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Blog Tour: Addicted To You by Colina Brennan {Review+Giveaway}

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Welcome to my stop on the Addicted To You tour hosted by Xpresso Tours!
You can view the full tour schedule here.
Addicted To You
   by: Colina Brennan

Publication Date: June 25, 2013
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: New Adult
Source: e-ARC received from Xpresso Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 183 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

When twenty-one-year-old Leah Carter's latest one night stand burglarizes her apartment, her roommate forces her to attend therapy for sex addicts. Leah insists she isn't a sex addict; she just doesn't do relationships. After all, sooner or later, everyone lets you down.

At first, the group sessions are little more than an education on how to be promiscuous. Until she meets the newest addict—blue eyes, killer body, and a smile that tempts relapse.

Psychology student Will McLean is posing as a fellow addict while researching a case study on unusual addictions. But the more he learns about Leah, the more certain he is that his desire to break through her walls and unearth her secrets has nothing to do with his assignment.

As the uncertainties spike alongside the sexual tension, the only thing Leah knows for sure is that falling in love would be disastrous. Too bad love might be one addiction she can't kick.

My Review:

Wow, what a completely different idea for a novel! I absolutely loved that our MC's first meet in therapy for sex addicts! The plot is so unique and fresh- I am so glad Brennan decided to go in a different direction than a lot of other NA's have lately.

Leah, our main character, has agreed to attend therapy, as her roommate believes her to have a problem. Leah, however, doesn't believe herself to be a sex addict. She just prefers one night stands. She is so emotionally closed off that she gets bored after being with a guy once and therefore doesn't do relationships. Leah was a bit of a difficult character to like. She is angry, moody, and not overly open. She is closed off to others and the only person we really see her show tenderness and care to his her little brother Elijah. However, Leah grew up in a household where her parents were not overly affectionate and in fact, her mother didn't even want to have her brother at all. Leah begged her to keep him (and not abort him!) and promised she would take care of him. Leah has been the one to take care of her younger brother and from a young age has accepted more responsibility than a teenager should. Now, in college, Leah goes to her parents every day to take care of her 9 year old brother. I can't even imagine what this must be like. Especially for poor Elijah. It's not right to even address his mother as 'Mom' seeing as she only gave birth to him and occasionally helped Leah out in order to teach her. Both of these kids deserve actual parents who care and their lack of affection has really messed Leah up. It isn't until she meets a gorgeous blue- eyed boy in therapy that she actually wonders if she could form a relationship with him and maybe feel something more.

Will is not actually a sex addict. He is posing as one for a case study he is working on at school. The last thing he ever expected was to walk in and meet beautiful Leah, who intrigues him. He stands up for her against some of the other addicts to which she informs him that he doesn't need to defend her. He immediately sees that she is self-sufficient and getting to know her won't be an easy task. Yet, Will can somehow break down Leah's defenses and she does end up letting him in and divulging tidbits about herself during a paired therapy activity. I really liked Will's character. He is Scottish (mega bonus points for that!) and while I wish we would have gotten a bit more about him and his life, you can tell by the fact that he has no plans of returning to Scotland, that things aren't necessarily rainbows and butterflies for him. Both Will and Leah confess to being lonely and I think that really forms a connection for them. Will is ready to jump in with Leah, but knows his lying isn't going to go over very well with her. He realizes that he must come clean and tell her the truth, but also knows he could easily lose the girl he so desperately wants to make his.

Elijah is another bright spot in this somewhat dark novel. Leah's relationship with her brother is just so sweet and the fact that she wants him to move in with her more than anything is just heartbreaking. Her mother is against it, afraid for what that would look like to other people. I really disliked their mother- she was only concerned with keeping up appearances and making good impressions. She did not do the right things for her family and that really rubbed me the wrong way! Elijah also forms an instant attachment to Will, after meeting at a party. Will is kind enough to make promises to Elijah and I think Elijah really looks up to him as a stronger male figure- one that won't let him down.

I did find the plot to be a bit slow going at times, however, Leah and Will really do have enough sexual tension going on to keep you plenty involved in the story. Whew!

Overall, I found this to be a rather enjoyable read and I really liked that it was different and that Brennan created a unique storyline to grab our attention!

About the Author:

I’m a new adult author with a love for the fantastical and the romantic. My new adult contemporary novel ADDICTED TO YOU will be available June 25.
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  1. Great review! I love the sounds of Elijah already and really I adore books that have great family dynamics since it's so often looked over. Glad you liked it! :)

    1. Thanks Giselle! I agree- I hate that they're so often overlooked! I like reading about family ties!

  2. OOh, so this was the Addicted to You y'all were talking about on twitter. I thought it was a different one >.< oops.

    In any case, this does sound like a pretty interesting and different NA book. I am adding this one to my ever growing TBR pile.

    Great review!

    1. LOL! Thanks Tonya! My TBR pile has gotten beyond out of hand, LOL.

  3. Awesome review my dear friend! I love the sound of this one, just seems so original. Plus Will is Scottish.. HELLO!!!

    1. Yeah, when I saw he was Scottish I was like Oh yeahhhhhh. LOL. This one was definitely interesting!

  4. Great review! I just started today and so far it isn't too bad. I definitely like the idea of the plot though I had a hard time believing that someone could steal every single belonging without anyone waking up or noticing. I mean, they couldn't have got it all in one trip :-)

    1. Thanks Chelsea! I'm glad you're liking it ok! The plot was so unique I had to give it props for that in itself! But yeah, I don't think someone could've stolen everything either!

  5. I've been seeing such good reviews for this, and agree, the premise is so cool. I'm glad you enjoyed Addicted to You!

    1. Thanks Andrea! It was definitely a different one and I needed something different at the time!

  6. Wow her parents sound like stellar people. This sounds pretty interesting, I like the idea of two lonely souls making a connection. Great review hon!

    1. Thanks Dani! Oh yeah her parents were a piece of work. Not even taking responsibility for your own kid? WTH?!

  7. You are sooo right! That is a unique idea and very different from usual NA books as of late! I am very intrigued by the story and I really want to meet all the characters. Leah and Will have such a different and intense relationship, and I really want to see how it all plays out in the end. Glad you enjoyed this Jessica! Great review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

    1. Thanks Maida! It wasn't my favorite NA read, but I did enjoy it enough.


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