Book Review + Playlist: Addicted After All by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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Addicted, #3
Two addicts. One epic love story.

Prepare for the worst.

That’s what Lily and Lo try to do when Jonathan Hale schedules an “important” meeting. The problem: after being swept into the public eye and battling their addictions, they’re not sure what the worst is anymore.

In a sea of many changes—including Ryke & Daisy living with them—Lily realizes that the best part of her fluctuating hormones might just be the worst.

Her sex drive is out of control.

Loren knows that she’s insatiable, but he’s not giving up on her. She’s too much a part of him. And as he carries more and more responsibility, some of the people that he loves doubt his resolve.

In the conclusion to their love story, Lily & Lo stand side-by-side to fight, one last time, for their happily ever after.

**AUTHORS' NOTE**
Due to the 2-year gap between Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) and Addicted After All (Addicted #3), you must read Thrive (Addicted #2.5) or the Calloway Sisters spin-off series before reading Addicted After All.
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PURCHASE

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5 STARS


Over and over again, these books have shown change and evolution in their characters' lives. I've called them striking...riveting...unforgettable. Even as the seventh book overall, Addicted After All has managed to not only live up to my expectations for this series, but surpass them. Krista and Becca Ritchie know how to keep their readers on the edge of their seats, and I'll always applaud these authors for their ability to make a reader feel and ultimately push us all right over that edge.

I laughed. I grinned so wide. I read certain parts with stars in my eyes. During the more poignant scenes--the big confrontations or milestone moments--my throat felt so tight from holding back tears and swallowing down tension. (Spoiler alert: I ended up crying anyway.) I even felt legitimate rage and anger at the "villains" in this book, who were treading on Scott Van Wright territory...There were twists and turns and surprises! Butterflies and nervous squeals! Yes, this is a big book (Yay chubby books!), and a lot happens, but the story flowed effortlessly from beginning to end, never too slow or too hectic. When I finally read that last page, I felt good. Addicted After All was so, so, so good. It was entertaining in one moment, then poignant in the next. Heartfelt. Intense. Back and forth, in a completely captivating storyline.

My heart swelled with emotions for the backbone of this series, the ones who started it all: Lily Calloway and Loren Hale. I don't want to give too much away, but if I'm being honest, this is my love letter to Lily and Loren as much as it is my review. This was such a monumental book for them, beyond the fact that it's the last from their POV. We've been waiting, watching their battles unfold, rooting for them to get what they've been fighting so long for. This is it, right?! That happy ending, can you taste it?!

Lily and Lo could be sweet, romantic, and steamy at different points in this book. It was amazing how chaos could be going on, emotional havoc, but then a single moment between LiLo could suddenly slow everything down, soothe any pain or anger bubbling to the surface. It's like walking up to a hot stove, turning the dial down. Everything is suddenly still and quiet again. And that was huge in AAA. Lily and Lo somehow become the anchors. The sun we all revolve around. We've waited a long time for that light to peak out from behind all of the gray clouds, cut through the cold.

The way Lily and Lo want their lives together--as a couple, as parents--to mean more than their addictions...Gosh, they grow up!! I loved when they'd think back to their best memories, the things from their past that make them feel good. It gave me the sense that they can be connected by more than their failures and mistakes. They can be bound by all the love and happiness instead. I felt so proud of them. *I* believed in them. With all of the progress and the key moments late in AAA, tears poured down my face. It was slow-clap-worthy, as Lily and Lo began to stand a little straighter, a little taller, believe in their self-worth. They own the mistakes they've made in the past, they can identify and face their demons, and they move forward. It leaves such a satisfying feeling in your heart!

This book started out with me on edge, instantly on the defensive. My walls were up, protective over this whole group. I started out hating practically everyone outside the Core 6!!! The world didn't always offer sympathy or understanding. One thing or another always seemed to be just out of their control. But, once again, Krista and Becca were able to squeeze such raw reactions out of me as they dealt out some very real and gritty truths: life isn't always fair and you can't control everyone, everything. Gradually, though, Krista and Becca chipped away at those walls, opened the floodgates to let out all of the heavy, dark bullsh-t, and they replaced it with better things...hope, confidence, courage. I really experience a whole journey in this book.

The other two couples are just as integrated and significant to the grand scheme. Addicted After All also sets up the next stage in Rose and Connor's lives. There's even some insight to Connor's past...*waggles eyebrows*...It's extremely eye-opening and a development that I loved and hope to see explored even further! I also thought I couldn't love the LoCo BROTP anymore than I already did, but this book just cemented how insanely wild I am for this friendship! Connor was once again my favorite scene stealer. ;)

*reflective sigh* And then there's Ryke and Daisy. Raisy, Raisy, Raisy......RAISY IS ALIVE, MOTHERF*CKERS. :D I loved their chemistry. I reveled in the flirting and the PDA! MY FAVORITES. *heart eyes* But things get pretty rough for Daisy in Addicted After All. Each book leading up to this point has shown how Ryke can be the biggest hero of all, and now we see how Daisy needs saving more than ever, more than anyone. Red flags went up, big time.

Daisy has a wild and free spirit deep down, and AAA only emphasizes how unnatural it feels to see her contained. We saw glimpses of the best parts about her in Hothouse Flower. I want THAT Daisy. Safe and happy and fearless Daisy. But Addicted After All reminds us that this young girl is struggling, constantly pushing her own issues aside, instead putting everyone else first. The "as long as everyone else is happy then I'm happy" excuse. But we know our girl better than that. She needs help. She needs to find peace. Some of her scenes just broke my heart.

I love that Ryke is always right there, though. Compassionate and utterly devoted. Always. ("Just run" and "be wild"...If there were Raisy quotes that I'd ever want to get tattooed...I'd want to remember those moments.) Ryke can simultaneously protect Daisy, yet somehow still let her run free. It's a balance that I truly love about their relationship. Ryke may seem hard and rough at times, but I love getting to see his soul shine through LiLo's eyes. He'll never say it to himself out loud, but we see it. Hero.

The other two couples' stories are far from over, and I can't wait to see what happens next. AAA wrapped up Lily and Lo's points of view and set up the passing of the torch perfectly. This isn't a "goodbye" entirely, but it's a grand finale in a way. It's epic and emotional. It's liberating. The two addicts...No, scratch that...Lily and Lo can have a happily ever after. With so many truly beautiful moments, we know they'll make it. *tries not to spill every detail in incoherent sobs*

Yet, as awesome as each individual or couple may be, I almost feel like these characters are at their absolute best when they're all together. Bromance? There's no shortage of that. Moments that made me fish-flop after reading them. The DID THAT JUST HAPPEN double take. Caps-locked, keysmashed Kindle notes. There is that signature, brilliant banter once again. (Ryke and Connor and languages and /dead/...) Some characters get into a little trouble. Some characters have to come to the rescue...It can be fun and ridiculous and hilarious, but it's also why I love this group. It's always a little crazy with them.

But after all of the sass and jokes, I loved it when the tenderness would sneak back in, reminding you that they are family. Brotherly moments. Sisterly moments. Best friends-for-fucking-ever-and-all-of-eternity moments. Through the laughter and the tears and the crazy twists, I love that lasting image of all of them together. In the end, they all needed each other at some point, in some way.  

Lily and Lo, Rose and Connor, Ryke and Daisy...They and the themes that their stories touch on feel so real and relatable at their core. Not only has Krista and Becca tied these characters so tightly together, they've woven me--the reader--in just as closely. They can make me laugh. Make me cry. Make me feel. Make me think. It's the best feeling to get lost for a few hours with this group, a group so unique and original yet I can find pieces of myself in there, a group I feel many readers will be able to find pieces of themselves in and relate to. It's exactly why I've come to worship and adore this series. Krista and Becca have given us characters who are flawed and human, but whose strengths ultimately far outweigh any weaknesses, and while they may stumble or struggle, they are resilient, they stay loyal, and they learn from all of it. It's something to be proud of and empowered by. Be yourself, own it, and don't let anyone tear you down because of it.

This just might be Krista and Becca Ritchie's most profound novel so far, but I know that they're not done yet and I can't wait to see what happens next! I'll never stop wanting more. I'm addicted, after all. ;)

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PLAYLIST

Lily and Lo worked so hard to reach a good, happy, and confident place. These first few songs reflect that journey towards acceptance and their strength through it all. 

| Track 01. "Sinners" by Lauren Aquilina | 

"The world may disapprove, but my world is only you
And if we're sinners, then it feels like heaven to me"

| Track 02. "Nitesky" by Robot Koch |

"I get lost all the time / In my thoughts, in my mind
You come through like a light / In the dark, give me sight

No one knows what it's like / You and me, you and I"

| Track 03. "The War Within" by Churchill |

"You're like a kid on the front lines / You're shaking through the worst hard times
But there's a way out / So let it go, don't let it get you down"

| Track 04. "Only Love" by Ben Howard |

"Darling, I feel you under my body / Only love, only love
Give me shelter or show me heart / Come on love, come on love

And I'll be yours to keep / A wind in the shadow, a whale song in the deep"

| Track 05. "Feelin Kinda Free" by Aaron Krause |

"Oh this load, it's feeling kinda heavy / Let it go, it's better to believe
You're everything I need / When you're next to me, I'm feelin' kinda free
I wanna be a citizen of beauty / To live and breathe where angels kiss the sky"

| Track 06. "All My Heart" by Aaron Krause |

"Memories real enough to touch coming back to life and falling back in love
I can feel you burning bright, I can feel you
Can I give you all my heart

Look into your heart / Oh, I get there through your eyes
Hold you in my arms, I can feel you"

This song reminds me of Lily and Lo's jokes about waiting for their superpowers to kick in. Tove Lo also sang "Habits", a song the Addicted fandom will forever associate with Lily's darker days. So this song makes it all feel full circle, doesn't it?? ;) "Heroes" is a great song for Lily and Lo's last book.

| Track 07. "Heroes (We Could Be)" by Alesso featuring Tove Lo |

"All we're looking for is love and a little light, love and a little light
We could be heroes, we could be heroes
Me and you, we could be"

The evolution of Ryke and Lo's relationship is also a huge part of the series, not just this book, and I think the meaning behind this next song--brothers having faith in each other, standing side by side--is perfect for where Ryke and Lo stand at the end of Addicted After All.

| Track 08. "Brothers" by Penny and Sparrow |

"If you cut your hand, I'm gonna cut mine
And then when we shake them, we'll be the same color and type

Don't you give up, don't you quit on me
Don't you give up, don't you quit on me"

The friendships and sibling relationships in this series are so raw and heartfelt. This next song makes me think of the Addicted group!

| Track 09. "I Will Be There" by Odessa |

"If you ever need someone to cry to / If you ever need someone to hold you
I will be there / Standing by your side

If you ever need someone to just love you / If you ever need someone to simply adore you
I will be there / Standing by your side"

A song for Connor and Rose! The always composed and perfect-on-the-outside couple show some vulnerability in this book!

| Track 10. "Diamonds in Her Eyes" by Owl Eyes |

"You walk into a room / Rough but oh so glamorous
You're a shooting star / I know you're a shooting star

I put on my best for you / I'll undress my soul for you
I will do unthinkable things for you

Tell me what you want
Diamonds in her eyes for you"

Last but not least, a couple of songs for Ryke and Daisy! RAISY IS ALIVE!

| Track 11. "Young and Free" by Sucre | 

"Hello there, wicked smile / Would you stay and talk to me for a while?
I'm so lonely and down tonight / You could keep the monsters, keep them at bay
There's too many voices sayin' what I need
Please just let me go at my own speed"

| Track 12. "Wild Love" by Gossling |

"Take up my heart strings / Play me what love brings, show me your lover ways
Let feelings flow / Tell all you know
Show me you would be, the one who could be all that I ever crave
The fire of my wild love"

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MORE FROM THE ADDICTED SERIES

| Thrive Promo Tour - Pinterest/Character Interview Mash-Up |

| Addicted Series - Fanmade Playlist |

| Addicted After All Promo Tour - Pinterest/Character Interview Mash-up |

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RECOMMENDED READING ORDER

*For detailed posts, check out Fizz Life here and here.

| Addicted to You | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo |

| Ricochet | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo |

| Addicted For Now | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo |

| Kiss the Sky | My ReviewAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo |

| Hothouse Flower | Review + PlaylistAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo |
 

| Addicted After All | +Goodreads |

| Fuel the Fire | +Goodreads |

| Long Way Down | +Goodreads |

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS



Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins. They write New Adult books that make you cringe, gasp, and go ooh-la-la. (If you do that sort of thing.) They are currently working on the spin-offs and final books in the Addicted series.