#NewRelease “Little Lies” by H. Hunting

“H. Hunting delivers what must be the most beautifully written, and certainly emotional New Adult books of the year.”
– LJ Shen, USA Today bestselling author

From New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting writing as H. Hunting, comes a beautifully written and emotional new adult romance, Little Lies, available now!


Sarah’s Musings…

5+ BUT I WISH I COULD GIVE IT MORE CROWNS

Without a doubt, one of my favorite Helena books ever! Like tears in my eyes, clutching my heart angst. I love them. I love their story. Their journey was beautiful and profound and hopeful.

Lavender stole the show for me. She was brave and smart, and more than anything, watching her evolve into a strong heroine is a phenomenal experience. She has all the best parts of Alex and Violet, but what I love most about her character is how Helena portrayed her mental health. It was relatable and real. I was able to feel the anxiety and conflict coming off the pages. It was done with delicacy and accuracy, and it gives hope to people out their like Lavender who feel like a happily ever after might not be for them. I also loved that Lavender owned her sexuality, never ashamed of what she wanted or needed. It was amazing to see a young female character who took charge of her needs.

Kodiak is a boy with the biggest heart wrapped with the sharpest thorns. My heart hurt for him. His internal dialogue lets you into his own mental health issues and how it controls and dictates his behavior. Although he is strong for himself and for her, I love that Lavender takes charge more often than not, asserting their need for happiness over the collective concerns and fears. They are a completely who is flawed and loves completely, because of and not in spite of who they are.

This story is filled with angst and heartache. There are moments that I literally gripped my chest because my heart hurt reading some of the dialogue. I felt them like lashings to my soul. Helena expertly places comedic relief to lessen the constant angst, and when we finally get to the reconciliation, the page off is worth the wait. Lavender holds no punches in the bedroom, and I lived for every single moment they were together intimately or not. What ultimately sold the book for me is how the conflict was resolved. It was realistic and mature and just made me love the characters more than I thought I already could.

Helena also introduces us to a world of secondary characters that I fell just as in love with. I need more of these kids. I need them to all have their own stories. Plus, we got cameos, but in a way that enhanced the story of their kids versus shifting the focus.

What makes the story exceptional and a must read is that Helena introduces us to characters who deal with mental health issues. She shows the complexities and difficulties of families who deal with traumatic situations. She shows how love can lead people to make wrong choices in the name of protection, but readers all get to see that love, familial and romantic, can heal. We get to see that when humans listen and learn and put love and happiness first, happiness can be achieved. In a world where we feel hopelessness often, this was a hard fought journey filled with hope that we can all find peace with the right people.

This will be one of my favorite books of 2020. Without question. The new world, the characters, the romance and story of Lavender and Kodiak will be forever engrained in my heart. I hope you get more from this world, and I hope these two continue to pop up over and over again.

ARC REVIEW

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Aundi’s Musings…

5 Figure Eight Crowns

This book is without a doubt my absolute favorite Helena book to date. Lavender and Kodiak are so real, raw and beautifully broken you can’t help by fall in love with their story. This book is pure and visceral causing your heart and soul to ache with the angst that she provides and the hope that you cling to. I wish that I could give this book more stars because to be honest it deserves well more than 5. 

Lavender is absolute perfection; this girl is strong, brave and passionate. Watching the transition from the girl she was to the woman she becomes is awe inspiring. She doesn’t let her past and her anxiety dictate the kind of life she wants to have, she owns her truth and it’s beautiful. But I also love how she owns her sexuality, I find it so refreshing to see a young heroine know what she wants and go for it. She’s not made to feel ashamed for her wants and her needs, she’s made to feel empowered by them it’s a wonderful change of pace to how woman can be portrayed from time to time. 

Kodiak has the biggest heart and he wants nothing more than to be that safe place for Lavender. His brilliant mind can be a hindrance to him at times, fighting with what he wants and reconciling that with the myriad of possible outcomes his mind produces. But his love for Lavender is the kind of love that can consume you if you let it. Its strength is ever present and its tether is so tight that when one of them hurts the other feels the pain. I loved the honesty in their love, and the real way their parent’s handled this kind of connection. Helena portrays their reactions in such a genuine and authentic way, they are scared and unsure and you can feel that connection to them as parents, it brought a whole other layer to this already dimensional storyline. 

This story will bring out so many physical reactions from you. I went from my heart physically aching in my chest, to tears in my eyes, to a smile on my face. This book is so much more than just a story, it’s a full body experience that will live with you long after you’ve finished. I absolutely adored all the secondary characters that Helena has placed throughout because I most definitely need more of this world that she’s created. 

Voluntarily Reviewed an Advanced Complimentary Copy


LittleLies AMAZON (1)

Blurb:

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.

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About 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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3 Comments

  1. Wow, I’m not much for reading angsty books because I honestly don’t like to suffer a lot but seeing how you both loved it so much, I’ll definitely add it to my list.

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