I didn’t even know there was such a thing as ‘addiction romances’ but when I figured out that Noah, the hero in Cross Current, was a problem drinker (not really an alcoholic) I went hunting for examples of how other authors had handled the issue.
Here are my picks of the best books I read that dealt with this. Nalini Singh’s Rock Wedding was probably my favourite (although the hero had a good go at being alphahole of the year in the beginning!)
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh continues her Rock Kiss series with a hot, sweet, emotional contemporary romance about love and forgiveness…After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.
Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love…even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.
But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?
Sometimes rock bottom is the best place to rebuild.
In a drunken stupor, Brandon O’Malley frightens his brother Aidan’s girlfriend, enraging his brother and the rest of his family. Aidan offers Brandon the choice of rehab or jail, and Brandon reluctantly enters treatment. While in rehab, he confronts the lifetime of secrets and resentments that fueled his spiral into alcoholism, and these revelations have a major effect on his entire family.
When he returns home expecting to resume his supervisory role in the family’s construction business, Brandon learns his father has retired and put his younger brother Colin in charge. Brandon is unhappy to be given the job of renovating an apartment building where he loses his heart to an adorable five-year-old tenant named “Mike.”
After he falls hard for Michaela, Brandon becomes involved with her mother Daphne, who is running from a past that will later test his sobriety and his mettle as a man.
THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE…
Former A-list movie star Jed “Jericho” Beaumont had—and lost—it all when prescription drugs and alcohol sent him spiraling out of control. He’s been gone for five years—a lifetime in Hollywood—but he’s finally clean, and he’s ready for a comeback. Jed knows that the character of Laramie in an indie movie called The Promise is the role of a lifetime. He wants it badly enough to sign an outrageous contract with producer Kate O’Laughlin—one that requires Jed to be supervised, 24/7.
THE BRILLIANT WOMAN WHO’S HIS MATCH…
Kate’s producing the movie of her heart, and although Jericho’s an incredible talent, his reputation is for reckless behavior—which could kill this project that she loves. The only solution is to ensure his sobriety by babysitting her handsome leading man—a job that quickly proves challenging. The two are at odds from the start—and sparks quickly fly…