Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Swerve

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Kim

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.

Helena Hunting can write some books ya’ll. I am an avid reader of hers and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Pucked Series. I was a little scared going into this one because well, it’s not a Pucked book. However, I absolutely fell in love with Bane and Ruby!!

Pucked Boys be damned, there’s a new hottie in town and he’s got one hell of a dirty mouth!

Ruby has no idea what she is in for while attending her best friend’s engagement party. A run in with an incredibly hot guy in the hallway by the restroom leads to a heavy make out session which leads to all sorts of trouble for Ruby. See, the hot guy is sick with the flu, which he passes along to Ruby…disaster in the making.

Now looking for a job and an apartment, Ruby’s best friend sets her up with a job apartment/pet sitting for a friend, Bane, who just so happens to be the guy who kissed her and started this whole mess to begin with!

“You know, you can call me Bane.” “Like the bane of my existence?”

I thoroughly enjoyed Ruby! She is a woman who lives in the moment, a starving Broadway actress who is trying to make ends meet. Ruby has no qualms about saying what she means, like it or leave it. She is hilarious and I like how she knows what she wants. And that, my friends, is Bane.

Bancroft “Bane” was refreshing. He was so much more than the typical rich guy. He spent a good part of his life doing what he wanted to do, which was rugby, but now is following in the family business. Having to travel for work, he has Ruby stay at his apartment to watch his unusual house pets. And his attentional to detail and organizational skills had me drooling like a baby. I mean, come on! Who doesn’t like a hot, sexy rugby player turned business man who has his shit together??!

“Bancroft is stretched out on the couch watching sports with Francesca curled up in his lap. Right on top of his penis. What a whore. I wish I was her.”

Bane and Ruby’s friendship was fun and lighthearted until it turned into something so much more. These two had unbelievable chemistry and great banter, and were so very attracted to each other, you’d have thought they would have jumped each other immediately. But no, you really get the build up with this one…. more than halfway through the book before any sexy times happen. Get yourself a fan, lock yourself if your room, grab a change of panties, whatever you have to do because when it does go down? HOLY SHIT. If you’ve read any of Helena’s books, you know her men have some dirty mouths. Bane is no different and it is UNREAL. The mouth on that man, I’ve got some ideas on what I’d like it to do 😉

Shacking Up was an enjoyable story that had a little bit of everything in it. A whole lot of sexiness, lighthearted fun, sexual tension that is off the charts, cute animals, sexy men, one HELL of a douchebag guy who you will love to hate…. all of which you will absolutely fall in love with!

I give Shacking Up by Helena Hunting 5 stars!!!

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