Beautiful Addictions by Season Vining: ARC Review

Beautiful Addictions
by Season Vining
Release: January 28, 2014
Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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 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?

The story is fresh and original.  It’s a story of love and just how broken and beautifully addictive it can be. 

Josie loses her mother at fourteen and her father shortly after.  After the tragic loss of her father, Josie suffers from amnesia and can’t remember anything prior to the tragic event.  With no family, Josie is put into the foster care system and shipped across the country.  Now an adult, Josie is closed off, mistrusting, and damaged after years spent neglected by the system.  To cope, Josie floats through her days engaging in random meaningless sex, drugs, and tagging. 

Tristan lost his best friend and true love, Josie, at fourteen.  He’s never gotten over her.  Tristan ends up making less than stellar life choices which have him falling into a less than savory career that he is now determined to leave.

Years later, Tristan and Josie lives intersect once again and their pasts are more intertwined than they could ever imagine.  Tristan is determined to hold on to the love he lost years ago, but Josie isn’t the same person.  The person she was is lost somewhere in her amnesia.  She’s convinced that Tristan could never love the person she has become.  But, neither are the same kids they were at fourteen….   

This is one of those books where the blurb can never convey just how amazingly wonderful the story is inside.  Sometimes I don’t want a book with super hot sex scenes, I just need a book with a GREAT story.  Beautiful Addictions is THAT book!!  This was absolutely incredible.  I don’t generally pick up NA books.  But, Beautiful Additions is the exception to my rule.  The characters may be NA but the writing and story sure as hell are not.

It’s hard to fathom that his is a debut novel.  The level of writing is absolutely positively brilliant and utterly intelligent.  Season Vining has some wicked mad writing skills.  I swear I feel smart just having read this.  The characters are so intelligent and mature for having just crossed the 20-something line not long ago. 

There was quite a bit of omigod and WTF just happened that I was rereading sections to make sure that’s what my eyes saw!!!  This book is a fabulous MUST READ!!!  I highly highly recommend Beautiful Addictions.  I cannot wait to see what’s next from Season Vining.  She’s definitely an author to watch!!!

4.5 STARS!!!

Josie craved his touch and she couldn’t understand why they hadn’t had sex yet, or any form of it. She wanted it; her fingers ached to touch him in places she’d only yet imagined. It was obvious that Tristan felt the same way, so she failed to make sense of his need to take things slow. She longed to feel his sweat slicked skin against hers and inhale the scent of their bodies combined. Not ready to admit any kind of emotional connection, she desperately needed a physical one. It was the only thing she was comfortable with.

She found it curious that her dependency seemed to be shifting. No longer did she need meaningless sex or drugs to numb her. Josie only wanted to submerge herself in Tristan, to soak up everything he offered. He was her new addiction.

Tristan was in a constant state of arousal in Josie’s company. Never able to completely relax, his muscles remained tense and rigid with yearning. If it had been any other girl, he would have taken her already, hard and fast, several times. But he knew that Josie used sex to avoid attachment. He didn’t want to be just another mark on her therapeutically notched bedpost. To him, Josie was something new, yet familiar, something he wanted to cherish. He felt like two ancient souls, separated for a lifetime, had suddenly been reunited.

Unable to contain the sexual tension clawing at her skin, Josie slid her notebook from her lap and straddled Tristan. He gave her his lopsided grin as his long fingers wrapped around her waist. Josie smiled triumphantly, thinking that she’d already won.

“What are you up to?” he asked, dipping his head so that his lips pressed ever so softly to her shoulder.

“I need to feel you Tristan. Just touch me.” The sound of Josie’s words echoed around the quiet room. “I want you.”

Those three little words left him breathless. Such a brazen statement from Josie sent his willpower into a faltering tailspin. He hummed in agreement, sliding his kisses down to her neck.

Josie ran her nails along Tristan’s scalp, making his eyes close in contentment. The feel of her hot body pressing down on him caused momentary insanity, totally emptying his brain of rational thought. He wanted her more than anything he’d ever wanted before. Not here, not now. There was so much more to say.

“Can I take you out?” Tristan asked, suddenly moving his hands back down to her waist and resuming a neutral position.

 “Out of the apartment?”

“Out on a date,” he clarified.

“A date?” Josie asked, her frightened voice making the words sound foreign.

"You know, an appointment for a particular time, especially with a person to whom one is sexually or romantically attached."

"Are we attached?" she asked, not really knowing what she wanted the answer to be.

"More than you know," he answered.

Season Vining is the author of Beautiful Addictions, a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel from St. Martin’s Griffin. She received her three-book deal and agent representation as a result of attending the 2013 Jambalaya Writers’ Conference. She first gained attention for the book in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award in which the story was a Quarterfinalist. Season is a graphic designer by trade and adores all form of art. She’s a fan of live music, vintage cars, and people who know the difference between their, there, and they’re.

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