★★★★★ 5+ 'I'm addicted to this series' stars!
I absolutely love everything about this series. It's brutally honest, realistic, easy to read, funny, heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time. Lo and Lily, the two main characters, are easily one of my favorite fictional couples ever. As we already knew from the previous two books in the series, they each have their own addiction. He's addicted to alcohol, she's addicted to sex. This time the story is told from alternating POV's and I loved the fact that we finally get Lo's side of the story as well.
****From here on out there might be SPOILERS for those who haven't read the previous books yet****
Most of their adult life they've been enabling each others addiction by covering up for the other one and by pretending that everything was fine all the while knowing that what they were doing was far from okay. Now, they've finally faced their problems. Lo is coming home from rehab and together they will try to stand their ground, to not let their addiction win and to built up a healthy, addiction-free and happy future.
"I'm sick too," he says, " and there will be times where we're weak. Where we beg for the things we can't have. But you can't be scared of that, Lil. You just have to believe that you'll be strong enough in the end. Even if the middle is all fucked up."
"He is my breath. My soul. My life-force. I have spent forever with him. Being apart is the most unnatural feeling in the world."
Being away from Lo has not been easy for Lily. She's been able to stay celibate during the three months he spent in rehab but now that they're moving in together, it's becoming harder and harder for her to avoid the temptations. They sleep in the same bed every night but unlike before, when they were still guided by their addictions, they can't have sex every night. Lily's new psychiatrist has given them a list of do's and don't and time limits they need to keep. All of this ways hard on both Lily and Lo. While she struggles with being denied sex, he struggles with having to tell her no all the time.
"Lily doens't do hugs. She fucks until she passes out. And I so badly want to fix her, but I can only help her. The real mending-that has to be her job, her fight, her battle. I can't win this one for her - just like she can't defeat my demons."
At the same time, Lo still struggles with his own demons. And on top of all that someone has started threatening him to expose Lily's secret to the whole wide world. If that were ever to happen, it would destroy not only her family's reputation, but the one thing she desperately counts on, her privacy. Therefore Lo has taken it upon himself to do whatever it takes to avoid her secret from coming out.
"I won't ever desert you, love. Not for a goddamn moment. You're mine to take care of, you understand?"
Throughout all of this Lily and Lo have the full support of Lily's sisters Rose and Daisy, Lo's half brother Ryke and Rose's boyfriend Connor. The four of them are some of the few people Lo and Lily can count on and together the six of them have become very close friends. I loved these side characters and their own interesting stories and personalities almost, but not quite, as much as the main couple itself and I'm already looking forward to their own spin-offs!
This is not your average NA romance series. This series tackles some very realistic and uncommon subjects and paints them in a very refreshing, interesting light. It's main focus is on two people who are each struggling to overcome their own personal addiction by being there for each other and helping the other one overcome their demons. It's a unique and powerful series and I was really happy with the way this second book ended (no cliffhanger). The third book can't be here fast enough though, I already want more Lo and Lily!! ;)
"There will always be an us.""A Lo and Lily.""Or Lily and Lo."