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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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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
Aug 11, 2014 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
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chan ☆
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
uh. interesting. rtc.
Amber
Mar 07, 2009 added it
Recommends it for: tiara
This is an EXTREMELY inaproppiate book,but i loved it. It was juicy and scandalous.
Crystal  Belle
Feb 12, 2011 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, ...more
Marita Hansen
Aug 21, 2014 marked it as to-read
I just saw the film's trailer and I'm definitely interested in reading this now.
SassyMama
Sep 01, 2007 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
Aղցela W.
Nov 29, 2012 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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K. Umm Ka'reem
Jan 29, 2012 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
*TANYA*
Sep 17, 2015 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.
Drew Jameson
Apr 12, 2010 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
Aimie
Oct 10, 2014 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.

Lauren Cecile
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kind of ridiculous but interesting and well written.
Jeff
Mar 16, 2010 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.
Maria's Book Blog
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
O M G so I initially heard about Addicted from a fellow blogger but I didnt know too much about it and really didnt 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 its written. I greatly appreciate real talk, meaning characters who talk like your average person, slang and
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Andrea
Aug 28, 2013 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 wasnt 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 Zoes childhood. You see how she met her husband and how they fell in
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Elise Marion
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
All my life, my black girlfriends have hailed Zane as the ultimate writer of erotica and romance. Because I cut my teeth on Historical romances and read it exclusively for so many years, I didn't get around to reading Zane until now. When I saw the trailer for the movie Addicted, and immediately ran out and bought the book.

Well, let's just say I think that in this case, the movie might end up being better than the book. This was an okay read for me. I gave it 3 stars because despite the numerous
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Michelle Donice
Jul 04, 2011 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.
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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LL
May 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I read this book in anticipation of the movie was thoroughly disappointed. People love Zane and I wanted to like this book, but it was so poorly written, I just can't. I have read all kinds of urban fiction, some bad (anything with "Thug" in the title), some good ("The Coldest Winter Ever") and some downright great (the Tennyson Hartwick series), and this was just bad. It was a lot of sex with a number of jumbled plot lines in between. The author's use of exclamation marks threw me off (She! ...more
Daija
Oct 26, 2010 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 ...more
ATONYA
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!

Am I turning into a Jenny?
Valerie
Better the second time..Love this book.. Can't wait for the movie
carlita_is_probably_reading
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 ...more
MzzBookworm
Nov 06, 2014 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 ...more
Eliza
Jun 27, 2014 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.
Ursula
Oct 30, 2008 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.
Deborah
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sandra (Book Loves) Atueyi
Sep 26, 2014 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 ...more
Mathis Bailey
May 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a crazy read, however it didn't meet my expectations.

The first quarter of the book begins slow. It takes a while for it to pick up. The characters were unlikable. Most of them were villains. No one really didn't have any redeeming qualities which lacked my interest. However, the writing was decent. Once the action gets going it's fast pace and intense. The sex scenes were lukewarm....not enough sexiness. This is a tamed erotica novel. The ending was just okay. It was melodramatic and a
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Lily
Jun 27, 2014 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

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