When Josie disappeared years ago, she took a piece of Tristan with her. She’s the girl he thought he ...more
Beautiful Addictions was an unexpected pleasure. The reviews out there are a little mixed but, personally, I really, really liked how it played out. The story has so much depth and quality; I can't tell you all the details and intricacies, for fear of spoiling your pleasure.... Let me give you a feel for it... Then maybe you'll read and judge for yourself.....
"You look like a girl I used to know...."
The main characters
Josie Banks is a girl with demons, she's the product of a horrible time in t ...more
Author – Season Vining
Publication Date – January 28, 2014
Type – Stand Alone
Genre – Romance
Rating – 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars
ARC provided by St. Martin’s Griffin via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
There comes a time in every reader’s life that the “cookie cutter” stories start to get old and predictable. I have been heading down that road for some time now….well that is until now!
Yeah, we have some concepts that are predictable, but this author threw in som ...more
I think I would have loved this book–the plot's unique and intriguing–had it not been weighed down with copious amounts of purple prose, thesaurus-seeking words, and intellectual jargon. It felt like I was reading a creative writing assignment that explored pathos, ethos, and logos. I know some readers enjoy poetic, lyrical, and fanciful passages in their romance books, but I'm not one of them. This author has talent but her writing style doesn't work for me.
Definition of Purple Prose: ...more
"The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end."
Words and sentences like this makes you smile...
"A happy childhood is the worst possible preparation for life."
This makes you wonder...
"I want you. All of you. I want to possess you. I want to love you and protect you."
And this... this makes you fall in love!
I will not tell you what this story is about. You don't need me for that. You can read the book's synop ...more
Mckenzi once had him. Josie would never deserve him.
When McKenzi was 14, she woke up alone and confused. Given a new name, Josie was sent into Foster care across the country for her own protection, with no choice but to believe whatever she was told, after all she had "No memory of who I was or where I’d been." Years of abuse made her the woman she is today and she lives her life the only way she knows how.
She floated on whatever high she could get, reluctant to touch down, afrai...more
This really does offer something very different from a lot of new adult books out there – it’s dark, twisted and full of surprises and shocks and wholly compelling.
Meet Josie Banks – a loner amnesiac. Her past is completely lost to her – she was found unconscious after her Father was murdered and now only remembers her brutal upbringing in the foster system. As soon as she was old enough she ventured out into the world, defensive, hurting and completely alone. She creates vivid graffiti art unsu ...more
3.5~4 Beautiful Addicting Stars
Beautiful Addictions is the debut book of Season Vining. First, I want to say that cover was simply beautiful and I love it. With that being said, I was impressed with Ms. Vining on her debut book. This is not your typical love story of boy next door romance or a billionaire hero who sweeps a damsel in distress but a story of REAL FLAWED characters. Characters who were given a shitty hand in ...more
This is my first time reading this author and I was overall pleased with the story. It wasn't a knock my socks off read, but it was still good, therefore I wanted to give it a thorough review and give credit when due!
This is the tale of Josie Banks... a street smart enigma whose art talent decorates her walls and the streets of her town. She is shrouded in mystery as she lurks in smoky bars engulfed in darkness while losing herself in her drawings.
Beautiful Addictions was interesting at the beginning and then started to get slow for me as it was beating around the bush for me.
I am actually confused after finishing this book - more like mixed with emotions, as there are parts of this book that I loved and I didn't.
Josie Banks is loves drawing. At the same time, she lives on
She also stalks Tristan, the hot bartender with brilliant inked images covered his arms <3 Tristan has his own tortured past.
How will their past come togeth ...more
1.5 stars. Initially it was the blurb and cover of this book that caught my eye. However, it was the delivery of the story that fell flat.
From the very start, the plot was everywhere lacking any sense of coherency. The author put in to play too many narratives which hindered a linear story line. There was no sense of progression as to where the story was going or even an engaging buildup in terms of liking and falling for the characters ...more
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Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh all I can keep saying is oh my gosh!!! Beautiful Addictions blew me the hell away.
Very pg13 sex scenes but a major major epic storyline that included so many characters and twists that you never knew what the next page would hold.
Every now and then you stumble upon a book that sucks in you in the story and before you know it hours have passed and you feel like you'v ...more
Although it was an interesting story, something didn't feel quite right. But still it was engaging, appealing and even refreshing.
The main heroine, Josie, is a 22 year old girl, who has been through enough in her life. She lost her memory when teenager and after that everything went to hell. With no family on her side and in foster care her only outlet is sketching and graffiti artwork, sex and drugs.
Tristan is a bibliophile with a bright mind who suffered enough when he l ...more
3.5 -4 Stars. First time I've read this author. I felt there was much to enjoy and savor and some areas that could have used some clarification. But overall, I found Josie and Tristan's story a very different one that didn't seem to follow any sort of "predictability" that many of the recent novels/authors have fallen into.
Josie has no past. No memory of who she is. We meet her as tag artist, a take what I want (sex, ...more
OMG! I just looked on Amazon.. they want $9 for an ebook! are they crazy
Luckily I got it for free or I never would read it at that price.
Me being me as soon as I saw the cover on NetGalley I was like... I NEED THAT! IT'S SOOOOOO PRETTY....
Well the story wasn't..
It was dark and intense and pretty darn cool.
Long story short with no spoilers?
Josie has a shit life. She can't remember a thing before she was 14.
Woke up one ...more
This was a little on the dark side with all the drugs and mafia business. But it worked. The heroine, Josie, was so broken that this couldn't have been all light and flowers. Tristan was a great hero, so smart and caring and he truly LOVED Josie. You could see it in everything he said and did.
My main problem with this was all the other points of view we got. Yes, overall they contributed to the plot, but it was a bit distracting cause usually there was no warning that we were going to s ...more
PERFORMANCE: 3 stars
OVERALL: 3 stars
This is not a dark book but a contemporary romance with a suspenseful edge to it. The story wasn't unique, the characters were. For example, the female main character Josie has a certain tradition or disorder that greatly affects the way she lives every day. The male main character also has a condition; one that could be seen as a positive or negative. Neither of these characters have conditions typically written about such as being bl ...more
Vining tells a great story about finding lost loves and second chances. What was refreshing was that this book was so off from the cliched NA story lines. Yes it has the sexy hot alpha male with secrets in his past which have left him somewhat broken. It does have a beautiful heroine who is not sure if she can get close to someone on an emotional level due to her issues from her past. Yes both characters are broken and finally come to help fix each other, but truly that is where t ...more
A Beautiful Addiction wasn't bad; it had angst, sexual tension, broken characters, and some suspense. Fitting for a new adult title. I, unfortunately, had a hard time connecting with the characters and overall story though.
Broken, jaded, and doing anything necessary to get out of her own head, Josie Banks is a girl without a past. But when she comes across Tristan, sexy and secretive, there is something about him that feels familiar. Their entangled past soon comes creeping up to haunt ...more
This is a story of a girl who was just barely surviving who had no memory of her past and the boy who never stopped loving her.
Josie Banks spends her days numbing herself with drugs and sex, no feeling, that's her motto. That is until she catches sight of a boy in an alley that she feels an unexplainable draw to. She sits in the shadowy corner ...more
My heart went out to Josie and to Tristan. Josie with not knowing her past and being plagued with only the awful memories of the past several years. Tristan dealing with her not knowing the love that they shared when they were children/teenagers and the awful pain and suffering that the love of his life has endured. ...more
the surprising twists. and the plot although some were a bit predictable, i liked it how amnesia and Tristan's talent were used. i loved it because it was like my The Artist Trilogy by Karina Halle with less sex in it. lol. yes i found a new book boyfriend and exactly my type, a nerd one! yipee!
Josie Banks has a past. One she can’t remember. But the past that she can remember is one she wished that she didn’t. Josie was found unconscious with no memory and has since been shuffled to foster homes. Now as an adult, Josie is always looking for a way to forget and drugs and sex are the thing she does best. Tristan is haunted by his love for a girl who left him when he was young. When Josie shows up in the bar he works at she looks like McKenzi...more
This book is void of the typical predictability and paranormal elements of most contemporary romances, although chance and fate are major players in this story. This is fiction after all.
Vinning delivers an original storyline and believable characters, articulating a dark tale of the mentally broken, addiction and the restoration of love. It was refreshing to read a ...more
I had never heard of Season Vining before and that is what drew me to this book in the first place. I love to read new authors in hopes of falling in love with their works. Season did not disappoint.
This is a story about Josie. She has addictions that she uses as her crutch from feeling too much. You see she has amnesia and the only things she remembers about her past are bad memories. From what she can remember she has had a very hard life. T ...more
*****5 Meant To Be Stars *****
I will start off by saying that this book is so different from the ones I read. It took be by surprise and I absolutely loved it!!
McKenzi/Josie is a artist who has amnesia and does not remember her childhood. This young woman is broken, lost and yet such a strong person. She looks for different things to fill the void in her life such as sex, drugs, and tagging. You can't help but lo ...more
"Yeah. That's an understatement. You didn't talk to me for like three days, a record for us."
"Damn, guess I cut you off too?" she asked.
"We weren't having sex at fourteen, Josie."
"Nothing?" She asked.
This book is going to challenge you. The characters are dark, gritty, and human, and some downright unlikable until you find yourself su ...more
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Season is a graphic designer by trade and adores all form of art. She's a fan of live music, vintage cars, and people who know the ...more