June 13th, 2013
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
I went to this book knowing that I would probably suffer and I would probably want to read the next book right after and I was right. This book was intense, even more intense than what I was expecting due to the main characters addictions and made me want to keep reading to know what is going to happen next to Lily and Loren. Both Lily and Lo are from wealthy families and they have been best friends since their childhood. One day they decided to pretend that they are in a relationship so they can hide each other additions. Lily is addicted to sex and Lo is an alcoholic. In this book we don’t only see their relationship develops from friendship to something else but we also see how their addictions affect their life and everything they have to do to keep hiding everything from their families. If you think this book is only about sex and alcohol, it’s not. It’s about a lot more and about family because by the end family becomes very important and some things (some good, some not that good) happen.
I really liked the story and seeing how much they both struggled with their addictions, especially Lily since the book was told in her POV, even thought it was hard to see how destructive they were. Everything changed when they start really dating but changes even more when other characters are introduced. I might have loved Lily and Lo’s story but I love Connor and Ryke, especially Connor. That guy can be really pretentious and say that he only hangs out with them because of their families but deep down is a great guy and I really want to read his book. I also really liked Lily’s sisters, mainly Rose. I really liked that in the end the important thing is that Lily is her sister and she needs help. The end kind of destroyed me but I do understand why that happened.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it was a rollercoaster. If you think this is a normal NA book, believe me, it isn’t because it deals with things that normally are not talked in books. If you love NA and have no problems with mature content you should definitely give this one a try. I can’t wait to keep reading the series and see how they will keep dealing with their addictions.
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read it would you read it?