Published by Swerve on May 30th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Aspiring actress Ruby Scott attends her best friend’s engagement party without knowing she’ll end up making out with a hot stranger, but make out she did. It was one of the hottest kisses she’s ever had—and with one of the hottest men she’s ever made out with—but she couldn’t fantasize about it further because the hot stranger ends up contaminating her the very next day. The same day she has an audition and f*cks it up most epically.
So now, she’s broke and homeless. Knowing her wealthy father would force her to go back to their hometown, she doesn’t ask for help. It’s a good thing her best friend, Amalie has a gig for her—pet-sitting for her fiancé’s cousin.
Said cousin is none other than Bancroft Mills, a former rugby player and hotelier. He’s also the man who made out with Ruby and got her sick. He feels bad for somehow causing her misfortune so he offers her the house and pet-sitting job while he goes away for a few weeks. It’s obvious they have a mutual attraction, but since Bane is in London, they couldn’t do anything about it. But they form a good friendship/relationship as they get to know each other through the nightly calls and frequent text messages.
Bane and Ruby are two likable characters who are trying to do their best to achieve something in their lives. Bane wants to be a good businessman, and Ruby wants to become a successful actress. Both characters have face road blocks and criticism from people important to them, but it hasn’t stopped them from doing what they want. I really liked that.
There’s great banter (although a little juvenile at times), and wonderfully written UST. Ruby and Bane’s sexual chemistry is palpable, even when they’re apart. Plus, I loved seeing their friendship. I couldn’t stop smiling at their text messages, video calls, and conversations.
I love books that feature pets, so to have two unconventional (or more unconventional than the usual dog, cat, hamster, fish, you know the usual pets) babies was quite the treat. Francesca was adorable!
Shacking Up is a standalone novel told in alternating POVs. Funny, raunchy, and a little bit of slow burn, this book is perfect for readers looking for a light, angst-free read.
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