Published on: August 1st 2013
Published by: Self Published
Series: Addicted #1.5
Genre: NA Romance
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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)
As a sex addict, Lily Calloway must do the impossible. Stay celibate for 90 days.
Cravings and fantasies become her new routine, but while Loren Hale recovers from his alcohol addiction, Lily wonders if he’ll realize what a monster she really is. After all, her sexual compulsions begin to rule her life the longer she stays faithful to him.
Progress. That’s what Lily’s striving for. But by trying to become closer to her family–people who aren’t aware of her addiction–she creates larger obstacles. When she spends time with her youngest sister, she learns more about her than she ever imagined and senses an unsettling connection between Daisy and Ryke Meadows.
With Lily and Lo’s dysfunctional relationship teetering and unbalanced, they will need to find a way to reconnect from miles apart. But the inability to “touch” proves to be one of the hardest tests on their road to recovery. Some love brushes the surface. Some love is deeper than skin.
Lily and Lo have three months to discover just how deep their love really goes.
When I found this book on Goodreads I originally thought it was a novella. It was listed as book #1.5 in the series, so I was expecting something short 3 month gap between Addicted to You and Addicted for Now. Instead we got a full 260 pages and a story just as addictive as the first.
“I want to love Lo without people telling me that our love is too much.”
This book has a very different vibe to it due to Lily and Lo being in recovery. They no longer have the freedom to live their addictions and life has suddenly gotten a lot harder. Lily is now living with sister Rose and is studying at Princeton whilst also working as Rose’s PA. Lo is at rehab and Lily is allowed no contact with him, nor to know where his facility is. No alcohol for Lo, no sex for Lily, no Lily and Lo together for a whole 260 pages (aka. three months).
“I love you,” he says again, “and no other man will ever say those words and mean them the way I do.”
Just like Addicted to You, this book is written completely from Lily’s POV. She really struggles in this book, mostly with being away from Lo. He is her comfort blanket, the thing she goes to when she is struggling, and in this book she needs to learn how to get through her struggles without him. But it’s not easy for her and the loneliness she feels without him plus her torturous urges for sex make some very hard times for Lily.
“You don’t make me miserable. You make me want to live. And I want to live with you.”
Although Lo did appear for parts of this book: phone calls and skype dates, there was a big Lo shaped hole in this book for me. I really missed him, probably just as much as Lily, but we although we don’t get much of them present day we are gifted some flashbacks which show us just how they became the most important people to each other.
“Our ‘I love yous’ encompass years of heartache, of hurt, of laughter and pain. And every time we say the words, I feel the rush of our childhood. I couldn’t imagine ever losing that.”
Secondary characters were yet again totally brilliant in this sequel. Rose was a character who I struggled to like at first and it was Lily’s sisterly love for her which swayed me. In this book Rose really shows her caring side, and was very helpful to Lily and Lo’s situation. Plus her relationship with Connor, all the flirting and the constant bickering over who is smarter is so entertaining to read. We also get more Ryke in this one, and although he still stays his kind of mysterious self for most of the book, we are given rare glimpses of the kind and caring person he can be.
“Each day feels like an obstacle. And a victory.”
A thoroughly entertaining read, but nothing was quite able to fill the Lo shaped hole in this book. Very excited for Addicted for Now and the return of Lo!
I would recommend this book to fans of: the Addicted Series, the Calloway Sisters series, New Adult Romances, friend to lover, bromances, healing romances, characters overcoming addictions