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My rating: 5 stars
"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 am not a stubborn person. *crickets* Well, sometimes I am not. *more crickets* Okay, I am always subborn. But also I know when to admit that I was wrong. *cri..* Shut up! I admit it - I. Was. Wrong. Can we move on, please?
Okay, where was I? Loren Hale and Lily Calloway. That twin sisters who started off as bloggers and turned into brilliant authors. My new adult addiction. Siiri from Little Pieces of Imagination made me read this. But seriously, I cannot believe that Tanja read Addicted to You before me - she is not new adult fan. And she read it before me.
It took only a little bit over a year for our Estonian friend Siiri to finally persuade me to read Addicted series. Main reason for my reluctance was all the hype and the the fact that I had really bad experiences in the past with new adult recommendations. Only thing that I can say is that I am glad that I have waited until now because I can binge-read and not go crazy while waiting for a new sequel.
Glass has officially turned into one of those shippers or OTP fangirls.
(however it's called)
Why I loved Addicted to You?
- Original idea. The most usual stereotype of NA novels is a good, overly naive, girl (who is usually a virgin), and I am not fan of those. So imagine my surprise when I realized that main female character is a sex addict. Yes, I know - addiction is a bad thing, but lets focus here on the part where female sexuality is something that Addicted to You is mostly about. Not the million times seen "I have no luck when it comes to sex, but this one special, alpha male makes me act like a porn star" scenario. Lily is like any other human being - male or female - with sexual and other primal urges we all share. Yes, she has a problem, but her sexual identity is not determined trough her relationship status.
- Angst. Oh, sweet, sweet Aphrodite, this was torture to read sometimes. Not the bad thing - Krista and Becca Ritchie managed to pull you into the roller-coaster called Lo & Lily without all I-love-him-but-I-hate-her issues. (Am I the only one who noticed how we usually hate female characters, but love all the guys in NA novels?)
- Writing. Just perfect.
- Lily, Lo, Ryke, Connor, Rose... With every new chapter, I change my answer to the question: Who is your favorite character? This is one of those rare books where I love them all.
Final judgement? Darker read, but still pretty tame considering a topic. Perfect for fans of new adult who want something a little bit different. Definitely only for those over 18. Yes, it has drama and modern fairy tale feel, but that is something that works perfectly when it comes to Addicted to You.