Saturday, June 10, 2017

Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

Title: Shacking Up
Author: Helena Hunting
My Rating: A

Genre: New Adult Romance
Main Characters: Ruby and Bancroft
Release Date: June 2017
Publisher: Swerve
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.
My Review:
I loved this book so much. I actually ended up listening to it on audio, which was fantastic (although I had an ARC to read...I got carried away with the audiobook that I bought and enjoyed it too much to ever switch over to the ARC).

So the story was fantastic, and what made it so good was Ruby. She's in a bind. She grew up in a very rich family, but she's trying to make it on her own in NYC as an actress...something that isn't going so well. In a bizarre meet-cute/set of circumstances, she ends up living in Bancroft's apartment while he's overseas, taking care of his pets...a tarantula and a ferret. Over that five week period when he's gone, they actually end up as friends, chatting on the phone or via text almost every night. It was an unusual start to the book, but I liked it because it truly makes this a friend to lovers story although they don't know one another before the book begins. 

Ruby and Bancroft have quite a bit in common. He went against his family and played professional rugby until he blew out his knee. Now, he's expected to step up into the family business. Ruby has the same expectations from her family. The difference is she's still pursuing her dream and trying to avoid getting sucked into the family business. Bancroft sees that and supports her in that dream. 

I really enjoyed the way the story evolved. There is some fantastic chemistry between Ruby and Bancroft, especially as their friendship is developing. They have this really close, real friendship, but they are truly strangers. As a result, there are things that need to be said that aren't and of course, conflict develops. But that's was all really believably done. 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one. Ruby's friend, Amaline is getting her story...YES!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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