Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

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

4.25 Light- Fun – Quirky Stars
This is my first full length novel by Helena Hunting. Shacking Up is a standalone and it’s to my knowledge it’s not part of any series. I haven’t read her other books so I’m not sure if it’s a spin-off. I didn’t know anything about this book, I just wanted to pop my Helena Hunting cherry and I’m so glad I did! Shacking Up was a sweet, entertaining and fun read. It’s a meaty book too!

Ruby is the kind of Heroine we can all relate to. She’s very poor and soon to be kicked out of her apartment. She’s a struggling actress and I love her passion, drive and strive to make it in the big city. Bancroft (Bane) has it all. He’s rich, he’s successful and he’s pursuing a new career to work for his father.

I LOVEEEEE Hero’s name. I think if I didn’t already have a son I would have picked Bancroft. I’ve never heard of it. Okay, I digress.

What really worked for me was the tongue and cheek writing style. I was really digging the storyline and plot. Helena Hunting knows how to develop the characters and I LOVE that it’s a stranger to lovers kind of read.

As Ruby pet sits for Bane’s animals they get to know each other through text, calling and facetime. I absolutely love these kinds of reads. I feel like it really brings out the tension between the two main characters and it’s a crazy slow buildup.

I also like the fact that Bane likes Ruby so much. I love it when the Hero chases after the Heroine. Ruby does have some guards up and it was frustrating for a little bit, but it does create friction.
Overall, I’m very satisfied and happy to finally pop my Helena Hunting full novel cherry.  

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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