Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
4 Disturbing Stars!
Addiction. Codependency. Dysfunction. Wealth.
These are the words that come to mind when thinking about the relationship between Loren Hale and Lily Calloway. The Ritchie sisters take a no-holds-bar look at the high cost of codependency in a relationship and the devastating impact that addiction takes on peoples’ lives.
Loren Hale is a raging alcoholic. Raised by a critical and condescending father who withheld his love, Loren now spends his days trying to forget it all in the “comfort” of the bottle. His family believes that his drinking problem was simply part of growing up and that his drunkenness is in the past. Lily Calloway makes that belief possible.
Loren Hale and Lily Calloway have been friends for years and have come to rely on one another, and not in the healthiest of ways. Loren and Lily make their families believe that they are a couple that lives together. In actuality, they are friends who enable one another to live in their addictions.
Lily Calloway is a sex addict. She is addicted to sex, pornography, masturbation, and illicit and anonymous hook-ups. In the same way, that alcohol consumes Loren’s mind, controls his behavior, and is destroying his life, sex is doing the same thing to Lily.
This book is depressing and there just isn’t any other way to say it. Both Lily and Loren are trapped in the snare of addiction and are lost. When they find themselves on a cruise with family, they decide to try to make their “fake” relationship real.
I was almost ready to give up on this book until Loren and Lily start dating for real. It forces them to contend with a horrible truth: both their addictions are making a “real” relationship virtually impossible. The love that Loren has for alcohol, and the impulses and urges that Lily faces every day put such a strain on their new relationship that it all comes to a breaking point.
I will continue on with this series because I need to see what could be possible if they both get help and can stay sober. All the building blocks for a truly remarkable love story are present, and I will keep my fingers crossed that these authors can bring Loren and Lily the resolution that they desperately need.
With the host of characters who are introduced in this book, there is plenty of reading material ahead for me. Each of the characters have challenges that are unique and intriguing and I can’t wait to keep reading.