~Book Review~ “Little Lies” by H. Hunting

My Review:

Lavender and Kodiak . . .so similar and so different  Both suffer strongly from anxiety.  Both can save each other, but also become unhealthily dependent on each other as children causing their parents to make the difficult decision of separating them.

Years later, they have their chance to reconnect and give in to the love they started as children.  But, Kody knows if he gives in to his obsession with Lavender, he’ll ruin her again, so he lies and tells her she means nothing to him.

Fast forward to the present where they are both attending the same college, along with their friends and cousins, and they can’t avoid one another no matter how hard they try to.  They also can’t stay apart.   Lies grow bigger and deeper for Kody until he just can’t do it anymore.  But, will Lavender ever be able to forgive him?

Oh this book . . . it had me in knots and was a real emotional whirlwind.  I hated Kody at one point, but the more I read, the more I loved him and understood how he suffered and why he acted the way that he did.  And, Lavender is so strong and resilient and so grown up.  I adored how she found her own way and own coping mechanisms to deal with the fears and anxieties she suffered through as a child.

Together, their push and pull is epic.  I love how when Lavender was young, she needed Kody to calm her and now, she’s his rock . . . it’s like they came full circle.  Lavender grew to be everything that we knew she would be, even as a small child and that Kody found a way to love her without letting it consume them both.  Their story and characters were so complex.  Helena Hunting did a masterful job of weaving their present together with bits of their past to give readers intimate glimpses of their most defining moments.   5 stars

 “H. Hunting pens a heartbreaking tale that leaves readers absolutely breathless from beginning to end. One of her best books yet!”
– Stacey Lynn, author

 

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!

 

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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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.

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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