Review: Cheat Sheet (Sarah Adams)

The Cheat Sheet
Author: Sarah Adams
Publication Date: August 17, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Is it ever too late to leave the friend-zone?

Hi, my name is Bree Camden, and I’m hopelessly in love with my best friend and star quarterback Nathan Donelson (so is half of America, judging by the tabloids and how much the guy dates). The first step is admitting, right? Except, I can never admit it to him because he clearly doesn’t see me that way, and the last thing I want is for things to get weird between us.

Nothing but good old-fashioned, no-touching-the-sexiest-man-alive, platonic friendship for us! Everything is exactly how I like it! Yes. Good. (I’m not crying, I’m just peeling an onion.)

Our friendship is going swimmingly until I accidentally spill my beans to a reporter over too much tequila, and now the world seems to think me and Nathan belong together. Oh, and did I mention we have to date publicly for three weeks until after the Super Bowl because we signed a contract with…oops, forgot I can’t tell anyone about that!

Bottom line is, now my best friend is smudging all the lines and acting very un-platonic, and I’m just trying to keep my body from bursting into flames every time he touches me.

How am I going to make it through three weeks of fake dating Nathan without anything changing between us? Especially when it almost-sort-a-kinda seems like he’s fighting for a completely different outcome?

Send help.
XO Bree

Buckle up for a slow burn, sports romance with combustible chemistry from the first chapter, laugh-out-loud humor, and easy to love characters. The Cheat Sheet has all the sizzle, but no on-page explicit content (PG-13 equivalent for mild language, implied sexual situations, and alcohol use). 


I have a new favorite Sarah Adams’s book!!! I know, I know. I say that with each new release of hers, but I can’t help myself! I love them all and they just keep getting better and better.

What did I love about The Cheat Sheet? GAH! Everything! I love a best friends to lovers romance, and this one hit the spot with both Bree and Nathan secretly pining for each other for YEARS. Years, people! Their secret love for each other was so sweet. I couldn’t get enough of it. And then for Bree and Nathan to be brought together by a possible fake dating situation? There’s another one of my favorite tropes that was adorable in this situation. Add in some help by Nathan’s teammates in getting them together and there wasn’t really anything else I could ask for. I guess I could have asked for some funny or swoon worthy moments, but Sarah Adams had those covered, too.  The Cheat Sheet was one of those low drama, highly entertaining contemporary romances that made my heart happy. I could have read 100 more pages about Bree and Nathan.

As I say with each new Sarah Adams’ release: I LOVED IT! I’m so sad it’s over and I can’t wait for her next book. I really hope she decides to write another book in The Cheat Sheet world. I would love for all those football teammates I met and loved to get their own books. They’re so worthy!

Review: Wreck (Ginger Scott)

Wreck
Series: Fuel, #2

Author: Ginger Scott
Publication Date: July 16, 2021
Genre: Contemporary, Sports Romance, New Adult
Note: This review is for an ARC I received from WordSmith Publicity and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

**Wreck is the second book in the brother’s-best-friend, friends-to-lovers Fuel Series by Ginger Scott.

When Dustin Bridges left Camp Verde to try to make it on his own, he left half his heart behind. A life with Hannah Judge was just too dangerous. A mountain of chaos and violence was always aiming for the target on Dustin’s back, and that made giving up the only person he ever loved feel necessary.

But impossible isn’t a word Dustin believes in. Defying odds is what he’s good at. It’s how he’s survived. And when fate calls him home, he sees it as his chance to take back his girl, to make his heart whole and to put his makeshift family back together.

Just one thing. That family? And more importantly, that girl? They want nothing to do with him.

When Dustin left Hannah without a word, he broke a promise. More than that, he broke a bond. He broke Hannah. The life she saw in her future was gone in a blink, and in its place she grew a heart of stone and a craving for danger.

But isn’t danger what Dustin Bridges is really all about?


I couldn’t wait to read Wreck after the end of Shift. I have to admit I was nervous for Dustin and Hannah. Ginger Scott put them through a lot in Shift and I wasn’t sure what that was going to mean for them in Wreck — especially since it’s the second book out of three in the series. Since Wreck is the middle book in the series, I want to review it a bit differently. Instead of my regular review type, I’m going to give you the thoughts I wrote down while in the midst of reading it. For some reason, that makes more sense to me.

First impression: I loved how Wreck started out. The vibe was slightly different than Shift. A little less angsty and also more mature. I liked that a lot. It’s been four years, but Dustin and Hannah are both still reeling from the events of that first book. He knows he messed up. She hasn’t completely let go. When life throws them back together, the sparks are still there and so is the drama. I loved how Hannah’s family was heavily involved and what that meant when it came to Hannah and Dustin. I want them together!

Half way through: Okay. Who turned up the angst??? That sense of dread I had when I was reading Shift came back full force. I’m a little worried about the tentative bond between Dustin and everyone and how Las Vegas is going to impact that. I’m scared! Especially since I already know there’s a third book coming.

Final thoughts: I am both excited for Burn and angry at the way this cliffhanger left things at the same time. I saw it coming, but somehow still didn’t expect the way things left off. I’m angry at all of the characters right now. Some more than others. All I have to say is Ginger Scott better make up for that ending… and I know she will. Wreck answered some questions, but also managed to complicate Dustin and Hannah’s story more. I loved it! Now, hurry up and get here Burn! I need my HEA.

Review: Small Town Pretender (Brighton Walsh)

Small Town Pretender
Series: Havenbrook, #5
Author: Brighton Walsh
Publication Date: June 24, 2021
Publisher: Bright Publishing LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Asher McCoy can win over a crowd with a husky note and a strum of his guitar, but proving to a judge he’s responsible enough to gain custody of his niece and nephew? Not so easy. His big idea—a fake marriage. And who better to play his doting bride than his longtime best friend? He just needs to get her home first…

Natalie Haven couldn’t get away from her suffocating hometown fast enough. For years, she’s fluttered around the globe as a freelance photographer. And if that unconventional job pisses off her daddy? Well, all the better. But when her best friend sends out an S.O.S., she heads back to the one place she swore she’d never land.

Except a fake marriage means a not-so-fake living arrangement, including only one bed. Nat’s witnessed enough women fall for Asher’s charms, but she refuses to be one of them. Because permanence isn’t in her blood. Not even for him.


Brighton Walsh’s Havenbrook series has cemented its place in my heart as one of my favorite small town romance series over and over again with each new book released. I absolutely adored this latest release, Small Town Pretender.

Nat and Asher’s book was everything I was hoping for. These two may have left town as teenagers, but they managed to keep their tight knit friendship over the years. The reason Asher had to try to get custody of his sister’s kids made me sad, but loved that it brought him and then Nat back to town. Their fake marriage turned real was so much fun to read. Nat and Asher had amazing chemistry that made the move from friends to more all the more believable. I just loved them together! They were a great couple and

It wasn’t as simple as both of them being together, though. Both Asher and Nat had lived somewhat of a nomadic life prior to their return to Havenbrook. I liked how they each, separately, had to think through the decisions regarding their careers. Being tied to Havenbrook through the kids was a huge deal to both of them. I was so glad that this aspect of the story wasn’t skipped over. It was important to both their characters.

As with the rest of this series, the Haven family also played a big part. I loved the sisterly dynamics and also the parental ones. Nat’s relationship with her family wasn’t always easy, and I was excited to see where things ended up between them all. I loved how they stepped up to help Asher and Nat through everything. The way they made those kids immediately part of the family made me so happy.

Small Town Pretender was a great addition this series and I really, really hope it’s not going to be the end for Havenbrook. Maybe there are some friends that needs books or cousins that could pop out of the woodwork or something. I just don’t want to leave these characters and town behind!

 

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Review: When Sparks Fly (Helena Hunting)

When Sparks Fly
Author: Helena Hunting
Publication Date: September 21, 2021
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 

Synopsis:

Running the Spark House, a hotel/event space that has been in her family for years, has been Avery Spark’s lifelong dream. After years of working hard and making personal sacrifices, Avery and her two younger sisters have turned the Spark House into the premier destination in Colorado Springs. Avery is living her best life—she works with her sisters and loves every minute of it, she has a great group of friends, and she lives in a fantastic condo with her best friend Declan. She might not have any love in her life, but she’s happy.

But everything comes to a screeching halt when Avery is in a car accident, leaving her immobile for weeks. After nearly losing Avery, Declan insists that he will be the one to take care of her while she recovers. However, as Declan becomes Avery’s caretaker, lines begin to blur.

Avery and Declan have been best friends since college and always had an attraction to one another, but when she ended up dating his best friend, Sam, they successfully stamped down any feelings they may have ever had for one another. Now, as Declan and Avery spend more time together, they each begin to wonder what would’ve happened if she’d dated him instead of Sam. What starts as a friend helping out another friend turns into foreplay and, before they realize it, they recognize how deeply they care for one another. But when things get serious their past threatens to destroy everything they have built.


A best friends and roomies to more by Helena Hunting? My answer will always be “Yes, please.” to this. I truly enjoyed When Sparks Fly. It was a sweet and somewhat steamy romance. Avery and Declan are besties who live together. After Avery is injured in an accident, Declan naturally takes care of his roommate. Their close friendship morphs into something more with each passing day. I loved how close Avery and Declan were emotionally. Their friendship and connection was so strong. It made their chemistry pop when they finally decided to become more. I loved them as single friends, but I adored them in a relationship.

Usually when I get to the conflict in a romance I’m all for hurrying up to resolve it and get to the happy ending. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel that way about this one. I appreciated the way Hunting wrote the way the conflict was handled. There was a lot the characters needed to think about and deal with to be whole as a couple and I loved how the ground work was laid. It made the romance all the sweeter. So while the romance between Avery and Declan was my favorite thing about this book, the resolution of the conflict was close up there.

Another great thing about this book was the supporting characters. Avery’s sisters were a close knit group and fun to get to know. Avery and Declan’s friends were also tight and entertaining. I would adore for the two sisters and two best friends to end up together in future books to make this a series. Or even books for each of the four of them. The characters are too good to go to the character graveyard.

One last thing… I feel like I need to talk about a couple of things that weren’t a problem for me, but are sure to be for other readers. This first thing is kind of SPOILERISH, but happens in the first few chapters so I don’t think it’s a true spoiler. As the blurb details, Avery and Declan are best friends and roommates. They know pretty much everything about each other. This is their love story, but at the beginning they aren’t together at all. Declan brings a woman home. There are no details of this, only the morning after seen through Avery’s eyes. While some readers will put this in the OW in a book category, I don’t. If it was, it would bug me. Done with SPOILERISH. The second thing is the heat level. I would not call this high heat, but those who favor closed door romances might be surprised by the steam factor. This isn’t the steamiest I’ve read of Hunting’s books, but it’s also not the least. I would say it’s closer to her NA romances than her adult romances in heat level. It’s more mature, but not quite there. I won’t go into my dislike of cutesy illustrated covers as what it makes people think they’re going to be reading, but this one might do some damage in that area.

So, yeah. When Sparks Fly hit the spot for me. It reminded me what I enjoy about Helena Hunting’s writing and made me hope the next release is sooner rather than later.

Review: Break Up with Him, for Me (Whitney G.)

Break Up with Him, for Me
Author: Whitney G.
Publication Date: May 31, 2021
Publisher: WGW Books, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Penelope, I know that it’s three o’clock in the morning, but I have to get this off my chest.

I can’t give you any more advice on landing this other guy, can’t tell you another “sexy” thing that you should do, or suggest a new set of filthy words that you should text him late at night.

As your best friend, I’ve reached my limit, and I can honestly say that he doesn’t deserve you.

I’m not saying all of this because I’m f-cking jealous, or because he had the audacity to say that he makes more money than me. (I still can’t find his name on the Forbes 500 list, and I know damn well that he’s renting that Ferrari, but that’s a story for a different day.)

He’s not who you think he is, and the better man has always been right in front of you…

You have every reason to never give me a chance since you know me better than anyone, and you agree with all the tabloids calling me “The Cocky King of New York,” and the “Untamed Playboy of Manhattan.” But I honestly believe that you’re better off with someone else, and I need you to see.

I’m not asking for too much…I just want you to break up with him, for me.


It’s been a while since Whitney G. gave us a full length romance novel and the wait was sure worth it. Break Up with Him, for Me was so much fun! It grabbed my attention from the very first page and didn’t let go. I had to know what happened to put Hayden in the state he was in during the prologue. It was torturous waiting to find out — even if I was having the best time reading my way through the stages of Hayden and Penelope’s romance. 

Penelope and Hayden started as enemies of sorts. I loved that dynamic and all the mean banter they shared. Once they moved to friends, I could feel the attraction starting to sneak in and it added another exciting layer to the story. The banter also continued to be hilarious.  Penelope and Hayden already had such a strong base and that made the transition to romance natural and sweet. I loved it! Another thing I loved was how this book was set up and the chapter titles. Each represented a different break up for Penelope and helped show how their relationship became what it was. 

Break Up with Him, for Me is proof that Whitney G. excels at enemies, best friends, and brother’s best friend romance. I’m impressed at how she combined those three tropes into one with this book. It also continues her streak of witty banter and using written communication between characters. I love how she does this in her books and the dynamic it adds. Break Up with Him, for Me was another stellar romance from this author in my book. I can’t wait to read what she has coming next. 

 
 
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Review: Earn Your Extra Credit (Meghan Quinn)

Earn Your Extra Credit
Author: Meghan Quinn

Publication Date: April 15, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ¼

Synopsis:

“She went home with someone else that night?”

Hearing the disbelief from my best friend’s mouth makes the events of my failed date sting that much more.

I would like to make it known, I have a lot more swagger than what it seems. I don’t normally ask a girl out, have her fail to recognize it’s a date, and then give me a high five–as if I’m her wingman–and take off with someone else.

No. Normally I’m the one taking the girl home but with Stella, it’s been one failed attempt after another and frankly, I’m done trying.

But thanks to my best friend getting married in Hawaii right before the school year starts, I’m stuck on a tropical island, watching Stella parade around in what she claims is a bathing suit.

Unfortunately, that’s not the worst of it, just the tip of the iceberg. Because what I think is going to be a relaxing vacation, avoiding the one girl I can’t seem to make it work with, has turned into a spectacle of being recruited as Stella’s doting fake fiancé so she can save face with an old “friend” from high school.

Now I’m navigating through purgatory while trying not to get turned on by the way she holds my hand or kisses my jaw. It’s all fake, that’s what I keep telling myself, even though it feels entirely too real.


Can I start by saying I’m loving this series of teacher-teacher romances by Meghan Quinn? It’s so refreshing for the relationships set at school to be between the teachers. Plus, Meghan Quinn knows just how to combine humor and heat to make things even more fun.

Stella and Romeo’s romance was one that I had been waiting for. I couldn’t wait for these best friends/co-workers to fall for each other. Things didn’t start out easily for them, though. Stella was pretty oblivious to Romeo’s feelings and it made for some awkwardness and frustration on a trip to Hawaii to celebrate their friends’ wedding. Things got even weirder between them when Romeo became Stella’s fake fiancé. There was a whole lot of drama. Most of it was hilariously fun. Some was super hot. A tiny bit was a little cringeworthy. Overall, it made for a great love story since these two were perfect for each other.

I only had one little complaint when it came to Earn Your Extra Credit. Stella drove me absolutely batty. I understood her completely, but it didn’t make it any easier. I just wanted her to get a clue at times. Luckily, all the sweet and steamy moments between Stella and Romeo made up for it.

Overall, this was a great read that had me laughing out loud and swooning. I loved the friendships, the family moments, and the romance. It’s another win from Quinn in my book.

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Review: The Romantic Pact (Meghan Quinn)

The Romantic Pact
Series: Kings of Football, #2
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: December 10, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I haven’t seen her in three years.

I haven’t talked to her since the kiss.

So why am I on a plane, flying across the world to spend a week with her in Germany?

One word: Pops.

My life’s a mess.

My possible football career is hanging on by a thread.

I’m driving the roads of Germany in honor of Pops with the one girl I can never have.

And I’m sharing a bed with her, the girl I’ve measured everyone else up to, while desperately trying to not to touch her.

We made a pact growing up, never to get romantic with each other – never fall in love.

And I’m about to break that pact. For good. 


Only Meghan Quinn could write a book about dealing with the loss of a beloved grandparent and getting a second chance with a childhood friend/crush like The Romantic Pact. Somehow it ended up being both touching and hilarious. I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh at times. It was magical.

The Romantic Pact is a holiday romance set along The Romantic Road in Germany. It’s not always easy to visualize settings I haven’t been to or seen before, but Meghan Quinn brought Germany to life for me. Every stop had a special sentimental quality to it that added to the experience. I ached for Crew and Hazel as they revisited Bernie’s path, but also grew happier for them with each moment they spent with each other.

Crew and Hazel were such different people. Crew was all about football, while Hazel was all about his grandfather’s farm. I loved each of their characters for a different reason. They almost wouldn’t seem like they would be a good fit, but their personalities meshed so well. I adored their easy banter and friendship while getting caught up in their chemistry.

What I loved most about this book was everything. Yes, everything. There wasn’t one thing I didn’t love. It was the magical setting, Bernie’s involvement in everything, the romance and friendship between Crew and Hazel. Heck, it was even the biggest problem they faced and how it resolved. All of it was simply perfect. A+ to Meghan Quinn for giving us such a unique and special holiday romance novel.

    

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Review: The Bookworm’s Guide to Faking It (Emma Hart)

The Bookworm’s Guide to Faking It
Series: The Bookworm’s Guide, #2
Author: Emma Hart
Publication Date: December 1, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

What I expected on Saturday morning: Books.
What I got on Saturday morning: my ex-best friend and first crush in front of me.

Let it be known that I, Holley Stuart, do not give a single rat’s behind about pro baseball’s star pitcher Sebastian Stone.
I definitely don’t care that he’s standing in my bookstore.
Nor do I care that he seems to have forgotten about the last time we saw each other—senior prom, when he both humiliated me and broke my heart, albeit unknowingly.
Now, he needs a date to his sister’s wedding.
Don’t ask me how I ended up being it, because I have no idea. But that’s the least of my problems.
His grandfather is adamant we’re dating, and Seb isn’t in a hurry to convince him otherwise, so I have no choice but to go along with it.
The problem? The only thing I’ve ever faked is… well, you know.
I’ve definitely never faked my feelings for someone.
And judging by the way I feel whenever Seb looks at me, it doesn’t look like I’m starting now.


I can always count on Emma Hart to bring the angst-free, low drama fun and that’s exactly what she did with The Bookworm’s Guide to Faking It. This was a delightful romantic comedy filled with some of a romance fan’s favorite tropes: ex-bestfriends, fake dating, and best friends again to more.

I loved every moment of Holley and Sebastian reconnecting. I appreciated Holley’s resistance to letting Sebastian back into her good graces. I loved finding out what truly happened on the prom night that shattered their friendship. Even more, I loved how easy they slipped into best friends and the attraction that followed. Their chemistry was so sweet and entertaining. 

The Bookworm’s Guide to Faking It was such a good time. I liked it even more than the first book in the series, and that’s saying a lot because that one was older brother’s best friend goodness. I cannot wait for the next book in the series because I have a feeling it’s going to continue the tradition in being better than the last — which is pretty hard to do at this point. 

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Review: Best Friends Don’t Kiss (Max Monroe)

Best Friends Don’t Kiss
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: November 28, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Goal: Find a boyfriend, get married, buy a house in the suburbs with a white picket fence, and pop out 2.5 kids.

Deadline: Sixty days.

That’s possible, right?

HAHAHA. *Faints*

I’m kidding. Well, kind of. I mean, I’m not going to attempt a shotgun wedding or try to get knocked up by some guy I met on the internet, but there is no doubt that, this year, home for the holidays takes on a whole new, terrifying meaning.

I have to travel from New York City—my home and safe haven for the last fifteen years—to my tiny hometown in Vermont for Christmas, my baby sister’s wedding, and my high school reunion.

Talk about a trifecta of single-doom.

Throw in Callie Camden—aka my high school class’s version of Regina George—and it’s a recipe for certified disaster.

Especially since my mouth ran away from me when she asked me if I’d be bringing someone to our reunion, and I told her to put me down for two.
Gah. Now I can’t go alone.

But the online dating world is a cesspool of bad manners, speedy hookups, and outright weirdos.

Handsome, single, successful—that’s what I’m looking for.
And it just so happens that my best friend Luke London fits all of the criteria.

The only problem is best friends don’t kiss

But maybe it doesn’t count if it’s pretend? 


Banking the Billionaire will probably always be my favorite Max Monroe book, but Best Friends Don’t Kiss comes close. Best Friends Don’t Kiss was one of those magical romance novels that I couldn’t help fall in love with. Everything about it was so swoony! Not only was it a best friends to more/fake dating romance, it was a holiday romance filled with charming Christmas moments.

Ava and Luke Ava and Luke were just so dang cute together. Everyone (and I do mean everyone) knew they should be together, and it was easy to understand why. Those two had chemistry galore. Their friendship made it even stronger. I couldn’t get enough of how cute they were together. I loved how supportive they were of each other — Luke especially. The things that guy did to show Ava he was on her team was pretty cool. THEY WERE JUST SO FREAKING ADORABLE TOGETHER.

I absolutely loved all the characters that came out to support Ava and Luke. Ava’s family was so much fun. The relationship she had with her dad was so sweet. Her mom and aunts had me cracking up. The character who tried to steal the show was Thatch. That guy never goes away, and I can’t say I’m mad about that. I loved what he and his billionaire buddies brought to this story. It was all so entertaining.

Best Friends Don’t Kiss was yet another stellar release from Max Monroe. It made the 2020 holiday season even brighter. I had so much fun reading it that I was sad when it was over. If you’re looking for a holiday romance that’s going to make you laugh as much as swoon, you’re going to want to read this book.

Review: Little Lies (H. Hunting)

Little Lies
Author: H. Hunting (Helena Hunting)
Publication Date: November 16, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

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.

A standalone angsty new adult romance.

 

Heroine: Lavender Waters (Alex and Violet Waters’ youngest daughter, PUCKED and FOREVER PUCKED couple origin, Pucked Series )

Hero: Kodiak (Kody) Bowman (Rook and Lainey Bowman’s son, A LIE FOR A LIE couple origin, All In Series )


Pucked/All In crossover romance? I know fans of Helena Hunting’s hockey romance series are going to be lining up for this book. I was super excited to read it myself. I’m happy to report that Little Lies didn’t disappoint.

Little Lies wasn’t a romantic comedy like those previous series. It was edgier. There was more angst and a darker vibe. I guess that’s why Hunting felt the need to go with “H. Hunting” instead of “Helena Hunting”. (I’m not sold on this being a great move since this book is combining two of Helena Hunting’s series, but whatever.) It still brought forth a few chuckles, though.  I loved both the writing, the story, and all the children of the couples I have loved over the years.

Lavender Waters was a character I was excited to learn more about. I really liked her character in this book. I could remember a few details from her childhood from the previous books, but I liked getting further into her backstory. It wasn’t exactly a troubled one, but it kind of was. Anxiety was a huge factor in this book, and I liked how it was dealt with.

Kodiak Bowman started out not being my favorite guy, but the more I got to learn about him, the more I understood him. Finding out how intertwined Lavender and Kodiak were as kids helped a lot. I have to admit loving the flashbacks of their childhood and trying to figure out how they got to being enemies the way they were currently. Plus, it made things even sweeter when enemies turned to more. I ended up finding the two of them perfect together and very adorable. I do have to admit that the physical aspect of their relationship sort of shocked me, but considering there’s a relation to both Alex & Violet Waters and Rook & Lainey Bowman maybe I shouldn’t have been?

One of my favorite things about this book were all the sibling/cousin/friend relationships. The Pucked and All In series created a bunch of children to throw into the mix. Seeing how those kids’ relationships morphed throughout the years was so much fun! I loved Lavender and River’s relationships. They all just added an extra layer to the drama that went down between Lavender and Kodiak. Plus, the parents make some cool cameos.

I’m really, really hoping Little Lies is a start to a new series by Hunting. I would LOVE for each and every one of the kids to get a book. There’s great potential for some great romances. I have a feeling I would enjoy them just as much as I enjoyed Lavender and Kodiak’s romance.

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!

 

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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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