Blog Tour + Review: Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie

July 1, 2013 Addicted to You, Blog Tour, Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Krista and Becca Ritchie, New Adult, Realistic Fiction, Self-Pub 23

Welcome to my stop on the Addicted to You Blog Tour, hosted by YA Bound Book Tours! Check out my review below and stop on over some of the other stops on the tour too!

Title: Addicted to You
Authors: Becca and Krista Ritchie
Publisher: Self-Pub
Date: July 1st 2013
Source: Blog Tour

From Goodreads:

No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway’s biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own.

Loren Hale’s best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second. For three years, they’ve pretended to be in a real relationship, hiding their addictions from their families. They’ve mastered the art of concealing flasks and random guys that filter in and out of their apartment.

But when they go on a family boat trip, surrounded by open seas and limited male bodies in sight, Lily’s confronted with a big fear. Only one guy onboard can fill her addiction, and she’s sworn off going there with Loren Hale ever again.

Now the only person who can truly help her can barely help himself.

**This is a New Adult book recommended for readers 18 and up**

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Addiction. A very serious problem many people face in an array of different ways. Many times you hear about those addicted to drugs or alcohol, which you will find in Addicted to You as well, but another facet less known is sexual addiction. And that is a subject we explore in Addicted to You.

Our main character, Lily, has a serious sex addiction. As is often with addicts, she tries to hide it from her friends and family, well except for her friend Loren, who is also battling his own addiction in the form of alcohol. Unable to deal with it or seek help, they enable each other, though in their minds they consider it helping each other. Hiding behind a fake relationship so they can get by in secret, Lily and Loren eventually discover there may be more to their friendship.

I’m not going to sugar coat it, but Lily’s sex addiction is explored quite a bit. The poor girl had a severe problem, not caring who she hooked up with and where, and to be honest, it was disturbing and a bit off-putting at times, as addiction can be. Same with Loren’s alcohol consumption. Both characters come from an uber-rich lifestyle filled with privilege and some dysfunction. We sort of see Lily bottom-out as her need for sex completely disrupts her everyday life. I was so happy when these two finally got together but the problem was, they were just too dependent on their addictions, which came first above all else, and at unhealthy stages in their lives. It’s hard to support the one you love when you are struggling just as hard with your own demons.

I was rooting so hard for these two to get help and I appreciate the real struggling road the authors took these two down because it is not easy. But I don’t want you to think it is all heavy. There was plenty of good humor interlaced throughout all of the heavy. I adored Loren’s little flirty ways with Lily before they took that next step. It was quite obvious he had feelings for her stronger than friendship from the get-go. There was also a couple secondary characters I loved like Lily’s somewhat abrasive sister, Rose. And of course there is Connor, their new ‘friend’ who likes to surround himself with the right people but I found his upfront and ‘telling it like it is’ ways to be charming and endearing somehow.

The last quarter of the book or so I absolutely loved! Everything was coming to a head with the addiction and a surprise storyline is thrown at us that just had me more glued to the pages. I am absolutely committed to these characters and can’t wait to see how things develop for them in the next book.

Addicted to You is a fantastic debut by these authors and I look forward to many things to come!

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About the Authors:

Becca Ritchie is a carnivore of pop culture, television, film and of course YA and NA books. While in college, she worked at The CW television network and put her vampiric knowledge to good use, blogging about hit series and swooning over actors’ abs. When she’s not blogging, she writes novels and has teamed up with her twin sister for their New Adult novel ADDICTED TO YOU. Available July of 2013.
Krista Ritchie is the mind behind popular trading website YA Book Exchange and created Nawanda Files, a book blog that also features books into movies news. When not pouring over entertainment news and the newest releases, she spends her time conducting research in a genetics lab. She’s happy to join forces with her sister, harnessing their twin powers to produce the first in a New Adult series.

Check out the rest of the tour:
July 1:
Forever 17 Books – – Review
My Library in the Making – – Review
Unputdownable Books – – Promo Post (Book Playlist)
Never Judge a Book by its Cover – – Review
Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance – – Review
A Book Lovers Review – – Review
A Diary Of A book Addict – – Review
July 2:
Falling For YA – – Promo Post (TBD)
Seeing Night Reviews – – Review
Lust For Stories – – Promo Post (Character Interview –Lily or Loren)
Reads and Thoughts – – Review
Mom With A Kindle – – Promo Post (TBD)
Pink Fluffy Hearts: Diary of a Coffee Addict – – Review
Heather’s Book Chatter – – Review
July 3:
Abibliophobic – – Review
Leisure Reads – – Promo Post (TBD)
Living Fictitiously – – Review
Donnie Darko Girl – – Review
Wintry Words – – Promo Post (TBD)
July 4:
Fiction Freak – – Promo Post (Interview)
book fixation – – Review
Reading to Stay Alive- – Review
Gabic Reads – – Review
July 5:
The LUV’NV – – Review
Sweet Southern Home – – Review
The Girl in a Café- – Review
Tiffany Talks Books- – Review
Andi’s Young Adult Books – – Review
July 6:
My Crazy Book Obsession – – Review
DanaSquare – – Review
YA Books of Witchcraft and Wizardry – – Review
The Page Turners – – Review
July 8:
Read-A-holicZ – – Review
My Neurotic Book Affair – – Review
Little Pieces of Imagination- – Review
Nook of Books- – Review
A Bibliophiles Thoughts on Books – – Review
July 9:
A Bookish Escape – Http://www.abookishescape – Review
Burning Impossibly Bright – – Review
Library of a Book Witch – – Review
The Cozy Reading Corner – – Promo Post (TBD)
July 10:
ReadingToTheStarsAndBack – – Review
Reader Girls – – Review
Loverly’s Book Blog- – Review
Sab The Book Eater – – Review
July 11:
We Fancy Books – – Promo Post (TBD)
Book Nerds Anonymous – – Review
Just a Booklover – – Review
July 12:
What’s Hot? – www.whats– – Review
Literary Meanderings – – Review
Curling Up With A Good Book- – Review
Ja čitam, a ti?  – – Review
July 13:
Nomi’s Paranormal Palace – – Review
Kassie’s Thoughts –  Review
Shawna’s Survey – – Review

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

23 Responses to “Blog Tour + Review: Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie”

  1. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    I loved this one! Their addiction was sad and scary at times but I was definitely rooting for them to get help and also to be together. They were enabling each other but hopefully they will both come out better now.

  2. Tanja - Tanychy

    I had some other issues with this book but I’m so happy for the ending. If this ended differently I’d be so disappointed. Great review! 🙂

  3. starryeyedjen

    Interesting premise, though I’m still not sure it’s for me. I don’t always react well to “issues” books. 🙁 Great review!

  4. Jasprit

    I’m glad that there were aspects of both humour and deep issues covered in this book, I do like my gritty reads, but especially more when there are some light-hearted scenes too! So glad you enjoyed this Sara! 🙂

  5. Shooting Stars Mag

    Nice review, Sara! I’m glad you enjoyed this one so much. I haven’t read a book about someone dealing with a sex addiction so that certainly makes me curious. I also really need to check out more NA to begin with.


  6. Aman

    This is such an interesting premises, battling and sort of enabling an addiction is a very hard subject for me to read. I don’t think I would like the enabling part at all. I’m just very against it, but I like that both these characters are trying to get in the right direction and coming in terms with their addiction by the end. Great review, Sara!

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