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Pretty Thing

(Naughty Things #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  888 ratings  ·  202 reviews
My best friend made damn sure I knew the rules. His sister was strictly off limits.

Growing up it was always the three of us. Me, my twin brother, Kyle, and our best friend, Aiden. We were inseparable all the way through high school.

Did I picture myself with Aiden from the first moment I laid eyes on him back when we were eight? Hell. Yes. I fell in love with
Published April 15th 2019 by Science Future Press (first published April 14th 2019)
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Mindy Lou's Book Review
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was an unexpectedly sweet read from J.A. Huss. I'm used to the mind twists that this author throws in her stories. It looks like she wanted to do a new thing with this book and I enjoyed it very much.

Pretty Thing is more of a contemporary love story with the best friend's sister trope. It's very sweet and also has a sad element to it. It will get you right in the feels when you uncover a little something from Kali's brother. And that ending! Oh man, that had me crying like a baby. Be ready
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
Well this story was so different from the rest of Julie’s books and it was such a sweet story ☺

Twins Kali & Kyle meet Aiden when they are 8 years old. He moved into their neighbourhood and they become firm friends. Even from a young age Kali hero worshipped Aiden and this developed into a huge crush as they moved into their teenage years.

Kyle was very aware of Kali’s crush and warned Aiden to steer clear of his sister. Aiden respectfully went along with Kyle’s wishes and keep her at arms length,
Melissa B (bookaddict_fanatic)
Oh WOW.... is there something Julie can't write... NOPE ABSOLUTELY NOT!! She's given us.. twists and turns, mind-blowing, suspenseful, keeping you on the edge of your seat and now she's giving us a quick, sweet emotional read. You will be blown away with this raw, captivating read that will have you devouring page after page while putting tears in your eyes and a smile on your face. This was not at all what I expected from this book; needless to say, I absolutely LOVED this story and so will you ...more
Andrea Fleury
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A message and a confession

This book was very deep and so hard to explain. There are 3 friends. A set of twins and a boy. Then one of the twins the boy dies. Secretly the boy has always loved the twin girl. But Kyle the boy who died tells Aiden we were friends first just you and i. Now since Kyle has passed on Aiden and kylie can be together and he can confess his true feelings to her. But Kyle has left each one a message. Aiden is afraid he has lost kylie as well.
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
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Pretty Thing is not typical JA Huss in that there isn't any real mind-twisting or conspiracy theorizing or nail-biting suspense. However, it was a solid and sweet story.

I agree, it was very different, and also very sweet... Since I didn't expect sweet, I had a little bit of difficulty entering
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh mother of all things holy, this book made me an emotional mess.

ARC received in exchange for an honest review

I’ve been a big fan of JA Huss’ books for a while now and once I read the info on this book I knew I had to read it. Knowing how amazing JA Huss is with her words I just knew I would love this one as much as her other ones if not more and I was right, this book was amazing.

Kali and Aiden are experiencing grief that no one should have to deal with, the death of their best friend and br
Cj Loves Books
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SWOON WORTHY! You have to get past a little heartbreak in the beginning, but oh my, oh my, the swoon action on this one is off the charts.

Julie really can write a sweet, story, but still with tons of naughty fun times.
KB Kind
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book and I’m a sobbing mess with a massive book hangover. I’m not sure I can find the words for this one. Just be prepared for ALL the feels. This is not your typical “best friend’s sister” book. Grab a glass of wine, a box of tissues and settle in.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books, arc
Only J.A. Huss can make me cry, make me laugh and make me fan myself, all while reading one book! But with Pretty Thing, she did all that and so much more. I didn't know what to expect with this poignant tale of 3 friends and the way life moves forward when the trio becomes a duo. And yeah, it had been years since Kali, her twin brother Kyle and their best friend Aiden were all together but the bonds they created from the first time they met at the tender age of eight could never truly be severe ...more
Meow Meow
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As usual, JA Huss has written another hit! This book is a standalone, friends to lovers book that has all the feels. It's more tender and romantic than I usually go for, and it made me feel things in my gut. It did hit close to home for me, because I have a twin and this is my biggest fear. That made it slightly more difficult for me personally to enjoy the story, because I was heartbroken the entire book. But that's my issue, that's not an issue with the story or the writing. There's a nod to a ...more
Becky Rendon
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I don't know where that came from but Wow! JA Huss swept me off my feet. She knocked my knees out from underneath me and pushed me in a fast flowing river at the same time. So instead of wobbling like a fawn to stand, I'm caught in the current that is Pretty Thing.
Dead Notes is all kinds of messed up and yet the sweetest thing ever. I'm both intrigued and horrified by it. I know that anyone who has lost someone close will feel the same way but it is such a vital part of this love story. As
Tiera McMillian
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: april-2019
A to the freaking DORABLE. This book broke me down a couple times.. it was just sooo sad, and kind of beautiful and still so sad and made me happy too. Thats right I'm a freaking mess.. All in all I really enjoyed it because it was more than just romance it was more about just love in general, the love between a boy and girl, the love between brothers, friends, twins, family... It just jackknifed me right in the feels! Gah my heart is a road map of pieces, both broken and then put back together ...more
PP's Bookshelf
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Goosebumps and palpitations. Tears those won't stop. An aching sensation in my chest and avalanche of emotions in my heart. And that almost sums up my reaction to Pretty Thing
by JA Huss. This was simple brilliance from a genius author.

On surface Pretty Thing is a brother's best friend romance. The similarity ends there. Aiden and Kali are lonely, angry, sad and desolate after Kyle, Kali's twin brother and Aiden's best friend is suddenly gone. Years have passed to create a rift between them. Bu
Stephanie Ditmore
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. This book was amazing, it was heart wrenching, emotional and I couldn’t put it down. When you lose the most important person in your life how do you deal with the loss? Kali and Aiden are dealing with the loss of Kali’s twin Kyle, they’ve all known each other since they were kids and Kali has always been off limits to his friends especially Aiden. Aiden and Kali have always had a special bond and as they grew older it started turning i ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pretty Thing by JA Huss is a standalone romance with a twist.

Pretty Thing is an emotional read and I recommend to have tissues at hand, I certainly needed them.
Meet Kali and Aiden on one of their worst days of their lives. The two and Kali' twin Kyle grew up together and they were like wite on rice. But life got in the way. While Aiden and Kyle build a business together, Kali left for the city and became a successful chef.
Aiden always liked her, loved her, but she strictly was off limits -Kyle d
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pure Relationship Feels, Stunning Story!!

Poignant story of Kali and Aiden as they bury her twin, and his best friend Kyle. The three meet at age eight, and when Aiden starts to notice Kali at about age fourteen Kyle reminds Aiden that he is *his* friend first – keep away from my twin sister. Kali had moved to another town to try life as a “single”. She is surprised by the maturity, musculature and tattoos of Aiden when she returns for the funeral.

Feelings are the star of this story. Loss, life,
Melissa Schaub
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pretty Thing is such a sweet, heart felt story that I devoured in one sitting. I honestly spent the entire book waiting for the twist, that I have come to expect with this author and I was shocked when I realized that this author writes sweet romance as well as she writes wtf romances!

Kyle, his twin, Kali and their best friend Aiden were always a package deal...until they weren’t. Now Aiden and Kali are left dealing with their new reality. Then turn to each other in the moment of need and now t
Michell Hall casper
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think J.A Huss is going soft on us. LOL!!!

I am a huge fan of Huss. I have read almost all of her books except the Junco series. And she hasn't written anything like Pretty Thing. This book for me had more of a contemporary feel to it. And I loved every word.

This story will take you on a journey of loss, pain, love, and the struggles of loyalty. This book was such an emotional read. Something I'm not used to by Huss. But it was beautifully written. There were so many elements that tied this s
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Hmm I’m in such a book funk 😖 this just didn’t grab me😔
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one was emotional, a story of true love finally having there day and life after death.
I also loved the illustration of their names at every chapter
Oh, my heart! This one was really touching... and honestly, that surprised me in the best if ways😁
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J.A. Huss is definitely a very versatile writer. I truly believe there is absolutely nothing she cannot write. In Pretty Thing we get something different and I absolutely loved it! It was sweet, emotional and captivated me from the start. Kyle, his sister Kali and Aiden have been friends since they were kids. Kyle and Aiden were best friends and had only one rule, Kali was off limits to Aiden. And he always honored that promise, until now.

Kali and Aiden have lost Kyle unexpectedly and are lost
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve slowly been chipping away at this book (as a reward) because finals. It never would have taken me this long to finish it otherwise, but bingeing it in the middle of the night when I should be working on a midterm is quintessentially me, so let’s not fault me for that.

But I digress. Julie Huss. What an amazing storyteller. She has a very distinctive style of writing and I genuinely love it so much. I don’t what it is exactly, but it just feels so personal as you’re reading it, you know? Almo
Julie Lavalle
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You will definitely need tissues to read this one, oh my what an emotional read!!! This is not your normal twist of a tale you expect from JA Huss, this is a beautifully written heartbreakingly sweet read that will have you crying both sad and happy tears.

Aiden, Kali and Kyle have known each other since they were 8 years old, since that first meeting Kali and Kyle fell in love – were completely drawn to each – Kyle made it very clear --- Kali was off limits. Now with Kyle gone will it bring the
Kari Hansen
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kyle and his twin sister Kali have been best friends with Aiden since they were eight years old. The only rule that Kyle made is that Kali and Aiden could never be more than friends and Aiden has never crossed that line despite the attraction he felt for her.

Now Kyle has passed away and the other two in the trio are left reeling. Unable to make sense of the situation they seek solace and comfort in each other and the feelings that they have never acted upon are now stronger than ever. Will they
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just wow. I’m not going to go into what Pretty Thing is about but just about how reading it made me feel. This book is so different from the JA Huss books I’m used to reading. I went into reading this blind. I didn’t read the blurb or read any reviews. So instead of an edgy twisty turny sizzling hot book from my favorite edgy twisty turny sizzling hot author, I get a romantic book that starts out angsty, tearing at my heartstrings. It had me blowing my snotty nose and getting all puffy eyed ...more
Sharon Betts
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Twins Kali and Kyle, had been best friends with Aiden since they were 8 years old. Kali and Aiden had a crush on each other since those early days, but Kyle had made it clear, "You were my friend first" and his sister was off limits to Aiden. But, it's not 3 friends any more, Kyle died in a freak accident, and now it's Kali and Aiden, and the 'forbidden' thing between them.
This is a wonderful, heart wrenching, story of loss and grief, of going against a best friend/brother's wishes, a story of
Melissa Fisher
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved every word!!

The one thing I have learned from reading JA Huss books is to always expect the unexpected. This one is no exception. We get a softer, sweeter, more emotional story here. Not taking anything away from any of her other stories, but this one tipped the emotional scale for me. I laughed. I cried, oh man did I cry. And I OH My'd. If this is a softer side to JA Huss, then I am totally on board!
This story reminds me that you can't let time or distance or what other people say and th
Ginelle Blanch
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emotional and raw, the whole book through!

A different spin on one of my favorite tropes. If you're in the mood for a tear-jerker, this is a book you will want to read!

Real, so real, in a way I've come to expect from this author. She nails emotion every single time. This isn't a sunshine and roses read. While there are certainly happy moments, this book is about loss and learning to cope. Leaning on the person you thought you maybe shouldn't lean on but, who also was the only and best option. S
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J.A. Huss never wanted to be a writer and she still dreams of that elusive career as an astronaut. She originally went to school to become an equine veterinarian but soon figured out they keep horrible hours and decided to go to grad school instead. That Ph.D wasn’t all it was cracked up to be (and she really sucked at the whole scientist thing), so she dropped out and got a M.S. in forensic toxic ...more

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