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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Kissing Lessons by Stefanie London

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Kissing Lessons 
(A standalone)

by: Stefanie London

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Adorable, full of emotion, passion, and personal connection…Kissing Lessons is a wonderful read!

Audrey Miller always wears a smile and appears to the outside world like the eternal optimist, but when you get to know her she’s actually a realist living in the present and just getting through life day by day. After her mother died she took over as the head of household raising her younger siblings and she basically gave up on whatever dreams she may have had for herself. It isn’t until Ronan Walsh comes to town that he pushes her to see beyond the small town and what potential she has beyond serving coffee and selling crystals.

Ronan has spent his entire life pursuing education and furthering his career. Raised by his grandmother when his parents flaked out, he hasn’t put a lot of faith in romantic relationships, so ending up in a romance-themed town seems ironic at best. However, when he meets Audrey who not only intrigues him, but has similar views on life perhaps he might just take time to enjoy what Kissing Creek has to offer.

Kissing Lessons is filled with amazingly wild trivia, a super attractive man–ok he’s attractive on many levels, but mostly because he is attracted to her brain first and then her body. It is a huge aphrodisiac that he uplifts her confidence and see the potential within her, which uplifts the power within herself, and appreciates everything she is and does by just being her. He loves that she enjoys learning and knows random facts instead of being intimidated by her brain when he is a professor. Again, that is super sexy.

Audrey is a bit of a martyr, you will come to find, but aside from her trivia filled mind, her greatest strength is in loving her family and friends. She may be a realist, but she is also on the side of an optimist. Only a person who takes care of all of her siblings, deals with the public on a daily basis, is basically Cinderella with all of the chores, and doesn’t do things begrudgingly, yeah Audrey is allowed a little freak out when Ronan pushes her boundaries when he comes into town.

A seriously good read and one to make sure you squeeze in before the end of 2020!

Synopsis:

Welcome to Kissing Creek, where everything has a romance-themed pun for a name and love is lurking around every corner…

Audrey Miller doesn’t believe in happily-ever-after, so she is definitely living in the wrong town. But she’s never getting out of Kissing Creek, because playing pseudo-mom for her younger siblings doesn’t leave time for much else. She’ll do anything to make sure they don’t end up stuck like she is, working as a barista in a college town, serving Pink Passion mochas with Chocolate Smooch donuts.

Then Ronan Walsh, a new young professor and walking cliché, right down to the elbow patches on his blazer, steps in for a coffee and into her life. She knows his type—intelligent and charming, yet sweet as a cinnamon roll, the sort of man she’s inevitably attracted to but is always out of her league. So why does someone like him have any interest in a worker bee with no future?

Her bland-as-oatmeal existence has nothing to offer, but Ronan’s temporary teaching position is only a stepping stone on his way to somewhere else. He isn’t here to put down roots, Audrey’s roots are firmly planted—neither of them is looking for love. And maybe that’s just perfect.

But in a small town called Kissing Creek, sometimes love can be impossible to avoid…

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Book Reviews, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2020

Review – Little Lies by Helena Hunting writing as H. Hunting

Little Lies 
(A standalone)

by: H. Hunting

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Little Lies is going to make your heart race, make tears pool in your eyes, but most importantly – clear your schedule because this book in un-put-a-downable and will have you reading from cover to cover.

It’s a coming of age tale destined between twos souls who fiercely need each other, but fall in love before they know what that word means. Their codependency is so intense they don’t understand it, nor do they know how to handle it, which becomes their downfall before they even have a chance at breaking out of childhood. Lavender and Kodiak’s story is truly going to melt every emotion and keep you riveted until the very last page.

At a tender age, both Kodiak and Lavender know that words hurt and destroy. Lavender doesn’t always find her words, they get stuck inside her, which causes her anxiety to get worse. Kody has trouble turning off the words that constantly run through his mind making his anxiety worse. Each of them has a monster living inside of their head and that monster  is a link that bonds them closer than Lavender is to her twin River.

This bond is a catalyst to everything right and also everything wrong in both of their lives. It begins a multitude of little lies that cut over and over again until the emotional wounds become so deep there is hardly any life left between them. How can they ever repair what is so damaged?

“We aren’t good for each other.” I’m not good for you.
“I don’t want you, and I never will.” I will never get over what I’m doing to you.
“I can’t love you.” I will never stop loving you.

Little Lies is absolute perfection. It not only highlights a condition that affects so many people, but I love that Helena showcases how anxiety affects people differently. It’s not a “one size fits all” emotion or cure and Kody and Lav are continual works in progress that demonstrate this.

Fans of Pucked and All In are going to love all of the children referenced in this book, but even if this is your first time jumping into a Hunting book, Little Lies can be read as a complete standalone. This is an entirely new generation that is beautifully crafted so you will not be lost stepping in learning new characters.

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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 )

Publication Date: November 16, 2020

Little Lies:
✔ Enemies to Lovers Romance
✔ New Adult
✔ Lavender Waters (daughter of Alex and Violet Waters of Pucked)
✔ Kodiak Bowman (son of Rook and Lainey Bowman of A Lie for a Lie )
✔ Angst!
✔ HOT
✔ Flashbacks throughout Lavender and Kodiak’s lives
✔ All the children from the Pucked and All In Series
✔ Complete Standalone
✔ Dual P.O.V.

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