Addiction: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming.
Ruby was sin and sex.
The ultimate indulgence and worth every penny she cost me. I paid for her body, but didn’t know she’d end up embedded in my soul.
Elias was dark and tempting.
Unmatched in intensity and passion compared to my other clients. He handed me cash in exchange for my touch, and he dug himself into my heart instead.
Money changes things, firms up the lines of a relationship. But when it becomes an addiction—an all-consuming, life-changing addiction—the lines are completely obliterated.
Addicted was easily my most anticipated book in the Tempting Series. Upon meeting Elias very early on, my intrigue was piqued immediately. Damaged, devastated and mean spirited; I wondered what his secrets were and if he would ever be able to rise from rock bottom. His incessant need to cause trouble in Tempting and Provocative made him seem selfish, narrow minded and unloveable. Desperate to see how Alex Lucian could change my mind, I dived in – chapter after chapter, I let this unconventional love story suck me in.
Elias’ story revolves around his need for detachment. Suffering, daily, from the loss of his sister; Elias refuses to be close to anyone. He is a nomad. Paying for sex and and steering away from emotions; there is no way he was prepared for Ruby. With her gorgeous body and her enticing and attractive mind- Ruby is what dreams are made of. Dealing with her own demons, Ruby enjoys the lifestyle her job provides. Also refusing to connect with anyone and determined to reach her goals; meeting Elias will be the best and the worst thing to ever happen to her.
Told in alternative points of view, Alex Lucian successfully transitions this story from a tale of selfishness, lust and physical compatibility, to a deep spiritual, emotional and intellectual connection. Allowing his characters to experience pain, heartache and happiness – Addicted is a great example of how intricate life can be. With both Ruby and Elias using their pasts to dictate their present – the shock and realisation that happiness is available to them is the most rewarding experience as a reader. A great addition (and possible conclusion) to the Tempting Series, Addiction shows off the beauty in life after loss.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alex Lucian is an author living on the eastern coast of the United States who appreciates being anonymous, for personal and professional reasons. Addicted is Alex’s fourth novel.