Two-fer Review – Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

A crazy drunken kiss and a series of unfortunate accidents bring two people together and watching them go from strangers, to friends, to more in Helena Hunting’s Shacking Up was exciting and so damn enjoyable. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 

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.

I fell in love with Helena Hunting’s in your face and hysterical writing style reading her Pucked series, but my love for her continues in Shacking Up. Shacking Up is every bit as entertaining, sassy, funny and sexy as I’ve come to expect from this author; it is a bit tamer in the sex department, but that didn’t make it any less enjoyable and I’m hoping a whole new slew of romance readers find her because of this book and fall in love with her and her writing. A crazy drunken kiss and a series of unfortunate accidents bring two people together and watching them go from strangers, to friends, to more was exciting and so damn enjoyable.

Ruby and Bancroft come from very similar backgrounds, but both chose professions that didn’t follow the traditional lifestyle of the wealthy and influential. When Bancroft blew out his knee and his professional rugby career is over and he goes to work for his father’s company and falls into all the trappings of his privileged upbringing including dating women his mother sets him up with. What Bane doesn’t expect is to kiss the wrong woman at his cousin’s engagement party which leads to an interesting series of events including her moving in to take care of his unusual pets while he is away on business for six weeks or the fact that he looks forward to their nightly chats while he is gone. The more time Ruby spends in Bane’s apartment, she realizes that he could be dangerous to her heart and well being but he is so addicting.

I loved the slow build to their relationship even when they both wanted to jump right in right away, they held off for practical reasons which let them really begin to know one another. It was refreshing watching them both develop feelings and the need to spend time together even if it was just through video chat and not rush right into a relationship. Honestly, I think it made their first time together more special and definitely more intense.

While they both needed a few lessons on communication and while I felt like Bane’s uneasiness with his new job was kind of glossed over (I would have loved to see him really come into his own at his father’s company) I still am giving this book 5 stars because the overall story was fun, sexy, and just plain wonderful.

Contemporary romance at its best, don’t miss Shacking Up by Helena Hunting!

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I thought Shacking Up was a funny pet-sitter to lovers story. The awkward situations and moments had me laughing throughout! ~ Paige, Guilty Pleasures 

Despite Ruby’s affluent family and upbringing she didn’t have it easy. Her father made it clear that she had to join him or support herself.
Down on her luck, she meets Banecroft. He’s a sweet, charming ex-rugby player and determined to get his way.

The pair had a rather unconventional courtship. There were such funny moments via online chats and Skype. I was lol-ing when Ruby was at the dinner party and Bane calls her only to be hung up on. He then calls his cousin to get her attention. The little bouts of jealousy on both sides were well written and caused very funny moments.

They were a little slow overcoming their relationship obstacles. I liked that both Ruby and Bane needed to to find their own footing before finally becoming a couple. I was definitely routing for them from the start.

I also liked the secondary characters in this book. Francesca and Tiny, Amie and Alex added to the enjoyment of the book. Who knew a ferret had such a personality! I’m hoping a few of the characters we met will get their own story.

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4.5 stars

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