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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 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 as they sink beneath the weight of their addictions, they cling harder to their destructive relationship and wonder if a life together, for real, is better than a lie. Strangers and family begin to infiltrate their guarded lives, and with new challenges, they realize they may not just be addicted to alcohol and sex.

Their real vice may be each other.

New Adult Romance recommended for readers 18+ for mature content

324 pages, Kindle Edition

First published June 13, 2013

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367 reviews8,598 followers
November 16, 2021
2.5 stars

me talking to myself before reading this book:

"im not gonna read this. nuh uh 😩👋🏼"


"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-"


"... i fucking read it."


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 (side note: i only think this way the first time i read this but i've read almost half of the addicted/calloway series and lemme tell y'all,,, lili and lo?? I'LL DO ANYTHING TO PROTECT THESE TWO FICTIONAL CHARACTERS. imma keep my original thoughts here because not only did lily and lo had a character development but i did as well when it comes to my feeling between these two).

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.

* * *

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
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127 reviews232 followers
July 23, 2023
“i love you, but i want to love you enough that i never choose alcohol over you. not even for a moment. i want to be someone you deserve. who helps you rather than enables you, and i can’t begin to do that until i get help for myself.”

loren hale. oh to be loved by lo😩the amount of times he made my heart skip a beat🤭🦋🫶🏼

i am simply not the same after reading this book. my brain chemistry has been altered. it’s the way that this series is far from over too like what am i supposed to do with myself after i finish the entire series? someone pls tell me in advance😫

lily and lo🥹my lilo, where do i even begin with them? childhood best friends to lovers mixed with a little bit of fake dating😩🫶🏼they have absolutely consumed me. i can’t stop thinking about them and their story. i will absolutely be binging this entire series. the character development is literally going to be my favorite thing ever. i immediately fell in love with all the characters and just knowing that i get to read about all of them😩i seriously don’t know how to act. back to lilo…the way lo cares about lily and the way lily cares about lo. and no i don’t wanna hear “they didn’t care enough about each other because neither one was jumping at helping each other with their addiction and all they did was enable each other blah blah blah blah.” OR “they’re so toxic.” respectfully…shut the fuck up. i will protect lilo at all costs, they’re my babies🥹i personally have no idea what it’s like to suffer from an addiction, but i’ve seen people close to me suffer from one. addiction is a disease. you don’t think about anyone or anything, you only think about yourself and how to keep feeding your addiction and the fact that lily and lo care about each other so fucking much that they’re literally going to fight their addictions just so they can be together…pls😭😭with all that being said please search trigger warnings before diving into this series because it is very hard to read at times. i cried a LOT :( it hurt me so much to read about lily and lo struggling with their addictions because i love them :( i love them together, but they’re just not good for each other right now. right person, wrong time will always break me. i can’t wait to read the rest of their story omg. forever rooting for my babies🫶🏼

omg please let me talk about ryke, connor, and rose. i loved them as secondary characters, but i know i’m gonna love them even more as main characters. rose and connor👀👀the way i fell in love with these characters so quickly…rose’s unconditional love for lily🥺the way ryke helped lo😩connor’s friendship with lo🥹connor and ryke being protective of lily😫i love love love🫶🏼

a five star read of course, if you haven’t started this series…besties do not walk, RUN😩here are some of my favorite quotes

“who was it? did he hurt you?”
lines like these will always get me.

“i want to live here. in his arms. where i know it’s safe.”

“no means no. i don’t care when you say it, lily. once it’s out there, it’s out there. any halfway decent guy would have backed off.”
ryke pleaseeee😭i’m already obsessed🤭

“i’m not one of your conquests. i know what you want, and you don’t need to take it. i can give it to you.”

“the worst part was hearing you. you know, i’d stay awake, listening to you, wondering if your cries would turn terrified, wondering if some guy decided to take advantage or hurt you.”

“i want to love you more than i love this.” referring to his alcohol😩

ps: loren hale does fuck better. no one’s gotta tell me anything cuz besties i KNOW🤭🤭
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234 reviews1,015 followers
April 13, 2023
4.75 —im not being generous or threatened by lulu— stars. changing my rating cuz im a girouette

“ I’ll do better. I’ll try harder for you.”

Before diving into this story you need to understand that this is not your average contemporary romance, you need to keep in mind that the protagonist’s flaws and addiction problems aren’t here to serve or embellish the romance by sorting out the blemished parts of the characters and with that providing a satisfying ending. I think what made me love this book so much is the fact I knew what I was getting myself into and that helped for not getting irritated or angry at some a lot of the protagonist’s actions. With that said shall we start the review.

“Lily, what do you mean about not being good people?”

“We’re selfish and miserable.”

Debauchery, depravity might be harsh to describe what Lo and Lily’s life was like since teenage-hood but crudely honest. In the story, the two of them had been friends for most of their lives —their fathers were mogul-best-friends— but after high-school they decided to go into an unhealthy spiral by hiding each other’s addiction from their families and starting a fake-relationship. Lo was dealing with alcoholism since his 11 year old and Lily was taming a sex addiction that bloomed at her 13 year old. After three long years of lying to their wealthy-families —accessory to each other, too— they finally thought; why don’t we try and be in a real relationship together, after all?

“I realized I wasn’t just another promiscuous girl in school. I didn’t just have sex for fun or because it made me feel empowered. I liked the high, the rush, and how it seemed to fill an emptiness that kept growing inside of me.”

Lily was a paradoxical character but lovable, nonetheless. The contrast between her shy and reserved personality but brazen love for sex —in all its aspects— was an interesting part of the storyline. Were her actions morally okay ? No. Did she treat well her family and Lo, in general? Also no.
But how are you supposed to judge a character -Lily- agissements when they are clearly the reflection of her dependency ? She was lost and driven by her corrupted thoughts that don’t forget flourished at a very young age, this would mess up with anyone mind. She didn’t get the help she needed because her family had given her the impression that she couldn’t fully or at all be honest with them and confessing was under the table because to them a good and proper image was more important then a mental health. And that goes for Lo, as well.

I know I can be a royal asshole. But I love you. You’re my best friend, and the only person I’ve ever told that I have a problem. It doesn’t matter if we’re in a fucking fake relationship. We’re supposed to talk to each other. Come to me before you go off the deep end, okay?”

Lo, how can a personnage be portrayed as selflessly egotistical? Still wondering. The way his life was orbiting only around alcohol and Lily was heartbreaking. He had gone through so much and the fact that what happened in the last chapters had given him the strength to fight for him, against his addiction and for Lily was so beautifully heart-wrenching. He didn’t want to lament about his dysfunctional family or his noxious relationship with his father, anymore. His character was the perfect caricature of how parents can wreck the lives of their children.

"You’re a permanent fixture in my life. You’re not going anywhere."

Lo and Lily’s relationship was the epitome of toxic. The moment Lo had given Lily a pass; assuring her if she ever cheated on him it was okay, because he knew at some point she couldn’t help herself. I was a goner for them and their deficient bond.

Disclaimer: Cheating is forbidden for my taste in romance, AND IN GENERAL. It’s clearly the worse thing that ever happened to humanity. religiously that’s how humanity was created but whatever. no one jumps on my throat, please.

But him being so understanding and yet knowing it would break his heart just because he loved her beyond what her addiction meant for them and how in a way was restraining their relationship for years was one of the most beautiful, selfless act of love.

“You two are so weird,” Connor says, very casually.”

The addition of Connor and Ryke in the last half of the book brought some life and entertainment into the mixe with Connor’s pragmatic humor and Ryke obstinacy to help Lo. The family drama that literally exploded at the end was ten time more ravaging then what I predicted. I honestly can’t wait to devour the rest of the series.

some quotes:

"He kisses my forehead before I can form thoughts, and when he pulls away, his lips brush my ear. “I’m here for you. Always "

"“Lo?” I whisper.
“Please…don’t move, okay? »
“I won’t”He wraps his arms around me, keeping me warm on the cold tile."

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

"Then let me try,” he says, his hand cupping my face. “Let me try to be enough for you."

"I’ve never pretended, Lil. We’ve been together, even if you thought it was some fucking lie."

"We’re terrible at so many things—remembering important dates, college, making friends—but the one thing we’ve always been halfway decent at is being together. We owe it to ourselves to try."

"Sometimes the cannots turn into maybes which become okays."

"I’ll always be yours. No distance or time apart will change that, Lily. You need to believe that."

Idk if it’s a smart or really dumb move trying to cure my reading slump with this series, but anyway it’s too late.🥲
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3,916 reviews33k followers
February 24, 2019
4.5 stars!


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.

“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.”


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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258 reviews1,780 followers
December 20, 2021
2 stars

Not only did I age about 10 years while reading this, but the amount of enabling by both Lily and Loren was starting to trigger me. I understand addiction, I’ve seen it, but enabling someone’s addiction and knowing that you’re doing it makes you partially responsible for anything that happens to them.

Lily was just a bad person all around. She’s extremely fucking selfish and she’s selfish enough where it wasn’t possible to justify all of it by her sex addiction. The girl refused to acknowledge Loren’s alcoholism until Ryke forced her to because what? She didn’t want to lose him? Because his existence enables her and she needs that? I couldn’t stand the way she refused to seek help despite understanding that she has an addiction and that it’s debilitating.

He enables my addiction. Always has. And the longer we’re together, he always will.


I also wanted to acknowledge a particular moment where Lily states—

“But you don’t need me to drink. You don’t have to ask me to fix a whiskey sour. Your addiction doesn’t infiltrate my life like mine does yours.”

→I mean is she serious right now? The fact that she’s refuses to talk to Loren about his addiction IS putting her at the very center of the problem.


Lily is also just a hypocrite. She brings random guys to her and Loren’s apartment (even escorts) and has sex with them while Loren is in the next room, listening to everything. BUUUUUT, the second he does the same thing with one girl she goes off the deep end???

Loren was definitely the better MC, but he was still extremely fucked up. He would purposely tease Lily and arouse her throughout the entire book, but especially before they entered their relationship. He did it because he wanted her to ask him to have sex and not use random men. That’s seriously not fucking okay and he would also do it constantly during their relationship, in front of other people and in public!

Between Loren and Lily egging each other’s addiction on and Lily constantly being in heat, I didn’t feel anything for their relationship. To me it just felt like 2 very fucked up friends that started fucking, not 2 people in love. There wasn’t even a big ‘I love you’ scene, it just sorta…happened.

Ryke, Connor and Rose are definitely the standouts for me. Connor and Rose are absolutely adorable and I dig their enemies to lovers while Ryke is just perfect?? At this point I couldn’t care less about Lily and Loren’s relationship because they’re the type of people that should never ever be together.

Personally, I have a hard time enjoying romances where characters are suffering with addictions. I think it has to do with me not being able to love characters when they love their addiction more than each other. But that's just me 🤷‍♀️
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1,059 reviews74.9k followers
February 25, 2014

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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62 reviews261 followers
August 7, 2023

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

Heartfelt yet so very toxic

Addicted to you revolves around two characters Lily and Loren, who are extremely flawed but it’s easy to understand why given their contrasting addictions. Their addictions have upended their lives for so many years without external support to deter them further from it.

Their struggles to disengage in their self destructing behaviors while loving each other is continuously tested until eventually one of them hits rock bottom and is forced to make the necessary changes needed.

This is unquestionably NOT your typical romance book by any means lol It’s so much more than that so don’t expect pure romance or you’ll be disappointed. It’s more so centered on the real and raw aspect of what each addiction looks like and the hurtful damage it inflicts when enabled.

“Our indecencies became our rituals, and our families didn’t need to know about them.”

The cofactor to their story revolves around wealth and society as both characters come from wealthy families and so much is expected from them esp from their damaging parents.

“There’s an underlying judgment that comes with surrounding ourselves with other people.”

I lovedd the found family they made. As they’ve only ever had and relied on each other as their addictions made it difficult to let people in easily. Even more considering the possibility in being called out on their bs. Each of them helped in balancing out their story so it didn’t feel so heavy as they were so used to the system they had.

"This system works. I know you don't see it, but it does. And…and everyone's better off. Lo and I, our addictions only affect each other. And we've learned to deal with it"

Now onto to the most important people

“You're a permanent fixture in my life. You're not going any-where."

Lilo my loves ❤️‍🩹 Lily and Loren are both extremely complex characters. I was equally annoyed at times yet felt such compassion for them. I think the Ritchie sisters did great with the portrayal of each, as their characters were written so profoundly in not sugarcoating the destructiveness and messiness that occurs with each addiction.

They understood and spent most of their lives concealing their addictions from everyone around them but they were also such enablers to it. They both didn’t want to seek out help for each other bc then it would mean they’d have to let go of their own addiction which neither was willing to do. Lily would enable lo’s uncontrolled drinking and lo would enable her sexual appetite and it became a normalized ritual for them.

So yes, they were both caring of one another, just as they were selfish, and the love they had was completely toxic but at least they were aware. Enabling each others addictions was what allowed them to sink further — making it so difficult for them to crawl out of that.

“Our selfishness wedges between us. Neither of us is willing to give up what we love for each other.”

As you get further in, you’ll notice and understand the impenetrable bond they share as friends and in their relationship. The depth of their struggle and fight for a real functional and normal relationship bc they didn’t know how without hurting each other really pulled on my heartstrings.

“Why can’t I have an addiction that people understand? It’s a vile thought—to wish for an addiction many die with.”

Everything is told in Lily’s pov so we notably see the actual depiction of her addictions. Her addiction started when she was really young and her need to feel satiated has only increased since then. She’s also deeply aware of how messed up she is which allowed me and maybe others to see her flawed persona for who she is. Other than being constantly at war with her impulses through guilt and shame.

“Our love should have mended all the pain and the hurt. Instead, we're met with more complications, more consequences, more frowns and furrowed brows.

She repeatedly questions her way of being and her actions even though she doesn’t stop. It was impossible not to feel for her character esp bc she tries to not give in to her urges and even more with lo in making things work.

“I love you, but I want to love you enough that I never choose alcohol over you.

Loren said so many heart tugging things that got to me as you’ll see. And while this isn’t in his pov, lily does well in explaining what it’s like on the outside for him with his own addiction as an alcoholic. Which could be described as him being so tormented, lost, and just miserable. With the way lily described him, I wanted so badly to see where his mind was with all that was happening as his addiction was not only hurting himself but lily as well.

He was just as caring and protective of lily as he was frustrating to listen to. There were times he was completely passively aggressive and while it’s not excusable it’s understandable given his alcoholism. There’s just so many layers to that honestly

“I'll always be yours. No distance or time apart will change that, Lily. You need to believe that.”

So if you want something real (given the nature of each addiction), with complex characters and plot, extremely unconventional, tender, intense, and somehow entertaining? read this.

The way the emotions were running high and getting all intense towards the end is why I’m already looking forward to the whole series. That should tell you enough.

Other quotes that stood out:

“We're terrible at so many things - remembering important dates, college, making friends - but the one thing we've always been halfway decent at is being together. We owe it to ourselves to try."

“I want to be someone you deserve. Who can help you rather than enables you, and I can’t begin to do that until I get help for myself.”

“We wanted everyone to believe we’re good people, but we’re not … We’re selfish and miserable”

“He knew the only way for me to truly fight is if I have something to lose.”

“I guess the only way to be close to me is to inject yourself in my world because I won’t make the move to enter yours. That’s horrible, isn’t it?”

Thanks to the girls on here that influenced me to read this especially emara as I loved it ♥️
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248 reviews116 followers
July 24, 2023
wow this was sooo toxic..

do it again 🌝
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1,176 reviews4,333 followers
October 22, 2016
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.
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163 reviews1,002 followers
June 17, 2023
1st reread:
i missed my family SO MUCH they still mean everything and more to me <3

the first time i read this book i didn’t know how important these characters would become to me but they literally live in my mind and my heart and i think about them so often. they’re my family my comfort my loves 🥹


Well this was definitely painful.

The love is ugly, the addictions are ugly, the enabling and dynamic is toxic. The book felt so real and raw. There was definitely no sugar coating.

I’m ready to read the rest of the series now though cause I am definitely hooked. INJECT IT (no pun intended)

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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60 reviews255 followers
September 13, 2023
The fear of losing each other is
always stronger than the pain we cause.

is this a reread? yes. did i still cry uncontrollably knowing exactly what's gonna happen? 100%. will i write a proper review? no.

lily breaks my heart and lo was so mean sometimes but it's ok cus he's my baby n i love him so i excuse it.

but the crumbs i got of coballoway were healing❤️‍🩹


➻ "You're a permanent fixture in my life. You're not going anywhere."

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

➻ 'Sometimes I wish for a remote control to pause my brain. Just for a moment of peace.'

➻ 'Isn’t this the part where our love overcomes our addictions? Where our problems magically solve from a kiss and a promise?'

➻ 'No one told me you can love someone and still be miserable.'

➻ 'Our lives intersect at every possible junction, and separating sounds like a fatal, irreparable cut.'

➻ 'My constant. My Lo.'

➻ 'Our love should have mended all the pain and the hurt. Instead, we’re met with more complications, more consequences, more frowns and furrowed brows.'

➻ "I love you, but I want to love you enough that I never choose alcohol over you."

➻ "Wait for me.” The words come out choked and pained. “I need you to wait for me.”
September 15, 2021
sos this book was amazing. the way this series already has me on a chokehold and this was only book one.. *sigh* I just know that when its over, I will simply die. anyway, lily & lo have my entire heart, they deserve the entire world and I will argue with anyone who says otherwise.
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225 reviews559 followers
February 12, 2022
Hah. This book was quite literally a garbage sandwich. I say that because I felt like the beginning was promising, I was kind of like, "Oh wow, this premise is really unique, and the writing isn't half bad, let's see where this goes." But the middle? Hot steaming f8cking garbage. The book did kind of redeem itself at the end though, I will give it that. I've given it like 2.5 stars because I did like some of it, just not roughly 60% of it.

Lily is a sex addict. Lo is an alcoholic. They're both trust fund babies and long-time childhood friends. They live together and they've been pretending to be a couple for like 3 years so they can keep doing all of their problematic stuff.

So- yeah, Lo drinks himself to oblivion and Lily has sex with a stranger (or 5) like every day and she always needs to be watching porn or something, you know, addict stuff. Lo kicks out Lily's one-night stands in the morning, Lily makes sure Lo sleeps on his side so he doesn't choke on his own vomit and die.

You know, cute stuff like that.

I could handle the dysfunctional relationship in the beginning. Yes, it was messed up and toxic but they had an arrangement, they weren't a couple and they didn't owe each other anything. It was almost kind of cute I was like, "Haha, these guys are so f8cked up, but at least they have a sense of humor about it!" Everything was fine basically until Connor and Ryke showed up.

First of all, what kind of a f8cking name is Ryke? Is it supposed to be like, "Rick"? or "Rye-Kay"?? Like what the heck? He was annoying. I know Connor technically showed up first in the story, but I have to talk about Ryke first.

Here are a series of letters I have written to each of the characters in this book because I don't know how else to express my grievances with them to you without addressing them directly first.

Dear Ryke,
Your name is spelled dumb. Why are you here? Literally nobody wants you here and they have said as much. Yes, thank you for that one time you helped carry Lo home because he passed out at your party, that was kind of cool of you, but now it's time to go. We've given you those comic books you never shut up about, now go away. Please and thank you.
- me

Dear Lo and Lily,
Ryke is a journalist, who wants to know more about your lives, which are obviously f8cked up. You are the son and daughter of major corporations whose reputations could very obviously be ruined if people found out about the way you guys are living, why the actual hell didn't you kick out Ryke the second he told you he was a journalist?? Be better social elites.
- me

I realize that towards the end it becomes apparent why Ryke is so invested in Lo's life, but for the majority of the book, it's hard not to hate him because he just seems like a nosey pr8ck.

Let's talk about the type-A power couple everyone seems to love so much in this book.

Dear Rose,
I dislike you. You show up at people's houses unannounced and that is just straight-up crappy. Plus you're just kind of mean for no reason. I started to like you more towards the end, but for the majority of the book, I was not a fan.
- me

Dear Connor,
Wow, you're a real winner. You're basically like Ryke but worse. You're nosey and superficial and just soooooooooo arrogant it's not even funny. You are actively mean and say inappropriate things all the time and you think all women are gold diggers and yeah I obviously hate you. Frankly, you and Rose deserve each other. You can give people unsolicited life advice and show up at each other's houses unannounced together forever.
- me

Dear Lo,
Hi. I get that you and Lily are friends and stuff and you like each other. Cool. What I don't get is the human miscommunication trope that is you. You are literally the king of mixed signals, so good job, you get an A+ in being confusing and condescending as f8ck, if that's what you were going for. I would be mad at you, but obviously, your life is super f8cked up and you are kind of not doing so great in terms of like, adulting/being a human, so I can't even really be mad at you.
- me

Dear Lily,
Hi, honey. I did not need to hear about all of your detailed fantasies about literally every stranger you saw throughout this whole book. Also, I'm a little mad that you didn't make that poor Giggalo a cup of coffee.
- me

I understand that the whole point of this book was to illustrate how hard addiction is, be it sex or alcohol, or whatever.

I actually really appreciated how in the beginning of the book that the author never described the sex that Lily had with strangers. I thought it was sort of a nice touch, speaking to the namelessness of all of Lily's sexual partners and her lack of emotional involvement with them. I get that Lily thinks about sex all the time, but eventually, I just got kind of sick about hearing all her dirty thoughts about essentially every human that existed in this book.

In terms of the sex between Lily and Lo, I was actually very of disappointed. I felt like there was always no build-up and that it was awkwardly rough, personally I thought it would've been nicer if the author made their sex a little more tender and intimate, I wish she that she would've shown that having sex with someone you love is way more powerful and fulfilling and DIFFERENT than having sex with a stranger or someone you're not at all emotionally invested in or attached to.

The ending was ok. Last like, 40 pages, better. Sort of. I know there are like 4 books left in this series, but I don't think I'm going to read them. Sorry, I know a lot of people liked this one, just- eh. meh.
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81 reviews146 followers
May 2, 2022
400 pages of rich ppl problems but I still ate it up.
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413 reviews2,237 followers
July 4, 2023
#2 Reread - May 2023 - 4.5 stars

It hurt WORSE than the first time I read it 😭✋
I don’t think I’ll never not cry at the ending of the book pls my screen is so blurry rn

Full rtc


finally coming back home ❤️‍🩹

─── ⋆⋅☆⋅⋆ ──

#1 Read - December 2021 - 4 stars

First attempt: DNF’d @ 50% The side characters’ back must be broken from carrying this book.

… after finishing KTS and HHF…

Second attempt: 100% man it’s so upsetting and deep and heavy. The list is endless. It was jam packed in the second half of the book I actually regret not finishing the first time.

I’m glad lo thought of himself by going to rehab. Selfish or not he still feared for Lilly and that makes me melt a little more for him.

Connor and rose are such a cute couple, it makes me giggle like a little kid whenever they get their spotlight. Their back and forth is amusing because they bicker like an old married couple.

The plot twist was crazy. Ryke made me mad, laugh, anxious and upset multiple times after his introduction. I’m predicting for him to have the craziest story arc.
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Want to read
November 17, 2016
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.


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

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45 reviews63 followers
July 15, 2023
how. do. i. express. my. love. for. this. novel.

there are so many layers, so many aspects to this book that i don’t even know how to give it justice. i’d like to start by saying i am far from a romance lover, and this book is hands down a 5 star read. that’s because there is so much more to this story than romance: addiction, friendship, hurt, sadness, laughter, shock-value. i’m thankful there’s so many books in this series because i never wanna leave this world the authors created!

Lo and Lily are both addicts. Lo is a somewhat functioning alcoholic while Lily is a sex addict, and both of their addictions are severeeee. they’re also very rich kids yet i wouldn’t at all call them spoiled because they don’t let their money change their personalities. both of their characters were likeable in my opinion (frustrating at times, but still i have a soft spot for them). without spoiling anything, overall this novel takes you on a journey of two characters trying to navigate their messy lives when it comes to not only romance but addiction, college, friendship, family, and life in general. you will also come across a good amount of other characters that you can form your opinions on! this book offered so much!


*trigger warning for alcoholism, sex addiction, sexual assault, sexually explicit scenes*
184 reviews131 followers
April 12, 2023
“I love you, but I want to love you enough that I never choose alcohol over you. Not even for a moment. I want to be someone you deserve. Who helps you rather than enables you, and I can’t begin to do that until I get help for myself.”

Edit: changing this to 4 stars bcs of lilo and lulu 🤭
Look I stood with what I said but once I really dived into this series- I understand now and I'm just so in love with lilo- so yeah don't come at me for this 😌

Okay, first of all I don't know what to say to this series.

This is a weird book in a sense I'm not sure what the fuck did I just read right now? Because I'm sure as fuk this isn't romance or a love story because I don't feel that between Lilly and Loren guys. I'm sorry- I know this is about Lilly and Loren and I think this is more like about how both of them coexist beside their own addiction. Sure, they love each other but the story didn't really revolve around how they love each other and more like how they use each other as their crutch to get through the day. And frankly it was disturbing as fuck. For me who's actually looking forward to the romance and lowkey expecting it, I'm in a culture shock right now. But no worries, I enjoyed this and this story was marveling in a new sense to me.

Okay, let's get into the review.

The plot. Well, do you know I've been eyeing this series since last year? And I've been planning to read this so soon because I'm curious and I heard a lot of good things about Lilo and frankly I'm excited to. But I'm always reluctant to start this because in the synopsis it was already written that he was addicted to alcohol and she was addicted to sex. I already knew it was going to disturbing as shit but not this disturbing to be honest. Right, the plot was great. It was a bit confusing because in the middle of the book I was wondering where is this actually heading but just decided to read through it. It was marveling in a new sense, as in this is very much an uncharted territory to me. I have never read this kind d of story before. I enjoyed it though always cringing at the disturbing scene and always shaking my head because I got disappointed a lot by both characters. It was great and very refreshing, but if someone ask if I like it? I don't but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

The characters were okay god- Lilly and Loren was just complicated you know. I do feel for both of them and I do connect with each of them. Especially Lilly since she's our narrator here, but I haven't see them evolving or unfolding into something so I like to think that it's too early to die if they're good characters or not. But one think I can say is I do not like both of them. Just the fact that it took them 7 years to actually trying to do and be better is just what disappoints me because what were they doing all this time? But I'm not going to rant about this, I know this is all part of the plot and character development and I erfectly understand that. But I do like to think they're perfectly written, I think that the author really built them perfectly, to each other too. I feel their connections, I do feel their chemistry, I feel they are very much living and it was a perfect for the characters. The characters were great. I love Connor, Ryke, and Rose too. They were awesome, well a lot of them are awesome with each their own flaws. I really hope I get to like Lilo in the next books.

The writing was okay, I guess. I have no complains so I guess it's a good thing? I mean Lilly is not a very reliable character to be honest so I didn't feel myself deeply into Lilly but more like into her and Loren's situations itself. It was okay, not good and not bad either, so it kinda fell in the middle I guess? It's 1st person POV though, which my go to POV so I guess I kinda like it?

Okay I know my updates gave you the impression I like this book, well... to be honest I do like it! And I enjoyed it! It's just there were some certain things that I didn't like and it bothered me enough to give me this review.

So yeah 3 stars.

I'm gonna continue this though cause I'm already too much into this shit, I don't think I'm gonna have a good night sleep if I stop just by reading one book from this series and I'm determined to finish it all until the very last book.

Did this book marketed as romance? If not why did I get that impression? Not sure why- I'm sorry if I got the wrong impression because I'm sure this is not a romance book.

TW. Alcohol abuse, sex addiction, porn addiction, sexual harassment, etc.


I heard so many good things for this one and I really hope it deserves all the hype🤞🏻🤞🏻
Can't wait to meet the infamous Lily and Loren 😌
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362 reviews880 followers
January 30, 2019
"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.”


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.


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.


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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932 reviews1,094 followers
January 11, 2023
1st read : 25th May,2016 / English ebook
2nd read: 4th Jan, 2023 / Turkish Paperback

My God, I’m addicted to 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 best version of themself and they are always there whenever 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 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)
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131 reviews269 followers
April 21, 2023
3.5 🌟
This is one of those books (trying so hard not to say fanfictions) you read until your eyes hurt and you can hear the birds chirping!

Is it objectively good? No
Did I enjoy it so much? YES, let a girl live
I was sooo conflicted on how to rate this. It has so many issues, the writing is straight out of wattpad (the type of thing you need to get for FREE, not pay for it), the communication is non-existent (I literally can't imagine Lo and Lil having an actual conversation besides their addiction(s)).
I'M breaking my silence, I can't wait to continue with this series. I want to see where the story's gonna go. ALSO, you guys say it gets better (I'm so excited 😊)
Also, part of why I enjoyed it so much are the side characters. They aren't as flawed as the MC and FMC (at least for now) and maybe that's why I root for them so much.
Can't wait for that dual pov (to get in Lo's head 🤭💖)
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581 reviews23.7k followers
November 8, 2022
I love lily and her obsession with harry potter and superheroes. Lo please please get help but don't leave lily hanging.

Lo's problem hit a bit close home to how I was for a while and I hope he gets the help he needs
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128 reviews34 followers
April 8, 2023
This couple, THIS M*****F***ING COUPLE!!! I can't even express how much i love them and how much they mean to me in a few sentences.

This was so raw and ugly and painful to witness. They were so toxic to eachother and enabling eachother and being coondipedant. Seeing their addictions get the best of them. Them wanting to do better but being so scared to let go of their addictions, realising they are destroying them but at the same time being comfortable in the familiarity of it. The fear they wouldn't be happy without it. Wanting each other to get better, but being scared of helping them because they were scared doing it themselves. Being terrified of what this wiil mean for their bond and their relationship.

I can't help it but forgive all the wrongs each of them did because of how much i got attached to them and could feel what they were going through. If you want a healthy relationship this is not it. But omg the emotions this brought me. And the fears. I love them so so much and i can't wait to seem them progressing and getting better and doing better. They both deserve so much.

Also i am living for the sweet moments between them, they were EVERYTHING. I was screaming and giggling at them. Through all this ugliness THEY ARE ADORABLE!!!

I want to devour the rest of the books so happy that lulu pushed me to start this rn (in the middle of other books and series :))


Edit: the longer i think about it, the more i love it so 5 stars it is

4.8 stars
this rating and every opinion expressed here are my own, none bullied me into it khm khm lulu
I got addicted to this book.
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141 reviews1,192 followers
April 22, 2023
— 2 stars ☆

the way i'm in love w toxic relationships 😍🥰 but this is not it. this isn't toxic, just dysfunctional, loves. <33

see - usually i'm always on the girl's side, okay? no matter what. if she cheats, it's better than if he cheats. yes, i have double standards sometimes. love triangles with one girl and two men are ALWAYS better then with two girls and one man. sue me for thinking that.

but here. i get that Lily has an addiction, okay? she brought home a guy to fuck. and she did it right in front of Lo, when he was right there in the same house. but when Lo did the same thing, and she literally TOLD him to go and get laid, she has the audacity to get mad 🤩 she deserves a gold medal for making me change my views on this, y'all.

not that Lo was faultless either, but at least he wasn't horny all the time and had a single braincell. 💀 she had an ADDICTION. a sex addiction. get that through your thick skull, LOREN. that means that he was teasing her all the time with glances, touches, knowing fully well that she couldn't get satisfaction.

and it was even worse when they were in a relationship! because, while Lo was dependent on alcohol, which is also a vice, Lily was dependent on him bc she had to be monogamous. which meant that when she needed to get off, she had to go to him. SHE NEEDED HIM. but then he gaslighted her into a relationship, manipulating her with sex, idk what you all think but it is exploiting according to me lol. but, the way neither of them refused to talk about Lo's alcoholism was fucked up.

he needed alcohol. she needed sex. he needed alcohol. she needed sex from him. yes, if y'all didn't know, sex is a two-person job, y'know. which means essentially if they're pissed at each other, Lily'll have no choice but to cave to him just for sex. which makes it too fucked up for me to think about, bcs that means she'd always have to crawl to him for everything. 🥴

He opens his mouth, and I think he’s going to let me off the hook. He’s going to tell me that I can cheat on him and get a free pass. Instead tears flow and he says, ❝Wait for me.❞ The words come out choked and pained. ❝I need you to wait for me.❞

i'm sorry but if this line doesn't make me even the slightest bit emotional then what can i say about the book - 🙃🔫

you know who made this infinitely better?? MY MAN CONNOR COBALT. yes that's right i already claimed him as mine before even reading his book, bcs he was the saving grace of this 😭 before him, Ryke and Rose were in the picture i was seriously considering dnf'ing again (yes i dnf'd this once before when i reached the 40% mark years ago, don't ask - it became too painful), it became that bad i swear.

i already know roseconnor are going to be the superior couple in this series 😍 two intellectual asexual geniuses having crushes on each other and having stimulating discussions... mm, i can see the sparks there.

bottom line: lilo were just enabling each other. they all need therapy. this was too messy. HELP. 🥰🥰
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531 reviews1,353 followers
February 10, 2023
3 stars

Its 2023 and its finally time to get into my 2019 New Year’s resolutions and read this freakin series!


Did I dislike Lo and Lily just as I thought I would?? Yes.

Did I only finally read this -and will hopefully continue reading- just to get to read the companion Calloway series? Yes.

Were I even slightly interested in Lo and lily’s story? Not really.

Were they as dysfunctional and toxic and a potential train wreck as you might probably expect? Again yes.

For now, I feel like Lo and Lily are just a means to an end and I’m not above using them to get to what or whose book I really want.

#1 Addicted to you - 3 stars
#2 Ricochet ~ 3 stars
#3 Addicted for now ~ 3.5 stars
#4 Thrive ~ 3 stars
#5 Addicted after all ~ 3 stars
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634 reviews571 followers
March 17, 2021
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.
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123 reviews2,545 followers
August 7, 2022

i just don’t know what i’m missing
it was all sex and no story and even the sex was pretty cringey
ever scene was so contrived just to add more sex and they didn’t seem to really flow or connect ??
idk i just didn’t like it 🤷🏻‍♀️

also the fact it’s written by sisters weirds me out a bit…
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August 31, 2015
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Lily and Lo have spent their entire lives keeping each other’s secrets. While Lo hits the bottle all day every day, Lily likes to hit up various clubs . . . .

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When she can’t find some random strange to hit and quit it with in a toilet stall, she resorts to Plan B . . .

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She also spends THE FIRST THIRD OF THE G.D. BOOK reminding the reader over and over and over again how Lo makes her so horny (*sings oh me so horny – me so horny – me love you long time*), but they did it once a long time ago and can’t do it again because it will ruin their friendship, and even though he constantly leads her on and is all . . . .

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she doesn’t ever take the hint and instead chooses to remind him incessantly that he shouldn’t do things like that to a sex addict while still wanting him to do stuff like that to a sex addict and oh for Jeebus’ sake . . . .

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Which, of course, they finally do, but seriously for being a NA story with a disclaimer about all of the mature content as well as being about a SEX ADDICT there sure wasn’t a whole lotta sex – it was more fade to black and innuendo rather than straight up . . . .

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Plus, even though there were only around 325 pages to this book it felt like about eleventy trillion with all of the nothing happening except for bitching about needing to f*&^ all the time and the not-helping each other ever like STOP their totally unhealthy lifestyles until the very end which OF COURSE ended in a stupidass cliffhanger and no. Just no. I know this was supposed to really hit the old emotions, but for me????

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Congrats to all of you who enjoyed this one. Obviously I did not.
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392 reviews344 followers
February 23, 2022
This was really heartbreaking! Addictions are really scary!! I was expecting to give this 2 stars, but it just started to click somewhere in the book.

Lily Calloway is addicted to sex. It’s really bad guys. I’m talking watching porn during lectures bad. Loren Hale is addicted to alcohol. Again, it’s passing out a couple of nights bad. This story for a while is them basically keeping each other’s secret, and in turn, enabling each other in their destructive ways. I use the term “basically,” but it was definitely more complicated than that.

They pretend to fake date each other to make it easier to protect each other as they continue in their addictions. I wasn’t sure what the point of this was till we started to learn more about each of them, especially with how their family contributes to their addictions. Their families are really rich and have a reputation to hold. It’s probably why they feel a lot of pressure to keep this good girl and boy image. One thing I kept thinking is that “At least they have each other,” because they literally could not open up to anyone.

Is it possible that they are actually addicted to each other? Are they ever going to hit their breaking point? Are they ever going to let anyone know? Are they ever going to receive help?

I’m definitely picking up the next book. That ending practically told me to get the next book.

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