Friday, January 10, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Addicted for Now by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie


Title: Addicted for Now
Series: Addicted #2
Author: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Pages: 488
Pub Date: November 30, 2013
Publisher: Self-published
Book Source: From the authors for review
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


**This review will contain spoilers for the first book in the series (Addicted to You)!** 

Synopsis (via Goodreads): He's addicted to booze. She's addicted to sex...staying sober is only half the battle.

No. More. Sex. 

Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.

Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.

They will torment Lily until Lo breaks. 

And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words. 

No. More. Us. 

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**SPOILERS AHEAD! Proceed at your own risk!**

Alright, the first thing I have to say is that this book disappointed me just a bit. I really enjoyed Addicted to You and became quite excited for the story to continue. This book wasn't bad, not at all! I guess what it comes down to is that I was expecting something more.

For example: Lily and her sex addiction. I feel like almost noprogress was made in terms of her therapy. Was there some? Sure. But not the the extent of what Loren had to go through. I honestly hoped for Lily to go to some sort of inpatient therapy, not just talk to a therapist & try to lay off the porn and masturbation. While I am on the topic of masturbation, let me point out a pet peeve. lol Oh lord, they don't call it “masturbation”—in this series, it's “self-love”... Self-love. LOVE. Sex and love aren't the same thing. They do not have to go hand-in-hand. I think this series is the perfect example of that, and yet... self-love. Self-love. SELF-LOVE. On every other page! SELF LOVE SELF LOVE SELF LOVE. I was so tired of reading that damn phrase that I wanted to spit. Ugh.

And my last complaint is simply about the length and pace of the book. I think the book was too long. In part, I imagine this is because it's told in the duel POVs of both Lo and Lily (I'll talk more about that in a second). BUT, it also started to lag for me. The plot sort of revolves around these text message threats and insults Lily ad Lo are receiving. Who is sending them? Why? What'll they do next? I like that. The plot was good. What I didn't like was how friggin' long it took to figure it all out! I feel like they could've skipped their little trip to Cancun for Spring Break. For me, this is what made the story lag.

Anyway, onto the good!

About that duel-POV. I liked it. A LOT. It was nice to read from Loren's POV and take a break from Lily's constant inner turmoil. In doing this, the authors allowed us to have a much deeper connection to Lo and that is something I felt was needed after the first book. I wanted to get inside his mind and see how he felt about being a recovering alcoholic. I wanted to be able to see hisstruggle and his opinions on Lily and what she was going through. I definitely came out of this story loving him a whole love more than I did from the first book (in which I, in fact, disliked him quite a bit). So, yay for duel POV! ^-^

Now... SEX. You all wanna know about it, right? ;) Well, this book definitely has no shortage of steaminess. Granted, Lily and Loren are supposed to be taking it slow, letting Lily heal, etc. But there are sex scenes and those sex scenes are fantastic.

“What's going to happen,” he breathes, “is that I'm going to carry you through this door. I'm going to draw out every single moment until you're exhausted. And I'm going to move so slow that three months ago will feel like yesterday. And Tomorrow will feel like today, and no one in this f**king universe will be able to say your name without saying mine.”
I have this annoyance with insanely long sex scenes. If well-written, I can handle it, but overall, I hate them. Something I enjoy about the sexy times in this series is that they are short and sweet steamy as heck! They are detailed, but not toodetailed. I also have to point out that I love the fact that these authors aren't afraid to take the sexual content to another level with, erm... more unconventional acts, shall we say? Heh. And, of course, the love does come hand-in-hand when it comes to Lily and Loren. They have a special relationship and I was awed by how tight they were able to stay even with their respective struggles.
“I'm here,” he says, a silent tear dripping down his cheek. “We're going to beat this together.”
As for the rest of the characters: I have to point out how much I just freaking LOVE Ryke and Connor. God, these two are so sexy I might just die before I get to read their stories. I WANT THEM NOW! I see much panty-dropping in the future. Not only are they sexy (and in completely different ways), but they crack me the hell up. I can definitely say I laughed my tail off many many times while reading this one.

Another piece of this story is family relationships. It was almost painful to watch how both Lily and Loren's parents treated them. I kept expecting them to come around, and I honestly have trouble wrapping my head around how a parent could be like this. It's truly a more serious and heartbreaking aspect of this book, but one I think was needed and you'll see why if/when you read it. There are definitely some revelations and surprises in the family department. Be ready.

All in all, I liked this book a lot! I had my pet peeves, but as a whole, I would recommend this book (as well as it's predecessor)! The storyline progresses well and new things are brought into the light. The romance is, of course, very hot and very intense. The characters will make you laugh and cry. The duel-POV was very insightful and definitely a nice touch. If you enjoy a sexy New Adult book with amazing characters, plenty of angst, and lots of family drama, this could be the one for you! I will definitely be continuing the series as well as its' spin-offs. ♥