Tuesday 30 May 2017

✤ SHACKING UP ✤ Helena Hunting ✤

© Bianca Janeane

• standalone RomCom
• 30 May 2017
• 480 pages

 4.75 Stars

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 kissedand then coughed onher 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.

Ruby grew up rich. But she's not rich anymore. Her family still is, but she's trying to make it on her own. She needs to get the theater job she's auditioning for in the morning, or she might just starve to death!
That's also why she's now stealing crab cakes at her best friend's engagement party.
And being at that party is also the reason she'll screw up tomorrow's audition.
She doesn't know it yet, but she'll be sick as a dog come morning.
And only because a high-on-scotch-and-cold-medicine Bancroft kissed the hell out of her - thinking - in the dark hallway - that she's his supermodel date! And if that wasn't enough to transfer all of his germs over to her - he then goes ahead and coughs into her face!!! LOL!
But Bane is a good guy and when he finds out that he's kinda responsible for Ruby being job and homeless, he's offering her a live-in pet-sitter position while he's on a business trip for five weeks!
Thus begins a 5-week-long courtship via videochat!
Those pets, btw., are not two little cats or dogs .... not even a hamster or a bowl of goldfish. ☺☺☺


Oy!!! This book was sooo adorable!
And sexy and funny! Jeeeeez - I loved it!
Ruby reminds us a lot of our favorite Pucked-lady with all her talk about female parts!!! LOL!
And Bancroft! Grrrrr - former rugby pro!

You start reading this book and you immediately feel good. It's like you're relaxing in a bathtub with a glass of wine or some ice cream and you watch this amazingly funny and sexy romantic comedy happening!
I laughed so much - might have fallen off the couch a few times!
But it's not all funny and ridiculous. We have some very serious moments - both Ruby and Bane have lots of family pressure and problems. And of course we also have those adorable moments with Bane and the pets and how he's so sweet with Ruby. And of course that sweetness is not all he has for Ruby!!! Those two are mega attracted to each other. PHEW!!!

The only tiiiiny little thing I didn't love about the book was one of Bane's pets! I'm sure she's a nice 'person' but I don't want her anywhere near me!!!! But we don't get to see her all that often ☺☺☺
Also, I expected a tiny little bit more sex! There's some sexy mega flirting and video-chatting going on, but the first actual sexy time doesn't happen until towards the end of the book :/ BUT - I still loved the story soo much!

SHACKING UP was the most adorable Romantic Comedy!!!! Hilarious, sweet, sexy! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Bancroft - this one is MINE!!!!

ARC received for an honest review

Ms Hunting, you had me at rugby player!

I enjoyed every adorable minute of this book, there is just something about Ms Hunting's writing that gets me every single time.

I want to be Ruby Scott's BFF.  She struggles, she is self sufficient, and she has a mouth on her that would make sailors blush - and me upping the ante in conversations!

Bancroft is a sexy ex professional rugby player, and part of the "last name as first names" crowd. Yet he is everything they are not.

And from their first clash I was all in.  I needed them to be together.  It just has to happen.

I am freaking in love with Bancroft's pets - well, one of them at least. Never wanted to be a pet sitter sleeping in a hot guy's bed so much in my life!

This is a slow burn of a romance - there's lots of flirtatious phone calls and teasing texting to heat things up.  Everything I adore in my rom-coms

Shacking Up is sweet, sexy and downright adorable.  Bancroft is kinda swoonworthy and makes me want one of my own.



Amie will get her own book:
HOOKING UP - 7 November!

What is a bride to do when her groom is caught cheating at their wedding? Drown her sorrows alone or sleep with a sexy not-so-stranger?
Find out in the next stand alone, laugh out loud romantic comedy from Helena Hunting, the New York Times bestselling author of the PUCKED series and SHACKING UP.


If you haven't read Helena's amazing #PUCKED series yet...GET STARTED NOW!

Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s putting her degree in English Lit to good use by writing contemporary erotic romance. She is the author of Clipped Wings, her debut novel, and Inked Armor.