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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review: Beautiful Addictions by Season Vining - 2.5 Wine Glasses

18489502Title: Beautiful Addictions
Author: Season Vining 
Format: ebook, 288 pages
Published: January 28th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1466849851
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Netgalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 2.5/5

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?

Thoughts:
A Beautiful Addiction had angst, sexual tension, broken characters, and some suspense. Fitting for a new adult title. It wasn't bad, but I unfortunately had a hard time connecting with the characters and overall story though. 

Broken, jaded, and doing anything necessary to get out of her own head, Josie Banks is a girl without a past. But when she comes across Tristan, sexy and secretive, there is something about him that feels familiar. Their entangled past soon comes creeping up to haunt them though. Will their love be enough to unlock Josie's past and save them from the men who want to keep it hidden? 

The story of A Beautiful Addiction was unique and full of twists, but I think that because of all those little twists and the amnesia that the heroine suffered from, it made it difficult for me in turn to know her. If that makes sense. This is not the first amnesia story I have read though and I have enjoyed others in the past so there were more contributing factors to my disconnect. There was just too much going on that didn't actually contribute to the plot that the story, and it's characters, got lost in the complexity of it all. Which was sad for me because I so wanted to love Tristan... The story was over-descriptive and instead of focusing on the characters and giving them more dimension, it felt like the author got lost in the world surrounding them instead. 

Overall, I was able to finish the book and appreciated that fact that it stood alone instead of being dragged out into several books. There was some sweet and sexy, and lots of dark and gritty. It had good potential but just didn't deliver. 

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