Thursday, 8 June 2017

Review: Helena Hunting's "Shacking Up."


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.

Review: Jo 

I absolutely loved Helena Hunting's "Pucked" series so reading this new standalone was a no brainer for me. I couldn't wait to get started and although "Shacking Up" started off well, I found that the rest of the story disappointingly didn't meet my expectations. I so wanted to love Ruby and Bane's story and I am feeling so sad that it wasn't the book for me. 

As I already said, this book did get off to a promising start. I liked the characters and was enjoying the familiar Helena Hunting style of humour. Ruby was turning out to be an hilarious character who couldn't seem to do anything right. Calamity should have been her middle name. I found myself laughing out loud at the majority of her actions during the first few chapters and I was pretty sure that this was going to be another fantastic read. Sadly, this is where the fun ended for me. I found that the remainder of the book became increasingly slow paced. It was an agonising slow burn and I was getting more and more frustrated with each new chapter. By fifty percent I was ready to throw my kindle at the wall and at seventy percent I was tempted to give up. Even when, finally things started to happen between Ruby and Bane, I found that I had gone passed showing any signs of excitement and enthusiasm. I was so upset. 

I know that I am in the minority with this book because a lot of reviewers have loved it. If you are a fan of slow burn romance, you might love it too. Unfortunately it wasn't my kind of read. 

"Shacking Up" gets 3 hearts from me.

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