Shacking Up – Book Review

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This is a stand alone stories but be on the lookout for interconnected characters.

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.


Baincroft Mills is a retired rugby player who has hung up his cleats after a pretty serious knee injury. Now, he’s flexing his muscles in the family business of luxury hotels with his father and two older brothers. He’s not like most guys that come from privilege. He doesn’t have manicured nails, hair plugs, or pointy shoes.

Ruby Scott may be third generation trust fund, but you’d never know it by her starving artist lifestyle. She’s determined not to end up like her siblings slaving away in the bonner drug business. Instead she’s following her dreams that will hopefully lead her to Broadway, if she doesn’t end up homeless first.

Baincroft and Ruby have mutual acquaintances. His cousin is marrying her best friend. So it’s only natural that they meet at the engagement party. What’s unusual is how they meet, lips first. When a case of cold medicine mixed with Scotch leave Bane not in his right mind, he mistakes Ruby for his overly forward date in a semi private hallway. This sets up a course of events that turns these strangers to friends in this funny and sexy accidental love story.

April’s Review:
There are a few things that you can always expect from a Helena Hunting story, an explosive beginning, some hilarious misadventures, and characters to fall in love with.

Helena Hunting stories always start with a bang, and Shacking Up isn’t any different. While attending her best friend’s engagement party, she is accosted by a tall, strong, awesome kisser. How does she know this man she’s never seen is an awesome kisser? It’s her first introduction to him, right before he coughs in her face. Since she doesn’t want to open with a bang and leave you hanging Hunting continues the antics. Ruby and her best friend Amie get themselves into some precarious situations with their scheming and antics.

I really fell hard for Baincroft. Maybe it’s because he reminds me of the ever so dreamy Stuart Reardon (whew). Regardless, Bane is definitely prime book boyfriend material. I even love the high brow last name for first name, Baincroft. The nick name Bane is even better. It sounds like a real thrasher, the perfect name for a rugby play. What I love about Bane is that he is appropriately territorial. He takes care of his business, his animals, and his lady, without overbearing her. And swoon, he LOVES animals. He saved Frannie from almost certain death. How can you not fall in love with him?

Shacking Up is an ultra fun read with comically ridiculous twist and turns, a loveable and sexy book boyfriend, and oh yeah some steamy hot sex. I might even go so far as to say it’s my favorite Helena Hunting book so far.

April’s Audio Book Review:
I listened to this book as an audiobook and loved it! So, as much as I love Hunting’s character (I mean you read that part right?) I can admit that part of the reason I’m so head over heals for Bane is because I love Jacob Morgan’s voice. His voice sounds like a really good bourbon (that’s my drink if you didn’t know).

There were a few place where I felt like Dioro slowed the place a little more than necessary. I know I could have sped up the play back, but I was so in love with Morgan’s voice I wanted it to last as long as possible.

Aracely’s Book Review:
Shacking Up had me laughing and swooning. Ruby and Bane’s meet cute hooked me right in. It was the universe telling them that they needed to meet. Sure they ran in the same circles and at some point they were bound to meet but this way they were able to test out the waters so to speak. It was the perfect setup for the series of events that followed.

Ruby is the girl who rebels about what she was suppose to be and became what she wanted. Even when things were looking bad she still found a way to stay true to herself. But there is only so much a girl can take before she breaks. So when her best friend figures out a way to keep her going she takes it.

Then there is Bane, I do love them rugby player. He was the guy that followed his dream, but when he couldn’t do what he loved anymore he was thrown into the family business. Bane’s world revolves around his family, pets and new role in the family business.

“Men who love animals are so hot. So that takes Bancroft to volcanic levels.”
Dating is hard enough but when you add in “good family names” and money it makes things sticky. Ruby tries to figure out Bane angle in the little things he does.  Even though she doesn’t want to think ill of him there is still that nagging feeling in the back of her head. She wants to be a normal girl dating this amazing man but they are both upper class and she has a bad feeling about his action because of her father.

“Dating in the upper class is weird. People parade themselves around like show ponies, waiting for someone to pin then with first prize.”
Nothing with Ruby and Bane was ever easy. Well maybe except the sex. Then when a last minute trip come up for Bane it causes serious trouble for these two.

“I need to find her. I need to talk to he. I need her in my space.”
In the end Ruby stays true to herself and her dreams. She spent so many years trying to be her own person that she refuses to let anyone bring her down. She wants to be sure that what she is and what she does is done on her own merits. She wants to know that her life is her own first and foremost.

“I’ve been dependent on my father’s support for a lot of years. His money always came with a price, and I didn’t want that to happen again. Even without the misunderstanding I would’ve had to move out.”
If you are looking for laughs, hotness and a lot of heart then Shacking Up should be your next read.

Why did we choose this book:
We love Helena Hunting. We were hooked early with the Pucked Series. When we were asked if we wanted to read Hooked Up, we were in the middle of Shacked Up so it was a no brainer.

Who should read this book:
If you’re looking for a fun and loveable story with steamy sex scenes, you should read this book.

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Guest review contributed by Reading After Dark. Reading After Dark is a book blog featuring stories about the messy interactions of the human condition, books that are best read after dark.


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