Tuesday, May 30, 2017

[New release & book review] Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

Shacking Up

by Helena Hunting

release date: May 30, 2017

published by Swerve

I purchased this e-book via Amazon with an audio upgrade

☆☆☆☆☆5 STAR - AMAZING, couldn't put it down, highly recommend (emotions bursting at the seams)

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.

From the first chapter, I was hooked into Shacking Up to the point that I added the audio upgrade because I had to be a "mom chauffer" and could not fathom putting this book on the back burner....yes, not even for 30 minutes. It was THAT good! I instantly became totally vested in Ruby and Bancroft's journey and flirtatious banter.

Let me start off by saying that Ruby is my "spirit animal." Her character oozes humor, self-pride and the mentality to not be held down or kept in a corner. Her "vagina" humor made me want to befriend her as she has inappropriate jokes that I could not get enough of. Her interaction with Drew had me doubled over with laughter. Her fight to not be sent home with her tail between her legs made me want to hoot and holler - "You go girl!" and "You got this!"

Bancroft was everything an ideal male character strives to be in the eye of a reader. Sexy, successful, all male with a genuine quality that makes him an easy 10. His desire to remain a high number on Ruby's number scale was pleasantly adorable and left me with a permanent grin as he navigated towards her heart.

Obstacles, misunderstandings and fear of untraditional ways lead to a great story! The author had my undivided attention from the first page all the way through to the epilogue. Not missing a beat, the pages flowed with ease. I would love to see a build from these characters as there is so much potential to give us more. I want more! Ruby's best friend, Amie deserves a burst of light that I would love to get more of. There IS a possibility that her upcoming release later this year, Hooking Up just might be it! SQUEEEEEEEEEE!

Add it to your goodreads TBR here.

I highly recommend this sassy, sexy as sin, romantic comedy that will leave you wanting to dive into everything written by Helena Hunting!

Please note as an "I told you so" ... you may want a cold shower when done reading Shacking Up... or two! ;)

Meet the author:

NTY and USA Today Bestselling author of The PUCKED Series, Helena Hunting lives outside of Toronto with her amazing family and her two awesome cats, who think the best place to sleep is her keyboard. Helena writes everything from contemporary romance to romance comedy, sports romance and angsty new adult romance.


Other incredible books written by Helena Hunting...


***The 1st standalone novel in The Pucked Series***

With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. So of course she isn’t interested in legendary team captain Alex Waters or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs. When Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet’s misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes much more than just a hot body with the face to match.

Suffering from a complete lapse in judgment, Violet discovers just how good Alex is with the hockey stick in his pants. Violet believes her night of orgasmic magic with Alex is just that: one night. But Alex starts to call. And text. And email and send extravagant—and quirky—gifts. Suddenly, he's too difficult to ignore, and nearly impossible not to like.

The problem is, the media portrays Alex as a total player, and Violet doesn’t want to be part of the game.

Felony Ever After

***13 Authors put their brains together to write ONE story***

Verity Michaels is new to New York City, but even she knows riding in a stolen cab is not a normal way to meet someone. Damn it if that tattoo-covered would-be felon isn’t everywhere now, and lighting everything on fire under her skirt.

His name is Hudson Fenn, and he’s frustratingly impossible to pin down. He works as a bike messenger, but has the manners of a prince—along with a strange tendency toward breaking and entering. As much as Verity knows he’s not her type, and likely to land her in jail, she can’t help but find her truest self when they’re together.

Can she be brave enough to give Hudson a real chance? Will he be bold enough to reveal the man beneath the ink, or will his secrecy doom their connection? Also, WTF is the deal with Verity’s boss? No less than thirteen of your favorite romance writers have teamed up to tell this sexy, wacky, snort-inducing tale. With them you’ll visit the world’s most irritating office, a VIP room of questionable cleanliness, and the fanciest apartment a bike messenger has ever inhabited, but you’ll still never see this ending coming.  

and so many more....
Don't forget to check out her Clipped Wings series!

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