Jun 26, 2013

{Blog Tour} Book Review + Giveaway: Addicted to You - Colina Brennan

Hi, everyone! Welcome to my stop for the Addicted to You blog tour! You can see the tour schedule here.

Title: Addicted to You
Author: Colina Brennan
Release Date: June 22nd 2013
Publisher: Self-published
Source: eARC for blog tour
When twenty-one-year-old Leah Carter's latest one night stand burglarizes her apartment, her roommate forces her to attend therapy for sex addicts. Leah insists she isn't a sex addict; she just doesn't do relationships. After all, sooner or later, everyone lets you down.
At first, the group sessions are little more than an education on how to be promiscuous. Until she meets the newest addict—blue eyes, killer body, and a smile that tempts relapse.
Psychology student Will McLean is posing as a fellow addict while researching a case study on unusual addictions. But the more he learns about Leah, the more certain he is that his desire to break through her walls and unearth her secrets has nothing to do with his assignment.
As the uncertainties spike alongside the sexual tension, the only thing Leah knows for sure is that falling in love would be disastrous. Too bad love might be one addiction she can't kick.
I don't know what I expected from Addicted to You, but it certainly wasn't what I got. From their first chapters, I enjoyed Leah's and Will's voices, although I probably would have appreciated it more had the book been written in first person POV.

From the get-go, we are introduced to Leah's tough and closed-off exterior, but I knew that beneath the permanent scowl was a girl who felt a lot, it scared her. And she's a budding writer! Now, she might claim to despise poetry, but I read enough to know that she's good at writing it. Anyway, I didn't like how Leah was so reluctant to own her feelings and pushed them away instead. She was so disbelieving of the whole concept of love—well, except for her brother and best friend—even though she knew it was what she felt for Will. But both of those she did understandably so when one spared a glance at her parents.

Admittedly, a major case of insta-lust went on in here, and some might even argue that lust was all there was between Leah and Will—backed up by the fact that they couldn't keep their hands and mouths to themselves when they were together—but I saw beyond every glance and every smile. And really, who can blame Leah for wanting to hump Will at first sight? He was a gorgeous-as-hell Scottish with piercing blue eyes, but he was no bad boy! He was actually very sweet, considerate, and thoughtful, and he knew how to stop and rein himself back when a girl said no. Still, this boy sure knew how to flip his sexy and naughty switch.

Although the book was mainly about Leah and Will, that didn't make the secondary characters uninteresting; in fact, their variety added flavor to the story and made the two MCs lives much more fleshed-out and real. Even the other sex addicts in Leah's sessions provided a lot of laughs, thanks to their ridiculously outrageous sex lives.

I loved how the simplest thing prevented the story from dragging infuriatingly like other similar books: communication. Leah and Will used that basic tool like the adults that they were, simplifying everything that stood between them, and went after what and who they wanted instead of sulking in a corner.

Funny, touching, and utterly realistic, Addicted to You had everything I love in a book. It portrayed "new adults" in a real light, with their frustrations, insecurities, and reluctance. And although the ending left quite a handful of opened doors, I don't mind it one bit because it just made the story live on longer in my head.

MY FAVORITE PART was the moment Will first entered the group session. "I Knew You Were Trouble" much? XD


About the author:
Colina Brennan is a new adult writer with a love for the fantastical and the romantic. When she isn’t writing, she’s attached at the hip to her kids or chasing her dog or daydreaming about what she wants to write next.

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  1. While the plot sounds really serious, I appreciate how these two people are mature and don't let miscommunication in the way. Now that makes me more interested in reading this. Thanks for the review, Kazhy!

    1. You should definitely read it soon, Dianne! <3


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