by Elle Kennedy
Published by Signet on June 28th 2016
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Claimed comes the second enticingly erotic novel set in a world on the brink of chaos.
Lennox used to live in a paradise on earth with his best friend Jamie, in a place where visitors came and went, allowing their desires to run free. But everything changes when a deadly attack forces them to take up with Connor Mackenzie’s band of Outlaws.
Lennox knows Jamie is hung up on someone else, but he’s always believed he’s the man for her—and won’t let her go without a fight. Even though Jamie is well aware that Lennox is one hot specimen of a man, she refuses to let sex ruin the most important relationship in her life. But when the object of her interest spurns her, she indulges in a little pleasure-filled revenge with her very magnetic, very willing best friend.
One thrilling night with Lennox is enough to awaken Jamie’s unexpected desires for him. And now that she’s had a taste, she’s not sure she can ever give him up...
I don’t smoke but hot damn, reading this book made me want to pick up a cig ‘coz yanno post-coital smoke thing is…or was a thing. I suppose.
I’m totally getting derailed here but anyhoo, Addicted was HOT. As in capitalize and bold that part right there. And if you’ve been a fan of Elle Kennedy’s Out of Uniform series, then you’d know that this girl can write HOT. Multiply the hotness level of that series by 10 and you’ll get this book.
Addicted is the second installment from Kennedy’s new dystopian erotic romance series called Outlaws. Now, a bit of a disclaimer here: I didn’t read book one. But I was still able to get the subplots in the series and get to know a few of the side characters, so no worries there.
That said, I would definitely recommend reading book because it adds a bit more depth in understanding the world that EK has created.
The story is set in a harsh, post apocalyptic world. America is no more, there is only the Colony. The Outlaws are a group of people who live outside the main civilization where personal freedom is severely limited.
Lennox and Jamie are best of friends. They grew up together and both lost their families to Enforcer attacks and diseases. They joined Connor’s group as a unit and promised to stay together no matter what happens.
At first I really wasn’t sure how they’re going to transition from being friends to lovers especially since they’re both a little giving of their, ahem, affections. Physically at least, that is. So I was a bit apprehensive. But my apprehension were laid to rest once Lennox and Jamie crossed the line from being friends to lovers. It wasn’t a seamless transition but it was a messy, emotional one.
I don’t know about you guys but I love messy, emotional relationship transitions. They’re more fascinating and my inner angst whore just loved it. They had to work hard at being together as lovers. As friends, they were a pro at it but as lovers, they made a few blunders here and there which made their eventual HEA even more satisfying.
But it wasn’t just the romance that hooked me but the overarching plot of the series as well. It’s been established that living as an Outlaw is dangerous and can get you killed. Elle Kennedy was able to translate that danger and loss so beautifully in this book.
Gah, there was a moment in the book where I had to stop reading and just stare into space because I could not quite believe it happened. It wasn’t a dream. It did happen and it broke my heart.
This was overall, a very solid book for me. I am invested in the characters and in this world that Ms. Kennedy created. Bring on Ruled!
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.