on May 30th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Personal Copy
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 finally gave up on waiting for Shacking Up to be available at the library. I was leaving on vacation a woman deserves a good beach read, right? Helena Hunting’s lates romance fit the bill and was a light-hearted, low angst read that was high on laughs.
The drama wasn’t over-the-top, but Ruby and Bancroft were very sweet and an enjoyable focal point for the story. This was a slow-burn romance with the characters falling for each other over phone calls while Bancroft travels to London for work and Ruby stays at his place pet sitting. The book was light on steam as Bancroft and Ruby were on different continents for a good part of the book. However, the instant attraction between them kept me interested and waiting for them to finally reunite in real life.
I really enjoyed Ruby’s character. She’s rebellious and always does the opposite of what’s asked of her, but it never felt obnoxious or grating. Ruby is going against her father’s expectations of joining the family business – their claim to fame is inventing an erectile dysfunction medication. Rather than work for her father, Ruby moves to New York to become a Broadway star. She’s incredibly determined while pursuing her dreams of stardom and is willing to put up with starving artist status, even if she’s starting to run out of options and makes some interesting job decisions along the way.
Bancroft comes from a similar upbringing and I can understand the connection between him and Ruby. He recently started working for his family’s hotel empire and after seven years of playing professional rugby. Bancroft is also very particular with high expectations of his friends and family; however, he’s incredibly humble and willing to admit when he’s wrong. Bancroft also exceptionally devoted to his pets, Tiny the Tarantula and Francesca the Ferret.
Shacking Up is a standalone book; however, Helena Hunting left the door wide open for spin-offs on Bancroft’s brothers. I would also love to see a follow-up story about Ruby’s best friend, Aime.
Helena Hunting created two uber sweet and unforgettable characters with Bancroft and Ruby. Even though we don’t explicitly learn that these two achieved HEA status, I have to believe that it isn’t too far behind. This was a fun, light-hearted read – perfect for when you’re looking for a good romance that’s light on angst.