Jul 2, 2013

{Blog Tour} Book Review + Giveaway: Addicted to You - Krista & Becca Ritchie

Hi guys! Welcome to my stop for the Addicted to You blog tour! You can view the full tour schedule here.

Title: Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Release Date: June 13th 2013
Publisher: Self-published
Source: eARC for blog tour
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 when they go on a family boat trip, surrounded by open seas and limited male bodies in sight, Lily’s confronted with a big fear. Only one guy onboard can fill her addiction, and she’s sworn off going there with Loren Hale ever again.
Now the only person who can truly help her can barely help himself.
From a young age, Lily Calloway and Loren Hale had always looked out for each other—or, rather, "enabled" each other—because they were addicts. Lily couldn't live without constant thoughts and acts of sex, and Loren drank alcohol more than normal people drank water. Over the years, they had gotten very good at covering up for each other, hiding their cases from everyone, including their families. They were like a well-oiled machine until, out of desperation, Lily took on Loren's offer to be her monogamous sex partner.

Let me start off my review by saying this: Addicted to You was freaking amazing, and it's now one of my current top ten reads for this year and one of my top five NA reads ever. Lily's voice was captivating, and I was immediately curious as to why she and Loren had become addicts. All throughout the book, their lives centered on sex and booze, and watching them struggle to survive was troublingly fascinating.

It was touching how Lily hadn't wanted Loren to be her "friend with benefits" because she knew it would complicate matters, and she really wanted to keep him, the only person in her life who knew about her addiction and yet didn't push her away in revulsion. But it was frustrating, too, because it was obviously a better option than her bathroom quickies and one-night stands with total strangers.

Lily and Loren's relationship blurred the line between love and dependence. They were each other's escape and not their medicine, but I still wanted them to be together.
Being in a real relationship was supposed to fix the kinks in our lives. It should've made our problems easier. We no longer have to pretend. We can be ourselves. We're free from one life. Isn't this the part where our love overcomes our addictions? Where our problems magically solve from a kiss and a promise?
There were times when I'd think that they could work, even with their addictions.
I start dreaming about having sex right here. Lo taking me across the bar in a sultry heat. Sex on a bar.

It'd be like our addictions making love.

I've said before that I hate whiny characters who don't do anything to solve their problems, but in this case, I didn't even feel the slightest dislike for Lily. First, she didn't exactly whine, just admitted over and over that she and Loren had problems—because they knew they had problems. And second, those problems weren't simple—they were real, honest-to-God, finger-twitching, need-a-shrink-stat addictions.

Addicted to You reminded me of Gossip Girl, what with billion-dollar-rich troubled "new adults" as protagonists. Even the family drama was there. I imagine this is what could've happened if Serena van der Woodsen slept around a little bit more and dated an even-worse-alcoholic Chuck Bass. The ending was one-fourth expected and three-fourths shocking, and, holy moly, I need the sequel ASAP!

MY FAVORITE PART was Lily's "I have a virus" episode in class :))


About the authors:
Becca Ritchie is a carnivore of pop culture, television, film and of course YA and NA books. While in college, she worked at The CW television network and put her vampiric knowledge to good use, blogging about hit series and swooning over actors’ abs. When she’s not blogging, she writes novels and has teamed up with her twin sister for their New Adult novel ADDICTED TO YOU. Available July of 2013.

Krista Ritchie is the mind behind popular trading website YA Book Exchange and created Nawanda Files, a book blog that also features books into movies news. When not pouring over entertainment news and the newest releases, she spends her time conducting research in a genetics lab. She’s happy to join forces with her sister, harnessing their twin powers to produce the first in a New Adult series.

Krista: Goodreads

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