If you want the self-deprecating post, it’s below. This one is all about love. No, just kidding. But the word “hate” is going to be thrown out. Here it goes!
You May Love This Novel If…
1. You love flawed characters — people who tend to be frustrating at times because something is clearly wrong with them. You want to shake them they’re so flawed. You want to hold them and tell them everything is going to be okay. Or you just want to yell at them for a single moment. That’s natural! And if you love flawed characters, you’ll love this novel. Onward!
2. You like realistic novels mixed with a little bit of the fantastic. Addiction is real. But the companies we create are not.
3. You love smut. (Sex addiction, alert. There will be sex scenes in the strangest and steamiest capacity.)
4. You love best friend relationships!
5. You’re not easily scared off by cursing or the word “porn”
6. You understand that some addicts do not want to seek help because they don’t believe they have a problem that hurts other people.
7. You love smart people. I’m talkin’ top-of-the-class, bordering-pretentious smart. (They exist far too often in our everyday life; you’d be surprised)
8. You love destructive relationships.
9. You love books that bring out some type of emotion in you. (This emotion does not always have to be gooey, sentimentalism.)
10. You love romance that defies the norms. This isn’t your typical “Guy saves Girl. They fall in love — then comes the HEA.”
Bonus: You also love sisters. The kind that will make you feel better when you need to but will also give you tough love to help you in the end.
That’s it! I think the greatest challenge and one of our primary focuses while writing Addicted to You was making Lily seem like she truly has a problem. It’s easy for us to say that once she started being promiscuous, she should have sought help. But men sleep around all of the time and you don’t see them attending SAA or saddled with the the term “Sex Addict.” We didn’t want to condemn Lily based on some one-night stands or her choice to be sexually adventurous. Men aren’t. Neither should women. She had to cross even more lines in order to truly become a sex addict, one that was ultimately destructive.
That was the trickiest part for us. As a woman, I didn’t want my gender to be shammed by sex even more than we already are. So it was very important to show how Lily fits the unhealthy extreme.
As always, thanks for reading this far. Addicted to You releases July 1st in paperback and Kindle.