Addiction (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Addiction
Author: Roberta Blablanski
Publisher: Roberta Blablanski
Release Date: August 16th, 2019
Genre(s): Fiction
Page Count: 145
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Addiction can destroy your life. But if you destroy addiction, can you get your life back?

At twenty-eight, Owen Fredrikson is homeless, unemployed, and grappling with drug addiction. Before he let drugs take over his life, he had a pretty sweet job working the front desk of a fancy hotel, his boss was his best friend, and he had a loving fiancé.

After three years together, thirty-three-year-old middle school math teacher Dex Atterbury could no longer ignore Owen’s demons. Dex made the tough decision to part ways, leaving Owen destitute and Dex heartbroken.

When tragedy befalls Owen and Dex is called to his side, Owen has some tough decisions to make. Both men must determine how far they are willing to go to rebuild the life they once shared.

Can Owen conquer his addiction while facing his demons? And can Dex open his heart and trust Owen again?

Addiction is a difficult topic to cover and can be such an emotional experience, but it’s very unique to the person. No one’s addiction is the same and no one’s recovery is the same.

This story was a beautiful telling of two men who had their lives planned out together, until one of them was injured and started taking pain medication and never quit.

The setup for the story was great. Both Owen and Dex had me squeeing at their first date and loving how darn cute Dex was at romance. Their characters were perfect together and I loved every scene with them together, even the ending.

I had expected an emotional tornado of fights and forgiveness and threats and soul crushing love, but I never really felt it. And I think with a topic that’s so emotionally charged, that type of reaction is important for the reader to get a sense of the strong bond between characters and really feel it.

Overall, it kept me engaged and I really enjoyed the characters and the story. It all seemed fair and honest, but I wished it pulled at my heart a bit more than it did.

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Galley copy of Addiction provided by author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after. Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday