Little Lies, an all-new, angsty and emotional new adult romance from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting writing as H. Hunting is out now!
“H. Hunting pens a heartbreaking tale that leaves readers absolutely breathless from beginning to end. One of her best books yet!” – Stacey Lynn, author
I don’t want you. You mean nothing to me. I never loved you.
I turned my words into swords. And I cut her down. Shoved the blade in and watched her fall.
I said I’d never hurt her, and I did.
Years later, I’m faced with all the little lies, the untruths, the false realities, the damage I inflicted, when all I wanted was to indulge my obsession.
Lavender Waters is the princess in the tower. Even her name is the thing fairy tales are made of.
I used to be the one who saved her. Over and over again.
But I don’t want to save her anymore. I just want to pretend the lies are still the truth.
4 ‘Show me your truth’ Stars!
ARC provided via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.
I knew as soon as Helena Hunting announced that she was writing Lavender Waters’ book that we would be getting a different style of story than what she normally writes. Little Lies is not like one of Helena’s beloved romcoms, it’s an angsty, emotional new adult romance with a couple that does not have it easy, either in life or in finding their way back to each other. If you read Helena’s Pucked and All In series, you cannot miss how these two fall in love!
So, Little Lies is Helena’s debut writing as H. Hunting and, as I said, it’s a new adult romance related to two much-loved series but it can be read as a standalone. This is the love story between Lavender Waters (Alex and Violet’s daughter from the Pucked series) and Kodiak Bowman (Rook and Lainey’s son from the All In series). These two went through a lot together during their childhoods and they shared a unique bond that was supposed to be unbreakable. Several issues provoke their separation and now, as young adults, their relationship has completely changed from love to hate. Or that is what it seems..
For a long time, Kodiak was my safe space. We used to tell each other everything. I thought he was my soul mate—until I screwed everything up and made him hate me, and then he went and made sure I hated him back.
I am thoroughly and happily surprised by this love story and how Helena has changed her style completely with her debut as H. Hunting. Yes, Little Lies still has her unique, quirky characters and some humor mixed in there too but this novel basically was a roller coaster of emotions that made me fall in love with Lavender and Kodiak even more. I loved these kids in the All In series and I was highly anticipating their love story. And let me tell you, it was not an easy one to read but it also was completely worth the wait.
I wish things were different, that I hadn’t brought us here, to this point where she believes I hate her, when it’s really myself I can’t stand.
I loved Lavender and seeing her growth as years go by and I was so proud to see her become such an amazing young woman. And Kodiak! My poor heart! I hated how he treated Lav but I hurt so much seeing how much he loves her and tries to protect her from himself. A beautiful hero that had me just as compelled. These two go through so much, so many issues (especially mental ones), and they come back from everything so strongly. I was so happy when they finally got together as a couple. Little Lies definitely is a slow burn romance but the chemistry between Lavender and Kodiak is palpable from start to finish. Their connection captivated me and I was so joyful when they found their way back and they got their much deserved happy ending.
“I want to take away every hurt I caused, but I don’t know how,” I admit. “You can start by erasing all the little lies with truths.”
Therefore, I am rating Little Lies with 4 STARS because Helena sure gave us the emotional and unique love story that Lavender and Kodiak deserved. It was not an easy journey for these two and their families but their bond was stronger than everything else. Be sure to grab a copy of this one if you enjoy seeing a new style of Hunting’s books and if you love new adult, slow burn romances full of angst, sweetness and a whole lot of feels!
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The front door swings open, and the never-ending nightmare that is this day smacks me in the face like a long-expired sausage. Kodiak stands in the doorway wearing only a pair of swim shorts, wet hair sticking out all over the place, water dripping on the damn floor. But God, is he ever glorious. Muscle layered over muscle, thick biceps flexing as he holds the doorjamb, a mischievous grin popping the dimple in his left cheek.
My heart seizes and gallops. I miss this version of him: the one that smiles and doesn’t hate me.
He ruins everything a moment later by bellowing, “Who’s fucking in the driveway?”
His gaze moves to Dylan, who looks as horrified as I feel, but as it shifts to me, his smile drops and my stomach tightens.
“You should really go,” I tell Dylan.
“I’ll see you around.” He disappears into his car and barely has the door closed before he’s backing out of the driveway and screeching down the street.
I adjust my backpack on my shoulder and head for the house, steeling my spine and my nerves because Kodiak is still standing in the middle of the doorway, his face a mask of indifference. I try to brush by him, but he stays where he is, making it impossible.
I sigh, exhausted beyond belief. I just want to go upstairs and have a good, cathartic cry. I try to mirror his apathy. “Can you move so I can get into my house?”
His brow furrows as his eyes move over my face. He lifts his hand, like maybe he’s thinking about touching me. There’s no way I can handle that. I jerk back and swat his hand away. “What are you doing?”
“Your lip is bleeding.”
“Don’t act like you actually give a shit, Kodiak.”
“Tell me what happened.” His voice is low and soft, and for whatever reason, that makes me even angrier, so I lash out, wanting to wound him the way he keeps wounding me.
“You, Kodiak. You happened, and you ruined my goddamn life. Now get the hell out of my way.” I elbow past him, almost tripping over several sets of running shoes.
I head straight for my bedroom and lock the door behind me. I slide down the wall until my butt hits the floor and close my eyes, taking deep breaths.
I imagined the concern in his voice.
I imagined the pain that sat heavy behind his eyes.
We see what we want to, not the truth, especially when it hurts.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats.
She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.