Friday, March 24, 2023

Book Review: Addicted For Now

By Sara Steven

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. (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

Having read book #1 in the Addicted series, I was interested in seeing what was next for both Lily and Lo. Somehow, I went from book #1, Addicted to You, right to book #3, Addicted for Now, but I don’t feel as though I couldn’t follow along with the changes that had taken place, which was really nice to discover. When I left off, both characters were dealing with their own personal demons, with Lily and her sex addiction, and Lo and his alcoholism. This time around, they are working on not only keeping those demons at bay, but at trying to create a semblance of a healthy balance when it comes to their relationship.   

It isn’t easy. Not for either of them. I appreciated the turmoil that is represented within the pages. While I might not have the addictions that Lily and Lo deal with, I imagine what they are dealing with is hard, and when we witness Lily having to reign in her appetite while Lo keeps her in check, and when there are moments of tension and chaos, Lo wants nothing more than to drink, but Lily keeps him in check, too–it felt very realistic. It wasn’t glamourized. It felt real. 

Someone knows about Lily’s secret. And if it gets out, it will not only damage all of the work she has put into herself and the relationship she has with Lo, but it can cause a lot of repercussions for her family, too. I tried to figure out the culprit right along with them. There’s a scene where they travel out of the country, and the culprit knows it! How? Why? And for what gain? 

As with the first book in the series, there are a lot of hot, steamy moments between Lily and Lo, but they are more measured and controlled, given the circumstances. I didn’t always agree with their choices–Lily’s sex therapist has a few requirements for Lily’s recovery, like how the couple could only be allowed to engage in intimacy either in the morning or in the evening, but no other time in the day, which seemed a little extreme to me, since I don’t believe the time of day matters when it comes to when a consenting couple wants to engage in that–and I’m not sure there’s really a set standard for what normalcy is when it comes to that, anyway. But, it was interesting to see how the rules play out, not only for Lily, but for Lo, too. Addicted for Now was a nice addition to the Addicted series, and answered a lot of questions I’d had pertaining to this unique couple, and whether their relationship could evolve and work.

Thanks to Berkley for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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