Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Review: Addicted by Charlotte Featherstone


Addicted by Charlotte Featherstone
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Spice (February 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373605285
ISBN-13: 978-0373605286
Obtained from Amazon.com



The Blurb:
He Is Ruled By Twin Cravings:
Oblivion and Passion…

Friends since childhood, Anais Darnby and Lindsay Markham have long harbored a secret passion for one another. When they finally confess their love, their future together seems assured, sealed with their searing embrace.

But when a debauched Lindsay is seduced by a scheming socialite, a devastated Anais seeks refuge in another man’s bed while Lindsay retreats to the exotic East. There, he is seduced again—this time by the alluring red smoke and sinister beauty of opium.

Back home, Lindsay’s addiction is fed by the vogue for all things Oriental—especially its sensual pleasures—in fashionable London society. In his lucid moments, Lindsay still lusts after Anais, who can neither allow him near nor forget his smoldering touch. Tortured by two obsessions—opium and Anais—Lindsay must ultimately decide which is the one he truly cannot live without.

Okay... Now for my Short Review!

Can you say "OM MY FREAKING GAWD THIS BOOK IS FREAKING AWESOMELY ADDICTED!!!!!
You need to go to the store or go online and BUY this book now!
Okay, now that I got that off my chest, I can tell you more about the story; however, I feel my words will not be able to justify this book. The play of words, the use of the language, the move of the characters, the emotions of everyone involved, the sexual tension in the air, the desire between two people, the secrets that are hanging in the air, the love that is in the heart that binds!! OMG!! Awesome. This is a book of love; true, hardship, lasting love. But this is also about a love of another, the mistress of the red smoke. If love was not enough, this story would have never made it. Lindsay and Anais really go through thick and thin, hell and back for each other. Now, if that is not enough... Lindsay is the best damn sex on a stick man since my Nicholas and Lyon (from Elizabeth Amber's Brothers). Lindsay is freaking sex on a stick with dynamite attached!!! He will blow your mind! And Anais, because I do give love to my leading ladies... She will make you ask yourself... what would you have done? She was torn, and what does a torn woman do... Get even... But we all know that does not work... Now, since I told you that love pulls through... you will want to read this!!! Just remember, my freaking inner hussy was screaming at the top of her lungs wanting Lindsay's attention... oh and I can not forget his friend... Lord Wallingford... The two of them... Can you say Man sandwich (it does not happen in the book... just in my mind, lol). Now on for the good part... my longer review!

If you do not have time for a long review... I advise you to come back... because if you know me, then you know that when I LOVE a book... how the long review will be!!! But please I want you to read it because I want to know your thoughts!!!

The Plot:
Two childhood friends, Anais Darnby and Linsday Markham, go through life together. By each other's side, through everything life can throw. Lindsay has been her cushion when life throws hard blows; her mother betraying her father and their family. Anais being Linsday's shoulder to lean on when his father was just to much to bear. They are what true friends are all about. Their friendship was unbreakable... Or was it...
Lindsay has two obsessions... Anais and Opium... Do both know about each other? What do they do when they find out about the other? What becomes of Lindsay when one wants to conqure the other?
But the book is more than Lindsday and Anais's friendship or Lindsay's usage of Opium....
Linsday wants Anais to truly know how he feels about her, all feelings out on the table... or in the stables "so to speak." What they share is truly amazing...
Anais has a friend and we all have(had) one... that is just a back-stabbing, munipulating bitch. Well, let me introduce you to Rebecca. Supposely, Anais's best friend, the one to keep all her secrets, the one for her to confide in no matter what... not the one to do what is known as the ulitmate betrayal!
What happens when love is put to the ultimate test? Does love prevail over the evil doings of the world (or of Rebecca)? Can it or will it ever be repaired? Can two learn to forgive and forget? Will pride get in the way? What happens if/when pride does get in the way? What happens when secrets that have been lurking come out?

The Main Players:
Anais ~ Oh my! She is such a woman after my own heart. She was raised with a mother who always thought plain of her, and even told her to her face. To know that she will never live up to the likes of her two sisters (one younger and one older). Her mother was always letting her know that a man of any liking will not look twice at her because she is "over-weight" and too plain. And... she is twenty-seven/eight... so that is almost past marriage material.
So, with all that going for her...! She has Lindsay; her best friend. She holds him in a special place in her heart, and that sparkes a kinder in my heart for them two! Now you have to remember the time period you are reading in... because I am a backbone kinda girl... and you can't have backbone without being thought of as trash back in those days. So, I admire Anais for the front she puts on for her family. Her mother, besides being a bitch to her, also does not care one way or another about her family or husband. She will sleep with anything that has a penis (or at least that is how I feel.) Her father would rather not deal with the mother, so he just takes a back seat to life. Her older sister is married and on her honeymoon at the time of the story and her younger sister is well... young. So, that leaves no one in Anais's family she can really rely on, count on... or trust in. So, Anais's friendship with Lindsay really becomes her stone, her rock. They only have each other... But her feelings for him run deeper than that of friendship...
She loves Lindsay for all the blood in her body and all the soul she has to possess. But hurt by Rebecca and Lindsay, betrayed by both friends... What is she to do, what does her heart tell her to do, can she stay away from the man she has wanted her whole life and loved her whole life, can she forgive him, does she think she can be forgiven by him, does pride take over her heart, if it does, what path will it take her down?? Where does one turn when the one person that you use to turn to has hurt you??

Linsday ~ Oh MAN Oh MAN!!!! SEX ON A STICK with dynamite attached!!! This man rocked my world! I absolutely adore this man. His passion for life and Anais, his drive for life, knowledge and sex, his desire, and his emotions... all run deep within this man. There is nothing light about Lindsay. He is the modern man in an era of stuffy men. He is generous, kind, lovin, supporting and sexy as hell. He is in love with Anais... always has been and always will be. That was evident from the beginning of the book and that sucked me right into him. A man that knows without a shadow of doubt that one woman belongs to him and no other... A man that knows... what it is that is needed in his life... Anais. He vows to marry her, but wants to the asking to be very special... but something happens... Betrayal at the highest cost... Actually for him... it was his own downfall.. His one problem, he love for his Opuim. He calls her his mistress. He loves to dabble in it/with it; he does not like to confirm that he is addicted to it. For then, he would be a slave to it and he vows to never be a slave. But when love cuts at his heart core, he turns to the only other woman who vows to take away the pain... Opium. At every turn of the hat, Lindsay vows to do whatever it takes to win back Anais... even when the secrets come out and things get really nasty... He knows that no matter what has happened... it is Anais that should be in arms, not the mystical red smoke.

Rebecca - I put her here because she is the reason for the downfall to happen to Lindsay and Anais. And besides, I wanted everyone to know that she is a bitch. I just wanted to call her out on that.

Lord Wallingford ~ Oh wow!! He is the man of many women! I put him in the players category because I feel in love with his attitude. When we first meet him, he is afoot about relationships, he believes that women are here for one purpose and one purpose only... to please him. (And believe me, I would be the first one to sign up for that job... =) But he also shows that he is a very devoted friend and that is odd to find that in a man, and a man in such an era of time. To be out spoken about such things. Wallingford is the guy every girl wants, but no mother wants for their girl! But it is towards the end, when he gives Lindsay his speech that I fall deeply in love with him. For there are things he would cross the sea and back to have, but have never found them. (And believe me, after reading, I want to give them to him.) So, he pushes Lindsay to see those things. He refuses to let Lindsay wallow in the past or the "she said, I said: she did, I did" things. I can not wait to see what Charlotte has in store for him!!!!


My thoughts: Okay if you have not gotten that I am absolutely smitten by this book, something is wrong! This book rocks my world! This story has absolutely everything you could want in a story: love of the deepest kind, friendship, pain, hurt, betrayal, secrets, addictions and even has some action ~ oh and some of the hottest sex yet!!! I will leave this section alone because I believe I have told you enough of the story... you need to read it for yourself. But be warned, you willm fall in love, you will laugh, you will sigh, you will want to smack the crap out of some people, but most of... you will walk away feeling like you have read one of the greatest books ever!

Hussy Purr-notions: Okay, Screaming at the top of my lungs for a taste of Lindsay. I think I drank more ICE cold water and took more ice cold water showers in the past two weeks than I ever have in my life!!! Like I said before... Lindsay is the epitome of what Sex on a Stick stands for. Besides my Brother of Satyr... oh man oh man!!! My hussy was not only purring, she was panting, screaming, craving and driving me mad!!! Lindsay and Anais's romance was everything it should have been and more. The sex was awesome. From the way it was written, to the way it read, to the way I felt it. Charlotte's writing is extraordinary. I felt everything and it was amazing! This is an erotic novel and it does NOT disappointment!!!! But the love story is there, I promise that! Hell, I even felt tears come to my eyes as well... This book has a well range of emotions tucked into this black little book! I hope you enjoy!

The Cover: This cover is freaking amazing! I am a lover of the corsets and big gowns. I love the gown she is wearing!!! And the red smoke is just breaktaking! Now in the book and in my thoughts, you read that Anais is a voluptous woman. I love the fact that if you look at her corset, you can see her skin pulled together to suggest that she is a big girl. (Now, me being a "big" girl, I know what this means to me... sexy as hell!!!!)) This is one cover that ~ without a man on it ~ I ABSOLUTELY LOVE!!!!! I even love the ruffle on the side of the cover as well!

It is awesome!!! This book is a keeper for me. It will never leave my hands. Hell... I have even read the book twice within two weeks. Just to do the review, I re-read it! Yes, it is that amazing!

And ps... for some reason I was listening to Taylor Swift's music while reading this... and the Love Story song really stood out for me during this book. If you get a chance, list it to!! And tell me what you think!

I urge you to go by Ms. Charlotte's place, please go --->>> here.
To read an excerpt of Addicted, please go --->>> here.
To visit her blog spaces... The Quill and Ink Well, please go --->>> here.
And to visit her at another place she loves to visit (especially with Lord Craven-Moore - he is absolutely yummy), please go here (and you also meet some other wonderful ladies!!)


19 comments:

  1. Hi Cecile,
    I think this review says me one thing, sex on a stick that will make me melt into a little sticky puddle. I already love the both of them, and hate Rebecca with a vengeance.
    I have seen the book around and been enthralled, and it just seems to get better and better with each review

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  2. Hot damn Cecile,
    I heard you all the way to the Netherlands and I thank my lucky stars this book is on its way to me. I think I need an ice cold shower myself after reading this review *grin* This one is going to rank high on the TRP when I receive it!

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  3. Hi Cecile! Great review, again :) I'll stop reading your reviews. because of them my TBR list is HUGE! :)

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  4. Wow, grat review! I just added this to my TBR list.

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  5. Hmm. Did you like this book? ;)

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  6. Hey Cecile
    I have tagged you for something and it looks like you haven't done it before.If you have I do understand because how much more pics can u take right?? But if not,come on over and check it out.If you have already please may I have your link so I can see.I really love those posts!!

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  7. Cecile! YAY!! You loved it!!

    Gawd, isnt' that book amazing? Seriously, I thank Barbara every day for introducing me to 'Addicted'. The only draw back, I can't reread that book for a loooooong time. Its just too heartbreaking. *Sigh*

    So happy you loved it!

    (((hugs))) VFG

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  8. This one was my favorite of all of Charlotte's books. She is just such an amazing author and has such a way with bringing to life her characters emotions, and making the reader truly feel them.

    Great review, Cecile!!

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  9. Wonderful review Cecile!! I have this one, not read it yet. I absolutely love the cover on this book!!! I really need to read it now! :)

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  10. Dang girl, that was one awesome reivew!! I just loved and now you have convinced me to buy this book.

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  11. Ok, let's try this again...don't know what's up with Blogger...anyhooo

    Damn girl, you're killin' me!!! You got me at "best damn sex on a stick man since my Nicholas". Thunk!! What was that? Another drop in the Amazon shopping cart!!!

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  12. Cecile! What can I say? I am humbled and so happy that you enjoyed Addicted.

    That book truly was the book of my heart. I adored Lindsay and Anais, and once Wallingford entered the picture, I fell so hard for him.

    Thank you so much for posting this review, and bringing attention to Addicted.

    I do hope Sinful will satisfy just as much.

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  13. Hey Ladies! I want to thank you all for coming to my review session!! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed reading it... Now on to answer comments!!!

    ~Blodeuedd~ Hey there! You are right, Sex on a Stick will make you all kinda of crazy things!!! You will fall in love with both, Lindsay and Anais!!! And as far as Rebecca, I could only wish the worst kind of fate to her!!!

    ~Leontine~ Or as I like to type sometiemes... Lenotine!! Girl, you should have heard me, my inner hussy was screaming loud enough!! LOL!! Oh YAYAYAY, this book is on it's way to you!!! Oh you do have to let me know when you get and when you decide to read it!!!!

    ~Host~ Thank you dear!!! Yea, I know all about trying to stop read everyone's reviews... it never works!! LOL!!!


    ~Book Junkie~ Hey there honey! Thank you so much!! I can not wait to see what you think of it! It truly is an absolute delight to read. As VampFanGirl would say, it is an emotional read!


    ~Chris~ No, I don't think I liked this book at all... LMAO!!! How did you know!!!


    ~Yvette Kelly~ Hey there! I left you a comment at your place... it should post tomorrow! I had a blast doing it!!!Thanks for tagging me and thinking of me!! You are such a dear!!!


    ~VampFanGirl~ Loved it you say... oh my gosh... I might name my next "who ever is having a baby but me's kid" Anais if girl and Lindsay if a boy!! LMAO!!! Seriously, it was an amazing book. The relationship, the trial they went through to get where they ended... was just powerful!!!
    Then I am indebt to you and Barbara for introducing me to this one. I remember when I first stared blogging, this was on both your pages and the cover got me back then!!!! Then when I went to the book store one day and saw it... and to know that Charlotte "chats" with us common people (lol).. and to know that she is so down to earth and a wonderful person, I could not help but get it!!!!


    ~Barbara~ Hey honey! Oh, this is definitely one of my fave's now!!
    I could not agree with you more. Her writing is absolutely wonderful!!!


    ~Blanche~ Thank you!! Oh, you will have to read it soon Blanche!!! It is amazing!


    ~Armenia~ Thank you thank you!!! When I love a book, it shows. That is my job... to help others to fall in love with the book of wonderful authors!!


    ~Cybercliper~ Hey!!! Amazon cart... yea I know the feeling, my debit card is hiding from me because Borders is having their buy 4 get 5th for free sale!!!!
    This is one smoking hot hero in this book... and actually truth be told... there are two!!!! But Lord Wallingford is not a "real" hero in this book... in my eyes he does play a hero because he shakes up Lindsay train of thought!!!
    Wonderful book!!!


    I hope you all have a wonderful evening and a great tomorrow!!!

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  14. Oh Ms. Charlotte!! Thank you so much for dropping by!! I can't tell you how great it is to have you here!!! =)

    I really did enjoy Addicted. It was an amazing book! I can see how this book stole your heart!!! It stole mine.
    Oh, Anais and Lindsay... the magic they have together!!
    But you are right... when I met Lord Wallingford... well... he gathered my attention and I had a hard time not to think about him!!!
    I so can not wait for his story!!!
    Again, thank you for stopping by!!It was truly a pleasure!

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  16. Hi Cecile!!

    I loved this book so much, I read it continually day and night, I couldn't put it down. I finished it in two days...at 4:00 in the morning, exhausted and fulfilled. I was laughing, crying, hating the evilness that was Rebecca, crying some more. If there is one story that will still with me forever, it is Addicted. I can hardly wait for Charlotte's next book, Wallingford's story, Sinful.

    So glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. I've yet to hear a bad review of this wonderful love story that grabbed my heart and has yet to let go.

    Dottie :)

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  17. Hi Cecile,
    I need to make a big round so I'll cut right to the chase and say I've given you some award love:

    I've given you an award(s) click ~here~ to receive it.

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  18. I have picked this one up a couple of times - and then put it back down. When I was in DC, Barbara raved so much about it that I put it in my shopping cart at Harlequin. Now I'm just waiting for Friday when I get a freebie to hit send. So reading your review just makes me want Friday to come faster *g*

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  19. Cecile, that was one beautiful review! I so adore Charlotte's books and I've been so thrilled she now publishing with NY and having more authors discover her awesome reads. I still love to pull up her story in the holiday anthology she was in with her ebooks. Again, just a great review that Charlotte so deserves and you did that awesome!

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