Review: “Addicted After All” – Becca & Krista Ritchie

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Review: “Addicted After All” – Becca & Krista RitchieAddicted After All by Becca and Krista Ritchie
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Published on: November 16th 2014
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 534
Series: Addicted #3
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eBook

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This book is part of the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series. You can find reviews for the rest of the books (in their reading order) below:
Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
Ricochet (Addicted #1.5)
Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
Kiss the Sky (Addicted #2.1, Calloway Sisters #1)
Hothouse Flower (Addicted #2.2, Calloway Sisters #2)
Thrive (Addicted #2.5)
Addicted After All (Addicted #3)
Fuel the Fire (Addicted #3.1, Calloway Sisters #3)
Long Way Down (Addicted #3.2, Calloway Sisters #4)
Some Kind of Perfect (Addicted #3.5, Calloway Sisters #4.5)
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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Two addicts. One epic love story.

Prepare for the worst.

That’s what Lily and Lo try to do when Jonathan Hale schedules an “important” meeting. The problem: after being swept into the public eye and battling their addictions, they’re not sure what the worst is anymore.

In a sea of many changes—including Ryke & Daisy living with them—Lily realizes that the best part of her fluctuating hormones might just be the worst.

Her sex drive is out of control.

Loren knows that she’s insatiable, but he’s not giving up on her. She’s too much a part of him. And as he carries more and more responsibility, some of the people that he loves doubt his resolve.

In the conclusion to their love story, Lily & Lo stand side-by-side to fight, one last time, for their happily ever after.

**AUTHORS’ NOTE**
Due to the 2-year gap between Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) and Addicted After All (Addicted #3), you must read Thrive (Addicted #2.5) or the Calloway Sisters spin-off series before reading Addicted After All.

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Initial Reaction

This is my “I was up all night reading and my hair is a totally mess and I’m not getting out of my comfy clothes just to film a video” look.

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My Thoughts

I love this series. I remember when I first picked up the first book Addicted to You, slightly worried that I was about to read an erotica book. But here I am 10 months later proved totally wrong and having just read the 7th book in the series and still absolutely LOVING it!

This book was addictive, pure and simple, I was up WAY into the early hours reading this book because I just couldn’t put it down. I love how each book in this series is able to encompass all six characters stories even though each book focuses on just one couple.

One thing I really love about this group of characters is their closeness, and the closeness I feel to them. I feels like being reunited with old friends every time I start a new book. They have come together so much since Addicted to You, they are so much more then just friends, brothers, sisters. They are family, one big package deal that sticks together through everything. There is no judgement, only understanding and the need to do anything, sacrifice whatever they have to to help each other.

“Most people can’t stand me… I’ve realized that the people who can are the ones I love deeply.”

No one pretends to be anything more then they are, and the great thing with this group is because they all have their faults, they are all so totally accepting of each other. There are jokes, teasing and sometimes yes there are arguments, but underneath is all is a deep bond which exists between every single one of these characters. Each of the six characters have a totally unique relationship with each of the other five, and the way that Krista & Becca Ritchie have been able to include that without making it feel too busy shows how incredible their writing talent is.

This book is Lily & Lo’s conclusion. There will be more books in this series, but this is the last one from Lily & Lo’s POV and for me it was the perfect ending. The journey that these two have been on, the struggles that they have faced; both together and apart have been inspirational. Their love is totally unbreakable and having seen each other at their worst and helped each other battle their addictions you feel their love through every single page of this book.

“I love you,” he says so empathetically that it tears open my heart. “I understand you. Please hold onto that, Lil.”

Sadly, their struggles aren’t over in this book. Pregnant Lily has crazy hormones which result in her being turned on A LOT of the time. Plus they both fear their child becoming an addict like them, or being ridiculed in someway about Lily and Lo’s addictions. On top of all that they have the worlds spotlight on them questioning every decision they make and constantly spreading rumours of the paternity of Lily’s baby. It’s quite sad that what is meant to be a happy and magical time is filled with so much fear.

My eyes well with tears… “Against the world, Loren Hale?”
“Yeah,” he nods. “Against the world, Lily Calloway. I’m familiar with that battle.

Battles are nothing new for Lily & Lo and like with everything else, they put on a united front and fight through it, with the support of all those who love them. This book shows their story full circle. It started off with the two of them against the world, and although it’s still Lily & Lo against the world, they are in a much better, happier place and with an entire family supporting them. They are finally able to prove to themselves and to the world that their love is the most important thing and is strong enough to get them through anything.

The ending had me in tears, it was just beautiful. Everyone deserves a Happily Ever After but no one as much as Lily and Lo. They fought for this, through so much. They struggled and they hurt, but they never gave up on each other, on their happy ending and I am so thankful that they got it.

“I speak for everyone here today,” he tells us, “when I say that you two—Lily and Loren—are the strongest people we’ve all ever had the honor to meet.”

It would be wrong not to mention Rose & Connor and Daisy & Ryke as they all feature massively in this book. Rose & Connor, like Lily and Lo, spend a lot of this book preparing for the arrival of their own baby whilst Daisy & Ryke grow as a couple whilst dealing with Daisy’s own struggles. Their are some fantastic scenes featuring the group, top one has to be ‘the limo scene’. You will know it when you get to it! Plus Ryke really shows his dedication in this book during some Daisy’s most difficult moments.

I am really excited to see how both Rose & Connor and Daisy & Ryke’s relationships develop further in the next two books and I will be desperately hoping that they both get their Happily Ever After’s too, because just like Lily & Lo, they deserve them massively!

“There’s something about her that makes all the terrible parts of me seem irrelevant. It’s love like this that’s worth living for.

This book was full up with everything that I needed and I found myself in that constant struggle of needing to read it all as quickly as possible because I HAD to get to the end, but also trying to slow myself down so it would last longer. Sadly (or happily) it was a battle that I lost and I had read this book in less then a day! It was the perfect balance of everything, it had me laughing, it had me crying, it had me gasping in both shock and excitement. It was perfect.

Since reading the first book this is a series that I have followed like an addict. I am constantly checking for updates on upcoming books, looking for teaser images and quotes to fill my laptop with and I am on the Fizzle Force page at least once a day. Since Addicted to You, I haven’t had to read any of the blurbs for the next books, there has been no need to. Krista & Becca Ritchie have created a world that I can’t get enough of, with characters who I am in love with and stories which I am desperate to read. I know automatically that whatever they write I am going to love it, so why question it?

“Life doesn’t stop when you take a new road. It always finds a way to go on.”

This book, as well as being a total joy to read, has a very strong message. And that it to be proud of who you are. There is no ‘perfect’ or ‘normal’ mould. People may tell you that you are too shy, too wild, to aggressive, a smartass, a jackass. But so what? Whatever you are is okay, and you should be proud of that. It’s a very strong message that this book is able to portray through the most amazing group of characters.

Everyone has their flaws: we may not be addicted to sex or alcohol, but we still have them and we should learn to accept them and to live our lives in the way that they are meant to be lived…

…Happily.

“Lily Calloway,” I murmur, and she finally looks up at me. I love you. I don’t even have to say the words before her eyes well with tears. I breathe deeply, my muscles wound tight. Years and years with Lily, my best friend, rush though my veins.
It’s a connection that spawned early on, from chasing her around a golf course and hiding underneath pillows on a yacht. From escaping to a bedroom and playing pretend behind a bar. From shutting out the world until it was just us.
I open my mouth to say more, but it’s hard to put everything to words.
A tear drips down her cheek. “I know.

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Final Thoughts

This book is the perfect goodbye to Lily and Lo and it may be cheesy but I am so proud of them an how far they have come since Addicted to You. Only two books left in the series, I am both excited and sad to get my hands on them and finish off this incredible series.

Make sure to check out my Interview with Becca and Krista Ritchie in which we talk Addicted After All, boys and superpowers!

Re-Readability: Yes!

I would recommend this book to fans of: the Addicted Series, the Calloway Sisters series, New Adult Romances, friend to lover, bromances, friends as family, very close family groups

Rating Loved it.5

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