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★ Review ★
Rating: 3.5 stars
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I knew it was going to be my kind of book. What an interesting twist – the two main characters meet while in therapy for being sex addicts?!? According to Leah, she is not a sex addict. She just doesn’t have the best taste in one night stands. After being robbed by her last one nighter, Leah promises her roommate and best friend that she will attend weekly meetings for sex addicts for twenty weeks. Leah knows she didn’t have an addiction – she just uses sex to deal with her lonliness, to numb the feeling of being alone. However, her best friend is one of the two people that she refuses to let down and push away, so she agrees to suffer as her penance. While in her last few weeks of punishment, in walks Blue Eyes. A beautiful, perfect man with a “straight backed, confident stride that always drew her attention.” Therapy was just about to get interesting.
Will had no idea what he was doing. His boss had asked him to pose as a sex addict to evaluate the therapy methods being used. Easy enough he thought. But after his first meeting he was left affected by the girl with hazel eyes, the one who looked “simultaneously gorgeous and contemptuous”, the one he could not stop thinking about. Obviously he had an ethical dilemma because he was lying to her and for all he knew, she really did have a sex addiction. But there was something about her that made him not able to think of anything or anyone other than her.
The chemistry between Leah and Will was thick and heavy. Both of them seemed to throw reason and caution to the wind when around each other – especially when in secluded places. Both of them knew they shouldn’t pursue their physical attraction. Leah because for the first time ever, she actual felt something other than lust for a man. And Will because of his ethical problem of the fact that he was lying to her. But when they were together, it was hot and there was so much sexual tension engulfing them that they couldn’t do anything other than act.
“She drew slow, deep breaths through her nose to steady herself. Just faintly, she caught the scent of what must have been either his cologne or his soap. Fresh sea. Warm sun. Rich earth. It made her want to press her face into that tiny dip at the base of his neck and inhale deeply. Geez, maybe she really did need help.”
The thing I really liked about this book was Leah’s growth and self discovery. I agreed with Leah at the beginning, I didn’t think she was a sex addict either, but I knew she had some issues when it came to relationships and men. I really liked how the author explored Leah’s background and figured out what the root of her problems were. I love when characters have AH-HA moments, and Leah’s moment was great! As the reader, I was so delighted when she was able to gain that sense of clarity on her own. Leah really did face her fears and grow as the book progressed.
The story is less than 200 pages and a really quick read. It is told in 3rd person point of view. You are able to know what is going on in both Will and Leah’s heads as well. Most of the time I love 3rd person POV, but for some reason, I think this story would have had more of an impact with alternating 1st person POV. In addition, I think the story could have been developed a bit further. I feel that if the ending and the secondary plots were explored more thoroughly, the book would have been that much better.
This book handled Leah and Will’s budding relationship really well and I don’t think I would change anything about that. However, there were also some really great secondary characters, Finn and Helena, and sub-plots that were worth exploring as well. The author touched on them; however, I felt like it was only on the surface. I wanted more resolution to Finn and Helena. I wanted to see how Leah’s relationship with her parents played out. I felt like this was all skimmed over a bit. Even the ending of Will and Leah felt incomplete. Despite loving how the author ended the book, I wanted more. I wanted to see them functioning and living out their HEA.
I don’t know what the author’s plans are for additional books or a continuation of Leah and Will’s story, but I hope she stays in this world a bit longer. I wasn’t quite ready to let go of Leah, Will or even Finn. This book was a really great, fun, fast read with such an interesting plot line. I definitely recommend you read it.
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★ Purchase Links ★
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★ About Colina Brennan ★
Colina Brennan is a new adult writer with a love for the fantastical and the romantic. When she isn’t writing, she’s attached at the hip to her kids or chasing her dog or daydreaming about what she wants to write next.
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★ The Giveaway ★
Colina is giving away two (2) copies of ADDICTED TO YOU (winner’s choice: eBook or paperback) and a $15 Amazon Gift Card