Thursday 18 July 2019

✤ MAKING UP ✤ Helena Hunting ✤ #ShackingUpUniverse4 ✤ #BlogTour #Excerpt ✤

© Bianca Janeane

• 16 July 2019
• 320 pages

• standalone #RomCom
• Book #4 in the Shacking Up universe

5 Stars

A new standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting.

Cosy Felton is great at her job
she knows just how to handle the awkwardness that comes with working at an adult toy store. So when the hottest guy she’s ever encountered walks into the shop looking completely overwhelmed, she’s more than happy to turn on the charm and help him purchase all of the items on his list.

Griffin Mills is using his business trip in Las Vegas as a chance to escape the broken pieces of his life in New York City. The last thing he wants is to be put in charge of buying gag gifts for his friend’s bachelor party. Despite being totally out of his element, and mortified by the whole experience, Griffin is pleasantly surprised when he finds himself attracted to the sales girl that helped him.

As skeptical as Cosy may be of Griffin’s motivations, there’s something about him that intrigues her. But sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas and when real life gets in the way, all bets are off.

Filled with hilariously awkward situations and enough sexual chemistry to power Sin City, Making Up is the next standalone in the Shacking Up world.

33 year old Griffin is in Vegas for his family's hotel business.
23 year old Cosy lives there. Goes to college there ... and jobs in a sex toy store there.
That's where our two darlings meet.
Insta attraction on both sides, but there's just too much in the way of a happy future together ... right?
Age, money ...




Another cute and funny and sparky and sexy romance in this amazing series!
I adored Cosy and Griff. They just belong together. But he's so much older - both don't really want anything serious - plus he's so effing rich and she's the total opppsite. Too much trouble or woth it? We sure hope so.

I really loved reading it.... but I was a tiny bit dissppointed too. I expected something so much funnier! And I didn't love the thing that happens ... but of course we have a happy end .. so all's good.
Maybe it's just that I'm not the biggest age-gap fan.
But it was still a really cute romance!!!

MAKING UP was an adorable age gap romace!!!! Funny, sweet, sexy! I LOVED it! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Griffin - this one is MINE!!!!

ARC received for an honest review

Welcome back to the world of the Mills men!

Griffin Mills is the last of the Mills brothers, and watching him fall was all kinds of lovely.

There is not only an age difference with gorgeous Cosy Felton, they could not be any more from different sides of the track if they tried.  

And I don't know, maybe having both tropes was a little OTT and we could have done without one of them, but that could just be me.

I love that Cosy doesn't GAF what people think, that she is not looking for a sugar daddy, and is working her butt off to make a future for herself. She is sweet, sassy and snarky - I kind of love her more than Mills if I am being honest.

There is something that happens the ugh, why does they make that thing happen?  It played out the way I thought it would in the end - so again, maybe not have been needed as Griffin and Cosy had enough to deal with - and again, this is probably just me

We didn't see much of the other Mill's bros and their gals, which I would have liked, but that wasn't a big deal really, as I wanted to know more of Griffin and Cosy.

There were some great secondary characters that I want to be friends with, and other not so great ones that i wanted to visually throat punch hahah.

I did enjoy Making Up, and I look forward to seeing what Ms Hunting brings us next.



We’re a couple of minutes away from my apartment, which also means we’re almost at the end of our date. End-of-date protocol often means a goodnight kiss.
And I’ve eaten onions. Lots of them. What the hell was I thinking? I feel around in my shorts pocket, hoping I have a random stick of gum. I find a tiny square packet and pull it out, along with an old tissue. I shove that back in my pocket and sigh with relief as I carefully open the Listerine Pocketpak. There’s one strip left. I pop it in my mouth, wishing I had water since my mouth is dry and I’m suddenly super nervous.
Griffin pulls up in front of my apartment building. I swallow a bunch of times, trying to get the strip to dissolve on my tongue and glance out the tinted window, seeing it from his perspective. I don’t live in a bad part of town, but I sure as hell wouldn’t leave this car sitting out here for any length of time unless I wanted it keyed or stripped down.
Griffin shifts into park and turns to me, one hand resting on the back of my seat near the headrest. “I had a great time, Cosy.”
“Me too, thanks for dinner.” I tried to fork over my share, but he was quick on the credit card draw.
“It was my pleasure.” He leans in the tiniest bit, a nonverbal cue that he’s going in for a kiss.
I mirror the movement, giving him the go ahead. My stomach flutters in anticipation. I exhale slowly through my nose. Even though the Listerine strip should be doing its job to mask the onions, I don’t want to ruin the moment by breathing that in his face.
His fingertips skim my jaw, and I close my eyes. And then his lips brush my cheek. I wait for them to move a couple of inches to the right, but after what feels like a lot of seconds—and is probably only a few—I crack a lid.
Griffin is still close, a wry smile on his lips and a smolder in his eyes.
“Seriously, that’s it? A kiss on the cheek?”
His smile widens, making his eyes crinkle at the corners. He’s nothing like the guys I usually end up on dates with. College boys don’t take things slow. If I were out with one of the guys from school, I’d be sitting in a beat-up Civic with some stupid music playing, and he’d be all over me with his tongue halfway down my throat, copping a feel.
“I thought all the onions you ate were the equivalent to garlic for vampires.” Griffin fingers my hair near my shoulder. I’d really like him to finger something else. Wait. I mean I’d like to feel his hands on me. Not in my pants. Okay, maybe I’d like them in my pants, but not after date number one.
“I wasn’t thinking, and I really like onions. A lot. In hindsight, it’s not a great date food. I feel kinda dumb. And I guess at first I wasn’t so sure about you. How was I supposed to know you’d actually be kind of normalish?”
“Well, you drink club soda on purpose, so you can’t be all there.” I tap his temple.
Griffin circles my wrist with his fingers and drops his head, lips brushing over my knuckle. “We can’t all be perfect, now, can we?”
“I suppose not, and perfect is boring.”
“That it is.” He hums against my skin, and I feel it through my entire body. “I would like to try that kiss again, if you’re still interested.”


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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.