Friday, February 21, 2014

Beautiful Addictions by Season Vining

*Received for review via NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and Season Vining*

Josie Banks is a girl without a past.  After being found unconscious with no memory, she was shuffled in and out of foster homes where she suffered years of abuse. An experience that left her broken, damaged, and clinging to drugs and meaningless hook-ups to numb her pain.

When Josie disappeared years ago, she took a piece of Tristan with her.  She’s the girl he thought he lost forever—the one he’s never been able to forget.  Now a twist of fate has brought them back together, and he never wants to let her out of his inked arms again.  But Tristan is haunted by a dark past of his own.  On the run from ruthless criminals that shattered Josie’s world years ago, reentering her life puts them both in danger.

As Josie and Tristan’s lives become tangled once again, they find themselves unwilling and unable to escape the relentless pull that draws them together.  But will the past leave their love in ruins—or bind them together for a lifetime?

This book was definitely not for me. It was a little too dark and heavy for my tastes. That's not to say that this book isn't good, just not my cup of tea. 

Josie and Tristan are both screwed up in their own ways. They're both stuck and unhappy in their lives. I never really felt connected to Josie or Tristan, but I think that might have more to do with me not being able to relate to what either one of them is going through. I guess I just didn't understand them. 

This book was written very well, but it did confuse me when the point-of-view would switch around, not only between Tristan and Josie, but between other characters that majorly factor into the story. I think I would have liked it better if these jumps between character POV were spaced out better, maybe even in separate chapters. Even if the chapter was small it would have helped me, cause I felt like there would be a HUGE change from one paragraph to the next. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a darker kind of romance story with lots of action, drugs, and murder, but be prepared to see the darker side of addiction and abuse. 

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