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Published by Swerve on May 30, 2017
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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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Book Review: 3.5 Stars
I really enjoy reading Helena Hunting’s novels, ever since I was “Pucked” by them I’ve wanted to read everything she writes. I was very excited about her new rom-com release SHACKING UP because I knew for sure that it would be refreshing and very hilarious.
Ruby Scott is having a hard time, her acting auditions aren’t going well and she can’t find a job that will help her pay the rent and her expenses. She could ask for help from her father but doing that means to have to go back to her hometown and work at her dad’s company. No way! She wants to pursue her dreams of being an actress. It is all what she wants. But what happens when your next audition that you’re pretty sure you can get the role for, gets ruined because you became terribly sick after kissing a random guy at your best friend’s engagement party? Now without the role, without a job, Ruby is about to get homeless, her best friend, Amie feels bad for her situation and offers to get her a job.
Bancroft Mills (aka Bane, aka awesome kisser) was a former rugby player, but after a knee injury took him out of the game, now he is taking care of the family business at “Mills Hotels”, he thought by leaving rugby he would settle down in the city and stop traveling so much, unfortunately his job involves traveling to some of the chains hotels for arrangements. Now, he needs someone to take care of his unusual pets who he cares for a lot, but he didn’t realize that the one person who will take care of them is no other than the beautiful stranger he kissed at his cousin’s engagement party and the one he can’t get off his mind.
Bane and Ruby share a strong connection (mostly a lust connection), but with Bane leaving for five weeks there ain’t no time to build a relationship, even though they talk each day and they get to talk to each other by phone, it is not enough. Ruby wants him, but first she need to solve her job problem. Bane had a solution, he wants Ruby stay with him. He is used to having her around, to talk to her, but when he gets back, there’s an awkwardness between them that wasn’t there before or during his time away, now he has to talk to Ruby and make her know what exactly he wants, but it will be more difficult when he has to travel again before he can tell her his feelings.
Will Ruby and Bane be able to make their relationship work or is destined to fail?
I’m terrible sorry I didn’t connect with this book. I liked it but I didn’t love it. The slow burn (which I used to love in all the books) is TOO SLOW, and it was difficult for me to keep interested in the story and their relationship. Near the end of book, it got better, but things start to go really fast. Their story got wrapped up entirely too quickly for my liking. As much as I love the banter and dialogue between them, I think they lacked “the sparks”. Bane is a sweetheart and Ruby was so stubborn, it was so frustrating.
Despite this book not fulfilling my complete expectations, I’m positive it will resonate with others because it is Helena Hunting after all.