Author: Elle Kennedy
If you love dystopian stories, but want the romance element a little more *ahem* adult—and smokin’ hot—, Elle Kennedy’s Outlaws series should be on your reader radar. In Addicted, we get a phenomenal friends-to-lovers story that runs us through a multitude of emotions and is a gripping story I couldn’t put down. Okay. I had to pace myself, because I actually had stuff to accomplish.
While it isn’t totally necessary to read the first title in the series, Claimed, I’d recommend it. It’s a good story, and after reading for a few minutes, all the great characterization and world building came back to me—along with all the feels. I also remembered what I really liked about this universe: the ‘free love’ feel. I was a child in the ‘70s, and a teen in the ‘80s. I was probably born in the wrong decade. I was drawn to the Outlaws’ way of life from the first time I cracked open the first book of the series. Addicted continues my fascination. They’re highly sexual characters, and—for me—there’s nothing wrong with that. If you’re not into multiple pairings (m/f/m, f/f/m, etc… Oh! And there’s a little m/m stuff, too), this might not be a title for you.
The secondary plot line in Addicted was…complex. The over-arching storyline for the series hit a few bumps in this title. It made me think, and by the time we reached the reveal, I hadn’t figured out what the big deal was, and why it had to be a secret. As for the secondary characters, we saw a lot of Rylan and Reese. And Beckett. Yeah. I am intrigued by Beckett. Xander, too. I have this intense need to know more about them. Sloane, Reese’s ‘shadow’? What’s up with him? I think most of these characters built the intrigue surrounding the safety—and sanctity—of Foxworth, Reese’s little settlement. There’s also a couple deaths that take place in Addicted that ripped my heart out.
There’s not just sex in Addicted, though. We get to see relationships building between different groups of people, different types of people. These Outlaws seem to have a code of their own, and they follow it. There’s action/adventure-y stuff going on, too. Fighting. Killing. Really, this title is actually several sub genres, and was difficult for me to categorize. On Amazon, it’s in post-apocalyptic, romantic suspense, and contemporary(?!). Oh, and did I mention it’s super hot? Yeah. I did. ☺
Lennox and Jamie have been inseparable for years. Everyone is shocked and amazed they haven’t done the deed (remember, this is a more open society, sexually). They’ve had firm limits, and have never crossed into the whole friends-with-benefits thing. Then, they did. They were really believable as a pairing. I bought into their coupledom before they even hooked up. I mean, I knew it was going to happen, I just didn’t know the details. And… O. M. G… the details are phenomenal. When there’s this whole post-apocalyptic vibe going on, it seems like everyone is totally badass. Super Alpha dudes, and confident, self-sufficient women. There’s no lack of ability to ‘protect’ on either side with Lennox and Jamie. One theme resonated with me through the entire title, however. Equality. Not the whole ‘women are as good as men thing’, strictly. Well, kinda. But in a relationship. And it was beautiful.
In case I didn’t make myself clear, I really enjoyed Addicted by Elle Kennedy. This second title in her Outlaws series reminded me why I love her writing so much. November 1 can’t get here fast enough. The third and final book (from what I’m seeing…seriously? There’s a couple more stories—or at least novellas in this world) of the Outlaws series, entitled Ruled, will be here. Rylan and Reese. Totally saw this coming.
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…
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Series: Outlaws #2
Genre: Dystopian, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense
Format(s): paperback (368 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: NetGalley
Reviews in the Series:
Claimed by Elle Kennedy (Outlaws #1)