ARC Review: Addicted to You by Renita Pizzitola
Addicted to You
Author: Renita Pizzitola
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept Flirt
Date of Publication: November 1, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
In a sweet, sexy novel for fans of Abbi Glines, Monica Murphy, and Christina Lauren, the author of Just a Little Kiss tells the story of two friends who each want more—and the love triangle that’s holding them back.
In the sleepy fishing town of Port Lucia, everyone knows everyone, but Isla Diaz really knows Colby Callahan, with his blue-gray eyes and the tousled brown hair always tucked sexily into his cap. After all, Isla has been crazy about Colby ever since she can remember—even if he treats her like a kid sister. Now, without her best friend, Felicity, around, Isla spots a golden opportunity to take things to the next level . . . or at least wrangle a kiss out of Colby.
By random chance, a tropical storm is headed toward the coast, leaving them stranded together overnight—and there’s nothing to do but drink. As the evening wears on, Isla gets the feeling that her not-so-secret crush may finally release her from the friend zone. With her dreams finally coming true, Isla isn’t about to pump the brakes, but is this just a one-time thing? What if the next morning, she needs more than Colby’s prepared to give?
Little does she know, Colby would like nothing more than a real relationship with Isla. She’s always been the one. But there’s a very good reason he’s been keeping his distance. Someone else loves her too, someone who also means the world to Colby: his brother.
Praise for the novels of Renita Pizzitola
“Brinley and Ryder are the perfect combination of sweet and hot. They’ll have you pulling for second chances.”—USA Today bestselling author Lisa Desrochers, on Just a Little Crush
“Be prepared to swoon hard over Ryder in Just a Little Crush,Renita Pizzitola’s impressive New Adult debut. Brinley and Ryder are drawn together in an almost hypnotic way and I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the utterly sexy, sweet, romantic, and scorching moments between them. I loved it!”—Christina Lee, author of the Between Breaths series, on Just a Little Crush
“In the tradition of new adults everywhere, Felicity and Mason stumble through their new relationship as it transitions from a summer sweetness to autumnal angst . . . [with] charming secondary relationships and [a] beautifully detailed setting.”—Publishers Weekly, on Just a Little Kiss
“But truth be told, I’d never get enough of Colby, because I was completely and hopelessly addicted to him.”
Wow, this book just wormed its way under my skin. It’s a sweet friends-to-lovers story that kind of reminds me of Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty and Abbi Glines’Rosemary Beach series.
“Just friends. As in no benefits.”
Addicted to You follows the main characters Colby Callahan and Isla Diaz. Growing up in a fishing town of Port Lucia, they are best of friends since childhood. Now that they’re grown-ups, Isla realizes that she’s falling in love with Colby. Unfortunately, Colby doesn’t seem to feel the same way about her and he only sees her as a friend and nothing more. But one drunken night, these two dare each other to hook up which ends up in bed and a whole new level of awkwardness.
What can I say? I have a penchant for friends-to-lovers tropes so this explains my fascination for this book. The concept and the story itself may be cliché in some places but it honestly didn’t fail to turn my heart into a big puddle of mush.
Colby and Isla’s relationship was so interesting. I loved how they started off as friends. The romantic development was not forced or anything, and the chemistry was very palpable. All throughout the book I found myself rooting for them and begging them to get it together and profess their feelings because they’re clearly tormenting themselves.
Both characters were also likeable. Colby… Colby… Colby… Book boyfriend alert, ladies. And Isla– well, she is one perfect and not annoying character. I loved the way she cares for her grandmom and for the people around her.
Another thing that I loved about this book was Colby’s brother Landon. He is all kinds of swoon-worthy and adorable. (I wish the next book is going to be about him.:) )
Maybe I just needed a little bit of angst and a touch of unpredictability to make this book really spectacular but otherwise, I have no issues with the author’s writing. I haven’t read anything written by Renita Pizzitola prior to this book but after reading Addicted to You, I was awed. The author writes beautifully and her style suits my preference.
This was a beautiful summer romance book as a whole. The setting was perfect and the story was packed with all the sweet goodness that a contemporary reader craves. If you are a fan of Abbi Glines and Jenny Han, consider this book as your next read. 🙂
“And I totally won the girl.”
I shook my head. “You didn’t win me, Colby. You’ve always had me. There was no way to lose.”
(An ARC was sent to me by Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept Flirt and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
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