Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Shacking Up
Author: Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up Book 1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
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 so wish I read this series in order now that I’ve read this book.
Like I mentioned in my review of Hooking Up (Book 2 in this series), I had no idea as I was reading it that it was part of a series. This was good because it means that I wasn’t confused by what was going on. However, I feel like, after reading this book, that I would’ve appreciated Hooking Up more if I’d read this book first. Why? Because you get a peek at Lexington (who I love) in this book.
Anyway, that’s beside the point.
Helena Hunting has once again proven that she writes meetcutes so well. She introduces two characters so perfectly that you root for them from the very beginning… no matter how rocky that beginning may be.
I found myself practically fist-pumping saying, “YES!” as things started to fall into place in this novel.
Also, unlike pretty much all of HH’s books I’ve read so far, this book has a bit of a slow burn and I was LIVING FOR IT! I love the friendship that develops between Ruby and Bancroft and how it is all initiated by a love for his unique pets (a ferret and a spider).
This book had me jumping into re-reading Hooking Up right away since you get a glimpse at Lexington and Ami and I love it so much more the second time around thanks to the high I’m still riding from this book.
Audiobook Performance: 5 stars
You guys, Rose Diorio and Jacob Morgan are the readers for this book. I mean… if I could give this 20 stars I would. These two are a freaking dream team seconded only by Muffy Newtown and Jacob Morgan (who read the next book in the series).
Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars
Lots of butterflies with this one! Eeek!
Re-read Worthiness: YES
I’m positive I will travel down this road again.
Bookshelf Placement: YES
To be added to my HH shrine!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars
BANCROFT IS SO FREAKING ADORABLE! Nevermind that he’s essentially a giant, the way he loves his pets (and eventually Ruby) is to die for. I love that he was a rugby player, but now a successful businessman. He’s mature and responsible and just a tiny touch of possessive without being creepy.
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