Red’s Review

Little Lies by H. Hunting
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Helena Hunting captured my attention immediately with her book dedication.
“For the ones who feel everything so intensely that it makes the world as painful as it is wonderful.”
I knew Lavender’s story was going to rip my heart out, I just didn’t realize it would start here.

I’ve read the entire Pucked series, including the spinoffs, which is helpful with understanding the small details and personalities of each character, especially the parents, in this emotional love story. However, Little Lies can be read as a standalone. I will say I HIGHLY recommend you start at the beginning. I personally believe the reader will have a completely different and enjoy the experience a little more knowing the complete back story.

The prologue left me gasping for air immediately. I closed my Kindle twice because of my own anxiety kicking into overdrive. The protective mom in me was wound up instantly and that same level of alertness stayed with me through the entire book.

I loved that there is a lack of labels but on the anxiety and social differences Lavender and Kody experience. Everyone is different when faced with these problems. There is no, it should be this way and it only presents itself that way. The difficulties Lavender and Kody experienced was specific to them.

From young children to young adults, life is hard for anyone to navigate, but even harder when fighting an uphill battle with fear and emotional turmoil. Helena Hunting succeeded in making me feel what the characters were experiencing.

Kody is a jerk, Lavender is weird, but together they make sense.

One of my favorite lines isn’t even from the two main characters but from BJ.

“It must be kind of messed up to have found your soul mate before you even understood what it meant.”

For me, this line explains Lavender and Kodiak’s love story perfectly.


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 in 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.

*Little Lies is a 105k standalone new adult romance.

Red’s Guest Review

A Long Way Back by Barbara Elsborg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading and absolutely loving Book 1 in The Unfinished Business Series ” The Making of Jonty Bloom”, I was dying to read Tay’s Story “A Long Way Back”, I didn’t think that it could possibly live up to Jonty’s story or even come close to it, but boy was I wrong.
This angsty and at times heartbreaking story is one of despair, and hopelessness as both the main characters Tay and Ink together try to find a life worth living for. Reading Ink’s backstory broke my heart and made me see what a truly incredible man he is, I absolutely fell in love with him, Tay and Dog as their story played out.
But OMG!!!!! that ending threw me for a 6…… without giving anything away, I can only say it had me very emotional………..
5 Stars all the way !!!!!!!

Blurb;

A serious accident may have left Tay’s body broken, but he’s determined to live an independent life at any cost. Except he’s barely coping. Alone and isolated in London, his only solace comes from the pain numbing drugs he’s become addicted to.

Ink’s on the run. He keeps his head low, but London streets don’t feel safe. The only way to stay under the radar is to keep moving and not let anyone or anything get close. But the stray mutt that’s latched onto Ink has other ideas.

A chance encounter and Ink’s bungled attempt to free himself from his four-legged companion leads to the offer of a job as a live-in helper. Tay’s moody and difficult, but he’s also scared and vulnerable, and Ink finds himself saying yes when he should be saying no.

Can Tay and Ink find a clear path on the road towards true love? Or will their broken lives prove to be one roadblock too many?

This is the second book in the Unfinished Business series but can be read as a standalone.

This story has dark elements and possible triggers for some—bullying, death of a minor, violence, terrorism and drug addiction.

More books by Barbara Elsborg

Reds ALL GENRE Book Club Currently Reading – Love Always, Wild by AM Johnson

Blurb;

Wilder,

When I left that night, I had every intention of coming back to you. To us. But no matter how hard I wish for what I want, there are some things in life that aren’t meant to be. I don’t expect you to understand. You’ve already moved on, living your life. But mine ended that night, nine years ago, and I still can’t let you go. Not sure I ever will. I regret so many things, but hurting you, I’ll never forgive myself. I’m sorry for… everything.

Jax~

****

Jax,


If only you could’ve seen it like I did, the way you were when you thought the world wasn’t watching. How you’d change when I looked at you, when it was just us.
But most of all… I wish you could’ve seen how much it hurt me when you disappeared. Regrets are for cowards. It has always been my belief you should chase after the things you want with actions, not words. There is no such thing as never meant to be.
So this apology… not accepted…

Love always, Wild

**Love Always, Wild is a full-length emotional standalone, HEA, contemporary MM romance featuring second chances, southern accents, a cat named Gandalf, and a sassy best friend who moonlights as a therapist.**