Addicted to You (Addicted #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Addicted to You (Addicted Series)
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.
I started reading Addicted to You without remembering what it was about. The first few chapters were a bit over the top for me, but interesting so I kept reading. Lily is a sex addict and the entire book is written from her point of view. She lives with Lo, her bff and fake boyfriend who is an alcoholic. They both enable the other and help hid their addictions from their family. They don't have other friends, though they do have some made up friends!
The book started off and Lily just seemed like a bit much. I don't know much about sex addiction, don't know anyone who has had it or anything, but Lily just seemed a bit absurd at times. Again maybe she isn't, but as a reader who doesn't know anything about it she does not seem real in her addiction. At first it was interesting regardless, but after awhile she just started grating on my nerves.
When the book starts Lo and Lily are just friends, but they quickly turn into more than friends. Most of the book is just their struggle to be addicts and keep that secret from everyone. It was...it just got to be too much for me listening to Lily whine. She would worry that Lo would be worried if she was around another guy, even though he trusted her to not sleep with anyone else. She would worry about everything, but didn't actually want to do anything about it. It was just constant talk about how she is addicted to sex and I just wanted it to end.
Throughout the story they do find some new friends who want to help Lo with his alcoholism (they don't know about her addictions), and while she is worried about him and wants him to stop drinking all the time she can't bring that up to him. I mean after all if he gives up alcohol will she have to give up sex? A life without sex is just a life not worth living! The way she went on about it was just ridiculous to me. Written a different way it could have been alright, but it just made me not really like her. Her constant moaning about not wanting to be addicted, but yet not wanting to do anything about it just bugged me. After a while I just wanted to be like do something about it or stop complaining. I think if we could have had some chapters from Lo's point of view it would have helped to break up the poor me Lily and make it easier to read.
This book ends without everything being resolved as there are more books in the series, but I don't really care to find out more. It seems like Lo and Lily should walk away from each other and learn to be without the other and move on, but I don't think that will happen. They just don't seem good for each other since they are both enablers, but I guess that could change. A frustrating read.