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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 embraceBut 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 opiumBack home, Lindsay s addiction is fed by the vogue for all things Oriental especially its sensual pleasures in fashionable London society In his lucid moments, Lindsay still lusts after Anais, who can neither allow him near nor forget his smoldering touch Tortured by two obsessions opium and Anais Lindsay must ultimately decide which is the one he truly cannot live without


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  1. UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish says:

    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 arethan 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, butthan th 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 arethan 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, butthan that, she s given us a beautiful love story worth reading. What I really appreciated about this book was how honestly it dealt with substance abuse and its effects on the people around us This wasn t a message book preaching the horrors of addiction, rather it was a touching story about two people who had known and loved each other since childhood and were now, as adults, affected by a powerful addiction The question that had to be answered was this Was Anais hold over Lindsay s heart and soul powerful enough to not only survive, but break the physical hold his mistress, Opium, had over his body I had a tough time getting into this at first It seemed to move a little slow for me, but that eventually changed and became a can t put it down , emotional read Speaking of emotional, I was brought to tears during a scene where both Lindsay and Anais watched on as the terrible price of Lindsay s addiction played out before them And I have to say, I wouldn t have wanted it to work out any other way because sometimes the best happily ever afters have to go through hell before they truly can be happily forever afters.While the cover claims this to be an erotic novel, it didn t strike me as such The story was great and the sex hot and plentiful, but to me, and Merriam Webster, erotic a is something intended to arouse a sexual response The reason I m making this distinction is because we ve all read books that are labeled erotic and found that often times the stories themselves aren t worth paper it took to print them on I don t want to see anyone pass up this book because they re concerned that page after page of sex will diminish the real treasure found in Addicted a story of unconditional love.Sexual Content pretty much vanilla with one very brief, not terribly descriptive finger at the back door moment


  2. Shawna Shawna says:

    5 stars Erotic Historical RomanceThis 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 5 stars Erotic Historical RomanceThis 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 tears them apart.Lindsay longs for reconciliation with Anais, but she can t ignore or accept his opium habit and then devastating secrets of her own are revealed that threaten to drive the lovers apart even further Can Lindsay and Anais find their way back to each other and forgive and heal the wounds of the past Or are his opium obsession and her deception obstacles that can t be overcome This heartfelt, passionate line spoken by Lindsay Markham to his lifelong love Anais brought tears to my eyes 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 yearningforever yours. Addicted is a beautiful, emotional, touching, and sensuous story that will stay with you long after you ve finished reading it Verrry big 5 stars And it also has one of the most stunningly beautiful covers of 2009, IMHO


  3. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    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 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 ever read The Love between the hero and heroine just leaps off of the pages as does the suffering they both go through The story was excellent and I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a steamy story full of total and absolute love among the two main characters, angst, heart ache, challenges, and a truly happy ending I am sure to be readingof Charlottes work for this book I will never forget


  4. Eastofoz Eastofoz says:

    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 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 found in books and especially in erotica Mind you, this book isn t exactly erotica , but it s an extra spiced up version of a good historical that s typical of Spice books No raunch o rama just a good dose of borderline explicit sex that s well placed and not just chucked in pell mell here there and everywhere.So, the story it s starts out with Lindsay who happens to be a serious opium addict and delves into his feelings for his best friend Anais Both come from aristocratic families so certain things are expected of them They ve been friends since they were kids and over the years they ve fallen in love but neither really wants to tell the other until one fateful night that sets the love story in motion Anais has a nasty b for a friend who throws their world into a squalid corner of hell and it s the road out of this hell that the story is centered around Before all that the reader is introduced to Lindsay as an opium smoker reveling in his addiction and it s here that the author s talent just shines My initial problem prior to reading this book was that the hero was a drug addict and for me a drug addict has no control so he couldn t possibly be a strong alpha hero and I don t like betas or namby pamby victim heroes for that matter Soooo, I mistakenly thought that this book would be about the heroine having to save the wishy washy druggie hero Well not quite The author brilliantly describes how the hero becomes addicted by making the drug seem so enticing and inviting but all the while you think like the hero that it sof a recreational use than anything else His drug addiction is woven into the love story and mirrors the different stages of the relationship, something that must be very very hard to do as an author because it s like fitting the pieces of a jagged puzzle together to paint a clear picture that you ll never actually see This picture smacks you in the face though time and time again Now you might be thinking, I still don t want to read a book about a drug addict, well the addiction is a backdrop for the most part and the rollercoaster ride of the relationship between the h h is what s at the forefront Some horrible, horrible things happen to these two that will just stain your soul and leave you feeling OMG drained beyond belief because what you think will happen doesn t and my hat s off to the author for going against the grain here and not making everything picture perfect It s also a good lesson in the importance of communication because so many bad things can happen when no one says anything What could ve turned into the dreaded big misunderstanding morphs into something that just makes your skin crawl and it s done surprisingly well That s not to say that there s no HEA for those of you who freak out if the romance novel is HEA less but not everything gets fixed up and prettied which is what makes it so emotionally challenging to get through As Lindsay spirals into his addiction and desperately tries to get clean you just can t help but scream out why is the author doing this to him Fix it dammit because that s what authors are supposed to do in romance books right Very refreshing to get a different twist on that angle let me tell you There are parts that will likely make you cry for their bittersweet beauty and others because they re just so flippin heartbreaking If you like Megan Hart s contemporaries that suck the life right of you making you want to drown yourself in scads of Katie MacAlister Sandra Hill Julia Quinn the world is a bright and beautiful place novels right after to find some balance again lol , then you ll love Charlotte Featherstone s historical version You feel so spent when you re done and every once in a while, I for one, need a good book like that.The writing style is very good It s vivid I can still see what happened , haunting and at times breathtakingly sensual The steam scenes are well done especially towards the end where you could nearly feel the sticky, sweaty humidity in the room as the two of them take a whirl at the horizontal mambo The tragedies that happen to the h h are disturbing and will bleed you dry emotionally leaving the reader completely exhausted but in a good way DSo why not 5 stars when everything seems really good Well. Is Lindsayof an alpha than a beta I don t know, it s hard to say and that certainly speaks volumes Was Anais an idiot Yes, um wait, no Are the secrets predictable I don t know but I certainly went bug eyed when they were revealed It s the story as a whole that s well told here making things that appear typical on the surface really quite difficult to categorize and treat as black and white oh those nasty shades of grey that make you pull out your hair and frustrate the reader again in a good way lol 4.5 stars for me only because I still need my shot of the black and white take charge alpha hero somewhere in the end


  5. Didi Didi says:

    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 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 Lindsay hero were full of bottled of lust and passionate love While at first before all the drama their love was new and white hot, later it became painfully desperate and fuelled by memories and ill fated decisions Lindsay used opium in a myriad of ways that always came back to Anais.In the beginning it was a bad habit, but slowly with the erosion of everything he held dear, it became his lifeline, his escape from the harsh mess of the life he lived, the ones he lost and the betrayal he endured The BIG secret Anais hid from Lindsay was predictable, but still shocking in it s deception It was a secret that was ultimately reversible in it s nature This is where I started questioning the story Dependence, whether it be substance abuse or something else, can devastate bonds between people like nothing else It can ruin and destroy, butcher and decimate, but in this particular book the blame seemed to be primarily on Lindsay s part What about what Anais did Lindsay was an opium addict, a dependence that grew exponentially against the problems in his life But Anais s secret was just as decimating.There is forgiveness of course and the will to let go of something desperately relied on for escape, but Lindsay had to let go for himself I completely agreed with that, but his acceptance of all the deception surrounding him was too easily given It takes two people, each harboring their own secrets, to destroy a relationship Personally I felt Anais decisions regarding her secret were despicable I liked Anais at the beginning but by the end she was not someone I would call admirable or likable.This is my conundrum The story so rich and sensual but decisions made, with the blame soley on the hero, has left me unsatisfied but moved at the same time The ending was very sweet, the effects of withdrawal realistically portrayed Even the epilogue was sweet but reminded me that Anais decision, and eventually Lindsay s about her secret was WRONG Things should have been fought for Things could have been done to right the wrongs of the past ButSo, a beautiful HR Sensual and erotic in it s execution, but some pivotal actions leaving me feeling cheated somehow, disappointed, bittersweet I am very interested in Lord Worthington s story though He was a rake like no other with a darker side fed by debauchery


  6. Dina Dina says:

    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 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 through His eyes, the color of Irish moss, were fringed with long, black lashes that were utterly wasted on a man He was beautiful, the very epitome of a brooding poet, but with his hair worn long, and the sinful curve of his mouth, which was usually shadowed with a night beard, he reminded Anais not of a poet, but a fallen angel, the sort who would tempt any woman into an indiscretion with a smile and a flash of his eyes. It s beenthan six months and I still remember this book Loved it, loved it, loved it


  7. Maureen Feeney Maureen Feeney says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Anais Darnby 30 and Lindsay Markham 28 , Best friends since children have always had a secret love for each other When they finally confess their love, their future looks sealed with love But when a drug influenced Lindsay is seduced by Anais friend, we are caught on a rollercoaster of emotions, misunderstandings, betrayal,love ,hate, euphoria I was caught between giving this a 4 or a 5 I very very seldom cry reading a book but with Addicted I found myself in tears 3 times, at some point Anais Darnby 30 and Lindsay Markham 28 , Best friends since children have always had a secret love for each other When they finally confess their love, their future looks sealed with love But when a drug influenced Lindsay is seduced by Anais friend, we are caught on a rollercoaster of emotions, misunderstandings, betrayal,love ,hate, euphoria I was caught between giving this a 4 or a 5 I very very seldom cry reading a book but with Addicted I found myself in tears 3 times, at some point I forgot this was a fictional story and started to believe in the characters and their pain Anais I loved straight away with her curvy figure and captivating personality, she was a breath of fresh air after reading a load of books with silly simpering virginal Heroines I hated Lindsay for hurting her, then I was torn by Lindsays pain and angry at Anais for hurting him, then all the hurt and love would start again At one point I thought Anais a cold bitch and wanted to slap her..then I was crying for her Bloody Hell, I was an emotional sobbing wreck when the book finished.Lindsay was a tortured soul and though I know nothing about opium addiction CF brought a realistic feeling to Lindsay s suffering and pain My heart was wrenching with pity when he was withdrawing from Opium and begging for help Anais and Lindsay together had a bond that was nearly visible, and when both of these made terrible mistakes it was their love that seen them through The love scenes are hot but not overly erotic, actually there is one profound love scene that nearly moved me to tears because it was so emotional I just wish everything was tied up neatly at the end and the HEA complete I finished the book thinking of Mina, and would she some day know the truth and forgive them as easy as they forgave each other This is a book I highly recommend, because as you close the book the story will stay with you for a long time Now Im off to read the sequel Sinful


  8. Kristen Kristen says:

    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.


  9. Adrienne Adrienne says:

    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 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 Lyndsay is very very sexually attracted to Anais you could say he is addticted to her also which together with soul destroying events is in part what turns his recreational use of opium into something so much deeper and tragic.The whole story is one of love, misunderstanding, a web of lies spun not so much to deceive but to protect both parties, and the soul destroying truth of what happened to fuel the lies between them Lyndsay eventually looses his mind to opium, becoming a frequentor of opium dens in the East End of London, where he finally ODs.Fortunately for Lyndsay he has a good set of friends, a wonderful Gentlemans gentleman, and finally Anais who wisely decides to stay by his side and his problem with his opium addiction is very emotionally and painfully resolved These scenes are extremely well written very atmospheric The ending has an HEA Which is well balanced to the story I think it s the right HEA for Lyndsay and Anais.I found it to be a so very emotional, so dark and oh so intense read which is counter balanced by the love intimate scenes between Lyndsay and Anais which are so sensuously written they literally burn into your mind, and there are pages of them.If you like tormented Souls who loses themselves and then find themselves then this may be a good read for you A keeper for me forever


  10. Mimi Smith Mimi Smith says:

    3.5 starsUpon 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 shedesires of me at the same time, she understands and fulfills myneeds As any mistress she is, at times, demanding to the point ofsuffocation, always wantingneedingBut when I cometo her, she loves me like nothing or no one ever has.All she wan 3.5 starsUpon 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 shedesires of me at the same time, she understands and fulfills myneeds As any mistress she is, at times, demanding to the point ofsuffocation, always wantingneedingBut when I cometo her, she loves me like nothing or no one ever has.All she wants is my return to her, night after night, hour after hour.And I do return with eager anticipation She always welcomes myhomecoming with outstretched arms and together, we make thesweetest, most decadent love, a love where two become one Where Ibecome so coiled in her powers that I never want to leave I loved this description at the beginning The way Lindsay talks about opium and his addiction, so poetic, like she is indeed his love, his mistress, his only We see there, the realness and scope of his addiction It s a sad and realistic picture of his dependence But even there, at the beginning, we see something, someone is pulling him back, fighting with his mistress His true love His AnaisIt is always a m nage, this coming together Always my mistresscomes between my flesh lover and me But in this world of red smokeand dreams, the two who hold me enraptured, live harmoniously sideby side There is no anger No petty jealousy for my attention Nodemands that I give up the other For I couldn t I need both like I need breath.One rules my mind and my strength the other, my heart, soul and body I loved the style of writing and was deeply pulled in the drama and the story from page one I suffered with Lindsey while he struggles with addiction, making bad choices, not caring, since the pull was just TOO strong I was sympathetic with Anais too, at first But at some point I just became exasperated with both of them, because of their pride and stubbornness, and God knows what else, they hurt each other horribly I found, in the end, I could forgive Lindsay s actions, while he struggled with drugs, but with Anais it was a bigger problem When the book starts, we see Lindsay, hopeful, in love, planning to propose to Anais Yet, because of deceit and his weakness for drugs, it all goes horribly wrong Anais leaves and hides, and he can t find her, no matter how much he tries So he leaves to Constantinople, giving in to his weaknesses and vices.Ten months later, he comes back Hoping he could do something, anything to win her back But problems arise His friend is obviously interested in Anais, and she is obviously avoiding him and hiding something And we arrive to the secret that bothered methan anything else in this book Not only what it was, but how she chose to keep it By making him feel like he was less, beneath her, just so she could keep it safe That Is Not RightSmoking it, inhaling it, what does it matter, she hissed, it isstill something that I cannot condone His face reddened, he was ashamedthat she knew his secret, but she plunged on, knowingshe was wielding a weapon that would likely destroy him I don twant a future with you, Lindsay I will not stand by and watch youstumbling about in the state in which I last saw you I am repulsed whenever I remember the way you staggered toward me Now, if this was completely true, then ok It s a cruel way to say it, but all right, But she said it so she could hurt him, so he would back off, so he doesn t find out something HE HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW Now onto the spoilerific mini rant view spoiler I hate, hate, hate Secret Baby Plot It is never ok to keep a child a secret from its parent unless you think he will do it harm When she had it, then fine, he wasn t there But later, when he came home, she planned to keep it from him How she had his baby and gave it away He had a right to know I could understand why she gave it away the way she approached the whole thing was just wrong I would ve preferred if she really had had an affair with his friend and had a child with him hide spoiler That said, I generally found Lindsay a very interesting character, I liked reading about him, the side characters were great and I was somewhat mollified at the end, when they just went We made our mistakes, now let s forgive and we shall be forgiven and kicked opium s ass Ending the book felt good, actually It gave me a hopeful feeling I like the way the author writes and I think if the secret was different i would ve liked the book , even with all the angst.Now, somequotesCome back to me, Anais, he pleaded through the wood I willstop I can stop Just give me something to stop for You ll be gone Won t you Yes, Lindsay I will be gone Then I shall smoke , and you ll come back to me.You alwayscome back to me, walking out of the smoke and into my arms I love your smile, the sweetness of your face and the way youreyes crinkle when you laugh I love the way your hair glimmers in thesunlight and how your curls look wild when you take your bonnet offand let the wind blow little wisps of hair into your eyes I love brushing those wisps away, just so I can touch you