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Addicted To Love [Kindle Edition]

CJ West
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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This book had me so hooked. I loved the plot ... unique and creative [with] just the right about of romance, sexuality, thrills, mystery, and just plain crazy ...

--Tiffany Harkleroad, Tiffany's Bookshelf

CJ's latest offering is a blend of the thrillers we come to expect from him and a new touch of romance, actually a little steamier than just any old romance, so I like to call it a "steamy thriller."



... West has brilliantly portrayed a world gone crazy where the rule is there are no rules, or are they. Crime fiction meets science fiction in this awesome thriller."

--Book Bitch

Powerful, thought provoking and massively entertaining... I loved this book and the way it made me root for someone who I knew I shouldn't like.


...the book was spellbinding. The plotting is brilliant, and Randy is an exquisite character, an evil genius for the modern age.

--Debra Hamel

C.J. West delivers, from the highly erotic opening scene to the chilling conclusion. Sin & Vengeance is a provocative page-turner brimming with intrigue and heart-pounding suspense.


Wes Holiday sells his landscaping business and retreats to a quaint mountain town to heal after ending a ten year relationship with a woman he couldn't bring himself to marry. In three weeks he is so captivated by a hair stylist that he deprives himself of food and sleep to be near her. When the local sheriff is murdered, Wes is recruited to keep the peace in the town his parents built, but he knows nothing about law enforcement and he's struggling to understand how a woman he just met can dominate his every waking thought. Soon the idyllic town with a penchant for romance is rocked by a bizarre series of murders that defy explanation and it is up to Wes to stop a raging epidemic of violence.

Editorial Reviews


C.J. West is a powerful and original writer, and I look forward to reading him for a long time.
--Timothy Hallinan, author of the Edgar nominated novel, The Queen of Patpong

C.J. West is one of my favorite indie authors writing today and every time I read one of his novels I learn a little bit more about the craft
--Vincent Zandri, author of The Innocent

From the Author

Many books and movies portray sex as a lurid indulgence, a tool to display our failings as people who betray, victimize, or use each other to meet our own selfish needs. I see sex as a great gift to committed couples and I wanted to write a different book, one about that feeling of new love when sex connects a man and a woman together more strongly than any other experience. Addicted To Love introduces you to Highland Falls, a town where almost everyone is involved in an intense, passionate, and permanent loving relationship. They don't keep sex closeted away as you might expect in such a quaint mountain town. All is not well in Highland Falls, but the residents are desperate to keep their love alive despite the chaos that threatens their town. I hope you enjoy my take on our thirst to be loved.

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  • File Size: 1465 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 22 West Books (October 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005TL7MFG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,537 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It had me addicted from page one. December 10, 2011
Wes thought he was going to get away for some quiet soul searching. Instead he finds himself immersed in a passionate love affair, and trying to solve a murder as the new (temporary) sheriff in town. It appears the previous sheriff was murdered by his own wife, and while Wes tries to untangle the crime details, he realizes something quite peculiar is going on in town.

Oh my goodness, this book had me so hooked. The storyline unfolds in a way that is pretty fast paced; the reader learns way before the end what is going on, and who is doing it, but the ending is still really riveting. I loved the plot of this book, and found it to be really unique and creative. I thought the book had just the right about of romance, sexuality, thrills, mystery, and just plain crazy to make it appeal to a lot of different readers.

I thought the male characters were a bit more developed than the female characters, which is fitting and makes sense, since this story is really about the men in town. Men will do pretty desperate things sometimes, and I think the men in this story personify that, right up to the last word.

Fans of mysteries and thrillers will really enjoy this book, but I think it could also appeal to other readers as well. It reminded me a bit of a sexier Stepford wife type of story, and I found I just could not put it down.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Book February 25, 2012
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Got this book based on the reviews. I was very disappointed. It might be a decent little story if you left out the terrible "love" scenes that take up too much of the book and aren't necessary to the plot. Yeah, we get it... it's drugs that make them want to have sex every few minutes. But once is enough. This is my first book review so that shows how disappointed I am in this book. I had to force myself to finish it. If you can get it free and like reading poorly written love scenes, then it might be worth your time. The idea behind it was interesting and that is the only reason I did read it and give it 3 stars.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible February 13, 2012
By Frances
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I cannot believe good reviews.on this book. At least it was free. The story is a joke and is even less than that. The ending is sick. I am a fan of mystery romance but this book is just ridiculous beyond words. Reading it was such a waste of my time.. If I had the book in hand it would be in the garbage.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating February 11, 2012
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First of all, I am a stay-at-home mother of two and I would know how to run an investigation better than Wes. I mean come on no one is that stupid and negligent. It is just plain irritating to me that at Day 2 he still hadn't interviewed a single person or made a timeline of events. Basically, the suspense/investigative portion of the story is a wash and the animal attraction to Leah is just disturbingly weird. This book is annoying to say the least and I doubt I will finish it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not terrible, no great, it's okay February 24, 2012
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My rating is a 3,it was okay. I had a bit of trouble getting in to this at first. It was slow and IMO it jumped around a bit. There were times when it felt like when you fast forward just a teeny bit too far in a movie or a TV show, you don't miss a lot but you miss just enough to leave you feeling a little lost. That's how I felt several times while reading this. Something would be said or would happen and it just came out of nowhere, like I had blinked or fast forwarded and missed something. It was hard to get in to but I pushed myself to not give up because when I voiced my opinion in a couple of Kindle groups I was told that the author is really good and that I wouldn't be disappointed. I am glad I did push through the first several chapters because it was a good story over all, a little predictable and a bit unbelievable but not a bad story. The ending was a little abrupt and again, I felt like I had fast forwarded just a little too far and missed something because of how it ended, but with how the book was I am not surprised that it ended like it did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of a Letdown April 22, 2012
What an alluring title and an intriguing synopsis.

This story is set in the idyllic mountain town of Highland Falls where the residents have a penchant for romance, love permeates in every household. The story explores mainly the seed of undeniable love that blossoms into a heated passion between Wes Holliday, a wealthy entrepreneur, and Leah Donovan, a hairstylist. But not all is merry in the quaint town, trouble is simmering and it all began with a love potion...

The story opens when the local sheriff is murdered and Wes is recruited as interim replacement to keep order. Wes does not have a law enforcement background and is left quite puzzled by this appointment especially when his best friend thought he would be the obvious choice.
Right from the start the story begins to unravel and focusses too much on the protagonists' obsessions... Leah's burning sexual needs take center stage and Wes's mind is easily lured to below the belt. With so little resistance Wes's newfound responsibilities are overpowered by their mutual lust.....hum...

As the body count goes up a pattern starts to emerge, happily married men are falling victims to their wives sudden change in behaviour. At this point I thought we were getting out of the bedroom and into the real suspense side of the plot. I was soon disappointed as I turned the pages the action became so predictable and the outcome so obvious that my mind started to wander and I fought to maintain interest. The transition between chapters was choppy and became even more rushed towards the end when all hell broke loose and the town fell into chaos. But have no fear our super hero, the great interim sheriff manages to save the day and get on with his life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... I read further into the book I can go enjoy it more
I found the beginning hard to read but as I read further into the book I can go enjoy it more.
Published 21 days ago by Jamie Sink
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy reading
Published 4 months ago by Ladytiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have not read this book.

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Published 4 months ago by Jane in PA
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mystery
When I first started reading I thought it was not for me but as I read on I got into the story.
Published 11 months ago by Delories Pleasant
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Not anything like I thought it would be. The writing is very redundant. Several thoughts are expressed over and over again ad nauseam. Was really not impressed at all.
Published 13 months ago by Denise
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue
I wasn't sure what to expect from the title but this was a well written, fast paced mystery. I will be looking for other books by CJ West.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not enjoy
The plot had a foolish premise that actually does not get resolved satisfactorily. I found the plot development heavy. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lori
3.0 out of 5 stars Help
I have the one with the cover of the tree...and ever since I hit about 40% on the Kindle, I am seeing entire pages coming up missing! Help
Published 18 months ago by Rebecca Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I thought the book was good... nice ending, I wanna see a movie for it.... I will be reading more by CJ West
Published 23 months ago by Jeannell Quinones
3.0 out of 5 stars A definate 3 1/2!
I felt the story line was a little strange. I did finish the novel and do feel it rated a 3 1/2 for that. I wish I could say more but it was just an okay read for me.
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More About the Author

Amazon Bestselling Author C.J. West's first novel, Sin And Vengeance, was adapted for film by award-winning screenwriter Marla Cukor, and optioned into development by Beantown Productions, LLC.

Edgar nominated author, Tim Hallinan says, "C.J. West is a powerful and original writer, and I look forward to reading him for a long time."

Vincent Zandri, author of The Innocent, says, "C.J. West is one of my favorite indie authors writing today."

Avid fans insist that any mystery or suspense lover who reads Sin And Vengeance and The End of Marking Time will become a C.J. West fan.

C.J.'s Randy Black series features Sin And Vengeance, A Demon Awaits, and Gretchen Greene. The series is unusual because Randy Black undergoes a major transformation in the second book. Many readers are amazed at how strongly they root for a character they despised.

The End of Marking Time provides a touch of sci-fi as Michael O'Connor navigates a criminal justice system that substitutes counselors and monitoring technology for prisons and guards. This intense psychological novel challenges readers to consider all they know about crime and justice.

For traditional mystery readers, C.J. offers the Lorado Martin Mystery Series about a junk man who splits his time between the worlds of antiques and collectibles and his work providing housing and jobs for recovering addicts. The first book in the series, Dinner At Deadman's was released in 2012.

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