11 October, 2013

Book Review: Ricochet by Becca and Krista Richie

I'm giving JL from Avid Reader's Musings the spotlight today, because her blog handles books for a younger audience. But, this NA was too much for her to pass on being able to review.

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.

Includes the first chapter to the sequel Addicted for Now.

Companion to the Sequel: A full-length New Adult Romance that continues where Addicted to You left off. As a companion novel, it bridges the gap between the first and second book. It is highly recommended to be read before Addicted for Now.

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Ricochet continues the story of Lily Calloway, a young woman who is addicted to sex. Her boyfriend, Loren (Lo) Hale has entered rehab for his alcohol addiction and she is left to fight her cravings for sex without him by her side.

For me, the best part of this installment in the Addicted series was the character of Ryke Meadows. He's honest to the point of being offensive, and pushes all the wrong buttons with Lily, but I thought the story wouldn't have been as good without him. Ryke plays a big part of keeping Lily in line, even though she resents the hell out of his presence. He's a great foil to Lily's character, especially since Lo is absent for the majority of the story.

I also liked how Lily's relationship with her sisters, as well as her past with Lo, was explored more in Ricochet. Through flashbacks, readers are able to experience events in Lily's and Lo's relationship that contributed and lead up to the point they are in the present. These flashbacks give insight into the dynamic between Lily and Lo, as well as their respective addictions. Lily has told her sister, Rose, about her problems and even with their sibling disagreements, it's obvious how close the two are. Rose is dedicated to helping Lily find a way to control herself and I liked how this strengthens the relationship between the two.

Daisy, Lily's youngest sister, and a model, also makes more of an appearance in Ricochet. Daisy is a complex character. Though only fifteen, she acts much older and hangs out with somewhat questionable model types, as shown in the beginning of the story. And her developing closeness with Ryke causes alarm with Lily.

Ricochet is an absorbing story about a young woman coming to terms with who she is and how she can change herself for the better. While there's not a lot of conventional action, Ricochet captivated me and kept me turning pages to the very end. I'm really looking forward to reading about Lily and Lo's continued relationship in the next book. I'm rooting for the both of them - that they are able to overcome both of their addictions and have a life together.

Thanks, JL! And thanks also to the author and GCR Promotions for the following giveaway! Just enter via the rafflecopter at the end of this post.

About The Author(s):
Becca Ritchie is a carnivore of pop culture, television, film and of course YA and NA books. While in college, she worked at The CW television network and put her vampiric knowledge to good use, blogging about hit series and swooning over actors’ abs. When she’s not blogging, she writes novels and has teamed up with her twin sister for their New Adult novel ADDICTED TO YOU. Available July of 2013.

Krista Ritchie is the mind behind popular trading website YA Book Exchange and created Nawanda Files, a book blog that also features books into movies news. When not pouring over entertainment news and the newest releases, she spends her time working in the science field. She’s happy to join forces with her sister, harnessing their twin powers to produce the first in a New Adult series.

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