Tuesday 18 February 2014

Beautiful Addictions by Season Vining


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 foreverthe one hes 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 Josies 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 ruinsor bind them together for a lifetime?

I was first drawn to this book when asked if I wanted to review by the beautiuful cover - I am a sucker for a man with tattoos.

The story inside is not always so beautiful.

Josie has had amnesia for 9 years, and to deal with the every day she uses

She is barely hanging on most days, until she is inexplicably drawn to a guy in an alleyway one night - not that way!! - and for whatever reason she can't keep away.

Tristan once loved a girl called Mackenzi, until she moved away, and soon after died.  Or did she?

Beautiful Addiction is a story that although some of the storyline is pretty much in the cookie cutter mould, it is enough different that it kept me interested right through.

There is a heck of a lot going on in the background of this story, but I don't want to give anything away by talking about it.  But gees louise these are some complicated lives these two are living!

You are just going to have to read it yourself to find out what it's all about.

This is Ms Vining's debut novel, and she has not done a bad job of it at all.  The main characters kept me intrigued with their stories, the secondary characters added to the story rather than detract from it, and I felt they were integral to the main storyline.

At times I felt the pacing was a bit off, and occasionally I had to double check whose POV I was reading, but this was not too bad, just that I noticed it a couple of times.

Beautiful Addictions is a story of love and loss. Reconnection. Addiction. Chance and fate play a big part of the story. It does talk about abuse so you have been warned. 

Overall Ms Vining has given a book that does not go by the run of the mill romance story, and the characters all had a bit of substance to them.

I would definitely read more of Ms Vining's future work