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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Review: Addiction

Addiction (Adiction Duet #1) by Vivian Wood
Published: September 14th 2017
Publisher: KDP

It started innocently enough. Beautiful Harper gave Sean those eyes… those eyes that meant, yes, take me. But Harper didn’t know Sean’s secrets… She didn’t know that he liked it rough. More than rough. He liked to dominate. To punish. To degrade. It was the only way that the black hole in his soul wouldn’t swallow him up. He would push her a little too far, and she would run. They all ran, eventually. But that’s not what happened... when he put his hands around her throat and squeezed, Harper moaned. When he told her to stay away, she didn’t listen, misbehaving until she got spanked. When he took out the handcuffs, there was excitement in her eyes, mixed with a little fear. The doe-eyed redhead liked it. More than that, she wanted it. She said so, time and again. That’s the thing about sexy strangers, though… you never know what they’re hiding. And Harper is carrying a burden so heavy that even Sean’s secrets pale in comparison

I was not aware this wasn't a stand alone. I'm now aware that is says so on the cover but I read the blirb when I got the ARC and didn't pay attention to that! Besides, The tattoos distracted me a little...
The ending shocked me and I'm having some serious withdrawls from it.

When I started this, I thought this would be another Fifty Shades type of story, and I'm so glad to say I was so wrong! 

Sean is the black sheep of his family. An Alcoholic covered in tattoos doesn't really fit in with the trustfund / CEO men in his family.
We meet Sean briefly in His to Keep, and personally I didn't even pay attention to him, he was a real pain. But reading Addiction you see this whole other side of him. The guilt he carries and his longing to have a relationship with his brother Connor. And also how much he struggles with himself, not just the fact that he's an alcoholic but the fact that he's sure no one can love him because of what he likes, and what he likes is BDSM.

Harper is a model in L.A. She's struggled her whole life with the demands of being perfect, skinny and young in a vicious industry. Harper is such an interesting character to read, she's full of life, you know she's living this perfect life but when the lights go out and you see her, the reality of what she goes through, it's scary. To see her hurt herself with such a rationality.

Vivian Wood treats both problems with realism and makes it so the reader can feel it. The good, the bad and the ugly of each addiction this characters have. I was enthralled with their lives from the beginning. The writer makes you care for them.

When Harper and Sean meet sparks fly and their personalities click. One needs to have absolute control and the other needs order, someone who makes the decisions so she can rationalized that is ok.  

At some point I thought this relationship was toxic, not because they were hurting each other, but because they were looking for ways to scape their realities and replace one habit for another. But you can also see their feelings growing and how much they care for the other. Sean totally stole the show for me, and he's so much more than those little glimpses we saw before. 

I can't wait to see what happens to them now. And while I hate the cliffhanger, the author did an amazing job at taking the reader in this addictive journey only to leave them hanging like that, craving for the next fix. 

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About the author

Vivian likes to write about troubled, deeply flawed alpha males and the fiery, kick-ass women who bring them to their knees.
Vivian's lasting motto in romance is a quote from a favorite song: "Soulmates never die." Be sure to follow Vivian through her Vivian's Vixens mailing list or Facebook group to keep up with all the awesome giveaways, author videos, ARC opportunities, and more!


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