She's addicted to sex. He's addicted to booze... the only way out is rock bottom.
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 as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.
Their real vice may be each other.
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"LOVE LOVE LOVE"
This crazy mess of a book was AMAZING!!! It's crazy the secrets that are kept behind closed doors and the real struggles people go through! I loooovveee the dysfunctional relationship between lily & lo. Not exactly the dysfunctional part but his love for her shows through every part of this book. I love all the other characters in the book too!
"Emotional and gripping, even 2nd time around."
The Ritchie sisters did a tremendous job in addressing such a pressing issue within our society by creating a world for us to step in & experiencing it ourselves. It was like I could almost feel the love, the pain, the shame and the guilt of Lil & Lo as they battled their addictions. But through it all, it was beautiful & heartwarming to see how the people around them battle alongside them. Lil & Lo's relationship was an unhealthy one, but their genuine love & care for each other will have you rooting at them to fight and get better.
OMG this is tough, it's like Sophie's choice! But if I really have to choose, my favorite couple has always been Lily & Loren. (Yup still can't settle for ONE character, sorry!!) They've always been against the odds of the world and the underdogs and without them, we wouldn't have met the entire gang of this series ;) ♥
I love how she captured Lily's POV so well, it resonates with the struggling timid voice that Lily would have portrayed had she been real and Erin Mallon did her character justice. I was also amazed by how she captured Loren's voice and brought the whole story to life.
This book itself had the power to move me, so imagine if words brought that kind of emotions, then what more hearing the words themselves. Towards the last quarter of the book, I definitely got a little weepy at moments where LiLo hit rock bottom and Erin Mallon certainly brought those emotions to an all time high for me.
Read this series! I've re-read this series two times already and I wish I could say I'm exaggerating but I still feel all the overwhelming emotions again even with a re-read! I almost cannot imagine a world without these amazing people that the Ritchie series have birthed and now with an audiobook, it's coming to life! I hope the entire series will be on audiobook and I'll be praying hard enough for this series to be made into a TV series/movie, then my life will be complete!! #fizzleforce
"I want more!!!!"
real, inspiring and heartbreaking!
One of my favorite scenes is when Lo is crying and he calls for Lily, I just adore the emotions behind that scene and it always makes me emotional
I loved how Erin Mallon portrayed Lily Calloway, but I was shocked when I heard Rose for the first time, she was probably my favorite! She was also great at portraying the boys, it never felt weird.
YESSSSS! Lily is so funny because she's shy and awkward and when Ryke and Connor start spending time with Lily and Lo it's so hilarious! and obviously I cried a lot, even though I've read this book 3 times, it's one that I just can't get over
I highly recommend this series. We don't talk enough about addictions and these books show you what it means for a woman to be a sex addict; it's something I had never really thought about before and no one talks about it. It shouldn't be a taboo. This audiobook definitely brings justice to the series! I couldn't stop listening!
"The Addicted Series is Amazing!"
addicting, perfection, unique
Without a doubt, Lily (though she did a good Loren, too).
My full review for the book (as well as the other books in the series) can be found on my website, KDH Reviews.
"WHAT A JOURNEY AND IT JUST THE BEGINNING"
OMG what a great different read from the normal. This was so out of the box from my books and yet it was refreshing to see the complexity of these characters this is so different from most of my romance books. Worth your credit you will not be disappointed I didn't want to stop listening.
Yes! I love the book and the narrator did a great job!
The characters feel so real.
Lots of moments! It is a emotional ride.
I want all the books of this series on Audible.
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend because this story is full of passion, steam, romance, emotions, and raw vulnerability. The story line is so unique and unlike any new adult romance books I have read/listened. The performance of Erin Mallon as Lily was so emotional and you can feel the connection that she has with the characters.
What I love about this story is the tale of two broken lost people facing their addictions and demons. And not only they are dealing with the addictions but they are in love. This story is about survival, friendship, love, addictions, soul mates, best friends, and letting go. The beauty of the story is Lily and Lo and how it went from friendship to soul mates and to lovers. This book packed so much emotions that you could FEEL everything from heartache, guilt, despair, anger, lust, temptation, hurt, pain, sadness, lost, and love. You know a book is worthy to read/listen is when you can be emotionally invested in a story and feel for the characters. Lo and Lily's story will touch your hearts!
Erin Mallon did an amazing job on the performance of Lily Calloway!!! She hands down nailed it. You could feel the raw emotional and heartbreaking moment Erin evoked playing Lily. Not only did she do an amazing job as Lily, but she played the role of Lo perfectly. To be able to play characters that are so raw, broken and vulnerable was an amazing fete that she did.
I think the tag line that the Authors made is THE BEST and the MOST PERFECT tag line ever: "She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom."
I think their tag line speaks alone and would make anyone want to read, listen and watch a film of this book. But if I were to make a tag line, I would say it would go something like this "Your Love is My Addiction."
I have also read the book and here is my review of the book:
"She’s addicted to sex. He’s addicted to booze…the only way out is rock bottom."
When I first read the blurb of this book, I knew this would be intense and different from the usual story-lines that I normally read. The authors, Krista & Becca Ritchie, did a fantastic job in writing and addressing a sensitive matter, addiction and the people who enable the addiction.
Addicted to You, focuses on two rich and prominent childhood friends, Lily Calloway and Loren Hale. From the outsider's perspective, they would be seen as two childhood friends in a loving and stable relationship while attending college at the University of Pennsylvania. Lily and Loren seem to have it all: a perfect relationship as boyfriend and girlfriend, money, family and friends. What friends and family don't know, is that Lily and Loren have been keeping secrets of their addiction.
Lily Calloway, comes from a loving family with three sisters: Poppy, Rose and Daisy. She has parents who love and adore her. Sisters, who are fiercely protective and loving especially her older and closest sister, Rose. What they don't know is that Lily has an addiction to SEX.. Lily is not just obsessed but seriously addicted to sex. Her daily routines must consist of sex, watching porn, daydreaming of sexual fantasy and masturbation. Lily cannot function without achieving her sexual high/desires. Her addiction has affected her schoolwork and time with her family.
Loren Hale, son of Jonathan Hale of Hale Corporation, is rich, handsome, and attends a prestigious University. Loren, also known as Lo, seems to have it have all but is addicted to ALCOHOL.. His addiction to alcohol is so severe that his morning consist of the hard stuff and ends with him either passed out or completely blacked out. He's consistently drinking whiskey, bourbon, beer or any hard alcohol that he can get his hands on. His addiction is affecting his lack of schoolwork, attendance, and personality. Lo, stems his addiction from the pressures of his demanding father and the abandonment of his mother.
Being childhood friends, Lo and Lily knows each others addiction. For three years, they have been deceiving their family that were boyfriend and girlfriend. They have been covering up for one another so they can continue their addictions. Soon, Lo and Lily decides that they no longer want to be in a fake relationship but a "real one" together and that they can help each other out with their addictions. Lo will help satisfy Lily's sexual addiction and Lo will try to cut back on drinking. As it turns out, their addiction only intensifies and they soon find themselves enabling one another. They become addicted to not only sex and alcohol but to each other. Lily craves the sexual highs that Lo can provide for her. He has become her crutch and vice-versa. Both are well aware of their addictions and feel guilty about it but they just can't seem to stop doing it.
Lo and Lily loves each other so much that they are afraid to lose one another. Their addiction has reach a point where it has gotten unhealthy and destructive and soon their family and friends have to step in to intervene.
This book ends with Lo and Lily going their separate ways trying to get healthy and beat their addiction. It ends with them promising to wait for each other. Lo will be entering rehab and Lily starting all over at new school with her sister, Rose and getting therapy. Their journey to getting healthy continues in the next book of the series. Will they succeed or fail?
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"Enjoy with caution"
The subject matter in this story is very deep. It covers alcoholism and sex addiction. It's about two people who have an addiction and both help and enable each other. If you're in the mood for a heavier read I would definitely get this one. It still very much follows the new adult genre but it is a much more serious book than most. It is well written with a very good narration.
"My Whoo Haaa Hurts"
The narration is so damn great that this chick makes my vagina hurt cuz she wants it so much. I have to start and stop because I feel like I need some feel good but the most important thing is the story is great but I think the narrator is toooooo dang on good cuz she sounds like sex on a stick, tree trunk or a tall tower. If you can listen to a sexual book without getting a quick fix,listen to this one. I have to listen then stop cuz she makes me need some really great ACTION. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"Prepare yourselves for an addicting read!"
This story never gets old! I listened to it while I was at work and I can't believe I managed to hold back tears at some places, because everything in this story is so emotional still. Erin Mallon totally brings this story to life. I loved how she narrated Lily's POV and her voice for Rose was definitely one of my favorites in this audiobook. I think the guy voices, as always with women narrators, are a little awkward at first, but once you get used to it, they won't bother you one bit. I have already started Ricochet in audiobook and I can't wait to relive everything in audio form, because these books, this narrator? A precious combination!
My favorite character has always been Connor Cobalt and while his character doesn't take a back seat in the audiobook experience, my other favorite character by far is Rose Calloway. Her funny remarks, fierce attitude and endless love for her sisters are a few of the many, many things I love about her.
This title goes to Rose Calloway, because I never quite imagined Erin's sweet voice to have that edge Rose has and I think that Erin did a fantastic job!
This book is an emotional roller coaster and the parts that brought me on the verge of tears, were obviously the ending parts and the chapters where Lily and Loren finally get a real support system in their family and friends.
This story is as addicting as they come: Addicted to You is a perfect combination of an addicting story and a great narrator! Knowing what's next to come, and how this series progresses into one of THE best New Adult series out there, I couldn't be any more excited to follow these emotional, sexy, thought-provoking, family, friendship and romance oriented books in audio form.
I can't decide whether I am an now an adict or becoming addicted but loving the story between Lo and Lily and the strain if their addictions and how it affects one another and the whole family. and now they have even gained friends! good plot and great narration
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