by Helena Hunting
Published: May 30th 2017
St. Martin’s Press
Ruby Scott is months behind on rent and can’t seem to land a steady job. She has one chance to turn things around with a big audition. But instead of getting her big break, she gets sick as a dog and completely bombs it in the most humiliating fashion. All thanks to a mysterious, gorgeous guy who kissed—and then coughed on—her at a party the night before.
Luckily, her best friend might have found the perfect opportunity; a job staying at the lavish penthouse apartment of hotel magnate Bancroft Mills while he’s out of town, taking care of his exotic pets. But when the newly-evicted Ruby arrives to meet her new employer, it turns out Bane is the same guy who got her sick.
Seeing his role in Ruby’s dilemma, Bane offers her a permanent job as his live-in pet sitter until she can get back on her feet. Filled with hilariously awkward encounters and enough sexual tension to heat a New York City block, Shacking Up, from NYT and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting, is sure to keep you laughing and swooning all night long.
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by Helena Hunting
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
I loved SHACKING UP so much! It kept me laughing and swooning throughout the book. I saw this one available for download on NetGalley and decided to give a new-to-me author a try. Soooo glad I did. Helena Hunting has a new fan in me!
Ruby Scott was a really strong female lead… a bit zany, quirky, artsy, but tough. She knew who she was and what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to get out there and go for it no matter what it took. She also had a soft side which really shone through with how well she cared for Bane’s pets. Especially Francesca, who manages a bit of scene stealing. Ruby is the total opposite of Bancroft Mills in so many ways, but one thing they have in common is they both come from wealthy families with expectations for them that neither of them is interested in complying with. Ruby may come from the right kind of family, but she rebels even more so than Bane does, she’s not willing to be controlled by anyone. Because of this, and their crazy and instant attraction, they get each other and are perfect together.
Bancroft may be working in the family business now, but he spent seven years rebelling and playing professional Rugby in Europe and only came back to the states because he busted his knee. He’s still not willing to settle in with the women his parents choose for him… the ones from the right families, despite their pressure for him to marry. He’s a sweet guy at heart, who has a dirty, sexy streak that loves to come out to play. He goes after what he wants, or who he wants, namely Ruby, and he tells her exactly what he wants to do with her. These two just really connect right off and then as they text, call, and video chat so Bane can “make sure Francesca and Tiny are doing good” their bond grows even deeper.
Shacking Up is funny and very romantic. I loved Bancroft and Ruby. The banter and the dialogue is perfect between them and with all the characters. This book is just really well-written with a steady pace and excellent supporting characters. The sexual tension really builds while they’re an ocean away from each other so when he finally comes home? Wow!! They have some adjustments to make once they’re in the same city again, but Ms Hunting works it all out for a beautiful HEA ending.
“I probably smell like a locker room right now. Can I get you to open the glove box for me?”
I hit the button and it drops open. He reaches over, his fingers brushing my knee as he grabs a stick of deodorant and a balled-up shirt.
Oh man. He’s going to change his shirt. In front of me. In an enclosed space. I wonder if I have enough time to grab my phone and snap a couple of pictures as he pulls the Harvard tee over his head.
Some men have nice faces and great bodies. Other men have great faces and okay bodies. This man has both. On a scale of one to smokin’, he’s fire.
HELENA HUNTING is the author of The USA Today and NYT bestselling PUCKED Series. She lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes everything from romantic sports comedy to new adult angst.
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