Addicted For Now - Krista and Becca Ritchie

Addicted Series - Book 2
He's addicted to booze. She's addicted to sex...staying sober is only half the battle.

No. More. Sex.

Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.

Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.

They will torment Lily until Lo breaks.

And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words.

No. More. Us.

How do you say no to the person you love when all you've ever said is yes?  "Addicted for Now," number two in the Addicted series, picks up immediately from the end of Ricochet (#1.5). Lo is coming to live with Lilly and Rose. Lo's presence will serve as a challenge for Lilly's recovery process as she learn to separate intimacy and sex. Starting their recovery process together, they begin to learn tough love after years of enabling each others addiction. It's a demanding journey and I have never been more proud of two characters in my lifetime of reading. Once again the Ritchies refuse to sugar coat the torment and strain of kicking an addiction and create a magical cure. True to their amazing writing, Krista and Becca give us the seeping wound, the agony of addiction as a life long battle, the struggle for Lil to contain her needs to the narrow confines of the "rules" and above all, the fear of failure - not just failing themselves but each other. "Addicted for Now" is raw and unashamed reality.

But don't think this is a dark, depressing addiction story. The shining glory, what has always been the blazing diamond of this series, is the love between Lilly and Loren. Their relationship continues to build in trust and strength. They're not the sappy "I would die without you", cue Romeo and Juliet suicide scene couple. They rely on one another as I would expect soul mates would. Filling in where the other is weak and supporting them to be the best they can be. Lil and Lo are other halves in the most perfect sense - together they are at their greatest. In this novel we see how their love encourages their recovery and how Lil and Lo finally begin to believe they deserve happiness. *tear*

What I love:
-Getting Lo's perspective
-Fantastic character development
-The ever growing friendships between Daisy, Ryke, Loren, Connor, Rose and Lilly
-The mystery of the message sender

What I dislike:
Nothing. Ever. How dare you even?

Krista and Becca Ritchie are my favorite authors. They truly understand how to write novels balancing real life with fiction drawing you into a world of believable imagination. They write with maturity without being old and drama without being overly dramatic. I will buy and read ANYTHING these ladies produce because, three novels into this series, they are going from strength to strength. If you don't read this series you are seriously missing out on the most satisfying series. The Addicted series is New Adult Nirvana.

xxx Literary George

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My Other Reviews: Addicted to You (Book 1 Link), Ricochet (Book 1.5 Link)

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