“Lo, you’ve made it. You’re my Scott Summers, and without you, I wouldn’t be here.”- Lily, Addicted for Now
Synopsis via Goodreads: 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.
Loren Hale is finally returning home after completing this rehabilitation program, but making it through rehab was the easy part. Staying sober on his own will be his true test. No one is more happier for Loren’s return than his girlfriend, Lily Calloway. She has managed to abstain from sex while Loren was away, but now that temptation is standing right in front of her, she will find it harder to resist her compulsions. While these two struggle to combat their addictions, an outside source threatens to reveal Lily’s addiction to the media, which could possibly ruin both the Calloway and Hale companies and even, Loren and Lily’s relationship itself.
I thought I was ready for Loren’s return. I was excited to see LiLo reunite and was ready to immerse myself in all the LiLo feels. But…
I honestly don’t know how Krista and Becca do it, but this series just keeps getting better and better with each installment. I’m always wary when jumping into sequels because of the dreaded ‘Second Book Syndrome’, but there was none of that happening with this sequel because this book was AMAZING! I liked the fact that this book is told from dual POVs because it allows us to see both sides of Lily and Loren’s relationship and we also get a better understanding of Lo’s character. We get to learn more about Lo’s childhood and his relationship with his father and we see the fears he has about possibly relapsing and losing Lily. I love, ABSOLUTELY LOVE, how the authors handled the psychological aspects of this book. The theme of addiction is handled so well and is realistic, especially Lily’s because like I said previously, not many will be able to relate to her addiction, but you will FEEL her struggle as she tries to better herself and change her ways. I really can’t preach enough about it, but if you’re looking for mental health in NA, this is a good series to start with.
My love for both Lily and Loren grows more and more in this book. Lily faces quite a number of obstacles throughout this book. New rules established by her therapist forces her to learn how to better control her compulsions. She can no longer have sex whenever she chooses, and that includes no self-love. She is also dealing with the fact that an outsider knows about her addiction and they are threatening to share it with the world. She knows that outsiders will not understand her addiction, many may even shame her for it, and having to deal with that while trying to get better only increases her anxiety and the possibility of her relapsing. I didn’t notice it before, but Lily is actually really shy, to the point where even interacting with her family is a challenge for her and throughout this book, she tries to establish a better relationship with two of her sisters, both who will eventually become two main sources of support. Loren does a lot of growing up in this book. Although he is still struggling, he starts taking control of his life now that he is cut off, demanding his father hear how hurt he feels inside which needed to happen in order for Loren to move on from the past. Lo is also willing to do whatever it takes to protect Lily, not only from outsiders, but also from herself. It’s not easy for these two, but they realize that their love for each other needs to be stronger than their love for their addictions if they want to kick their cumpulsions to the curb.
Another thing I loved about this book are the secondary characters. I am dying to start the Calloway Sisters series to see more of Rose and Connor and Ryke and Daisy. They are entertaining and cause trouble, but they all love each other dearly and will protect one another at all cost!
Addicted for Now gave me all the LiLo feels and while things are not yet resolved, the progress these two have made so far makes me proud. I’m excited to see where things go from here for Lily and Loren, but before I can do that, I will be diving into Kiss the Sky, which follows Rose and Connor’s relationship. It’ll be a nice break from all the heavy topics dealt with so far and I’ve heard that the Coballoway ship is the best ship out of all the ships! Hopefully it lives up to its name!