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Tuesday, 3 April 2012

ARC Review: Sweet Addiction by Maya Banks + Giveaway!

Sweet Addiction
(Sweet # 6)
by Maya Banks

Cole Madison has been a character we’ve seen throughout the Sweet series. So I was interested to see what Maya Banks had in store for him. However, I never would have anticipated the events that happened in this book. Banks brings readers another exciting, evocative story that will sure to raise your pulse rate and make your toes curl!

SWEET ADDICTION is written in three parts – Lucas, Cole and then Ren. In each respective section, Banks focuses more on one hero and Ren’s relationship with that person. So for example, the first 100 pages of the book covers Ren’s time with Lucas, the man who she is presently seeing and his happy with. However, when Cole Madison walks back into her life after leaving her for what he believes was for her own good, Ren can’t help but wonder what her life would be like if she was with Cole. Lucas sees this spark in Ren’s eyes when she sees Cole and proposes to hand Ren over to Cole for the duration of two weeks where she becomes Cole’s sole possession. In this time, Ren belongs to Cole and at the end of the two weeks, Ren must decide who she wants to spend her future with.

Already the premise of this book is intriguing, but let me tell you, there is so much more in this book that I could ever hope to share with you all. You really need to read it in order to grasp the emotional depth that Banks has poured into this book.
After reading the first 100 pages of this book (Lucas’s part), I thought, “Wow, Lucas really cares for Ren. They truly belong to each other.” The book could have ended there and I would have given it a 5 star rating. But there was more...
I worried that Cole wouldn’t be able to live up to what Lucas had accomplished already. Lucas was firm, but fair. And in those first 100 pages, I really believed that Ren was happy with Lucas. However, in the next few pages or so, Banks lays out the backstory between Cole and Ren and their time together as young adults so helplessly in love. Cole loves her and he shows her how much in those two weeks by her side. By the end of Cole’s part, I again felt overwhelmed, thinking, “Ren and Cole really do love each other. They truly belong to each other.” Hold on. Wait, wait. HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?

Two men. Two incredibly written men. And she has to choose...
My heart is already breaking.

Caught between two men, belonging to both and yet, not really wholly belonging to either one. Ren is placed in an unbearable spot and as I read this book, I found it so difficult to choose between the two because both men are such great people. They both love her and understand her. I am so happy with how the book ended. It was perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing.

In addition to the amazingly written men and the emotional depth, Banks creates a very strong, self-confident heroine in Ren. She is half-Korean and both men adore her Asian attributes. I loved how honest she was and how willing she was to give up control. These men only have control in the bedroom because it was given freely by Ren so seeing her strength throughout this book really made me admire her.

I could go on and on about how much I loved this book, but it won’t mean much unless you pick up SWEET ADDICTION and see for yourself. This book is already on my favorites of 2012 list and I’m sure that there will be some rereads in the near future. It was simply addicting.

* ARC provided by publisher

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Joanne said...

I can't wait to read this book. I have the other books in the Sweet series and they are truly amazingly HOT!!! I'm sure this one is also. Would love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway.

Joanne B

Melissa said...

I am so excited to read this book!! I can't wait!! Maya Banks is such an amazing author. She is one of my favorites!!!


June M. said...

I have not read any of this series but I really need to. They look great! Thank you so much for the chance to win a copy of this book.
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Cheryl S. said...

I have not read this series but you can bet it's going in my TBR pile now! Love Maya Banks!!! Thank you for the giveaway!

Tyraa said...

I don't think you realize how badly I want this one! Grrr. Great review!

Drmgrl99 - Dawn said...

I want this so bad!! Loved the review

Jen B. said...

I love the character of Cole. His restraint and quiet stregnth have intrigued me since he was first introduced. I am so excited! Thanks for the giveaway. jepebATverizonDOTnet

Barbara said...

Thx for the giveaway op! :)

bas1chs said...

Sounds awesome! Can't wait to read it.

Mel B said...

I am not familiar with this series, but I believe that has to change. Sounds amazing!!
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Jackie54736 said...

I have not read this series yet but would love to start. Thanks for another great giveaway. Jackie rings@wwt.net

Di said...

Those are such wonderful comments that I think I should read this book to find out about these characters.
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mcv said...

Another book for my TBR list!

Julianne said...

I haven't read any of this series, but it's on my list. I love the book cover, it's so beautiful. I'd love to win.
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Lexi said...

Wow, to be able to get such a good rating and only be 100 pages in! This sounds hot, can't wait to check it out.

Carol L. said...

Love Maya's books. Can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the great opportunity.
Carol L
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Patricia said...

I love the sweet series and I can't wait to read this book. I like books with lost loves returning theme.

Christi Snow said...

I am so excited about this book... smiles!

pamerd said...


I love this series and I am looking forward to reading this book. I have heard so many good things!

Thanks for the giveaway

Under the Covers said...

Thanks everyone! good luck!


Vanessa N. said...

Thanks for the giveaway.


Danielle West said...

Love this series, can't wait to read Cole's story!

Maria pronounced Mariah said...

Wow...this book sound great!

Thanks for the chance!

Miss Vain's Paranormal Fantasy said...

Thanks for the giveaway Annie Girl, after reading your review I WANT this BOOK!! Hehe XO

lisagkendall said...

Wow such a great review. Thanks. Definitely made me add this one to my wish list. lisagk*at*yahoo(dot)com

Artemis said...

Usually a book written in three parts isn't my cup-o-tea, but the way you have reviewed this one changes my mind. And it IS a Maya Banks "Sweet" after all. . .

ClaudiaGC said...

I love this series! Can't wait to read the last book!