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.

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