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 embrace.
But 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 opium.
Back 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.
An emotional and very real look into drug addictions, secrets, and a powerful love that can overcome anything. Addicted was truly a roller-coaster of emotions from page one.
Anais an Lindsay (Lindsay is a guy btw) have been best friends forever really. But somewhere along the line, their feelings turned into more than just friendship. But both of them have been too afraid of losing their friendship with each other to say anything. Until one night when opium finally gives Lindsay the confidence to do something about the desires he’s had towards Anais for a long while.
But while opium gives him this confidence, it also creates a fatal secret between them, one that threatens even the seemingly indestructible love they share. After some big mistakes and really bad choices on both Anais and Linsday’s behalf, their love is tested to the highest degree.
This was a crazy emotional book. Think Lifetime in book form. It was good though, it got me feeling. Mostly I felt extremely sorry for Lindsay. He is a truly passionate person and all of that passion seems to be driven into two things: opium, and Anais. But when he too is betrayed by her was when I felt like slapping one or both of them.
I won’t get into too much to prevent spoilers, but even though the addiction that Lindsay has is wrong and hurtful to those around him, what Anais did was far worse in my mind. I just cannot understand the choices she makes in this book. To be fair, this is a different time. The book takes place in 1850, so the times are very different, and the choices we have these days were not so prominent then. But I sometimes felt like Anais didn’t deserve Lindsay, despite his big flaws.
The one thing I will say that was a bit of a downer, was that the whole “Anais has a big fat secret, but she can’t let Lindsay [or the reader] find out what it is” went on for WAY too long. The majority of the book is about this pretty much, and I just thought it could have been condensed a bit and still would have come across just a strong and powerful as it did.
Overall though, I had trouble putting this one down. It’s emotional, and real, and truly makes you take a hard look into what love is capable of overcoming, and what love should be. Very beautiful, while at the same time being quite steamy and sexy as well.