Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)

By Krista Ritchie

30,142 ratings - 3.87* vote

Fans of Gossip Girl, Friends, and Euphoria will devour this edgy new adult romance set in a world of lust, fame, swoon-worthy men, and friendships that run deeper than blood.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 bathr Fans of Gossip Girl, Friends, and Euphoria will devour this edgy new adult romance set in a world of lust, fame,

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Book details

Kindle Edition, 335 pages
May 22nd 2014 by K.B. Ritchie

(first published June 13th 2013)

Original Title
Addicted to You
Edition Language
English

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Christy

4.5 stars!

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Addicted to You is a story that is just that- addictive. I can’t imagine finishing this book and not needing to dive right into the next. I can’t believe that I’ve waited this long to read this series, but I’m kind of glad I did. I can binge read them all now. :D

Lily and Lo are childhood friends and a couple as far as everyone knows. In reality, they’re both addicts. Lo is an alcoholic and Lily is a sex addict. They both come from rich, affluential families and if their families ever found out, it would be bad. So they pretend. They pretend to be a couple, pretend to be together to take the heat off one another. In reality, they are best friends and enablers for each others addictions. They are always there for each other and always have each other’s backs. Even if their relationship isn’t the healthiest, you can tell their friendship is real and so it the love between them.

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“You’re a permanent fixture in my life. You're not going anywhere.”

After carrying on this charade for years, something happens between this couple. They both come to realize their feelings are stronger than just friendship. They love each other as more than friends. Even with their addictions, they want to try. Try to turn what first started as a facade into something real. Become a real couple. Maybe Lo can drink less and maybe Lily can control her addiction to being only with Lo. Just maybe they can do this together…
“I want to love you more than I love this.”

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Both of these characters are destructive, damaged and flawed. And I loved them both. Lo is such a fantastic guy- he had so many issues of his own but he loves Lily fiercely and wants her to be his. I adored him. I also loved all of the secondary characters- Ryke, Connor, even Rose by the end. I can’t wait to read more about them and I’m happy to know they’ll be getting their own books!

This story had such a unique plot. I loved that even though both of the main characters fed their addictions, they really did care about one another and honestly cared more about helping the others than helping themselves. By the end they learned sometimes you have to help yourself first before you can help the person you love. I have a feeling in Ricochet they will both face many challenges but I hope that their love will endure and pull them through battling their demons. The writing style was perfect- I couldn’t believe that this was written by two people, it had such a great flow. Addicted to You is the start of an intense, emotional, edgy and addictive series that you won’t want to miss out on!

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WOW!!! I have found a new favorite series!!!

I swear it was like this book was written for me. It had all the elements I love in a story -- great writing, deeply flawed but lovable characters and an emotional intensity that kept drawing me further and further in.

I'm totally addicted ;)


The story is about Lily and Lo. They're childhood friends who have grown up together but they each have an addiction -- she's addicted to sex, he's addicted to booze -- and if their very wealthy and controlling families ever found out, they'd both be kicked to the curb... and so they lie. They live together and pretend to be a normal, perfectly functioning couple and by doing so each one gives the other an alibi and a safe zone to feed their addiction.

"We lied for each other and hid our infidelities, playing the role of doting boyfriend and girlfriend. The deeper we sink, the harder it is to crawl out. I fear the moment when… someone discovers our secrets. At any moment, everything can crumble beneath us."

But sometimes there are moments when their pretend relationship feels like the most real thing in the world because what neither of them are admitting out loud is that their feelings for each other are real.

"In this moment, I'm yours."

By covering for each other and understanding what it was that they each needed, they'd found a way to cope with their addiction. It might not have been healthy but neither of them could stop and they found a balance, albeit a dangerous one, that worked for them... But everything changed when they were forced to go on a family yacht trip -- sequestered together away from any possibility of enabling their addictions in secret, the only thing they had was each other...

I'm going to stop here but seriously, I just LOVED the whole storyline. I felt so deeply invested in it and I read so many scenes with that butterflies-in-my-belly feeling. I don't know... there's just something about flawed, damaged characters who clearly love each other SO much and are trying as hard as they can do make it through something together that just strongly tugs at my heartstrings.

Both Lily and Lo were such intriguing characters. The whole story is told from Lily's POV and I really have to commend the authors with the way they were able to portray her addiction -- the vicious cycles, her need, her self loathing, her dependence on it. It would have been very easy to make Lily just seem like a slut but they wrote it in such a way that you could genuinely feel that this was an addiction - no different than drugs or alcohol. It wasn't just about someone who was promiscuous, this was something that was much more deeply wired in her.

And Lo... OMG Loren Hale totally stole my heart!! He was such a deeply tormented and flawed character and it was so clear how much he cared for Lil but I could also sense his inner conflict at not wanting to step in the way of what she needed while he himself was such a slave to his own addictions.

His voice lowers… "I don't have any right to tell you to stop... I'm here for you. Always."

They were oddly perfect for each other. They each understood the deep seeded addiction the other suffered. They'd seen each other at their worst and the way they cared for each other (and I'm not even talking romantically, I just mean caring from one person to another) was just so incredible heart wrenching.... I mean, HOLY EMOTION!!!!

And all these hidden feelings were building in the background so by the time they actually took their relationship to the next level and officially became a couple, these feelings all came to the surface and I just felt it so strongly!!!!

"I'm not one of your conquests," he says in a throaty voice. "I know what you want, and you don't need to take it. I can give it to you... Let me try," he says, his hand cupping my face. "Let me try to be enough for you."

GAHHHH!!!!! That scene!!!!! I'm getting all emotional just thinking about it!! I love Loren Hale!! I love how much he loved Lily and how he didn't try and change her per say. It would have been so easy for a guy in his position to be jealous and irrational given the type of addiction she had but he accepted it all as a part of her. He didn't just love her and put up with her addiction, he accepted her as a package deal.

Ok - now, I know that some of you are going to be curious as to whether or not there is cheating in this (especially given Lily's addiction) and I'm happy to say that no - there is no cheating. However, before they're officially a couple she does sleep around but, with the way it was written, I totally understood it and Lo understood it too. This story just has totally different parameters than a normal romance would. But after they become a couple, there is no sleeping around at all.

Towards the ending, the emotions began to intensify as their addictions began to take a stronger hold of them. You could feel the breaking point coming and it hurt to see these characters who I loved so much falling so far. I cared so much for them but had to wait for them to save themselves. My heart goes right out to Lily and Lo and I can't wait to see them overcome the obstacles that I know will be their future. But I have faith in them and I believe that their love for each will be strong enough to get them through it.

While there isn't a brutal cliffhanger at the ending, it definitely leaves you wanting more right away!! Think kind of along the lines of a Find You In The Dark style ending.

But luckily the next books, Ricochet and Addicted For Now are both available so you'll have more of the story to immediately move on to.

This series has me hooked!! I'm totally addicted and can't wait for more of Lily & Lo! ♥

Rating: 4.5+ stars


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My review of Book #2 ➜ http://bit.ly/1baTdJG
My review of Book #3 ➜ http://bit.ly/McHotQ

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Candace

Well, this was certainly different! I've had this book sitting on my shelf for a long time. Finally, I got a chance to listen to it. I'm not quite sure what I expected, but this wasn't it. That isn't necessarily bad though. I'm still trying to wrap my head around this story.

First off, let me just say that both of the main characters are completely screwed up! Lily is a sex addict, sleeping her way through her early-twenties like there's no tomorrow. Meanwhile, Loren, aka "Lo", is drinking like a fish. Both of them are completely out of control.

Best friends since early-childhood, this dysfunctional duo is deserving of an after-school, Lifetime movie special. Holy hell, they were frustrating! Talk about co-dependent and enabling! These two needed some serious help.

Oddly, it was their addictions that made them more human. Even though their behaviors were appalling, their weaknesses made them personable. Otherwise, I'm not sure that I ever would have been able to feel any sort of connection to the two trust fund babies. There was just nothing about their privileged lifestyle that I could relate to. Although addiction isn't something I can necessarily relate to either, it helped to see them as flawed humans that also have struggles.

As their addictions spin more wildly out of control, circumstances change. Lily and Lo are willing to act on their feelings, even if it means risking what they have. One bad situation leads to another and the two cannot hide their problems any longer.

While I enjoyed this story, I didn't love it. These two were a bit too dysfunctional for me at times. It does end without answering many questions, so I'll probably pick this series back up at some point. I hear that it gets better. After all, I am curious to see how these two manage on a more long-term basis.

All in all, I'd say this was good, but not great. I give it 3 - 3 1/2 stars.

mel ☽

2.5 stars

me talking to myself before reading this book:

"im not gonna read this. nuh uh ???"

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"no for real bishh don't read this. you read the blurb - h being a sex addict and H being an alcoholic. this will just stress you the f out. you have TWO midterms this week, sit your ass down and Don't You. Dare. read this or i-"

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"... i fucking read it."

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i SWORE to myself that i was just going to skim read this and only read the parts where Rose and Connor interact so im prepared for Kiss the Sky but one thing lead to another and i ended up taking an 8 hour break from studying so alas here i am.

~ went in for Rose and Connor, came out wanting to read the whole damn thing just to see more Rose, Connor and Ryke content ~

aaand what do i have to say about Lily and Lo? well...
Lily (a sex addict) + Lo (an alcoholic) = T O X I C

i can't really rant about this book without spoiling so, // SPOILERS AHEAD //

this whole book was a painful ✨mess✨ the first 39% had a lot of OM drama and a little bit of OW drama for 2 chapters where Lily hears Lo with another girl, Cassie and that OW stayed with them for a week or something and then it was over. and as for OM drama well... she is a sex addict so she wasn't celibate.

AND THEN when they finally get together that's where all the toxic shit happens. there were more bad than good that happened here and most of the time i do feel bad but other times i get so frustrated because of how selfish they both are- especially Lily. but i can't exactly be really mad at them cuz of their addiction and well, selfishness is the reality for addiction so- everything is just COMPLICATED.



again, it's really hard to like or even relate to the main characters and root for their relationship because they both enabled each other's addictions and there's also not much depth to the characters as they were all about their vices so that's why i couldn't connect with them.

also, i know Lily is suffering from her addiction but i feel so uncomfy whenever her mind wanders off and checks random guys out and creates sexual fantasies in her head and this happened a few times even when she and Lo were already together. i also feel uncomfy when she finds it hard NOT to cheat

despite all this, i can appreciate how the authors showed - not told - the struggles and negative aspects of what sex addicts go through and how it can impact friendships and family relationships. it felt real to me so that's why it was so painful to read. but again, there's A LOT more bad than good in this book in every sense so yeah it makes sense for every encounter to be painful. though, i just finished Ricochet now and lemme tell y'all- Lily's character development tho. YES.

Connor and Rose + Ryke
alright, alright now let's talk about these three. FIRST of all.

Ryke: i had no idea who he was before this but like... he can get it.
Connor: yes i do the cooking, yes i do the cleaning ?
Rose: *bends the knee* MAH QUEEN.

i really can't wait to read Calloway series but these three really made me want to read the whole damn series. i literally have like- 3 books to get through before Kiss the Sky. rip.

aaand i was NOT expecting Ryke to be that to Lo. i loved him because he was supportive and seemed to care more about his well-being but... mind-fucking-BLOWN. it makes sense now why he's like that!!

if you ask me who i like more, Connor or Ryker? please don't ask me thx.

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listen, listen. im a newbie to this whole fandom/series and i don't know anyone so bear with me. i originally wanted to just read the Calloway sisters series for Rose and Connor because i've been seeing tons of edits of them and i'm currently in a mood to binge read another series so i was like ehh why not, it's not like i have exams and papers coming up and it's not like i have an exam in an hour or so right??

anyway, stan Connor and Ryke for clear skin ✨

Addicted series
#1: addicted to you2.5 stars
#2: ricochet3.25 stars
#3: addicted for now3.5 stars
#3: thrivetbr
#5: addicted after alltbr

Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️

Finally reading this series...its sister series The Calloway Sisters is one of my ALL time favorite series. Seriously I ADORE it and all the characters hold a special place in my heart.

Crazy that I read this so very out of order.


But what can I say?

Train wreck.

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Want to get this one is and re-read the Calloways before I read the final installment...

TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover

"He’s my drug that I gladly consume, and I think that’s what he fears most. He enables my addiction. Always has. And the longer we’re together, he always will.”

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I LOVED THIS BOOK. I loved the characters, the writing, the storyline, how DIFFERENT it was from any other story I have read. It was emotional, heart breaking but refreshing, sometimes comical, full of drama, and also intense.

Lily and Lo- Lifetime friends. Addicts. Lovers. Liars. And two of the most dysfunctional/flawed but amazing characters I have met.

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Lily is addicted to sex. Lo is addicted to alcohol. And they both use each other as a crutch to justify the addictions they cannot seem to control. They pretend to be a couple to their families, so they can continue to indulge in their addictions and not be questioned. After some time, they become a real couple, only to come to the conclusion that maybe they really aren’t that good for each other. Maybe feeding into one another’s addictions is only tearing them and their families apart.

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I was a little hesitant when I started this, knowing something as serious and intense as addiction isn’t something that is considered easy to read about. But the writing and characters (ESPECIALLY the side characters) drew me in and kept me there.

I just love when I read a book and the characters begin to feel REAL to me. And that is precisely what happened here. It was like I could almost feel the love, the shame and guilt, the pain Lily & Lo were feeling as they battled their addictions. And in the end it was beautiful and heartwarming to see how their family battled along side them. Even though their relationship was an unhealthy one, the love between Lily & Lo will have you rooting for them to fight and get better.

I seriously cannot wait to dive into the rest of this series!

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Hulya Kara Yuksel



My God, I’m addicted this book!!! I loved it so much… :)
This is a love story but not kind of hearts & flowers type… Lily Calloway is addicted to sex, Loren Hale is an alcoholic. Very bad combination I know but on the other hand, they can be very good for each other because no matter what happen, they understand each others weakness… Of course not always everything seems fine but still they're trying to be there when other person needs help...

From the moment I start to reading Lily & Lo’s story, I just can’t stop myself. I literally devoured this book… And last pages of the book was so freaking intense. I already knew the ending (cause before I start to read it, I skip the whole book and I looked the last page. Dammit, I tried so hard but I just couldn't hold myself. Ugh I guess this is my bad habit, this is my weakness...) but before that there were a lot of things happened which they affected Loren’s life…. I really didn’t see them coming and I was shocked just like him.. So because of that I’ll read 2nd book right now cause I have to know what’s gonna happen next! :)


"He’s my drug that I gladly consume, and I think that’s what he fears most. He enables my addiction. Always has. And the longer we’re together, he always will.”





ADDICTED SERIES - RECOMMENDED READING ORDER

Addicted to You (Addicted #1)
Ricochet (Addicted #1.5)
Addicted for Now (Addicted #2)
Kiss the Sky (Spin-Off: Calloway Sisters #1)
Hothouse Flower (Calloway Sisters #2)
Thrive (Addicted #2.5)
Addicted After All (Addicted #3)
Fuel the Fire (Calloway Sisters #3)
Long Way Down (Calloway Sisters #4)
Some Kind of Perfect (Calloway Sisters #4.5)

Laura

|3.6 stars|

Since I'm on my phone, I'll just share my thoughts really quick.

There's no doubt I will be reading the next books in the series but I don't know what to expect. It's safe to say I didn't like this book and I wasn't enjoying it until Connor showed up.

I understand what the author was trying to do and I admire how constant and somehow realistic her characters were. Like how Lily's addiction was delivered and her in between thoughts; I could feel her desperation and that was pretty cool but I wish this book had been also from Loren's POV because, while I could sympathize a little with Lily, he was a total mistery until his breakdowns. I could not get a solid idea of Lo's character until more people were involved.

As a couple Lily and Lo were absolutely auto-destructive and I was just waiting for it. Lily gave up, Lo gave up and I just didn't know how things were going to turn out. But like I said, Connor's arrival was, for me, the catalyst and Rose could get involved and so Ryke.

I do like how the book ended. They weren't good for each other yet and they both needed all the help they could get so I'm looking forward to see how things sort out in the future for them and how Connor and Rose will be.

Overall I can't say I loved this book but I'm certainly intrigued and the 3.6 stars are basically for Connor, Rose and everything I liked about this book. Not so much for the main character, I know but hopefully I will enjoy reading about them as the books go.

Irena BookDustMagic

Addicted to You is a novel that was recommended to me back in the day when NA was HUGE.
It's free on Kindle, so I download it immediately, but then as I started to explore the genre I decided it was not for me, so this romance stayed on hold for years.

At the beginning of this year I found myself in the mood to pick it up, so I did.

Since the main protagonist is addicted to sex, and the main male character to alcohol, I expected lots of graphic scenes and steamy moments, but instead, to my pleasant surprise, I got a well written story without explicit content, but with great message that was not pushed too hard in reader's face.

Now I wish I gave this book a chance sooner, to change my mind about NA genre, because it proves there are great books among it.
However, I have to stress out that now I'm five years older then I was back in the day, so I like to consider myself wiser and more open minded, so maybe I just wasn't ready for it in 2013 (don't try to correct my math, I can see it's actually 7 years but I like to believe that I age slower).

The story is written in first person, which is my favourite way to follow along.

I've heard amazing thins about books written by these authors, and now I understand why.
I will definitely read more of their work in hope my feelings about their work will stay the same, if not even get better.
I already have Kiss the Sky on my Kindle, and also Amor Amor (forgive me if I misspelled it) is high on my wish list.

I definitely recommend this novel to romance lovers, especially because it is a freebie.

Pearl Angeli

We're terrible at so many things, but the only thing we've always been halfway decent at is being together.


A New Adult book at its finest! So many feels!

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To my fabulous friend Scarlett who heartily recommended this book and this series to me, I owe you one, girl! A big thank you! (Check out her beautiful review on this book :)

Addicted to You is definitely a book that made me become literally addicted. As a lover of New Adult genre, I expected myself to feel drawn with this book the moment I started it, because well.. it's apparently a guilty-pleasure read. And I'm happy to say that this book is not just about sex. It comes in a very emotional, unique romantic storyline that absolutely tugs the heart.

This book is a story about Lily Calloway and Loren Hale-- two perfectly flawed characters who are secretly self-conscious about their addiction. Lily, a girl who is addicted to sex, grew up together with her bestfriend and pretend boyfriend Loren a.k.a Lo, who is on the other hand, addicted to alcohol. On the outside, they may look a really perfect couple because of their rich, shiny families, but little did everyone know that they have secrets that they shamefully keep. Thus, they choose to appear perfect and depend on each other to sustain their addiction.

We may not be good for each other, but sometimes I feel like he's the only guy who could ever love me.


The book definitely gave me a lot of surprises. The characters have this undeniable chemistry. Not to mention that Lo is absolutely one scorching hot male lead. Definitely a new book boyfriend to add on my list. And as the cover suggests, apparently it's one hot and smexy read. But like I said, it's not only about sex-- it's filled with emotionally-driven romance, twists, and drama. I was so surprised to find myself ugly crying with this book, especially at the last parts. The ending was so emotional and a cliffhanger as well.

And I suppose, the fear of losing each other is always stronger than the pain we cause.


As a whole, this book is definitely a must-read. I appreciate the message it carries, specifically about accepting the person you love despite the imperfections and holding on to that person until the very end. I also appreciate the way family love was emphasized here. It's a book with a real emotional depth. Officially, it's now my new favorite New Adult book! :)

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