Addicted to You
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In a sweet, sexy novel for fans of Abbi Glines, Monica Murphy, and Christina Lauren, the author of Just a Little Kiss tells the story of two friends who each want more—and the love triangle that’s holding them back.
In the sleepy fishing town of Port Lucia, everyone knows everyone, but Isla Diaz really knows Colby Callahan, with his blue-gray eyes and the tousled brown hair always tucked sexily into his cap. After all, Isla has been crazy about Colby ever since she can remember—even if he treats her like a kid sister. Now, without her best friend, Felicity, around, Isla spots a golden opportunity to take things to the next level . . . or at least wrangle a kiss out of Colby.
By random chance, a tropical storm is headed toward the coast, leaving them stranded together overnight—and there’s nothing to do but drink. As the evening wears on, Isla gets the feeling that her not-so-secret crush may finally release her from the friend zone. With her dreams finally coming true, Isla isn’t about to pump the brakes, but is this just a one-time thing? What if the next morning, she needs more than Colby’s prepared to give?
Little does she know, Colby would like nothing more than a real relationship with Isla. She’s always been the one. But there’s a very good reason he’s been keeping his distance. Someone else loves her too, someone who also means the world to Colby: his brother.
Praise for Addicted to You
“A girl-next-door meets friends-to-lovers meets love-triangle in this new adult romance. Renita Pizzitola brings the angst in this roller-coaster ride of tension, anticipation, and heat. . . . Fans of Marquita Valentine, Melissa Foster, and Joss Wood will enjoy Addicted to You.”—Harlequin Junkie
“A beautiful summer romance book as a whole. The setting was perfect and the story was packed with all the sweet goodness that a contemporary reader craves. If you are a fan of Abbi Glines and Jenny Han, consider this book as your next read.”—Pages of Pearl
Praise for the novels of Renita Pizzitola
“Brinley and Ryder are the perfect combination of sweet and hot. They’ll have you pulling for second chances.”—USA Today bestselling author Lisa Desrochers, on Just a Little Crush
“Be prepared to swoon hard over Ryder in Just a Little Crush, Renita Pizzitola’s impressive New Adult debut. Brinley and Ryder are drawn together in an almost hypnotic way and I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the utterly sexy, sweet, romantic, and scorching moments between them. I loved it!”—Christina Lee, author of the Between Breaths series, on Just a Little Crush
“In the tradition of new adults everywhere, Felicity and Mason stumble through their new relationship as it transitions from a summer sweetness to autumnal angst . . . [with] charming secondary relationships and [a] beautifully detailed setting.”—Publishers Weekly, on Just a Little Kiss
Great NA read
This is a great NA read and the beginning of what should be a fun series to read. It's a friends to lovers story and it takes a while for these two to come to the realization that they both having more than friends feelings for each other. There is a great group of secondary characters which will make for some interesting stories in the future.
Isla Diaz has been crazy about Colby Callahan forever and she's ready to take things to the next level. Sadly he's put her firmly in the friend zone and she doesn't see any way out. Until one stormy night changes everything. After a night of incredible passion Isla is hopeful things will change between them but it appears Colby is determined to get things back to the way they were. Isla simply can't figure out why. Now Colby is pushing her towards his brother. Should she just give up on him or fight for what she is sure would be a great thing?
Definitely one for the must read list. I highly recommend it.
Friends to Lovers Romance with Swoons and Angst
The minute I read the synopsis for Addicted to You, I knew I had to read it. The friends to lovers trope is one of my very favorites and Addicted to You did not disappoint. The story revolves around Isla, Colby, and Colby's older brother, Landon, who have all grown up together in the small town of Port Lucia. Yes, at it's core, it's a love story, but the relationships are not just between our main characters, but also between them and their families.
I loved Colby and Landon's bromance. They are not just brothers, but also friends. They support and look out for each other, and truly want the other to be happy (even at the expense of their own happiness). Their personalities could not be more different, easy going Landon and brooding Colby, but their devotion to each other (and Isla) made them all the more loveable.
Another relationship I loved in the book was between Isla and her grandmother. She's the grandmother we all wish we had - funny, understanding, supportive, loving, and an amazing cook. Delicious empanadas?!? Yes, please! :) Isla's relationship with her grandmother contrasts greatly with her relationship between her parents and brother, and I was grateful that her grandmother brought some lightheartedness to the book.
So why not 5 stars? Well, I found that although Isla and Colby were very likeable characters and I was rooting for them from the start, their drama and misunderstandings were a little too much. I was frustrated by both of their assumptions about the other and wanted to scream at them on more than one occasion to just stop and talk. I also didn't quite buy that all the main characters could be that blind to the obvious truths in front of them. Colby definitely annoyed me more with his hot and cold behavior, but Isla also made things more complicated by trying to play things cool when what she should have done was just be honest. I knew that there would be angst and drama going into this book though based on the synopsis, so I wasn't as bothered by it as some other readers may be.
I really enjoyed reading Addicted to You. It's a sweet and swoony story, that's in the same vein as Jenny Han's The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy. The epilogue was perfect and I'm hoping to see more of these characters in subsequent books. I definitely recommend Addicted to You if you're looking for a fun and romantic read!
*Many thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept Flirt and NetGalley for providing this ARC free of charge*