Title: Ricochet (Addicted #1.5)
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Release Date: August 1st 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Source: ecopy for blog tour
As a sex addict, Lily Calloway must do the impossible. Stay celibate for 90 days.
Cravings and fantasies become her new routine, but while Loren Hale recovers from his alcohol addiction, Lily wonders if he’ll realize what a monster she really is. After all, her sexual compulsions begin to rule her life the longer she stays faithful to him.
Progress. That’s what Lily’s striving for. But by trying to become closer to her family—people who aren’t aware of her addiction—she creates larger obstacles. When she spends time with her youngest sister, she learns more about her than she ever imagined and senses an unsettling connection between Daisy and Ryke Meadows.
With Lily and Lo’s dysfunctional relationship teetering and unbalanced, they will need to find a way to reconnect from miles apart. But the inability to “touch” proves to be one of the hardest tests on their road to recovery. Some love brushes the surface. Some love is deeper than skin.
Lily and Lo have three months to discover just how deep their love really goes.Addicted to You is one of my favorite NA novels, and when I found out that it’s actually the first in a series, I just freaked. I wanted to read more about Lily and Lo and their completely dysfunctional relationship, and Ricochet is the first to give me that ‘more’.
Ricochet is not exactly a novella in that it is longer, almost like a novel in itself. It bridges the gap between book one and book two, Addicted for Now, and although I obviously haven’t read that yet, I imagine I’d be confused if I dive into the second book without reading this #1.5 first. It’s filled with character development, something the first book admittedly had little of, and seeing these characters grow was just fulfilling.
Aside from the ‘two addicts in love omg what’s gonna happen’ part of the plot, what takes this series up a notch is the characters’ dynamics with one another. Everything’s complicated, from Lily’s and Lo’s relationships with each other, with their parents, their siblings, their enemies from the past, and – I’ve said this before but I just want to point it out again – it’s basically Gossip Girl on crack.
But more than bridge books one and two, Ricochet also provides tons of backstory for the spin-off novels coming out next year, Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower. Those are some of my favorite parts because Rose and Connor are just hilarious with their smart-people banter:
“Did you misquote Abraham Lincoln’s speech?”
“That wouldn’t happen, and that’s not the least bit embarrassing.”
“I would be embarrassed,” he says with raised eyebrows.
“Yeah? Well you’re like a green rooster. If your kind exists, there’s only one of you.”
And then there’s Ryke and Daisy:
“You know what’s scary,” she says, pointing her spoon at him. “You’re a journalism major, aren’t you? Shouldn’t you be a wordsmith?”
“Shouldn’t you be a voiceless mannequin?” he retorts back.
I am so ready for Hothouse Flower.
We also see more of Lily and Lo’s friendship, as in pure – though not-so-innocent – friendship, and I love how she’s wrecked not because she lost her boyfriend, but because she lost her best friend. This is one of the very few books that I read in one sitting so go freaking read this!
MY FAVORITE PART was Ryke sleeping over in Lily’s room :))
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.