicted for Now - AMAZON - REVIEW

Kiss the Sky - AMAZON - REVIEW

Hothouse Flower - AMAZON  (Audio - $1.99) - REVIEW

Thrive - AMAZON

Addicted After All - AMAZON

Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.

They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.


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