Title: Shacking Up
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.
Author: Helena Hunting
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Hooking Up
Published by Swerve Source: Publisher
Published: May 30, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
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It’s been a long time since I’ve read anything remotely as playful and flirty as Shacking Up. I knew going in it was going to be a light read, but I didn’t think I was going to have a hard time putting it down. Actually, that bit there is a lie. I never did put it down. Hello 4am!
So if you take a moment and read the blurb you will see our leading lady is Ruby. Things aren’t going so well for her. Behind on rent and loses her apartment, gets sick and bombs her audition. Neither are her fault nor is the kiss by the mysterious, gorgeous guy. Actually, we can blame that lost audition and the kiss on that guy. The kiss would have totally redeemed him if he hadn’t hacked in her face right after the kiss. Yuckies! Determined to not ask her father for help, Ruby needs to find a job and a new place to live.
She’s commiserating with her best friend, Amalie who thinks she might have a temporary solution. Her fiance’s cousin, Bancroft, is going out of town for five weeks and she was supposed to watch his exotic pets while he’s gone. Maybe Ruby could do it. They come up with a plan to have them all get together for dinner and hopefully, he’ll see maybe Rudy would be a better fit. Dinner time comes, everybody meets and SURPRISE! the cousin is none other than the mysterious kiss/cough guy. With a little bit of guilt tripping, Bancroft decides Ruby should take care of his pets. And now things get real interesting!
Ruby is just one of those spunky characters you just got to love. Bancroft, yeah let me lick him up one side and down the other! The two together are a bowl full of simmering fun. Once he leaves for his job, the text, phone calls, and video chats begin. Let the naughtiness, flirting and tension begin. And as a reader, I just gobbled it up because who doesn’t just love a slow build-up. Of course, there does have to be a bumpy road of pride and misunderstandings. What would a comedy romance be without them? Some are quite comically others are a bit cliche but in the end, they get their HEA and I get a book I loved.
A few words about the secondaries: people and pets. People – I hope I’m not alone in these thoughts that there needs to be a follow-up book…for Amalie. She deserves someone better than Armstrong. As for Armstrong, something is off about him. Let me just call him a pig and end it there. Pets – I adore Francesca! What’s a cute story without a cute pet! I get that she was somewhat of a prop for the storyline, but for me, she was a bit more. As for Tiny, I know plenty of readers who are going to scream and throw their readers once Tiny makes an appearance. I for one loved her!
As my very first read of Helena Hunting, it completely made my day. I want to read more by her and to my surprise, I already own several of her books. That stupid 1-click addiction of mine had me buying but not reading again, which I plan on rectifying very soon. Looking for a great summer read, then look no further than Shacking Up.
And don’t mind Tiny *Insert evil grin*