In Review: Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

Posted May 19, 2017 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Shacking Up by Helena HuntingShacking Up by Helena Hunting
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: SMP Swerve
Format: eARC, 480 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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My rating:

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 a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I absolutely loved this book. It’s been so long since I read any of Helena’s books — don’t ask me why, because I don’t have a good excuse — and I forgot just how much I love the combination of great characters, literally laugh out loud humor and sexy AF romance. Now that I’ve been reminded, I kinda want to binge every single one of her books that I’ve missed.

Ruby was a great heroine. I found her easy to identify with and I loved being in her head. Her inner dialogue was hilarious and had me chuckling quite a bit. Her first scene with Bancroft had me literally laughing out loud. What a meet cute! I was a little uncertain about Bancroft at first, however. While their meet cute was amusing, it didn’t exactly showcase him in the best light. But it didn’t take long for him to start growing on me, either. I especially loved that we got to spend time in both Ruby’s and Bancroft’s heads. Dual POV is my favorite when it’s done well because it gives me the chance to really get to know both characters. I’m a big fan of friends to lovers, so I really enjoyed watching them build a friendship, knowing that it was likely to lead to more in the future. Their story gave me a *delicious* slow burn that had me burning through the pages because I just couldn’t get enough — and I couldn’t wait to see if they would be as explosive together as I expected. Spoiler alert: they were. Also, I’m giving bonus points to this book for the inclusion of adorable animals. Francesca the ferret was amazing and I kinda loved her.

I’m already itching to get my hands on Hooking Up, which appears to be about Ruby’s best friend Amie. I thought she was a great character and deserving of so much more than what she was getting from her (IMHO crappy) fiancé Armstrong, so I’m thrilled she’s getting a book. I hoped that she would, but since Shacking Up didn’t seem to be part of a series, I was worried I wouldn’t get her story. I’m really glad that’s not the case. She deserves a good HEA… plus it’ll be fun to read more about her.


This man is like a nuclear bomb of sexy, just waiting to go off. I’m honestly surprised women aren’t super-gluing themselves to his body like in one of those men’s spray deodorant commercials. 

“I can be a white knight with a dirty mind, can’t I?” 

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. 

On a scale of one to ten, with one being desperately inadequate and ten being deity inspiring, his dick is so beautiful it would make angels weep and virgins offer themselves up for sacrifice. Okay, maybe not that last part. But it’s a gorgeous penis and I’m really, really turned on. 

Every kiss is an echo of the first time. Accidental or not, some part of me recognized her as my future and now she’s mine to love.

About Helena Hunting

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.

Have you read any of Helena’s books?
Which is your favorite?

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