I received this book for free from Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Addicted to You #1.5
Published by Self-pub on August 1st 2013
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, New Adult, Realistic Fiction
Source: Blog Tour
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As a sex addict, Lily Calloway must do the impossible. Stay celibate for 90 days.
Cravings and fantasies become her new routine, but while Loren Hale recovers from his alcohol addiction, Lily wonders if he’ll realize what a monster she really is. After all, her sexual compulsions begin to rule her life the longer she stays faithful to him.
Progress. That’s what Lily’s striving for. But by trying to become closer to her family—people who aren’t aware of her addiction—she creates larger obstacles. When she spends time with her youngest sister, she learns more about her than she ever imagined and senses an unsettling connection between Daisy and Ryke Meadows.
With Lily and Lo’s dysfunctional relationship teetering and unbalanced, they will need to find a way to reconnect from miles apart. But the inability to “touch” proves to be one of the hardest tests on their road to recovery. Some love brushes the surface. Some love is deeper than skin.
Lily and Lo have three months to discover just how deep their love really goes.
Earlier this year, I read Addicted to You (my review) and I found myself enraptured with these characters and their stories of addiction, both alcohol and sex. Ricochet offers a great insight into the time between the first book and where we will continue with the follow up in Addicted For Now.
I usually try to keep reviews semi-spoiler free but please be advised this review might be a little spoilerish for those who have not read Addicted to You. Ricochet is primarily telling the story of Lily and how she is dealing with her sex addiction with Lo mostly out of the picture for 3 months while in rehab for his alcohol addiction. I'm not usually a big reader of novellas, but I felt this story was necessary to tell and to follow along with our characters during this chapter in their lives. I must say this part of the story left me so proud of Lily and Lo. Both made major strides through these 3 months they are apart. Of course recovery is a long process that perhaps will span the rest of their lives, but the pacing was perfectly shown here. Lily's recovery is really fascinating and I felt the authors handled it perfectly. It felt real and accurate. And even though Lo wasn't physically there, we are granted his presence through some great flashback memories that give us a greater insight into the fake relationship they started all those years ago and of course there may have been a few phone calls or two. I for one cannot wait to see these two back together!
What was also great was to learn so much more about our secondary characters, especially Lily's sisters, Daisy and Rose. And also Ryke. I will never turn down more Ryke! Rose's abrasive nature is of course present but we see a softer side too and she remains dedicated to helping and supporting her sister. And we also see a vulnerable side to her as well. I continue to adore her with Connor and hope we get much more of that in future installments. I think the chance to explore more from the sisters gave us a much better look into Lily's family life and what just might have contributed to her developing an addiction.
At over 200 pages, this novella felt like more and was very important to the storyline. You do not want to let this one go by as you read the series. In fact, it led me to love the story and characters even more than before! I'm definitely 'addicted'!