Review: Addicted for Now by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Addicted for Now
Series:
Addicted, #2
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Publication Date: November 29, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

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.


Reunited and it feels so good…

Well, yes and no. Lo’s returned to Lily, which I love, but the two have some new obstacles challenging them in Addicted for Now. Lily’s been dealing with her addiction in Lo’s absence, but his return adds another temptation into the mix. She has to let go and trust Lo to take care of her needs. If that wasn’t enough, someone knows Lily’s secret and is threatening to tell.

I love, love, love how this series is evolving. Lo and Lily are still dealing with their addictions, but I felt more hopeful for them. There was still some angst and suspense, but there was also time to relax and enjoy. They’ve both grown so much and, while things aren’t perfect, their story has started to become more than just their addictions. Lo and Lily are in a sweet recovery period where they’re allowing themselves to be happy — for a moment. Lo’s taking his recovery seriously, and also stepping up to help Lily deal with hers. He’s putting helping her with her addiction before both of their sexual desires and saying no when he needs to. There’s a surprising tenderness to their relationship that I really love.

I also really loved the whole trip to Mexico setting. It threw all of the characters into different, awkward situations. It brought them closer together and showcased more of their personalities. I loved that the book gave me the opportunity to know Ryke, Daisy, Connor and Rose even better. It made me excited to read the next couple of books where they’re the main characters.

This book wasn’t all fun and games, though. There was still tons of drama in the story. Everything comes crashing down with the sinister revelation to the world that Lily is a sex addict. It’s sad and devastating to everyone. All of the characters are scrambling to find the evil person who tipped off the press.

Addicted for Now continued my obsession with the Addicted series. I loved the way the story and characters evolved. It was an awesome addition to this series, and made me even more excited for what’s to come in the next book.

Review: Ricochet by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Ricochet
Series:
Addicted, #1.5
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Publication Date: August 1, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Ficiton

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

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.


Gosh. This book was a(nother) heartbreaker. Seriously. Poor Lily. She’s dealing with so much in Ricochet. Lo’s left for rehab, and she’s alone with her addiction. His absence is tearing her apart, but she knows his recovery is a matter of life or death. Now she has to believe in herself and lean on Rose, Connor and Ryke when she needs help.

I have to admit Ricochet was stressful to read. I had anxiety right along with Lily. The authors’ portrayal of her addiction and all that went with it was so raw and emotional. I kept having to give myself little breaks to recover from everything I was feeling before I could read more. I just felt so awful for her. I feel weird saying I enjoyed getting this view into Lily’s personality and addiction, but I did. It definitely helped me understand her better.

Ricochet wasn’t all depressing. The few interactions between Lo and Lily were so sweet. And there were so many fun moments between some of the other characters! I loved the tension between the two smartypants Rose and Connor. The love-hate thing they had going on was cute. Daisy and Ryke were fun, too. Despite their age difference putting me on edge, I loved their flirty banter. There was also a touching moment when Ryke comes to Lily’s aid.

Overall, Ricochet was the perfect bridge between Addicted to You and Addicted for Now. It strengthened my love for all of the characters, their relationships and made me excited for the next book.