ARC Review: Addicted to You by Renita Pizzitola

Addicted to You (Port Lucia)

Addicted to You
Author: Renita Pizzitola
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept Flirt
Date of Publication: November 1, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
My Rating:

4

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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

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“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.)

Rating:

4

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Review: Kiss the Sky by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Kiss the Sky (Calloway Sisters, #1; Addicted, #2.1)

Kiss the Sky
(Calloway Sisters #1, Addicted #2.1)
Author: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Publisher: K.B. Ritchie
Publication: February 20, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

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Synopsis new

Virgin. Sex addict. Daredevil. Alcoholic. Smartass … Jackass. Her five friends are about to be filmed. Reality TV, be prepared.

Rose Calloway thought she had everything under control. At twenty-three, she’s a Princeton graduate, an Academic Bowl champion, a fashion designer and the daughter of a Fortune 500 mogul. But with a sex addict as a sister and roommate, nothing comes easy.

After accepting help from a producer, Rose agrees to have her life filmed for a reality television show. The Hollywood exec is her last chance to revive her struggling fashion line, and boundaries begin to blur as she’s forced to make nice with a man who always has his way.

Twenty-four-year-old Connor Cobalt is a guy who bulldozes weak men. He’s confident, smart-as-hell and lives with his equally ambitious girlfriend, Rose Calloway. Connor has to find a way to protect Rose without ruining the show. Or else the producer will get what Connor has always wanted—Rose’s virginity.

This New Adult Romance can be described as Friends meets The Real World. Expect fist fights, drugs, sex of varying degrees, crude humor and competitive alpha males. Definitely for mature readers audiences only.

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“Kiss the sky with me, and don’t ever come down.”

(I’ve read this together with sis Beatrice. Click her name to see her lovely review. :))

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This beautiful continuation of the Addicted series couldn’t get any better! I just love it! In this book, we see more of the genius lovers Rose Calloway and Connor Cobalt. And like the first books in the series, their team-up and chemistry were just totally good!

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What I loved about Kiss the Sky is that it’s totally refreshing. I haven’t read a book that basically shows the characters’ strengths and flaws through a reality TV show. Reading this book made me feel like I’m basically watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Only this book features Princesses of Philly which is the name of the Calloway sisters’ reality TV show. Like, seriously how amazing is that? 🙂

The romance in this book was so much better! There were times when I can’t help but grin from ear to ear because of the characters’ swoony and entertaining dialogues and interactions– especially the sexy banters! And there were times when I try not to burst out laughing because of the funny scenes.

There were also a lot of dramas that happened in this book. But unlike the previous books, they were just light. And oh, the smexy scenes… who can’t resist them when they focus on the virgin perfectionist and the smartass hero?

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The writing, as always, was brilliant and real. Krista and Becca Ritchie totally nailed a New Adult novel that has it all. Literally. Hands down to these amazing authors! I will definitely read the next books in this series. 🙂

Note: Don’t read this if you haven’t read these books yet: Addicted to You, Ricochet, and Addicted for Now.

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Review: Addicted for Now by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Addicted for Now (Addicted, #2)

Addicted for Now
(Addicted #2)
Author: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Publisher: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Publication: March 22, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

5 stars new

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He’s addicted to booze. She’s addicted to sex… staying sober is only half the battle.

No. More. Sex.

Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation—sleeping in the same bed, for real, together—Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo’s bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body.

Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs. So when someone threatens to expose Lily’s secret to her family and the public, he promises that he’ll do anything to protect her. But with old enemies surfacing, Lo has more at stake than his sobriety.

They will torment Lily until Lo breaks.

And his worst fear isn’t relapsing. He hears the end. He sees it. The one thing that could change everything. Just three words.

No. More. Us.

New Adult Romance recommended for readers 18+ for mature content

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After all we’ve been through. Years and years of mistakes, it feels like a dream to be here in this moment. Right now. Sober. Alive. With her.

It always feels so nice when you’re reading such a good great book. This sequel of the Addicted series is one of the most captivating installments I’ve read so far. Usually I end up feeling disappointed in a sequel, but this one was wonderfully written that it’s so hard not to feel completely immersed in it.

Addicted for Now starts where Ricochet ended. This time, Lo comes back sober after three months of staying at the rehab to mend his alcohol addiction. Their reunion turn out sweet, but there is a strange person who bombards them with text messages, threatening them to expose Lily’s secret as a sex addict to the public. Despite the strong dedication they have for each other, things just make everything tough for them… which leaves us wondering how these love birds’ commitment for each other stand the test of time.

I absolutely don’t have enough words to adequately describe how much this book gave me the depth of emotions after reading this. It’s a perfect continuation of the series. I have no idea if this book will be the final book for Lily and Lo (I don’t wanna know ‘coz I want to be surprised) but I think the ending is already satisfying and I cannot ask for a better conclusion for their story.

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Lily and Lo are such a perfect couple! I mean, where else can we find such dedicated characters? I admire their devotion to each other despite the difficult things that surround them including their family struggles. There was absolutely no cheating that happened in this book and in the previous books, to my relief– which is another factor that makes everything really great. Another thing that I loved about this book is the character development of Lily and Lo– the way they slowly conquered their addiction and beat it. I was awed.

The drama is also the book’s absolute strength. I’m not even kidding when I say the last few chapters of the book made me cry. The conflict was perfectly executed that I literally burst into tears. Oh, Krista and Becca… the things you do to my heart!

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Now I’m even more excited to find out Rose and Connor’s story in the next book. Kiss the Sky, wait for me! 🙂

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My Favorite New Adult Contemporary Books Thus Far

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I’m a sucker for contemporary books, especially New Adult. This genre is so irresisible because it’s simply a guilty-pleasure one. I have read several NA books and there were a lot that pulled at my heartstrings. Some, however, were not for me. Reading a New Adult book is like taking a risk because in my case, usually these books are either a hit or a miss. Luckily though, I have found some books that I happily shelved as favorites, and here they are:

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

Fallen Too Far (Too Far, #1)

I’ve read this last year, but until now, I still can remember the “I had fallen too far. I was in love with Rush Finlay” quote that gave me all the feels! This book is my kinda book. Rich, hot guy falling for simple, uptown girl. And oh my goodness, I love the setting. Love the Rosemary Beach! What also made this book a winner for me was that it’s basically not just about romance. It also has family drama that really makes you cry.

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1)

The main reason why I love this book is the sizzling hot chemistry between Camryn and Andrew. The travel + romance combo was also something that makes the whole story swoony and a lot more interesting. And well, who doesn’t want a stranger-to-friendship-turned-into-relationship kind of story? And… who doesn’t want a hot damn guy who loves to sing and play guitar? 😀

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1)

Just hearing the title makes me swoon all over again. Because… ETHAN HOLT. Apart from the fact that Ethan Holt is definitely the man of all the men in NA, Bad Romeo is a book that has all the elements to make every reader fall in love. It’s about two stage actors reunited once again, a second chance kind of romance. I fell completely in love with this book and its sequel Broken Juliet and for me, it’s a rare gem.

Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy Cherry

Loving Mr. Daniels

This book was so unexpected. This was recommended to me by a friend and I actually didn’t have any expectations prior to reading this. Well, color me surprise! This was definitely a HIT. I love the romance, the angst, the character-driven story, the setting… everything! I did have a serious book hangover after reading this because of how it basically made me cry in a very good way. I have read books that are all about forbidden love and this is one of the best so far.

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1)

I always fancy stories that are with broken characters and this fortunately made me appreciate these kinds of books even more. I love the main characters Callie and Kayden. They’re one of the couples that basically made me feel awed and teary-eyed. So much feels! What I especially love about this book was the instant connection I felt the moment I started reading it. Just simply a great, emotional read!

Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)

This book is actually my recent favorite. I’m currently reading its sequal Addicted for Now. It’s so good! The moment I started reading it I knew it’s going to be my new favorite. Loren Hale and Lily Calloway are seriously RELATIONSHIP GOALS! *sigh. The thing about this book is that it’s not just your ordinary NA romance book. The premise is unique. Ever met characters that both share the same insanity? Yes, they’re both addicted. One is addicted to booze and one is addicted to sex. What happens when they collide? If you haven’t read it, find out. 🙂

Confess by Collen Hoover

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I confess that this book is one of the best NA books in the history of books. I consider myself a fan of CoHo and all of her works that I’ve read so far are really excellently done. For me, Confess tops it all. I love the characters, especially OWEN “OMG” MASON GENTRY. The premise of this book is so intense but what made me feel drawn to it was the humor that CoHo did not fail to bring. I did cry at the last chapters of this book– especially when I’ve read this quote: “That could be fate, you know.”

When it Rains by Lisa De Jong

When It Rains (Rains, #1)

When it rains, it pours. That explains my emotions while reading this book. All throughout the book, I experienced an emotional roller coaster, because the author’s writing style is absolutely good– so good that every word Lisa De Jong puts into the story can pierce through your heart. I had a hard time moving on from a hangover few days after reading this. It’s a story that is so hard to forget.

Manwhore by Katy Evans

Manwhore (Manwhore, #1)

This book is a typical guilty-pleasure read. Rich men with oozing sex appeal? Give it to me! I love Manwhore. It’s not a perfect, emotionally-driven book but the scenes and the sexual tension that the main characters shared in this book are the exact reasons why you just want to keep reading it. It has Fifty Shades of Grey feels (minus the BDSM), but who cares? I love Fifty Shades of Grey!

So you’ve met my favorite NA books so far. What are your favorite NA books? Anything you can recommend? Feel free to comment below. 🙂

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Review: Ricochet by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Ricochet (Addicted, #1.5)

Ricochet
(Addicted #1.5)
Author: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Publisher: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Publication: May 22, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

4 stars new

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As a sex addict, Lily Calloway must do the impossible. Stay celibate for 90 days.

Cravings and fantasies become her new routine, but while Loren Hale recovers from his alcohol addiction, Lily wonders if he’ll realize what a monster she really is. After all, her sexual compulsions begin to rule her life the longer she stays faithful to him.

Progress. That’s what Lily’s striving for. But by trying to become closer to her family—people who aren’t aware of her addiction—she creates larger obstacles. When she spends time with her youngest sister, she learns more about her than she ever imagined and senses an unsettling connection between Daisy and Ryke Meadows.

With Lily and Lo’s dysfunctional relationship teetering and unbalanced, they will need to find a way to reconnect from miles apart. But the inability to “touch” proves to be one of the hardest tests on their road to recovery. Some love brushes the surface. Some love is deeper than skin.

Lily and Lo have three months to discover just how deep their love really goes.

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Includes the first chapter to the sequel Addicted for Now.

A full-length New Adult Romance that continues where Addicted to You left off. As a companion novel, it bridges the gap between the first and second book. It is highly recommended to be read before Addicted for Now.

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“You’re my stability… You’re my home.”

Ricochet gutted me on an emotional level. At first I was afraid I wouldn’t like it because Lo isn’t around and I thought the long distance won’t be able to compliment the book but I was surprised to find myself pleased with how the whole situation was handled.

In this companion novel, Lo and Lily were apart and they were working on getting rid of their addiction– Lo being in a rehab miles away while Lily being celibate and spending her time with her sisters Rose and Daisy.

I love how everything turned out good for both of them despite the loneliness they’ve endured. With this experience, they were able to test themselves and find out if their love for each other stays the same.

Will we still love each other if he’s sober and I’m wading through the things that torment me? Will he fit into my life if I’m struggling with my addiction while he’s healthy and absolved from his?

This novel also included bits and pieces of happenings from their past. Through the flashback narration, I was able to appreciate Lily and Lo’s characters more because of their imperfections that made them more human and vulnerable.

I love how the secondary characters were also highlighted here– like Daisy and Ryke’s romantic build-up and Rose and Connor’s irresistibly charming love affair. I just wish that there’s more Lo and Lily phone/Skype interaction here and better yet, a Lo POV.

This novel as a whole, was a soul-wrenching continuation of Addicted to You. I legitimately cried and swooned and everything!

Rating: 4 Stars

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Review: Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)

Addicted to You
(Addicted #1)
Author: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Publisher: Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
Publication: May 22, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

five stars

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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.

New Adult Romance recommended for readers 18+ for mature content

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We’re terrible at so many things, but the only thing we’ve always been halfway decent at is being together.

A New Adult book at its finest! So many feels!

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To my fabulous friend Scarlett who heartily recommended this book and this series to me, I owe you one, girl! A big thank you! (Check out her beautiful review on this book 🙂

Addicted to You is definitely a book that made me become literally addicted. As a lover of New Adult genre, I expected myself to feel drawn with this book the moment I started it, because well.. it’s apparently a guilty-pleasure read. And I’m happy to say that this book is not just about sex. It comes in a very emotional, unique romantic storyline that absolutely tugs the heart.

This book is a story about Lily Calloway and Loren Hale— two perfectly flawed characters who are secretly self-conscious about their addiction. Lily, a girl who is addicted to sex, grew up together with her bestfriend and pretend boyfriend Loren a.k.a Lo, who is on the other hand, addicted to alcohol. On the outside, they may look a really perfect couple because of their rich, shiny families, but little did everyone know that they have secrets that they shamefully keep. Thus, they choose to appear perfect and depend on each other to sustain their addiction.

We may not be good for each other, but sometimes I feel like he’s the only guy who could ever love me.

The book definitely gave me a lot of surprises. The characters have this undeniable chemistry. Not to mention that Lo is absolutely one scorching hot male lead. Definitely a new book boyfriend to add on my list. And as the cover suggests, apparently it’s one hot and smexy read. But like I said, it’s not only about sex– it’s filled with emotionally-driven romance, twists, and drama. I was so surprised to find myself ugly crying with this book, especially at the last parts. The ending was so emotional and a cliffhanger as well.

And I suppose, the fear of losing each other is always stronger than the pain we cause.

As a whole, this book is definitely a must-read. I appreciate the message it carries, specifically about accepting the person you love despite the imperfections and holding on to that person until the very end. I also appreciate the way family love was emphasized here. It’s a book with a real emotional depth. Officially, it’s now my new favorite New Adult book! 🙂

Rating: 5 Stars

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