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For successful African-American businesswoman Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction...to sex. Finding a compassionate woman therapist ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 1998)
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Charmain Zane should have revamped this reference in the novel...poor writing in my opinion. The sexual scene with Diamond should have been removed in order…moreZane should have revamped this reference in the novel...poor writing in my opinion. The sexual scene with Diamond should have been removed in order for the novel to make better sense. Horrible editing. Not impressed!!!(less)
Maria Harris Its NOTHING like the book. I re-read the book over the last 2 days and watched the movie as soon as I finished the book. Yes, you miss their entire…moreIts NOTHING like the book. I re-read the book over the last 2 days and watched the movie as soon as I finished the book. Yes, you miss their entire childhood which is important. I can't count the number of plot points you have missed out on just by that alone.

Their is also major events that happen in regards to her Best Friend Brina, that is Drastically different in the movie. The way she treats her family in the book is completely different. The intimacy between her husband and herself is different. Even the number of sex partners she had is different. The way her husband acts is even different. In the book, he has some issues his self that has to be addressed.

The way the "crap" hit the fan at the end of the movie was MILD compared to the book. Basically, Get the book and read it. If you even slightly like the movie, you will love the book. (less)
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Carmen
Mar 28, 2016 Carmen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Carmen by: Movie
DISCLAIMER: I do not condone cheating, ever. Cheating is bad. NO SPOILERS, ALL SPOILERS ARE HIDDEN
NOW COMPLETE WITH A MOVIE UPDATE!!!

I decided to read this novel in preparation for the upcoming movie. I thought I would hate the book, but I had no idea it would be this horrible. o.O Let's take it step-by-step, shall we?

PROBLEM 1.
Zane is trying to get me to believe that Zoe, the protagonist, is a sex addict. SHE IS NOT A SEX ADDICT.

Her husband, Jason, the only man she's ever had sex with, does no
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Amber
Mar 07, 2009 Amber added it
Recommends it for: tiara
This is an EXTREMELY inaproppiate book,but i loved it. It was juicy and scandalous.
Marita Hansen
Aug 21, 2014 Marita Hansen marked it as to-read
I just saw the film's trailer and I'm definitely interested in reading this now.
Crystal Belle
Feb 23, 2011 Crystal Belle rated it did not like it
not that i was expecting anything spectacular, but seriously, WHY?! this novel is written like a poorly orchestrated soap opera with more twists and turns than can possibly happen to any human being. it is overly-dramatic and completely unbelievable. the only reason why i'm giving this book a star at all is for the theme of true love which i actually liked. other than that, there were extremely stereotypical portrayals of perceptions of beauty in the black community, ie: straight long hair, colo ...more
Shawnette
Jan 15, 2016 Shawnette rated it it was amazing
Book description is as follows: "Addicted is the story of Zoe, an African-American female arts dealer. It traces her life from the time she first meets her husband, Jason, in the fifth grade, falls in love with him over a game of Twister in the eighth grade, loses her virginity to him in high school and eventually marries him. Everything seems perfect in Zoe's life to her friends and family as she secretly deals with serious problems in her marriage. After failing to get Jason to open up to her ...more
Drew Jameson
Apr 30, 2010 Drew Jameson rated it did not like it
Much like reading the comic strip Curtis, everytime I picked this up on the bus (and hope the person next to me didn't read the cover), I wondered if Zane is really black. I also wonder if "she" is really a woman. If it turned out that "Zane" is really a psuedonym for a racist, misogynist, white man, trying to reinforce every idiotic negative stereotype you've ever encountered, I wouldn't bat an eye. Or maybe she's just someone who discovered people will buy horrendous trashlit that traffics in ...more
K. Bint Alia
Jul 03, 2012 K. Bint Alia rated it really liked it
I absolutely love this book! The story was on point, I love all the twists & the fact that the book wasn't predictable. One thing I could say that I dislike about it is how extra parts could be, like how "perfect" her life is, and the part where she got hypnotized etc. It just seems a bit too exaggerated, but I guess you could find people like Zoe in real life. And the sex scenes were kind of whack. They weren't descriptive & exciting... I don't know if that's a good term, but anyway the ...more
Aimie
Oct 20, 2014 Aimie rated it really liked it
A heart stopping 4.5 stars.
I can completely see why this has been made into a movie .... It is jam packed with passion, suspense and surprises. Top that off with a gorgeous cast it's no wonder I loved it.

Maria's Book Blog
Sep 25, 2014 Maria's Book Blog rated it really liked it
O M G …so I initially heard about Addicted from a fellow blogger but I didn’t know too much about it and really didn’t give it much thought. And then I happened to stumble upon the trailer for the movie (releasing on October 10th ) and I was sold! My interest was immediately piqued and I was determined to read the book before seeing the movie.

What I loved most about this book is the way it’s written. I greatly appreciate “real talk”, meaning characters who talk like your average person, slang a
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Jeff
Mar 16, 2010 Jeff rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
This book has the sexual morals of a teen slasher flick combined with the dedication to research of an Encyclopedia Brown mystery. The author's choice of putting her own ideas of what "sexual addiction" means (masturbation! teenage interest in sex!) in the mouths of psychiatrist characters is just plain irresponsible.
Dalimar
Oct 15, 2014 Dalimar rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotic, adult
3.5
De verdad que aún no encuentro la razón por la cuál el libro me gustó tanto,pero lo cierto es que no podía despegarme de él y llevo meses que eso no me sucede.

El libro está publicado desde el 2001,por lo tanto aunque es erótico, las escenas no son tan porno como los libros actuales del género.

Desde el prólogo leemos que su protagonista femenina, Zoe,es una mujer casada, con un esposo amoroso y padres de tres niños. Ahí también nos enteramos de que Zoe no sólo es infiel,si no que también es
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Jane Stewart
Good plot, but too much foul language and annoying personality for me.

This is not a typical romance novel. It is a story told by a woman named Zoe. She is telling a psychiatrist how she fell in love and married Jason and then later began having extramarital affairs. I prefer stories with mystery, excitement and romantic buildup. Although this was fiction, it felt like nonfiction. It was not fun to read. I was uncomfortable with the language, too much vulgarity and swearing. I also did not enjoy
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Andrea
Aug 28, 2013 Andrea rated it it was amazing
So, I first picked “Addicted” (of the many Zane books) because there is a movie that will be coming out based on this book. When I first read the book blurb, I wasn’t sure I was going to like the storyline. Zoe, the main character, is addicted to sex; come on – how is this going to be entertaining or even good? It sounded like just a porn book with nothing but bad scenes and stupid lines. But, boy was I WRONG!!!

The plot starts with Zoe’s childhood. You see how she met her husband and how they fe
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Lina
Addicted is probably one of the more iconic Zane books that I remember from when I was growing up. It was the most popular one that got passed around from classmate-to-classmate. When I first read it a few years ago, I thought it was just some piece of melodrama. Now reading it again, the melodrama was still there, but it honestly made a lot more sense.

Addicted is told the perspective of Zoe Reynard, a thirty-something-year-old African-American woman who has the perfect life: married to her chi
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Daija
Oct 26, 2010 Daija rated it it was ok
First things first, yes its an erotic book, but it focused a lot on romance. Now i've read erotica that had mostly sex scenes and this book just didn't do that much for me. Yes it had drama, but the sex scenes seemed rushed and lacked imagery. It was just point blank, slight descriptions, and I just didn't feel in tuned with Zoe as a character. And this is an aside, but the use of exclamation points throughout the book annoyed the hell out of me. It just looked kind of sloppy on the page. The ch ...more
Tanya
Jan 22, 2016 Tanya rated it it was ok
Shelves: never-again
Boo!! Boo!!! Boooooo!!!! And I don't mean it as a term of endearment. No. Just no. Sorry I was liking this book in the beginning and it just kept spiraling into a trifling mess.
ATONYA
Mar 30, 2015 ATONYA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!

Am I turning into a Jenny?
AղցҽӀɑ W.
Nov 12, 2014 AղցҽӀɑ W. rated it it was amazing
This was one of the first erotic books that I read and it was great. Addicted, chronicles the life of Zoe, a middle class African American female who seeks therapy for sexual addiction. Zoe becomes obsessed with sex in early adolescence and relentlessly pressures Jason, her high school sweet heart to take her virginity.
Although she manages to marry Jason, the love of her life and they experience financial stability in spite of becoming teen parents, Zoe leads a double life. By day she is mother,
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Carla
Sep 30, 2014 Carla rated it it was ok
I have to admit that for once in my life I only read this book because I saw the trailer with William Levy in it and just couldn't wait for the movie to come out so I read the book. Well that is one thing I will never do again. Don't ever read a book just because the movie looks good! The whole time I kept picturing the actors and the only thing I liked about the book was the fact that two people could go through so much drama and still love one another. So I guess the message would be that if t ...more
Karen
Jul 14, 2012 Karen rated it it was ok
Didnt appreciate the rape scene and Zoe's dismissal of it. I mean she almost got raped twice when she was a kid that contributed to her addiction in the first place but it finally happens and all she can say is "That's ok Boo, we can just be happy now.". god, that pissed me off

i think what bothered me most about this book was it's potential and it's incredible favor. I've heard of sexual addiction and Zane's plot was a fantastic one and the events that happened were very real and original. Espec
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Lily
Oct 01, 2014 Lily rated it did not like it

Hated the writing, to many slang words and foul language. The characters were all annoying and their personalities just didn't do it for me. The drama was definitely over the top, to much unnecessary drama, so many twists and turns that took away from the main characters real problem. The book did surprised me at the end and I realized everyone was just plain crazy with tons of emotional problems and mental issues. Alas I did decide to read this book because of the upcoming movie and even thoug

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Betsy
Nov 06, 2014 Betsy rated it it was amazing
Wow... I really loved this book.. I read a few reviews here and some of those reviews was putting me in doubt f I should read it ? Or not..but I saw the movie preview I like the thriller,romance , suspense and drama... good think I didn't pay mind with all those bad reviews that's the reason I barely follow reviews because a lot of ppl I don't know they quickly judging a book just for a few chapters pages or cover ..if you want a book that will have u in the edge and you won't be able to put dow ...more
Angela B
Aug 21, 2014 Angela B rated it did not like it
I was recommended this by a friend who loves this author. I've read her books before and were unimpressed and this is no different. I felt this book could have gone so much further than it did and it ended up being cliche and predictable. Also (and maybe it's just me) I feel as though all of her characters have the same voice in her books, some ghetto-fabulous hood chick. Ugh no thanks.
Rose
Sep 06, 2014 Rose marked it as to-read-own-bought  ·  review of another edition
This is available on Amazon for .99 cents through Amazon right now, probably in honor of the movie that's supposed to be coming out in October. If you're interested, have at it. I'm not sure when I'm going to read this yet, but I'm planning on trying it at some point.
Eliza
Jul 12, 2014 Eliza rated it it was ok
I gotta say - I was expecting more from this book. Don't get me wrong: it had its moments and the last quarter if the book did pick up the pace. However, it just have me Tyler Perry vibes.

I don't Tyler Perry vibes.

What I mean is that when the woman is cheating, THEEEE most crazy scenarios occur. Some of the events border on extremely unrealistic. It was a nice way to pass time but this book needed a little more UMPH.
♡B♡
Oct 27, 2014 ♡B♡ rated it really liked it
I won't lie. I saw the movie trailer and wanted to read the book before I see it.
I have heard great things about Zane and have been wanting to get to some of her books but just haven't been able to. This time though I made time and I have to say that I am glad that I did.

For me it was a bit of a slow start, I was interested in what was to come so I kept reading. I know we had to get back-story on the characters and I am grateful for that because all too many times we get nothing as far as back
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Sandra Atueyi
Oct 12, 2014 Sandra Atueyi rated it it was amazing
Everyone has his or her own addicted. My addicted is reading a good book, speeding, music, tattoo and dancing. This book is a good experience for everyone and myself. I enjoyed reading this book. Zane did a good job. The part that turn me off when Zoe is telling her business to doctor because she's having affair to her husband with her different lovers. She has mental issues and problem. Why didn't she tell Jason about her problem before she cheating on him with different lovers? If she wasn't h ...more
Ursula
Oct 30, 2008 Ursula rated it did not like it
i wanted to read this to see what the fuss is all about. urban fiction and especially this author is almost immediately stolen from my library or else put on an endless reserve list for patrons. its terribly written, uninteresting characters and not even that sexually explicit. i don't have a clue why its so popular.
Debby Tjong A Hung
A great book, the ending was a little too "wild" for my taste (feeling like too much happened in a short period of time) but all in all, I loved this book and could NOT PUT IT DOWN! I really wonder how the movie will be!
Michelle Donice
Jul 04, 2011 Michelle Donice rated it did not like it
Don't get what the fuss is about. This was not a book I would recommend to anyone. It's not sexy. The dialogue is unbelievable, the characters are one-dimensional. I'm just sorry a tree had to be sacrificed.
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