Review “Addicted to You” – Becca & Krista Ritchie

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Review “Addicted to You” – Becca & Krista RitchieAddicted to You by Becca and Krista Ritchie
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Published on: June 13th 2013
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 324
Series: Addicted #1
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eARC

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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)

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.

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Initial Reaction

A few hours after recording this I found out that there a more books in this series currently available, so I totally take back what I said about it needing a prologue (which should have actually been an epilogue anyway!)

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My Thoughts

At the time of being sent this book I was starting to go a little crazy with reading all the same type of YA books … sometimes you just need something a little different. That is exactly what this book was: a totally breath of fresh air blowing away all the bookish cobwebs and reminding me why I love reading so much. I really didn’t know exactly what to expect with this book and what I got was something very special and a new found love for the Ritchie sisters and their addictive storytelling.

“Let me try and be enough.”

Lily Calloway is a sex addict, which is kind of ironic really as she is probably one of the most shy characters I have ever read. As a sex addict I (stereo typically) expected her to be quite slutty, but I was gladly mistaken and she turned out to be a very sweet and caring character. She hates her addiction, but can’t shy away from it. Her body craves the high of sex. If she doesn’t get it then she suffers, but if she does then she is left feeling shameful and full of regret.

“I want to live here. In his arms. Where I know it’s safe.”

Loren ‘Lo’ Hale is an alcoholic. He knows it, he just wont say it out loud. Alcohol became Lo’s coping mechanism after years of being a failure in his fathers eyes. He is totally troubled and makes a lot of poor choices but one thing you cannot deny is how much he cares for Lily. He tries to play it cool when he picks her up from fraternity houses the morning after or kicks guys out of her bedroom and their apartment but you can tell he doesn’t want this for her.

“I love you, but I want to love you enough that I never choose alcohol over you. Not even for a moment. I want to be someone you deserve.”

Together they have a loving yet very dysfunctional relationship. There is a lot of chemistry there, you can see that from the first chapter, but nothing has ever happened between them. He teases her, she fantasizes about him, they live together and are basically a couple, just minus the sex. Lily prefers sex to be random hook ups with strangers and Lo is quite happy to loose himself in a bottle of whatever expensive alcohol is nearest.

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

Lily and Lo work well together because they totally understand the other and there is absolutely no judgement there. They have seen each other at their worst and their support of each other is so strong.  It’s the kind of relationship that you root for, that gives you those fluttery butterflies in your tummy even though you know that this relationship isn’t healthy. That these people, however much in love, are each others worst enemy, enabling them when they are in serious need of help.

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

This story is written completely from Lily’s POV and I will admit that it was extremely interesting reading from the mind of a sex addict. I felt no disgust towards her, she felt enough shame and guilt for who she was already. Instead I felt an understanding and I was about to sympathize for her, watching her struggle with this very real addiction that was written so raw and honestly.

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

This story is like nothing I have ever read, but it stood out to me and I’m so glad that I decided to give it a chance. It is an addictive and entertaining read but also covers some very real and serious topics without being too heavy. Important messages work their way through the pages of this book:  addiction and dependence on the people enabling those addictions being one of the most important.

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

The secondary characters in this book really make this story. They are important to Lily and Lo’s journey’s throughout the book and aren’t just there to fill pages. Rose (Lily’s sister) was someone who I normally wouldn’t like, and at first I didn’t. She has a very strong personality and is confident in herself that it took me a little while to warm to her, but once I did I totally loved her. Connor is another who did not make the best first impression with me, but is confident and at times cocky persona made me laugh a lot and I couldn’t help but love him.

“The fear of losing each other is always stronger than the pain we cause.”

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Final Thoughts

This book doesn’t sugar coat anything, and it was it’s rawness that made it such a powerful read. Krista & Becca have a writing style that works perfectly and makes the book a joy to read. I have already finished reading the sequel to this book, and I will definable be looking out for more Ritchie books in the future..

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.

Rating Loved it.5

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Have you anything by the Ritchie Sisters?

Have you ever read a story about characters with addictions? 

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7 Responses to “Review “Addicted to You” – Becca & Krista Ritchie”

  1. becca

    I don’t usually leave bloggy comments on the reviews of our books. But I just had to since reviewers don’t usually make videos!! Thank you so much for reading, Hannah <3 <3 This seriously made my day. (No lie.) And put a huge smile on my face. I know when Krista wakes up she'll be the same way (and I can't wait to watch her reaction!)

    xoxo Becca

    • Broc's Bookcase

      Wow, thanks. It was my absolute pleasure to read and review. My initial reaction videos actually started off as just a reminder for me about what I thought about the book for when I was writing my review, they were never meant to make it online. But then my friends saw them and as I cry in a lot of them, they found them hilarious and said that I had to put them up too!
      Thanks for your comments, it’s always really nice to know that an author/authors like your review! Just finished reading Addicted to Now last night, so good!!! 🙂

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