Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Review: Addicted to You by Renita Pizzitola

Addicted to You by Renita Pizzitola

Series: Port Lucia #1

Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 1, 2016

Format: Kindle

Source: NetGalley

Find it here: GoodReads | Amazon


Synopsis

In the sleepy fishing town of Port Lucia, everyone knows everyone, but Isla Diaz really knows Colby Callahan, with his blue-gray eyes and the tousled brown hair always tucked sexily into his cap. After all, Isla has been crazy about Colby ever since she can remember—even if he treats her like a kid sister. Now, without her best friend, Felicity, around, Isla spots a golden opportunity to take things to the next level . . . or at least wrangle a kiss out of Colby.

By random chance, a tropical storm is headed toward the coast, leaving them stranded together overnight—and there’s nothing to do but drink. As the evening wears on, Isla gets the feeling that her not-so-secret crush may finally release her from the friend zone. With her dreams finally coming true, Isla isn’t about to pump the brakes, but is this just a one-time thing? What if the next morning, she needs more than Colby’s prepared to give?

Little does she know, Colby would like nothing more than a real relationship with Isla. She’s always been the one. But there’s a very good reason he’s been keeping his distance. Someone else loves her too, someone who also means the world to Colby: his brother.

My Thoughts

I discovered Renita Pizzitola two years ago when I came across Just a Little Crush on NetGalley. It was an absolute gem of a new adult romance and I went on to request and review Just a Little Flirt and Just a Little Kiss last year. I gave each book at least 4 stars and when I heard Pizzitola was writing a spin-off series I was so excited. I requested Addicted to You as soon as it became available and jumped right in. And... *insert huge sigh*

Isla has been in love with her best friend Colby for years. And she feels like everyone knows it... except Colby. She's leaving for nursing school soon and is determined to finally take a chance. One boozy night leads straight to Colby's bed but then she hightails it home to avoid the awkward morning after. What comes next is a series of assumptions, misunderstandings and missed opportunities that were repeated again and again. 

Isla was consistently confused about Colby's feelings and yet she was never clear and upfront with him about her own feelings. It was so obvious (except to Isla) that Colby was in love her but he refused to make it known because his brother expressed an interest in her. One simple conversation with either of them saying what they felt would have solved everything. Instead, every potential talk was interrupted or abandoned, every encounter was misconstrued, and it all became very repetitive.

Another thing that was a real letdown was the fact that all this introspection of Isla's (how does Colby feel, he must not feel the same, but I love him, why is he pushing me toward his brother, etc.) took up almost the entire book. At the 85% mark I was still waiting for there to be an actual couple. Honestly, it was hard to maintain interest when there was no real relationship to read about - just a lot of build-up and missed opportunities.

Before it sounds like I have nothing good to say, there really are things that I liked. Isla was a character who was pretty self-aware (even if she didn't always act on her feelings) and I liked that she seemed determined to make the best of a situation that wasn't going the way she wanted. Colby was a real sweetheart. He loved Isla but he also loved his brother and felt like he was stuck in the middle. Unfortunately he chose everyone's happiness but his own. It's hard to fault such a selfless character. I also enjoyed the secondary characters like Isla and Colby's group of friends and Isla's doting grandmother.

It seriously pains me that I didn't love this one. The previous three novels I've read from Pizzitola were equal parts sweet and sexy, with realistic characters that I related to and empathized with. There was great banter and plenty of humor and the plots were engaging without being overly angsty. The best kind of new adult. But Addicted to You just did not hold that same charm for me. 

3/5 Stars (actually more like 2.75 stars)

Note: This title was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
 

8 comments:

  1. Awwww that's so sad that you didn't enjoy this one! That has happened to me to where I've read a book in a series from an author that I LOVE but it turned out not to be for me. :( But sometimes that just happens! I hope your next read is a lot better lovely! <3

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    1. Thanks, yeah, this was a real surprise because I enjoyed the previous three so much. But like you said - it happens! On to the next one. :)

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  2. Great review! Still haven't read anything by this author but your reviews have definitely intrigued me! Love the sound of the town, too!

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    1. I really liked the small, seaside town setting and I love the author. I highly recommend her three previous books from the Just a Kiss trilogy.

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  3. I defintely enjoyed her other books better as well. Great review, Tanya. :)

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    1. Thanks Jess... good to know it wasn't just me!

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  4. I LOVE books that feature grandmoms (or grandparents in general) because I'm really close with my own and books tend to cut out that family dynamic a lot!
    I'm sorry to hear this book didn't work out for you as much as you'd hoped Tanya! But I can see where you are coming from about the introspective narrative. The last few books that I took a temporary pause on (that i might DNF but haven't decided yet) were SO fully of that introspective inner dialogue that I was bored out of my mind!
    Emily @ www.rabbitholereviews.com

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    1. Yeah, this just wasn't my favorite by Pizzitola... which was disappointing because I *loved* all three books in her Just a Kiss trilogy. But the MC's here just drove me insane! If either of them had actually *talked* instead of avoiding or assuming or pretending. Gah!

      You're so right about the grandparent thing. They are so overlooked in fiction. I no longer have any grandparents but I used to love spending time with my maternal grandparents. I'd go spend the night all the time and in the summer I practically lived over there. :) I remember you really loved the grandmother in Under the Lights and I'm looking forward to meeting her!

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