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
It’s hard to explain how this book affected me, but man I really thought I’d hate it based on the blurb because it’s the kind of plot that most authors cannot pull off. I love a book with messed up people that need help…but it has to be presented to the reader that way. The issues, the addiction, has to be shown for what it is or else I won’t like it. It won’t be the book for me. It doesn’t matter so much whether they get “fixed” or not, just that there isn’t some idealistic portrayal of what people in the real world would call mental illness.
Lo and Lily are both addicts AND they’re both enablers. They are also tied to each other in a way that family is tied together. Because they’ve isolated themselves from their real families and any potential friends, they aren’t going to be able to heal without the other one helping, just as many addicts can’t get sober without their spouse/parent/sibling being involved in the process. And often those family members have problems of their own, maybe even addictions of their own, often they’re enablers too.
If you can handle dark issues written with raw honesty and no glorifying or glossing over the ugly then you might want to read this book asap. This New Adult series is refreshingly original, consuming and addictive, and it will make you feel so many things. What talented and brave authors the Ritchie sisters are. I devoured the first two books in two days and now I’m dying for the third one. Like DYING!