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Krista Ritchie

Forfatter af Addicted to You

35+ Værker 4,068 Medlemmer 100 Anmeldelser 2 Favorited

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Image credit: Krista & Becca Ritchie, via authors' Facebook

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Værker af Krista Ritchie

Addicted to You (2013) 834 eksemplarer, 21 anmeldelser
Ricochet (2013) 383 eksemplarer, 8 anmeldelser
Kiss the Sky (2014) 362 eksemplarer, 7 anmeldelser
Addicted for Now (2013) — Forfatter — 312 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
Hothouse Flower (2014) 279 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
Thrive (2014) 230 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Addicted After All (2014) 221 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
Fuel the Fire (2015) — Forfatter — 183 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Long Way Down (2015) — Forfatter — 171 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Some Kind of Perfect (2016) — Forfatter — 155 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Damaged Like Us (2017) 151 eksemplarer, 7 anmeldelser
The Raging Ones (2018) — Forfatter — 88 eksemplarer, 10 anmeldelser
Amour Amour (2014) — Forfatter — 78 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
Lovers Like Us (2017) 70 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Alphas Like Us (2018) 67 eksemplarer
Tangled Like Us (2018) 51 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Headstrong Like Us (2019) 42 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Whatever It Takes (2020) 39 eksemplarer
Sinful Like Us (2019) 39 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Infini (2017) — Forfatter — 38 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Charming Like Us (2020) 37 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Wild Like Us (2020) — Forfatter — 35 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Wherever You Are (2020) 29 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Last Hope: A Raging Ones Novel (2019) 28 eksemplarer, 6 anmeldelser
Dishonestly Yours (2024) 26 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Fearless Like Us (2021) 25 eksemplarer
Bad Reputation (2022) 22 eksemplarer
Infamous Like Us (2021) 20 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Misfits Like Us (2022) 16 eksemplarer
The Failed Audition (2021) — Forfatter — 14 eksemplarer
Love & Other Cursed Things (2022) — Forfatter — 6 eksemplarer
The Addicted Series Box Set (2018) — Forfatter — 4 eksemplarer
The Secret Ex-Boyfriend (2021) — Forfatter — 4 eksemplarer
Untitled (Like Us, #13) (2024) 3 eksemplarer

Associated Works

Dirty Boys of Summer: Alphas, Billionaires, Bikers, and Jocks (2015) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer

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USA
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Ritchie, Becca (sister)

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Review - https://booksteacupreviews.com/2024/05/10/addicted-to-you-addicted-1-by-krista-r...

I decided to download Addicted to You after receiving the latest installment in the series from the publisher. Thankfully, I had access to Kindle Unlimited to start from the beginning, as it became apparent that the series revolves around the journeys of addicted couples.

I initially hesitated before diving in, and it turns out my reservations were justified. Addicted to You wasn’t an easy one to digest, filled with characters consumed by their own selfishness and addiction, seemingly oblivious to anyone else’s needs. Yet, the more I delved into their story, the more I started to like it.

The authors’ writing held my interest through the first half of the book. While the plot itself is straightforward, centering around the characters’ addiction, it’s the complexity of the characters themselves that adds depth to the narrative.

Addicted to You is a character-driven story, narrated from Lily’s perspective. Lily, the daughter of a Fizzle tycoon, and Loren, the son of the biggest baby product company, have known each other since their childhood even their biggest secret that they kept from their family, their addiction.

Lily is sex addict and Loren is alcoholic and they are attached to their addiction to the point they cannot live without it. To shield their secrets from their families, they’ve fabricated a fake relationship, successfully evading familial scrutiny for three years. However, when Lily’s family orchestrates a surprise trip, their charade is threatened to be exposed, compelling them to try real relationship.

Forced into a genuine relationship, they find themselves teetering on the edge of co-dependency, their fates irrevocably intertwined. Success now hinges on their ability to prioritize their love for each other over their respective addictions.

Their journey is complicated and filled with challenges. They know they must take risk to gain the one thing they truly desire: each other. Witnessing their struggle to break free from the grips of addiction and nurture a genuine connection is a compelling journey indeed.

I enjoyed introduction of both Lily and Loren’s family in first half. Lily have 3 sisters but it’s Rose (second sister) who plays important role in this story. They didn’t have friends until second half and I enjoyed meeting Ryke and Connor. while Lily’s family were precursor to change in Lily and Loren’s destructive system, Ryke and Connor were technically the catalyst who pushed Loren and Lily to better path.

I get why they would want hide their addiction from their families. It’s natural after see how Loren’s father was, how clingy and opinionated Lily’s family was but with each other they at least should be plain without all these complicated layers, but they find themselves entangled in a web of lies and dependencies, making their mutual understanding and system they created all the more challenging.

Lily’s sex addiction is hard to understand and yes, I could see not everyone can get that and why she would have preferred to keep it hidden. The emptiness she feels, and her attempt to fill it with sexual encounters, hints at deeper emotional wounds and unmet needs.

But when Rose finally got to know about her addiction near the end, we discover there was no experiences of neglect or emotional trauma. It made me more uncertain about her addiction as one don’t get addicted just like that so I hope that will be explored more in next books.

I didn’t like her reactions and actions before they started relationship. I hated how she reacted to Lo bringing girl home who stayed for weekend which made her spiral into mind numbing sex and then feeling better when Lo tells her he ditched that girl. I mean what right did she have!

I also didn’t get why she made that rule of not sleeping with Lo after that one time when they’re 15. When Loren finally tried to make things better, I didn’t like how whiny and immature she was acting.

I could understand her hesitation to pursue anything further with Loren. Despite his obvious love and care for her, it was clear that his first love had always been alcohol. I wouldn’t trust him to prioritize anyone over his addiction, and her doubts about their uncertain future were justified.

I could understand her hesitation to pursue anything further with Loren. Despite his obvious love and care for her, it was clear that his first love had always been alcohol. I wouldn’t trust him to prioritize anyone over his addiction, and her doubts about their uncertain future were justified. However, I also couldn’t see her excelling at anything other than sex, which added to the complexity of their situation.

Loren’s challenges are somewhat clearer due to his difficult relationship with his father. I didn’t like his overbearing father from the beginning. The expectation he set and the pressure he put in his life made him feel unworthy and failure. This toxic environment drove Loren towards alcohol as a coping mechanism from a young age.

What was revealed about his father in the climax makes me sad for Loren. No one deserves to be treated like this, to live life like this. It was great to see Ryke coming in Loren’s life, offering support and guidance to help him overcome his addiction and rise above the destructive patterns ingrained by his upbringing.

I somewhat figured why Ryke was suddenly interested in Loren’s life and the hint just before climax was enough to cement my theory but it still surprised me to know about his real identity as it revealed so much about Loren’s father and all the lies he feed Loren.

I admire Loren for his decision in the end. I agree with Rose, he did the most heroic thing in his life and it wasn’t about saving someone else but saving himself.

I admire how the authors approached the narrative with a focus on the internal struggles and emotional complexities rather than relying on explicit scenes. Even though Addicted to You is centered around sex addiction, the story delves deep into the characters’ struggles, portraying a relationship that is far from a traditional happy romance. Their dynamic is marked by a high level of codependency, fraught with angst and behavior driven by addiction. Yet, amidst the turmoil, there’s something profoundly stirring about their journey.

It was all so realistic, raw and intense that drew me in, and despite their flaws, I found myself rooting for both characters. I’m eager to read the rest of the books in the series, hoping to witness their growth beyond their selfishness and addiction. I want to see them not only succeed in their relationship with each other but also find healing and reconciliation with their family and friends.

Overall, Addicted to You is an emotional, raw and realistic new adult contemporary romance that have authentic portrayal of struggle with addiction.
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BooksTeacupReviews | 20 andre anmeldelser | Jun 28, 2024 |
Phoebe and Hailey are leaving the family business. They’re trying to make it on their own in the real world without pulling off any scams. Family is everything, but their loyalty to each other surpasses anything else. However, their two con artist families have different ideas.

I love the idea of a book featuring con artists, but this one didn’t grab my attention right away. Once things began to become interesting, the story ended. Phoebe and Rocky’s story should have been white hot, but the chemistry felt off. This might have been due to the drawn-out interspersion of past timelines. I'll be reading the next book in the series, though. 3.5⭐️

Thank you to NetGalley, Shelf Awareness and Berkley Publishing Group, Berkley for this complimentary ARC. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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jmoura01 | May 22, 2024 |
*eARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Addicted to you is the beginning of Lo and Lily's story. Both are from affluent families and while they use their families money, they would rather not be part of their families. This isn't a story of two spoiled rich kids who party all the time and then go home and pretend that nothing happened.

Lo and Lily are both in college and while they do "party" it's not what you would think. Lo has a drinking problem that he has had since he was a teen and Lily is addicted to sex. I know, you're thinking "addicted to sex? How can a girl be addicted to sex?" It was my first thought too, but trust me, it is possible and it happens more than you think.
lo and Lily have been pretending to be in a relationship to help cover their addictions from their parents. Lo is an only child who was raised by an alcoholic father that was at times abusive, or so I gathered. lily is one of 4 girls, who were all named for flowers and while Lily isn't the youngest, she is treated almost with kid gloves by her family. Both Lily and Lo dodge their families as much as possible during the book and while they claim to have friends they really don't.
Lily has a hard time throughout most of the book trying to figure out if Lo actually has feelings for her or if he is just really good at pretending. We don't get to see things from Lo's pov so we don't really know until everything comes to a head between the two and Lo confesses that it annoys him that even though Lily needs to have sex and he's right there she won't ask him.
Lily and Lo decide to give having a monogamous relationship a try and while things seem to be going good at first things quickly change. Lo seems to be drinking more and while Lily doesn't cheat, it seems that she has more fantasies of other men and that she ends up freaking out and pushing herself until she gets "withdraw" symptoms.
We are introduced to two new people in Lo and Lily's life Connor and Ryke, I'm not sure what Connor's role in the story is, besides getting close to the couple and introducing Ryke in a way. But Ryke's involvement is a major one and while I would love to share I think this is one you will want to figure out for yourself. The ending had me in tears and i can't wait to get my hands on the next books!

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."
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chaoticmel | 20 andre anmeldelser | May 18, 2024 |
Full Review on NetGalley

I really enjoyed this.
This is a deeply flawed couple who’s behaviour I really should find abhorrent but this is clever writing and I found myself sympathising strongly with them, even wanting them to succeed in their deception.
I was hooked by their story.

The story ends, not on a cliffhanger, but with so much left to tell and thankfully the next books are out already so I won’t have long to wait.
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AnaCarter | 20 andre anmeldelser | Feb 15, 2023 |

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