Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
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.
New Adult Romance recommended for readers 18+ for mature content.
First off if you haven’t read these books, I would highly recommend them. They are quite dark and can be heavy at times, but they are amazingly written and I find myself sucked into the drama. This is book two in the series. I believe that book 3 is in the works and due to be released in early January 2014. The third book will focus more on the secondary characters.
This book picks up where book one left us. Our lead male, Loren Hale has entered rehab for his alcoholism. He has been gone for three weeks. Lilly Calloway, who is addicted to sex, has been waiting for him to return. This is not an easy feat for her. Both must face their addictions and deal with the past that sent them spiraling downward.
Loren has had intensive therapy for three whole months. While he has been gone, he has had no contact with Lilly. He is worried about her. Her addiction is different from his. Since they decided to take their imaginary relationship and make it real, Lilly has been faithful to him. But he worries that while he was gone, she would have cheated on him.
“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 fucking universe will be able to say your name without saying mine.”
Lilly has managed to remain abstinent. She made a vow to Lo that she intends to keep. She has Ryke, Conner and Rose to help keep her in line while Lo is gone. Ryke becomes Lo’s sponsor when he leaves rehab. Things are tough and Lo craves a drink. Old habits are hard to break.
This couple has a long road ahead of them. How does someone work through an addiction to something as basic as sex? Lilly can’t become completely abstinent. So, she and Lo must set limits and boundaries.
The one thing they know for sure is that they can’t live without each other. They have to be strong together.
Lo has been able to work on his addiction. Lilly is struggling, porn is her kryptonite. She has access to the internet and she is tempted.
They have to get better for each other and they vow to remain by each others side through thick or thin.
Just when they begin to think that things are coming together…
“Lets play that fucking game.” Lo replies “lets see whose lawyers are better. I’m a goddamn Hale. My family eats shitty fucks like you for brunch. ”
An old enemy surfaces and turns both of their worlds upside down. Lilly is left reeling and she can’t cope.
The family that is supposed to be there for you, you know, like your mother. Well, let’s just say she must be related to Joan Crawford.
Lilly and Lo must make some very difficult choices. They must figure out who to trust and who to turn to. Those closest to them become targets and potential threats.
In the end, will their love survive?
Wow! Just WOW! This book was fan-fucking-tastic! I adore the writing style of the dynamic sister duo who are writing this series. I was sucked in from the start and put through the wringer over and over again. I felt Lilly and Lo’s torment and anguish. The subject matter lends itself to a very dark read, but I found the love between Lo and Lil to be so redeeming that I didn’t mind it. I would follow them down into the dark time and again. It takes some pretty big talent to write a book that compelling. And compelling it was!
The story is written from dual points of view. We see Loren and Lilly in all their glory. I was rooting for them both. I disliked Lo’s father from the beginning but he redeemed himself in some small ways in this one. Lilly’s mother, she is just evil. Seriously.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good angst filled romance. It’s raw and gritty and real… I loved it. Well done Becca and Krista!
5+ Stars for me!