I received this book for free from Netgalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Macmillan, St. Martin's Griffin, Swerve on May 30, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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 think there is certain style one expects from a Helena Hunting book. It has to be funny. It has to be charming. It has to be so sexy that you can’t read the book in a public place. I think that Shacking Up delivers all that. It was cute, very sexy, and parts of it had me cracking up. It’s also predictable and very cheesy. But, I think that is what I liked about Shacking Up. It is not the kind of read that is going to make you think about it days after. It is what is and that is, a cheesy book that will put a smile on your face while you are reading it.
Shacking Up is about a young woman named Ruby. Ruby is a trust fund kid. But, she doesn’t want the strings that come attached to that trust fund. These said strings are: settling down, moving back home and, working for her father’s pharmaceutical company. Ruby has dreams that don’t include a boring job, a suitable husband, and 2.5 kids. She dreams of becoming a Broadway actress. Her dreams come with a lot rejection and no money. That is how Ruby finds herself becoming the live in pet sitter for Bancroft, her best friend’s fiancé’s friend. Bancroft is a retired Ruby player who has gone to work for his father’s hotel business. He travels all the time and needs someone he can trust to take care of his pets, aka his babies.
I liked this book because right off the bat the chemistry between Ruby and Bancroft was explosive. I mean even their meet cute is unique and kind of funny. I also liked that Bancroft didn’t have the typical pets. No, he does not own some big manly dog. He has a pet ferret and a tarantula. I liked that Ruby comes to care for his pets. I am not sure I could come to care for big hairy spider, lol. I liked that the ferret played an important part in the book because she is adorable. But, it also showed that Bancroft really does love his pets because he asks Ruby to send him updates while he is away. That is when things really steam up because phone dates take off from there. All throughout the book, I liked how adamant Ruby is about finding her own place. There is something to be said for an independent woman who doesn’t want to fall for a man just because he can take care of her. I think the best relationships are because the couple wants to be together not because they have to be together.
My only complaint was I wish there was more about Ruby’s best friend. Ruby’s friend is engaged to a tool but none of that gets resolved by the end of this book. Hopefully, there will be another book where the friend gets her own happy ending. Overall, I really enjoyed Shacking Up. It was super cute, super cheesy, and super sexy. I definitely recommend Shacking Up if you looking for a good beach read this summer.