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 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting, is sure to keep you laughing and swooning all night long.
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Shacking up with pets
In Shacking Up, Ruby meets Bancroft with a kiss. This kiss turned into the flu which caused her to vomit during auditions. With no job, no money, and no apartment, Ruby gets evicted from apartment. Fortunately, Bancroft needed a pet sitter offering Ruby his condo for the next five weeks to make up for giving her the flu.
This was a great introduction, but that’s where the greatness ends. From this point on it became a game of naughty thoughts and unnecessary commentary. The execution was repetitive and wordy. These characters aren’t very interesting. The sexual banter was okay in the beginning but the shock value and fun wore off.
The premise was strong but the delivery fell flat. I skimmed through most of the book. This wasn’t a good fit for me: Ruby’s issues with her father, Bancroft’s issues with his father, The pets, and Amie and her fiancé. The only fun part was Ruby auditioning.
A new ROMCOM that you will get addicted to!
I Love Helena Hunting and have been a fan since the Clipped Wings and Pucked series! Shacking up was a whole new RomCom that she adds to her collection. I was completely enamored with Shacking Up and the characters that bring the story to life. The laughs, the crazy flirting, the denial, and then of course the explosive sexy scenes. Helena Hunt brings it all with this book and I love it more for that.
Ruby was the chick I loved to hear talk. Her sassiness and comebacks were on point. Bancoft, with his sexy self, shows a little bit of vulnerability. He is pleased when Ruby shows her interest and she helps him see himself as a person. I love these two together!
The banter and playfulness had me giddy. I am can not wait to see what Helena has next for us!
Spoiled with daddy issues
3 stars becuase Bane was great. Well it started out pretty good. Ruby is a spoiled rich girl who's upset with her father because he left her mother. Apparently having young wives is good for her fathers image being head of a pharmaceuticals company that invented the penis hardening pill. Funny. Ruby wants to be in theatre, actor. Father wants her to work in his multimillion dollar company. She's rebelling. She wants to make it on her own. Now keep in mind that her father has paid her rent for five years, while she was in college and after graduation. Also paid for college. Normal people striving for independence do not have their parents paying their rent for five years. A month would be asking too much in most cases.
Her best friend, Amie, which I think is the real story, is getting married. Ruby meets, by accident, Bane. Due to a ridiculous amount of writing by the author, they end up in a relationship. Bane I love. He's funny. Ruby is even funny. The story is just too long. Covered with ridiculousness and making it incredibly boring. It took me three days to finish this story. Three days because I kept dosing. I was going to quit, but chose to continue because I wanted to see if there would be insight into why Amie was marrying Armstrong. He was a real princess. Unfortunately, we never understand why she's marrying him. She doesn't really seem to love him. I think that story was more interesting than a spoiled girl trying to teach daddy a lesson. If this is a series, I will not be following. 24 chapters was too long. However, I think even if it were cut in half, it would still be boring.
Ruby was spoiled and ashamed of the choices she made to get to where she ends up. Which was not bad, by the way. Working/ dancing at a club, legally, to earn a living was shameful to her because of where she came from. High Society. She used her own judgment of herself to justify lying to everyone about where she was working. Hypocritical considering she constantly judged the rich for who they were. Who she was too. Pages and pages of her tantrums. I will say I'm in the minority. Read for yourself.