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Addicted (Addicted #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  1,590 Ratings  ·  282 Reviews
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 ...more
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Published February 1st 2009 by Spice (first published January 2nd 2009)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

I could climb on my “100+ Proofs That Substance Abuse Screws Up Not Only You But Your Loved Ones” soapbox to review this book, but I think there are more than enough of us who can attest to that fact, first hand, so I won’t waste your time addressing all the different phases Lindsay and Anais had to go through to reach the happily ever after ending that they so deserved. What I will say is that in Addicted, Charlotte Featherstone has given us a beautiful love story, that’s true, but more than th
Mar 24, 2009 Shawna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of erotic historical romance, emotional stories, and tortured heroes
5+ stars – Erotic Historical Romance

This is such a lush, evocative, sensual, heartbreaking, and passionate friends-to-lovers Regency historical erotic romance about a man with two loves, two obsessions, one that’s his angel and the other his demon.

Anais Darnby and Lindsay Markham’s close childhood friendship blossoms into deep affection and leads to a blazing desire that can’t be denied, but Lindsay’s act of betrayal resulting from the trickery of a devious socialite and his opium addiction tear
Nov 26, 2009 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just want to say that I was floored by this book. I am a recovering drug addict myself so I can totally relate to what Lindsay and yes Anais went through. Also like them, the love of my life helped pull me through my difficult time so that I could also become the person I was before useing. I have been clean 20 years and married 18 years to the man who helped me. If it were not for him, I would not be here today. With that being said, I can tell you that this is one of the best books I have ev ...more
May 09, 2010 Eastofoz rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who like a good dose of emotional upheaval with their novel
Good erotic historicals are illusive finds. Too often they’re bogged down in a non-stop sex-a-thon. Charlotte Featherstone’s novel however is anything but and there’s even a story! And it’s good! And I’m in shock because it’s an erotic historical 8-). After having bought “Addicted” I buried it waaay down Mt TBR wondering why in the world I picked it up to begin with given the nature of the story. Well good thing I did because it packed the kind of well-written emotional wallop that isn’t often f ...more
~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3.5 STARS ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This is going to be a very difficult review to write. Mainly because I loved the sensuality and the angst-ridden storyline----But hated two pivotal occurrences that left me angry and resentful against the hero and heroine.

This was a very sensual and erotic HR. I love HR. And this was beautiful. A story not just about addiction and the cost of dependence, but about forgiveness and the dark side of suspicion and doubt.

The scenes between Anais(heroine) and Lin
Maureen Feeney
Mar 30, 2010 Maureen Feeney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, erotic
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Charlotte Featherstone's writing is beautiful - and so is Lindsay...

With his dark good looks, he was everything a young woman dreamed of in a man. He was tall, broad and well muscled, yet he walked with a predator-like grace that held a woman’s gaze and captured her imagination. His clothes were immaculate, well tailored to accentuate his shoulders and toned legs. His hair was onyx colored, and he wore it long to his shoulders, where it hung in loose waves she had longed to run her fingers throu
4 stars

Addicted is a well written and extremely heartbreaking story about addiction, pride, and devastating consequences. It's also about forgiveness, redemption, understanding, and unconditional love. 

The ending was poignant and beautiful. I cried happy tears as well as sad tears for Lindsay and Anais. For all they gained and for all they lost. 

Addicted is a wonderful and heartbreaking love story that left it's impact on me. I love this book and highly recommend it.
Jul 04, 2009 Adrienne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh. My . God. Very rarely am I left speachless....but I am now. This has to be my Book of the Year so far. I've tried to write this review about ten times and each time given up because I've felt that what I've written just will not do the bloody book justice.

Lyndsay and Anais are friends from childhood. They love each other but neither has told the other. Lyndsays love for Anais verges on the obssessive and to quell his perceived unrequieted love he turns to opium ,I should say here that Lyndsa
♥  Sam ♥ ~S2~Im made of awesomness
Addicted – oh how deliciously addictive..* rubs evil hands together*....

Childhood friends, Anais (whom I kept unintentionally referring to Anus) and Lindsay have secretly wanted to boink each others brains out since forever! Oh it’s so romantic I tell you. Lindsay swept Anus opps Anais away on a horsey ride to the stables to profess his love, but instead somehow managed to take her hard core stlye on the hay stack...she had no trouble finding his needle....hehehehe.....get it? Needle – hay stack
Mimi Smith
Jan 19, 2012 Mimi Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r
3.5 stars

Upon finishing this book I was tempted to rant about all the things that bugged me. After a cooling off period I decided I liked it too much to do that...

I worship her.

"My relationship with my mistress is uncomplicated. I know what she
desires of me; at the same time, she understands and fulfills my
needs. As any mistress she is, at times, demanding to the point of
suffocation, always wanting more—needing more. But when I come
to her, she loves me like nothing—or no one—ever has.
All she wan
5+ Stars

It is difficult to put into words what a truly magnificent story this is. Although published through Harlequin Spice, simply categorizing this as erotica or even a romance novel understates the impressive writing and the power of the story and its characters. The words I write will scarcely do it justice, but I was so moved by this story, I have to at least try to convey its brilliance.

Ms. Featherstone weaves an intricate tale of two people, Anais and Lindsay, whose love for one another
Addicted was written in such a beautiful and amazing way that I foresee it sticking with me for many years to come. It is a story of friendship, longing, addiction, betrayal, heartache, consequences and a love so strong that it endures all and conquers all! 5 stars!!!!!

Charlotte Featherstone somehow created characters in this story that I both wanted to love and wrap my arms around and throttle at the same time! I normally am very turned off by a book where the hero and heroine have lies and bet
♥ Beth
Nov 27, 2009 ♥ Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

I am truly in awe of Charlotte Featherstone! .. this book is so heartfelt and powerful! It touched me and drew me in from the beginning and didn't let go.. the connection one feels with the characters is so incredible and intense! The love scenes are so beautifully and passionately erotic they will leave you breathless! It is a stunning story of incredible passion, love and sacrifice that I know will stay with me for a long time to come.

I can't wait for Matthew and Jane's story!!!
OMG - Where to even begin, first I should thank you all for recommending this book, it is the best book I have read in I can't remember how long. I just finished it and let me tell ya my eyes feel like sandpaper because I was sobbing the last 75 pages or so. The was the most incredible story of true love and I loved and hurt for both characters equally! I don't even know what more to say about this book other than READ IT if you haven't!! It was phenomenal!! I am off to start Sinful!
This one nearly broke my heart.

Addicted has some of my favorite components of a great romance, but it also contains some of my biggest pet peeves. I enjoy a good reformed rake, second chance at love, friends turned lovers book and this is one of those. On the other hand, I detest a big misunderstanding, secrets filled, unforgiving victim type story, and this is one of those as well!

I spent a great portion of this book having major feeling swings. One moment I felt sorry for Anais, and the next w
Bark's Book Nonsense
Lindsay and Anais grew up together and were the best of friends. Now grown, Lindsay desires his friend Anais and wishes to make her his but he is unsure if she shares his feelings. In the meantime, he’s been spending his time in opium dens, biding his time in drug fueled dreams where he imagines Anais naked and wanting him and only him. When he finally makes his move and the two declare their love, Lindsay makes a dumbass mistake that will forever change the course of their lives. After losing t ...more
~E~ Riverina Romantics
Feb 13, 2011 ~E~ Riverina Romantics rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-blog
"This will only be over when both of us draw our last breath, and even then I am not convinced my desire for you will end. I want another chance, Anais,and I will have it."

*sighs contently*

I absolutely loved Addicted. Charlotte Featherstone is definately one very brilliant lady. The storyline was extremely dramatic but unbelievably realistic. I didn't feel like I was reading a story - but instead reading about Lindsay and Anais's life. I loved it.

And althought Lindsay had a major drug problem he
Fani *loves angst*
In Addicted, we start with the hero, Lindsay, declaring his love to Anais, whom he has loved for over 10 years. She has always been his closest friend but he wants something more than that; he wants her love. Happily for him, Anais seems to share his feelings, which leads in a magical night of passion. Their happily ever after is ruined however when a fortune hunter manages to seduce the opium induced Lindsay and Anais sees them together. Despite Lindsay's efforts to make amends, Anais refuses t ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
3.5 stars. I would have gone up to a solid 4 if not for the (divert your eyes people who haven't read) (view spoiler) Are we back in 1985 again? *HUGE FIST SHAKE* for screwing up a decent book with what I thought was a retired plot device! As well, there was too much in the middle that I wish had been cut out or revised.

They say my lover is a sinister beauty, and perhaps they are correct. But when caught in her heady embrace there is nothing sinister about h
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
This is a beautiful friend’s to lover’s tale between the characters of Anais Darnby and Lindsay Markham. Friends since childhood Lindsay has finally decided to take the next step and see if Anais feels the same way. However, over the years he has picked up an opium habit that is getting harder to deny, and when a disastrous betrayal and the consequences ensue, Lindsay plunges deeper into his addiction to numb his pain, and eventually leading him the difficult choice of the love of his life or hi ...more
Dec 07, 2012 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica, favorites
What an amazing story, I finished this book last night and I woke up this morning thinking about it. WOW WOW WOW...

This is a book about addiction, pride, love, forgiveness, vulnerability,childhood friends that grow into lovers. This book grabbed from the beginning and didn't let go. This is about Lindsay and his addiction to Opium and Anais, his childhood friend. We all know the consequences of drug addiction, this story really showed me how it slowly trap you. what at one time may feel like har
Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R
I have read a few historical romance novels, but I assure you this novel is quite different from many others I've read. I cried from beginning to end and wondering if I were going to be disappointed or not.So as far as my opinion this novel was a wonderful read. The surreal plot was mind blowing! The relationships between friends knowing no matter what the circumstances are ,being there for one another is the best gift they could have brought upon each other.

As for the Addiction part of this no
WOW - What a beautiful love story that had me in tears a couple of times, it really was a moving book of love, heartbreak and drug addiction.

I have to say thank you to my friend Baba who got me reading CF. I am not usually into HR and have read very little in the genre but on Baba's recommendation I read Sinful and Sinful: Epilogue and was blown away with them and I was equally blown away with this one.

Even if I decide not to continue reading HR's I will definitely continue to read CF's work.

What a terribly sad book! That's the first thought about Addicted that pops into my mind right after finishing it. The main characters, Lindsay and Anais, put each other through hell on earth, most of which could have been avoided which makes it even more tragic. Even the HEA ending they got, even though they appeared to be happy and content, left me feeling sad.
The second concerns Sinful , book two in this series, that is about Wallingford, a supporting character in this book. As I liked the
Dec 19, 2011 ✿Alyssa✿ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
To sum it up: 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
Jan 20, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, ebook
Charlotte Featherstone you are a writing goddess!

This was an amazing and addictive story in its own right. Charlotte manages to draw the reader in, and allow them to identify with the characters immediately. She weaves a tale of desire, love and passion that is second to none.

I was emotionally drained at the conclusion of Addicted, but in a good way. These are characters that stayed with me for several days.

I eagerly await the second book Sinful! Oh I wonder what Wallingford has in store for
Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
You know, all romance novels are the same. The heroes pretty much always say, "I do not deserve you" to the heroine, and, honestly, I'd like JUST ONCE to read a book in which the heroine says that to the hero. It's as if women authors think all men are less worthy of love than women, that men as a whole are bad, and women as a whole are good. Well, news flash: not ALL men are bad. Some men are, in fact, worthy of love. Seriously, no matter what the heroine does, no matter how bad, all the second ...more
Brittany B.

I'm not ready to rate this book because it was incredibly emotional for me. I do want to write my initial thoughts, so I'm no longer carrying the intensity of emotion around with me. The beginning was beautiful. But bad things happened, and both Anais and Lindsay (the H/h) dealt with it in unforgivable ways. Though there is an HEA, I do not believe there would have been a happy ending in real life after so much pain and deception. There was a long stretch when the book was so painful and upsetti
Anais and Lindsay have been best friends all their lives- and both have been hiding much stronger feelings for each other. Till one night Lindsay finds her in the stables and makes his true feelings for the lush Anais known.

Days later the high of true love sinks to the depth of despair when in a opium fog, Lindsay mistake Anais friend for her during a torrid sexual encounter. Betrayed Anais runs away and leaves Lindsay with no hope of explanation or reconciliation.

Months later, Lindsay descends
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“It hurts to breathe. It hurts to live. I hate her, yet I do not think I can exist without her.” 389 likes
“I vow I am, and always will be, constant and faithful in my love for you, Anais. Nothing you or anyone else does shall alter these feelings. I am forever loving, forever waiting, forever yearning...forever yours.” 119 likes
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