“You don’t make me miserable, You make me want to live. And I want to live with you.”- Lo, Ricochet
Synopsis via Goodreads: 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.
I’m continuing with my binge read of the Addicted series, so for the next few weeks, I’m just going to be fangirling over this series and these characters. Fair warning, there may be some screeching.
Ricochet continues where Addicted to You left off, as Loren Hale checks himself into in-patient rehab facility to deal with his addiction to alcohol. While in treatment, he will not be able to have contact with the outside world, which means Lily Calloway will have to learn how to deal with her own addiction without having her best friend to turn to for help. Can Lily abstain from sex for three months, or will her compulsions prove to be to hard to resist?
Some may consider this book to be a filler, but I think it was a necessary addition to the Addicted series. We get to see Lily Calloway on her own, away from Loren who is her main source of support, but also her enabler. I wanted to see how she handle her addiction without Lo constant watching her every move. THIS WAS NOT AN EASY READ. Watching Lily constantly break down and feel ashamed for just even thinking about sex was heartbreaking. She is so determined to do right by Lo while he is away, but at the same time, the withdrawals from sex are making it difficult for her to go about her everyday life. There was one scene in particular where she just broke down completely and I had to take a break because I could no longer make out the words on my eReader. Can I also just applaud these authors on their writing and how they handled the psychological aspects of this book. It was so accurate and I was surprised by some of the psychological language they used. Mental health done right!
One thing I really enjoyed about this book was getting to see more of our secondary characters. The back and forth banter between Rose and Conner was entertaining as usually. I swear, these two are going to probably be my favorite OTP in this series. We also meet Daisy, the youngest Calloway sister, who is model and a bit of a free spirit. Ryke Meadows has met his match with Daisy and it’s obvious these two will be a pairing and while I do like their chemistry, I’m not too sure how I feel about that age gap. Maybe this will grow on me, who knows. I also really enjoyed watching Ryke and Lily’s relationship turn into somewhat of a friendship. Ryke surprised me by stepping up and actually helping Lily while Lo was absent. He may be an ass but he does have a heart and I think he cares for Lily more than he’s letting on.
Overall, I enjoyed Ricochet, but I can’t wait to see Lo again and see how Lily and Lo’s relationship will change now that he has quit drinking indefinitely. Like I said before, it’s only going to get worse before it can get better!