Friday, 20 November 2020

[Blog Tour Review] LITTLE LIES by Helena Hunting (writing as H. Hunting)




Source: Received an egalley to participate in blog tour. 
Also purchased a Kindle copy.
Release Date: November 16, 2020
Number of Pages: 307 (ebook)

DESCRIPTION

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.

A standalone angsty new adult romance.

Heroine:
Lavender Waters (Alex and Violet Waters’ youngest daughter, PUCKED and FOREVER PUCKED couple origin, Pucked Series )

Hero: Kodiak (Kody) Bowman (Rook and Lainey Bowman’s son, A LIE FOR A LIE couple origin, All In Series )
 
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HelenaHuntingAbout Helena Hunting

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 writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy. 
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REVIEW

My heart is so, so full after finishing LITTLE LIES! I went into LITTLE LIES knowing it would feature the kids of some of Helena Hunting's previous heroes and heroines, and I also new it was new adult and that it was going to be angst-y...and I have to say that's a pretty fair assessment, but it was also sweet, endearing, and while it tore me up at first, it definitely put me back together and wrapped me in a big warm hug! By the end it had me grinning and smiling so, so much. :)
 
 
 I'm a huge fan of Helena's Pucked series and her All In series, so I've been eagerly waiting for this one as soon as it was announced ages ago, and it was completely worth the wait! I loved Lavender and Kodiak so much! I also loved seeing all of the younger Pucked/All In kids, too, and I really loved getting to see snippets of their parents. At this point I've been a huge fan of Helena's for years now, and it's been an absolute pleasure following all of these characters for so long. Love, love, loved this one!

Overall, I thought that LITTLE LIES was phenomenal! Helena's writing is superb, fresh, and hilarious as always! The story was compelling, heartwrenching, emotional, and I was utterly and completely hooked! I loved that LITTLE LIES featured flashbacks from Lavender and Kodiak's childhood alongside of their present storyline, and that it alternated POVs between the two of them, as I loved seeing how their past lead them to where they currently were...and I always love getting to see both characters' sides to a romance! 
 
All in all, I absolutely adored this book and I highly recommend it! If you're already a fan of Helena Hunting, then definitely read LITTLE LIES as it is truly one of her best books so far! If you're new to Helena Hunting's writing, then I'd recommend LITTLE LIES if you're a fan of contemporary romances that are angsty, sweet, sexy, and funny!

Star Rating:

★★★★★


EXCERPT

     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.



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