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Originally posted to Goodreads and Booked J. This review may not be spoiler free.
Obligatory start to my review: if you are one of the many who have yet to read any of the novels by sister-duo Krista & Becca Ritchie, get up off your bum and do so, you know, now. I understand your hesitation in reading into a new adult series, given the genres very long standing shaky plots and characters. The thing about the Addicted series is it takes the stereotypes of the genre and throws them out the window. Unlike many stories from this corner of literature, Addicted embraces its flaws and gives us full fledged character growth; plots that are relatable and not.
In other words, it's true to life and carries on with something that is often missing in romance. Addicted is highly underrated and only just getting the attention it deserves thanks to its loyal fan base. Krista & Becca Ritchie are in a league of their own and at this rate, they are bound to carve a space in literature lovers history. Addicted For Now continues us down the path of recovery for Lily Calloway and Loren Hale; bumps along the way in a realistic way, a good support system of friends for the two and one mysterious texter threatening to spill Lily's biggest secret. For our beloved couple, LiLo, the road to recovery was just the beginning--now, they have to fight their addictions and battle it out with an unknown force who threatens to destroy the progress they made while Lo was in rehab and Lily began seeing a therapist.
First, I'd like to say I love the pace. It's heartbreaking and very straight forward to the point. Lily and Lo are battling their demons in a way that is undeniably human and the emotions behind it are what makes Addicted so bloody good. See, the story isn't sugar coated. Is it optimistic? Sure. Is it blindly so? Oh, no. Addicted For Now embraces it in a way that balances the scales and it also goes to incorporate new edges to the knife. There are going to be moments that break your heart, the demons can make even the strongest person look small, and I think that the general heart to all of this is just... wonderful.
Everything about this installment was smooth. Well, okay not smooth--because the plots are raw and bumpy and the characters are flawed; that this description may give you a false sense of comfort. That's the thing about Addicted--it will leave you feeling a lot. No emotions are spared in this--from the good, the bad, the connections, the love, the hate, etc--everything is out there in the open and explored wonderfully. It's a master in gripping your heart and holding you in your seat until you flip that final page.
You see, the connections made between the Calloway sisters, how it develops and grows and how strong the love/support is, is just a gift. Because often entertainment doesn't show the full strength of having your sisters by your side. Perhaps it's because K.B. Ritchie are sisters who write together, they are able to portray all angles of sibling relationships. It works. It completely works. And we see the relationships expand while inclusion of boyfriends, or outsiders, and I think there's just something utterly magical about this. Daisy, Lily and Rose all work together, age differences aside, and it's easy to see them as friends and sisters. Connor, Lo and Ryke all blend in with this little family fantastically.
There's just something about their scenes as a whole. How supporting they are. How they are on each others sides even in those darker moments. All of the main characters are equally flawed, gifted, and magical. I know, I know, I keep saying that word. Magical. But in all its addictive, dramatic glory, Addicted For Now is magical. Each character couldn't be more magical if they tried. Yes, it's that good--and it keeps getting better.
Even the split narration improves an already solid story. I loved hearing Lo's voice more. I loved still hearing Lily's. I loved how much they love each other. Whereas a lot of other authors, specifically where there are two writers, would be unable to pull off the duel P.O.V., Krista and Becca manage this smoothly and come out with a whole new ton. When I said it keeps getting better, I mean it. Incorporating a thriller/mystery hint to it, in the mysterious texter/harassment, doesn't change the genre... it builds onto it in a way that keeps things fresh and fun for the audience.
Let's talk about the main relationships, with Lily and Lo first. There's so much support with these two. So. Much. They managed to beat the odds when it came down to enabling each other in the past. It's important to note that they have been best friends for years and while it was very, very unhealthy to be led down the path they were, they developed themselves further. And they really do love each other more than their destructive habits. I loved the sense of hope and care that they gave each other. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Connor and Rose are next. God. Holy crap I am so intrigued by these two and their mysterious past. They have a bumpy relationship and seem to but heads often given both their similarities and differences. I'm very fascinated to hear more of them and can't wait until we get to see more of their history. They've known each other for a long, long, long time. But what exactly does it mean? Jesus, they are intriguing. Have I mentioned that? Intriguing. Intriguing! Together and apart, they are forces to be reckoned with.
Can you say OTP?
And lastly, Daisy and Ryke. Okay, okay. Here's the thing. I know they're endgame or they will be endgame. Krista and Becca are exploring them nicely. They are friends. They have chemistry and potential. Sometimes its inappropriate, like Lo and Lily say/think. But... I have faith in how the dynamic duo are going to explore it.
They haven't let me down yet.
Next... setting and mystery. I like how all the settings play into each other well and transition from location to location. I liked the past that comes into play. The reveal of who is blackmailing Lily and why. It's all so well done that I applaud the writers to the highest degree because it was expected yet unexpected all at once. Addicted For Now will shatter you in good and bad ways and I can't stress how much fun the ride is. Everything is full of so much heart and emotion and... ugh! Ugh! Give me more. Give me it all.
(Seriously... all I want is everything.)
If you are looking to start a series that is romantic without being off the charts cheesy or painful and cringe worthy in the wrong ways, Addicted is the series you have been looking for. It revitalizes a tired genre and flips the script; setting us up with a batch of incredible characters and beautifully drawn plots. Addicted For Now has characters true-to-life, the luxury of Gossip Girl and Crossfire, only with better fleshed out plots, fantastic writing, accurate portrayals of addiction and non-sugar coated traits, and is just a whole lot of fun.
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 universe will be able to say your name without saying mine."
I am deeply, obsessed, addictive, in love, with this series. It touches me very deep down to my soul. I have never felt a connection the way I feel when reading this series. It has took a new level of love, a new level of how much I love these books. I think back to every one of them I have read so far and I love them so much more each time I read a new one. I cried in every single book. I have never cried as much as I have in any other series. I feel every struggle, hug, love, friendship, commitment, that tears just start falling out of no where. It's crazy I know!
The best thing about this book to me is that I got Lo's POV. That was the icing on the cake to me. When he first popped up and I was in his head I was jumping from happiness. I jumped off my bed and did a happy dance. I am very serious right now. I really did that. It was so perfect being in Lo's head. He is my ultimate favorite book boy EVER!!!!
I'll remember this moment, how long it took me to right what I had done wrong. I don't want to start that vicious cycle again. I want to break it. I want to beat my addiction for good, no matter if outside forces pull me down. I can do it this time.
This is a new chapter with Lo and Lil. Lo, just came home from rehab and is now sober. :) Lil, on the other hand is still struggling with her sex addiction. With Lo, being home this brings on even bigger struggle for Lil. How can she sleep next to Lo for the first time of them finally being in a real relationship and not jump his bones 24/7. This is hard for her. It would be hard for me too sleeping with Lo. So, I totally get her struggle. Lil she is very likable. I adore her and just want to hug her. She is a struggling mess in this book. Things start to look up for her then next thing you know she is caving and shit starts to go down South again. Thank the Lord for Lo, he is there for her 24/7 and helps her through everything even though she does have some slips.
Things start going out of control when Lo, receives a sex from an Unknown talking shit about Lil, and going on about how this person will expose Lil to the media about her sex addiction. This is a whole new battle for both of them. For most of their lives they both have depended on each other through everything, it has always been about Lo and Lil. But, now that they have family and friends in their lives constantly things have started to become a balance with them.
Lo still struggles with being an alcoholic and Lily is still on the going process of being better with sex and not a sex addict. These two make these book. I loved the journey they are taking with each other. Even though some of it is forced they make it their own way and it's beautiful. I want more from these authors so bad. I want them to write about Lil and Lo forever!!! They have became my favorite book couple and Lo has now my favorite book boyfriend. I couldn't ask more anything more but I WANT MORE FROM THE AUTHORS. I already came up with the idea that these books have been made for me. Everyone can enjoy them but they are mine. :)
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