Series: Ethan Frost #2
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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As Chloe Girard discovers, there’s love . . . and then there’s addiction.
Ethan Frost is everything a woman could want in a man. He’s rich, gorgeous, powerful, one of the most eligible bachelors in the world.
But that’s not why I’m with him.
I love Ethan for all the things no one else gets to see: his innate kindness, his reckless spontaneity, his unwavering determination to use his brilliance for good. I love the way he looks at me, the way he touches me. The way he makes me forget the wreckage of my past and the twisted fear that still lives inside me.
But sometimes it terrifies me how much I crave him, how much I need him just to breathe. I always thought it would be my past that ruined us, but there’s a darkness in Ethan I never dreamed existed. Can we survive as his secrets surface—threatening to unravel us both?
I have been looking forward to the continuation of Tracy Wolff’s Ruined for quite some time now, I actually had it marked off on my calendar so I wouldn’t forget to make sure I had it as soon as humanly possible. So first things first, you have to read Ruined first, if you don’t you are seriously depriving yourself of all the build up to Chloe and Ethan’s romance. Honestly without all the emotions you go through in the first book, I don’t think you would connect with the characters or be pulling for them if you just jumped right into the Addicted.
So Chloe in the last book is kind of coming into her own, she’s a little bit reserved, doesn’t really think all that highly of herself, but she is a lot stronger than she gives herself credit for. By the end of the first book she’s happy, like truly happy, she has this great thing going with Ethan, she has a fantastic internship that will set her up for the career she wants, and she’s done her best to separate herself from the toxicity of her past/family. But then of course the cliff hanger steps in, turns out Ethan is the brother of the guy violated her in more way than one. Ethan’s family and their money is the whole reason why she has so much trauma in her life. So of course finding out the man you love is deep at the center of the worst days of your life, well it’s enough to knock her down. I think what I liked most about Chloe right then was how she did spent so much of this book trying to protect herself. For someone who has had a dollar sign placed on her worth, who at times questions whether she can even go on, she doesn’t seem to have any issue trying to guard herself. She really has a good grasp on what is going to make her feel what way, and how much she is willing to go through, and towards the end when she really starts standing up for herself I’m seriously impressed with her.
Ethan, who I loved last book, kind of took a backseat for me in this book, Chloe was definitely my star in this book. Ethan makes some serious mistakes in this book, but none of them are out of any kind of malice. He knows just being who he is hurts Chloe, so he goes out of his way to keep her from hurting anymore because of him and his family, which results in a lot of secret keeping. And what happens when you keep secrets, it blows up. Sometimes I just want to shake guys when they don’t seem to grasp that the easier thing to do would just be to communicate! (I mean it’s not rocket science). But even in spite of all that, he truly loves her, wants only to make her happy, and help her get through what happened to her. I can’t help but pull for these two, and there are certainly some heartbreaking moments in this book, I mean seriously heartbreaking.
If I had to pick one thing that I didn’t like or would have changed (cause you know I have to be objective) is that I felt like the Brandon/brother storyline didn’t complete itself. Obviously he was on the peripheral of the entire book because he’s at the heart of Chloe and Ethan’s problems, but by the end of the book I don’t really know what happened to him. So I wish that I could have had a bit more info on that.
All in all, I really liked reading this book. I didn’t love it as much as Ruined, but I came close and I thought this was a really good follow up to that book. I love Tracy’s writing, and how she is able to just pull me into a book, her characters are vibrant, complex, and really come alive. I love that this love story isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, but real hurt, real heartbreak, real trauma. If you are looking for an awesome contemporary romance series, I would totally pick up this series and check out Addicted!