Addicted To You Audiobook by Krista & Becca Ritchie (review)

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Review of: Addicted to You Audiobook
Krista A. & Becca Ritchie

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On February 3, 2015
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Addicted To You Audiobook

By: Krista A & Becca Ritchie

Narrated by: Erin Mallon

Published by: Audible Studios 01/13/2015

Addicted To You Audiobook

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.

©2013 K.B. Ritchie (P)2015 Audible Inc.




Addicted To You

(My thoughts)

It’s been a long time since my feelings about an audiobook haven’t been clear when I reached the last chapter.

Addicted To You is the story of Lily Calloway and Loren Hale, an alcoholic, and a sex addict, and how their co-dependent relationship has gotten all twisted between their addiction and the lie they have been living.

I can totally relate to a functional alcoholic. In my line of business, I’ve come across more than a few of them. They can drink a couple of bottles of hard liquor every day, show up to work, and function as normal as anyone else, but just waiting to get to the bottle again.

On the other hand, a female’s sex addiction is a new subject for me. I do believe it can be as bad as any other addiction although in a female’s case is a little harder to take (I know, I’m trying not to be sexist). By nature, we are not the gender with the predisposition to casual sex and salacious behavior.

Female sex addiction is a whole new territory for me. And I can say I clearly understand it. As a result, I lacked the sympathy I would normally feel for an addict, and some of Lily’s actions and recklessness didn’t sit well with me, but then again, addicts are reckless.

With that said, Addicted to You was a story I couldn’t put down. These two dysfunctional individuals dragged me into their messy world and in spite my doubts and reservations they didn’t fail to take me on an emotional ride.

Lily and Loren have been friends since childhood, and to cover their addiction they have created a fake relationship to pacify their families and to serve as a cover for their addictive behavior. They are friends, good friends, you can see they deeply care for each other. They live together, and we see them covering for each other and enabling one another’s addictions. Meanwhile, there’s strong sexual undercurrent between them that creates an AMAZING sexual tension…I give credit to the authors for managing so vivid to create that tension admits the sex addict raunchy encounters. Good thing these are mostly off-page.

They are young, super-rich, and good looking, especially Loren (from Lilly’s point of view). In many ways, despite their addiction, I found an innocence about them and a need to be accepted that made them very real to me.

The story can be in many ways very compelling, we get a closer look at their families and how their conduct most likely influenced their predicament. The characters are well written, and for the small glances, I got of Lily’s sisters and other secondary characters I really want to get to know them better.

This is not a happy story. Watching people spiral out of control is not fun, but I enjoy it. And I don’t know if it’s just that I want to know how this wreck ends that had me downloading the next book right away or it’s just simply that I found their story completely addicting.

Addicted To You Audiobook Narration

My thoughts
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Addicted To You is not my first go with narrator Erin Mallon. I was very aware of how capable she is of injecting a story with the right emotions.

I knew I wanted to listen to the story when I read a review of Addicted To You @ Christy’s Love of Books. I was super excited when I found out the Erin Mallon was the narrator, I knew then I had half the story won.

The story is narrated from Lily’s point of view, and Ms. Mallon does a great job of getting you into her head, conveying every emotion and insecurity.

Her interpretation leaves you no doubt of the internal struggles and the self-disgust Lily’s feels towards her addiction, which made me like her a little more.

Her male voices are  adequate and never distracting. She has a great array of voices for all the different characters, female /male, young and older.

All in all, this was very good interpretation, great pace and approach by Erin Mallon. I’m already enjoying the next book in the series.

Authors Krista & Becca RitchieKrista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.

They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.

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Narrator Erin MalonErin Mallon is an actor, writer and voice artist in NYC. Her naturally warm personality and youthful sound have proven excellent tools for the many young adult and romance titles she narrates. She has originated roles in the theater with Ensemble Studio Theater’s Youngblood Company, The Drilling Company, Mabou Mines, Incubator Arts Project and many more. Erin is a devoted volunteer at The 52nd Street Project, the voice of many TV and radio commercials, and was one of BACKSTAGE’s “Career Dispatch” columnists for 2012.


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  1. Sounds really interesting. I do enjoy reading books with broken characters and see how they deal with their lives. Great review.

    • It was interesting. It was strange being confronted with my own prejudice about only guys allow to be promiscuous and not labeling the girl as just a slut. In any case it’s an honest view of how any kind of addiction is ugly.

  2. Hey, I’ve got it ! I haven’t read it yet though but now, I’m looking forward to it 🙂

    • I hope you enjoy it Iza! If I can call what this book make fell enjoyment….LOL it’s going to depend on how real you find the characters since a very character driven plot.

  3. Great review! I don’t think this is my cup of tea, even though I do enjoy flawed characters, but it sounds like the author did a fantastic job in keeping you engaged all the way till the end! 🙂

    • One those things you know, like watching an accident, you can’t help but keep watching. It was interesting and a total new subject for me. I’m glad my only addiction ever has been cigarretes (which I quit)….ah! And audiobooks…LOL

  4. Wow Loupe, this was a fantastic review. I love how honest you are, it’s one of the reasons I always search your site if there’s something I’m on the reading fence about to see if you’ve listened.
    I’m not really sure this one would be something I’d like

    • Thank you Debbie! Yeah, I can see this not being for everybody, after all we read to escape to a better world(most of the time) but a bit of a masochist..LOL To be honest, this being a NA kept it from turning into a very serious book, but the author didn’t trivialise the subject either.

  5. You make me REALLY want to try reads like this even though they are very much outside my box. You made me very curious how they pulled off the two addictions (though oddly I think they probably do go hand and hand).

    • I would be really surprised if you enjoy this one Felicia, not that is a bad book, I really enjoy it, but I can tell that since I had a bit of hard time loving Lily, you might really dislike her and that would put a compleat different spin in the story. But how knows 🙂 I’ll be really curious to hear your thoughts.

  6. I know everyone loves these books but this just wasn’t for me. I was surprised considering I love dysfunctional and unlikable characters, I couldn’t bring myself to care for any of the characters though.
    I’m in the minority though. I love this narrator!

    • That’s what makes or breaks this book I think. If you don’t find the characters real and their story compelling in some kind they way, the book doesn’t work, and you are just left with drunk and a
      I had a bit of hard time understating and sympathizing with Lily, but I think it was my lack of understanding for sex addiction; nevertheless, I kept listening until the end and needed to know how the wreck ended.

  7. This sounds like an interesting read. It’s been a long time since I’ve read something similar to this, the feelings that come out when addiction is around are quite heavy.

    • it’s very interesting, and it packs an emotional punch, maybe even more if the reader/listener is younger than me. Sex addiction is a new thing, but I do believe it to be real, and what sad thing it is.
      I was glued to mi iPod despite my reservations, and that’s always a good sign 🙂

  8. I’m with you, Loupe, sex addiction is a new and curious thing for me too. I’m a skeptic about it though, I don’t totally buy the sex addict thing esp when it comes to cheating partners. Now even if this is fiction, it might help open a discussion for me or something. It sounds like this can get under your skin though.

    • Yeah, that’s the sex addiction I knew about, the one that’s use as a cop out. The authors make the addiction real honest, they don’t pull any punches when it comes to conveying the ugliness of the addiction, so much so that it makes alcoholism the less of two evils. One destroys your body while it’d seem the other can destroy your soul, but there’s is love story amidst that ugly mess. I felt for them, and that made me invested in their outcome, as usual hoping for a happy ending.

  9. I’m not sure about the sex addiction, but my #1 goal in life is to be a high functioning alcoholic. 😉

    I’m kinda sick of reading about young, rich, gorgeous peeps to be honest with you. What’s wrong with being average? Anyway… You sure do find dark in the most unusual of places, Loupe! I’m glad that you enjoyed this one. 🙂

    • LOL, that’s what say about myself..I’m a functional alcoholic…LOL, but I’m not up to a couple of bottles a day, just a couple red wine glasses..LOL
      Don’t you know Billionaires are the werewolves and the vampires of the contemporary world?..LOL
      I’m just started today another Billionaire contemporary story, is call Hero, only on chapter 3, but I’m already enjoying it, you’d think I’d get tired…LOL

  10. I liked the audio sample and yep I have met functioning alcohols but not a female sex Awesome review

    • Thank you Kimba! The narrator does a really job with this story. I knew I had to listen when I saw how much Christy liked it, and I’m glad the narrator didn’t disappoint. Now that I finished book 2, I liked this story even more.

  11. I was offered this one for review on audio, but I didn’t accept it because I thought it might contain too much smexy for me.
    The story sounds very intriguing and different, I guess I will have to read the book.

    • I had been waiting for this books to get publish on audio, so I got it as soon as it came out. Normally audible sends titles are not interested in, but they’re having better material lately (for my taste). I wish I could get over my phobia of writing reviews for the publishers. I’m doing better tho. I accepted another book this month from the author, I enjoyed it but I’m already having anxiety about writing the review..LOL
      Yeah, that cover is very smexy for a NA, if I didn’t know I’d have thought it was erotica or something like that.
      It’s kind of hard to tell where you will fall with this one, I wasn’t sure myself how I felt, but I had to download the next book right away. The only book I have to compare it to is Beautiful Disaster, but this is deeper.

  12. I lol’d about you finding the book “addicting.” I’m such a dork. *snickers* But I’m torn about this book. I have it already, so I’ll probably read it eventually, but unlike you, I’m not a big fan of super painful books. Watching characters spiral out of control physically hurts sometimes. For real, upsets my stomach. No bueno. And yet . . . I still find myself reading books like this. Glutton for punishment, I guess. Regardless, great review! I’m glad you survived all the agony 😉

    • LOL, that’s how I felt though…Lol I had an urgent need to see what happened. Slowly but surely I got invested in their outcome. The authors do a good job of giving you hope. I think that if this would have been an adult read I’d have found it depressing, but the protagonists are in their early twenties, and you know there’s a lot of time for them to find a happy ending.
      The next book brings a different light to the story, and it really gives you a better understanding of about the characters, I can honestly say, it changed the way I felt about Lily…I gave me the sympathy I lacked in Addicted to you.

  13. Great review, Loupe! It’s probably outside my comfort zone but I’m considering it:)

    • After listening to the next book, I realized the Addicted To You is only a part of the story and the following book is crucial to the overall feel for the story, nevertheless this book has to grab you to find the need to continue. Is a love story, paved with deep emotions, and it has the potential to be one of those stories that stays with you for long time.

  14. I have this book for a long time now, but I’m still waiting to be in the right mood to read it. My co-bloggers loved it. Glad you enjoyed it too, Loupe! Great review 🙂

    • Thanks! One day you should give it a go, if doesn’t grab you within the first few chapter then you’ll know. In my case I listen to 2 chapters, if I find the narration distracting or not very good then it’s definitely a no go for me…lol

  15. Hmm even though I have read some great reviews for these authors, this is not the book I want to start with. I think I would have a tough time with this one and I am not a fan of watching people spiral out of control. I think this is not for me. Thanks for the brilly review.

    • I understand Heidi, there’s still some paths I won’t travel, and is not easy willing getting into an emotional ride like this, but I a bit of a masochist, I wanted to listen to the story since I read the first review…LOL

  16. See, the female sex addict is the one I feel extremely passionate about and protective over. The books get better and better. It’s soooo … beautiful how much they grow.

    Make sure to listen to Ricochet and THEN Addicted for Now. Ricochet is a full-length story with vital info. And then after you listen to AFN, listen to Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower before Thrive. TRUST me! They are very much part of the series, tightly woven in. Besides, you will NOT want to miss Conner … swoon.

    • My lack of understanding for the addiction stopped me from absolutely loving this book, but I after listening to Ricochet I’ve found the sympathy and understanding for Lily that I failed to grasp in this book. I can totally see more now, and their story is not just a wreck anymore. I totally agree! Ricochet is such important part of this story and it shines a different light in your experience of this book. I’m glad I found something in them that kept me wanted to know more. I can see how interesting the secondary characters have become, I felt that in this book.
      I wonder if reading Kiss The Sky first made your experience of this book different than mine. Not that I didn’t enjoy it,I did! I hardly ever download the next book right away.

      • Reading KtS first did enhance the experience, but I think it was more to do with Connor, Rose and Ryke. Knowing what huge roles they would be in this series. I would’ve loved Lily no matter what, because I got her and her addiction. Plus, Lily + Lo = swoon. I loved how he’d tease and push her.

  17. Awesome review! I’ve had this one under my radar for a while now! I love the narrator, and will listen to this one.

    • That’s pretty much my job Grace, there’s plenty of reviews about the story, but it always nice to know that the narration worked (It did for me) I have listened to more than few 5 star rated books, but unfortunately, the audio experience wasn’t the same.
      The narration won’t be an issue with this story 🙂 She’s good!

  18. Great review! I haven’t read a story like this in a while, but they are always compelling reads. Thanks for sharing.


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