*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.*
The premise of this story first attracted me to it, two mixed up people hiding addictions by being in a fake relationship? Yeah I wanted to learn more. I am a New Adult addict and I proudly admit this, so I am always on the look out for something new with different twists on the stories. I actually did struggle rating this one, if I could cut my stars into quarters I would as I think I would say 3.75 stars. Now I’ll tell you why…
The beginning of the story started off strong it begins right in the midst of Lily’s addiction, she can’t help it she needs to have sex and a lot of it. She is addicted, she sleeps around, she has sex in public places and she needs to watch an unhealthy amount of ‘adult movies’ daily. So to hide this fact from everyone she knows, she is in a long term ‘relationship’ with her best friend Loren Hale. This works out perfectly for Loren because while Lily does her thing he can drink himself into oblivion. Lo and Lily think their situation works, they cover for each other while simultaneously feeding their addiction. Little do they know they are hurting each other instead. But how does one addict convince the other to quit?
The middle of the story went on a bit too long for me, it was Lo and Lily destroying each other with their love and addictions. They closed everyone off as it was easier to hide their secrets that way. Connor and Ryke didn’t come in to the story until 44% and 59% respectively and that’s when the plot started to move on and get interesting. Connor was introduced as Lily’s tutor and he was a guy you loved to hate. His directness was refreshing and he turned out to be exactly what Lily and Lo needed in a friend. Ryke was a little more of a mystery at first although it soon became pretty clear by his actions and behaviour why he immersed himself in Lo and Lily’s life.
For me I would have liked the book to go more in depth as to why both Lo and Lily had these compulsions. There was a little detail at the end but to get on side with Lily I think we would have understood her better if this was placed at the beginning. I didn’t get the sense that this was a life or death addiction for her. It was an almost blasé attitude, now I know any addiction is far from this so I would have liked to feel connected to Lily from the start. And Lo was permanently inebriated for him to be a swoonworthy boyfriend but he did redeem himself at the end for me when he realised he needed help so I am now rooting for him!
It was in the last chapter of the book that I really started to connect with Lo and Lily, when all their skeletons were laid bare and they were finally real with each other. I actually filled up with tears in the final scene. And the ending was so completely abrupt but in actual fact it worked well as it does make me desperate for the next book. When I realised around 90% that this story wasn’t going to wrap up in one, I did wonder if it should spill into another book but due to all the action and revelations being at the end we definitely require answers.
I liked Lily’s sisters, from the little that they were involved, especially Rose towards the end. I do wonder if she would get her own book as her story is definitely something that I would like to read about.
This was a fun, interesting New Adult story with a twist on the normal ‘boy meets girl’ format. I feel the blurb doesn’t really sell the storyline, I expected the book to take place on the boat for the majority of the story and for both Lo and Lily to be cut off from their vices for a long period of time but in actual fact the boat is a fleeting part of the plot. Their journey is about much more than that. The beginning may feel repetitive but it’s worth the action and development towards the end. This was a good début from a new author duo and I look forward to the next instalment.
Krista Ritchie has a clone...or someone who looks exactly like her. If she's not writing books with her twin sister, she's pouring over entertainment news and ingesting copious amounts of pop culture. She likes tennis, that thing called the TV, and beating Becca (her clone) on Sega Genesis. She created YA Book Exchange to combat her book buying addiction and started Nawanda Files, a YA Book Blog that features books into movies news, to share her love for all things bookish. Oh, and she does something called science. Whatever that is. Krista & Becca Ritchie write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series.
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