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Little Lies

(Little lies #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  7,577 ratings  ·  1,211 reviews
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 prince
ebook, 307 pages
Published November 16th 2020
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mel ☽
this book really made me realize how ✨desensitized✨ i truly am when it comes to new adult heroes' "assholery" because when the dude was horrible to the heroine? i was like

is- is it me?
is it the copious amounts of new adult books i've read?
is it the characters and their lack of ~spice~ ?
is it the fact that i've read worse "asshole" characters and the dude here is just- meh?

because suddenly... his assholery was MILD (at best). i know i shouldn't compare but... i'm wayyy more of an asshole towards
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-four-stars
4 stars


This book was so different than most Helena Hunting books, but in a good way. I loved the emotional and angsty story of Lavender Waters and Kodiak Bowman. If you've read the 'Pucked' series, Lavender is Alex and Violet's daughter, and Kodiak is Rook and Lainey's son from 'A Lie for a Lie'. Though having the parent's background is great and imo adds a lot to the book, this can most definitely be read as a stand alone.

Lavender and Kodiak used to be really close friends. In fact, Kodia
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books, favorites
A romance filled with angst, between two individuals with internal struggles and demons that with time learn to cope with and without each other...

Oh goodness gracious... my poor, delicate heart... it handled all and everything that H. Hunting aka the queen Helena Hunting was able to throw my way. This book is everything and all that I needed and was looking for, yet not anticipating. I knew that diving in, I felt that this novel would be beyond different in comparison to Helena's other nove
Nov 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020-read, one-star
1 disappointment star

Spoilers Ahead

So this was one my highly anticipated read of the month. I was really excited for it because of the hype regarding how I need to get my tissues ready, how people who normally don’t cry, cried while reading this book. And the teasers omg they were amazing especially the one where Lavender was all like “you think you deserve my kiss now”. I was ready for some strong female lead giving shit to the guy after he fucked things up.

And then I started reading the book
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing


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 Hel
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, favorites
5 Stars!
(ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR)

-Nothing worth fighting for should come easy.


Lavender Waters grew up the daughter of a hockey legend, and was always the one that was a bit different. She seemed to feel things more intensely than others, and was shy and awkward. Now she's nineteen and a sophomore at a new school in Chicago. She's living with her two overprotective brother's and trying to fit in on campus. They still treat her like a delicate flower made of glass, and she wants to
❤️ Nanda ❤️


I don't even know how to start this review other than I'm. Obsessed.

I'm obsessed with Lavender, with Kodiak, with BJ, with River, with Violet as a mom (OMG she's perfect!), with this new side of Helena Hunting that makes me cry my eyes out! (Not cool, lady!)

This book is about soulmates...
Soulmates that are broken and damaged.
Soulmates that identify themselves too soon, and didn't know what to do with that connection, other then rely their fears on each other, since they're just kids.
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
I want to save her from her demons, and me from mine. But they always catch up. No matter how hard we try to outrun them.

I love Helena's contemporary romances, but I'm a sucker for some angst. So when I saw she's realizing an angsty New Adult under a different pen name, well I'm pretty sure I left dust tracks in my rush to sign up for this book.

I'm also a sucker for a good spin-off, so the fact that these are the kids from Pucked and A Lie for a Lie was just icing on the cake
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

Lavender and Kodiak.
We all know their parents from the Pucked and All In series.
Kodiak's dad is still playing hockey and Lavender's dad is the coach. So all the team's kids are basically growing up together as besties and cousins.
At least that's how it is in the prologue. When Lavender is six years old - and Kodiak is nine.
Lavender has always been extremely shy. Her twin brother River talks for her most of the time.
One night something happens that makes Lavender close up even more.
And then we fa
Melanie (mells_view)
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
”We see what we want to, not the truth, especially when it hurts.”

Little Lies is Helena Hunting’s dive into the angsty new adult world with the pen name H. Hunting. Lavender and Kodiak’s story was definitely a rollercoaster of emotions. We follow them in their past, and we also get them presently. We navigate from their closeness as children and learn the things that bond them, and we also learn about what eventually tore them apart. Then, we get to see if they can get past Kodiak’s less than st
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: H. Hunting Fans, New Age, Romance
4 Worth The Fight For It Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
One of the most wanted wishes I have when reading series that have wonderful characters, strong continuing/interlocking books, and cute children produced by the main characters...are books about these children once they are grown. Little Lies does just that.

We have Alex and Violet's daughter, Lavender, from the Hockey series Pucked. We then get from A Lie for a Lie, Kodiak, the Son of Rook and Lainey. These were children we knew from these past
Bookgasms Book Blog
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: missy, ratula
Helena Hunting just wrote one of the most amazing stories I have ever read!! Good God. I am so obsessed with this book it isn't even funny! Kodiak and Lavender were EVERYTHING!! Their chemistry, banter and their overall connection was fantastic. I loved everything about this story!

Ahh just when I thought I couldn't love any Helena Hunting heroine more than Violet, here comes her daughter Lavender who just took my breath away. I absolutely adored Lavender as she was strong and assertive and full
Helena Hunting delivers an emotional love story that feels reminiscent of her Clipped Wings series. Little Lies brings out soul-searing angst with heart melting swoon. It’s definitely one of my 2020 favorites!

Heroine : after a traumatic experience at age six, Lavender Waters (Alex and Violet Waters’ youngest daughter, PUCKED and FOREVER PUCKED couple origin) her older brother’s best friend becomes her safe harbor, the person who understands her anxiety and helps calm her. Their frie
I truly do not understand where the five star reviews came from on this. This author is going on my avoid list for awhile, if I had read this crap first I would have never bothered with the other series. Why do authors do this?why do you make the next generation (the one we watched as children) get screwed around and forgive the guy of everything? I could have dealt with his idiotic reason for “lying to her” while he was so in love with her that he felt like he couldn’t breath, if he had shown t ...more
Alba and Her Secrets..♥
4 'Show me your truth' Stars!
ARC provided via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

I knew as soon as Helena Hunting announced that she was writing Lavender Waters’ book that we would be getting a different style of story than what she normally writes. Little Lies is not like one of Helena’s beloved romcoms, it’s an angsty, emotional new adult romance with a couple that does not have it easy, either in life or in finding their way back to each other. If you read Helena’s Pucked an
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5 Amazing stars

This was a little bit different from what I have read from Helena.It was so good, I couldn't put it down!This was full of angst, I loved every minute of it!The romance was epic and intense.This is a friends to lovers romance.

Lavender and Kodiak known each others their whole life, their relationship is unique.It's an emotional story and heartwarming.Lavender is a fantastic heroine, I loved her, she developed a lot through the story.

This is such a great story with a heavy romance.I
H. Hunting
Nov 15, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

Chapter One
First Day Fuckery

Present day, age 19

“HEY, LAV!” MY brother’s fist slams against the bathroom door, and half a second later it flies open, scaring the living shit out of me as it bashes into the wall.
I jab myself in the eye with my mascara wand, and coffee sloshes down the front of my white tank. I was attempting to multitask. I should know better. “Ow! What the hell, Mav!” I cover my burning eye with my palm and drop my mug in the sink. The handle breaks off. “Goddammit! That
Lisa (Two Bookish Brits)
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Move over Vi, there’s a new female waters taking over!

Lavender waters has my whole entire heart. This girl is something incredible, she’s perfectly imperfect and I love the bones of her! Watching her growth into the strong independent woman she is has been phenomenal. Her struggles are relatable, they’re real and I love that Helena added these and shows just how real they can be.

Lavender Waters is her mother’s daughter. There’s parts that scream violet and I love it so much but at the same time
I will say I am usually not a big fan of next generation books because it feels kinda weird like oh I watched your parents fall in love and have you and now you’re all grown up and having sexual kinks of your own. But honestly this is a generation I didn’t really mind.

Lavender Waters has tried her best to not think about her former best friend Kodiak Bowman after he hurt her years ago but when they both are going to the same college, live just a few doors down from each other and his best friend
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Nothing moved me here it’s the same old collage romance novel that didn’t even have any type of chemistry between the main characters.

The hate to love aspect was done poorly and the excuse of why he was being mean to her has been used many times in other books.

I don’t understand the big connection everyone in the book saw between the main characters. There was no connection.

Sharon Thérèse
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a page-turner! Hunting has crafted a stellar young adult romance that pulled on my heartstrings in such a way I found Little Lies impossible to put down. Although there’s a large cast of characters, the author has made sure that there is no confusion for the new reader. However, if you haven’t read The Pucked or All In series, I can’t recommend either of them enough.

Ooh my! There’s a strong possibility you’ll get hooked on the book in the prologue and from there on in the build-up of te
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book is lucky I am behind on my reading challenge and I am reading anything right now 🤣

The main issue is it didnt know what kind of book it wanted to be. It tried to do dark and comedic, bully and friends to lovers, erotic and NA etc

I didnt even understand what their issues were because it was talked about so vaguely in terms of their anxiety and being toxic. Maybe I didnt care enough to figure it out, idk. All of a sudden they were just fixed.

The dumbest shit ever tho is this guy has tortu
4.5 “This is the truth” Stars

This was damn near perfect. I don’t say that often about books but this, this was damn near perfect. I loved the Pucked Universe, I specifically loved Alex and Violet aka Lavender’s parents and I loved the All in Universe. So to see both these universes collide and give us this, I was already hyped.

Lavender. Lavender is everything you need in a herione. She has anxiety. She has issues but the way she deals and blossoms is so incredible to read. She’s soft but that d
TJ *Book Twins Reviews*
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-top-faves
From the opening pages, I knew this book would be an experience I’d never forget. And boy oh boy did H. Hunting deliver. Not only is this now my favorite Helena Hunting read, but it’s a Top Read of 2020. I simply cannot say enough good things about this book. But I’ll try....

Here’s what I loved:

The characters are hands down the best! The level of emotion and intensity packed into these two blew me off my feet! Lavender in particular, grows and develops so much over the course of the novel. Wha
Rachel K
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
A very generous 2.75 stars.

So it’s just me that thought the second half of this book seemed to be written by someone else, then? I was (weirdly enough) enjoying the first half. Then the showdown in Lavender’s room with Kodiak happened...and it was all downhill from there. Lavender had a complete 180 personality shift, and everything from that point on didn’t make sense. Actually, his treatment of her in the present timeline didn’t make sense...but I persevered...only to skim the second half more
Izzie d
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
"All the little lies I told myself to make the truth less painful have finally caught up with me."

4.5 || Even if you didn't read the Pucked and All in series and you don't know where these kids came from, you should add this to your tbr, you won't regret it.

I've read a lot of Helena rom-coms and her funny and charismatic characters always end up winning my heart, but this? I really hope she writes more of these angsty romances because all the things this book made me feel... amazing.

Carmen Rae
This is one of those times I really wish I didn't read the blurb for this after I had it on my kindle. Because I was so excited to get my hands on it as soon as I saw it, I didn't really worry about the blurb. I just knew it was Lavender's story and she was Violet and Alex's daughter and I NEEDED it.

Then I was gifted an ARC and I read the blurb and got scared I was going to ugly cry all over my kindle. So, I held off reading it. Until finally I couldn't hold out any longer and it ruined my abili
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars

I've loved the Pucked series and I didn't want to miss out on those characters' kids so I read this book as soon as possible.
Little Lies was an emotional roller coaster, I was sucked in the story from the first chapter and I felt the characters' anguish deep into my bones, but I assure you there are also tons of funny scene that gave me relief and comfort.

Lavender, Alex and Violet's daughter, was a shy little girl and after a shocking episode she suffered of panic attacks and and anxiety. Kodia

Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Hands down, this book is one of my most favorite reads by Helena Hunting, writing here for the first time under H. Hunting. After falling in love with the Clipped Wings series in 2016, I was subconsciously waiting for another story by her that's going in this direction. And here I am, 4 years later my wish came true.

You know, you don't have to have read the Pucked Series (at least the books reg. Lavender's parents) or the All In Series (at least the book reg. Kodiak's parents or the one
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