Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Blog Tour: Addicted To You (Addicted #1) by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Addicted To You
Addicted #1
By:  Krista & Becca Ritchie
Published:  July 1, 2013
Source:  Author
Mature Content:  18+

GR's Summary:

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. 

**This is a New Adult book recommended for readers 18 and up**

Welcome to our stop on the Addicted to You blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

My Take on this Journey

Lily Calloway and Loren (Lo) Hale were two college students that knew each other, and had been best friends, since childhood.  They were both from families of status and prestige.  Both families were billionaires, and reputation was everything for these socialites.  Lily and Loren decide to move in together in college and fake a romantic 3 year relationship, to keep their parents off their backs, and cover for one an others addictions.  This novel was told from Lily's perspective, and was very realistic.

The reader is able to see straight into the mind of this incredibly confused, and shame-filled young girl.  Lily and Loren lived a life of lies.  One built on top of another, until there were so many they didn't know where the lies ended and the truth began.  Lily came from a loving family that demanded perfection on every level, with zero tolerance for imperfections.  Lily had a sexual addiction that she couldn't control, and Lo was a raging alcoholic since he was a teenager.  His abusive, alcoholic father was  heartless and cruel, and Lo had been without a mother for a very long time.  He lived his life shrouded in dysfunction.  The facade shared by these two characters was hidden down to a science.  They both were emotionally dependent on each other, and enabled each other at every turn imaginable.  This is a highly intense, disturbing portrayal of addiction, secrets, and mounting lies.  Though Lily' s family was loving, the relationship was jeopardized by Lily' s need for her sexual exploits, and she lost all sense of togetherness, and loyalty she once cherished.  Fraternity lane became Lily' s hang out for her improprieties, and "The walk of shame,"  was one major recurring theme that Lo saved her from repeatedly.  Lily returned the same favour when Lo was incoherent, and drunk out of his mind.  L0 and Lily were very loving, caring, and tender with one another.  These two finally realized their feelings for each other ran deeper than they had allowed themselves to think of.  Though, at that point, there were many obstacles, secrets, ups, downs, and lows that leave the reader exhausted!  

This novel is raw at the deepest level.  It is full of primal energy, intensity, angst, and fear.  It's filled with lust, love, addiction, and emotionally charged!!!  The lives of these characters, full of addiction, secrets, lack of boundaries, dependency, and enabling, is a Tsunami ready to hit land.  The reader can see it coming from a mile away!

The prose kept the novel flowing. The characters, in Addicted to You, both primary and secondary, were well developed.  Addicted to You, feels true to life, and a totally disturbing story, that will leave it's readers exhausted by the time the last page is turned.

The two Ritchie' s have done a phenomenal job portraying two very taboo subjects.

I give Addicted to You, by Becca, and Krista Richie 5 Shame Filled, Erratic, Devastatingly Powerless, Lost, Raw, Intense Stars!

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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.

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  1. I want this book so badly!The more awesome reviews I read, I want it even more. Wonderful review!

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

    1. Hi Jenea,
      Thank you for following our blog reviews. This is a very good intense, fast read. I read this straight through, and couldn't put it down. The characters flew off the pages for me! Hope you like this book as much as I did! Have your Kleenex ready.

      Happy reading!

  2. This sounds like such an intense and compelling book. It seems like the authors did justice to the disease of addiction.
    Fabulous review, Ro!

    1. Hey Andrea,
      Krista and Becca have done a pretty thorough job in my opinion. Through this book I was able to gain quite a bit of information. This book was not a happy go lucky read by any means, but it was definitely were opening and intriguing. A must on your TBR. Thank you for your kind comments.


  3. I bought this book when it came out, but haven't gotten to it yet...sounds like I should get on it, but I'd better read it in between two lighter reads :)

    1. Hi Megan,
      Get to reading Girl!!! You are going to wonder why it sat on the shelf so long! Definitely, should read something light first, and afterwards. There is some heavy subject matter.

      Happy Reading!!!


  4. I just bought this one the other day and I am SO excited to read it!

    Great review :)

    1. Hi,
      Let me know what you think! Like I said, there is a lot going on in this book. It is by no means, "Light Hearted!" It is a great book.

      Hope you enjoy it!


  5. The authors really did a wonderful job with this subject. Completely agree. I look forward to the sequel and to find out what happens with these characters!

  6. Fabulous Review.
    This book caught my eye awhile ago - I will definitely be reading it!

    Have a great week :)

    - Elizabeth


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