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.
5 stars — OMG, I ended this book with the biggest smile on my face and this great sense of fulfillment. I’m going to try to figure out what pushed this one over the edge for me — b/c I’ve been thoroughly enjoying this series, but this book just went 5 full stars for me.
I think part of it was that I feel like I’ve spent a lot of time with these characters — partly because the books are longer than what I normally read, and partly b/c they were going through some major emotional upheavals, and so you feel like you really get to know who they are, and you want to be on their journey with them. The authors just did an amazing job of drawing me in and making me root for Lily and Lo. OHHHHH!!! And you know what else I loved?? Dual POV bitches!!! I fucking LOVE dual POV, and so I basically just squeed when I saw that we were finally going to get into Loren’s head in this book.
I think another strong point for this book is that a lot happens…I mean, there was still a lot of time in their heads, but the plot moved forward at a better pace somehow. So I definitely had moments where I was on the edge of my seat, with my mouth hanging open and my eyes bugged. And it’s funny, b/c it wasn’t that I was 100% surprised by some of the things that happened, but I guess I was just so emotionally invested in their journey that I felt *with* them for everything that was happening.
I also didn’t realize how much I was going to appreciate witnessing their recoveries. I think a lot of books would have focused on the initial addictions, got them help, and then just waved a HEA wand over the end. But the Ritchie sisters show us the lifetime struggle that BOTH characters go through as they’re trying to beat their addictions. I really appreciated how they handled Lily’s recovery — the setbacks and the leaps forward.
And again, this book just made me love the secondary characters even more. I’m actually sad that I have to take a break and read an ARC I have before continuing on in this series. If the spinoffs are as good as this one, then I am going to be in for a treat!! I’m actually both nervous and looking forward to more. It’s just that every character has so much depth to them, even if it’s just hinted at at this point.
Ohooooo…do you ever write a review and find that it’s just totally non-sensical b/c you haven’t organized your thoughts? Yeah, that’s this one. I will say that this book has a lot more sexytimes in it, but it actually fit the story really well and felt right.
OK, OK, I’m done. I think. 😉