Review : Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

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Published May 30th 2017 by Swerve, 480 pages
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Blurb

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.

My Review

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 stars

In her endearing style, Helena Hunting has delivered a cast of quirky characters and a fun and light plot in a feel good romance that I didn’t want to end. This book had me smiling, giggling and sighing! The heroine, Ruby, comes from money but she refuses to be a rich man’s arm candy. She wants to prove to herself and to her father that she can survive on her own, even if she is a struggling artist. Her father wants her to fail and threatens to cut her off. He has stopped paying the rent of her flat and she will be homeless soon.

To make matters worse, she is kissed by a germ infested stranger, who passes flu on to her. Her ensuing audition to perform in an Off-Broadway show is a disaster. Because of Bancroft, aka Bane, Mills, she is jobless in addition to being homeless. Bane and Ruby move in the same circles, they both come from old money. Bane has made a name for himself in professional rugby but an injury has ended his career. He has decided the time was right to immerse himself in his family’s hotel business. But that means travelling extensively, and he needs someone to house sit and take care of his pets, Francesca and Tiny, during his absence. They are the most unlikely animal companions, especially Tiny, but they bring a lot of sweetness to the story! I’m not saying more!

Bane needs a house and pet sitter and Ruby needs a place to stay. A perfect match! Bane is an endearing character, he is sweet and considerate. He finds Ruby refreshing, she isn’t a pampered and manicured socialite. Their long-distance phone flirting was delightful, they slowly forge an emotional connection. As a famous rugby player, Bane was always on the road and he wants to finally put down some roots. Ruby is independent and a future of kept woman is not what she wants out of life. Her career choice is not approved in her social sphere, but Bane always has her back. She is not immune to his charms, despite her best efforts!

Shacking Up is a charming, fun and feel good story, celebrating determination, friendship and love. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this irresistible romantic comedy and recommend it as a perfect summer read.

Thanks for visiting and happy reading!

An advanced copy of this book was generously provided to me by the publisher, via Netgalley.

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