REVIEW – SHACKING UP by Helena Hunting


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.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I scan his naked body, wishing like hell for a photographic memory, because his body is a gift from the heavens. And that erection is magnificent.


SHACKING UP, the latest romantic comedy by Helena Hunting is guaranteed to be her next huge hit! It’s packed with Hunting’s signature brand of humor and is delectably schmexy! There’s a reason why she is one of my top favorite authors. I never doubt that when I pick up one of her books that I am going to be taken on a wildly fun and insanely comical journey. I not only have another book to add to my favorites shelf, but I also have another book boyfriend who took a piece of my heart. I’m pretty sure Bancroft Mills will be melting plenty of hearts and panties once this book is released!

Ruby Scott is an aspiring actress who has been living in New York City since graduating from college. She’s struggling to make ends meet but determined to get a role in a Broadway or Off-Broadway show because the alternative would be a living nightmare. Her father is a Billionaire who owns a highly successful pharmaceutical company whose wonder drug helps men with erectile dysfunction. He has frowned upon Ruby’s career choice and has asked her time and again to come back home to Rhode Island where he will set her up with a job in the family business. This is not an option for Ruby as she wants to make it on her own doing something that she loves more than life.




Ruby comes from money but she finds it hard to relate to people who run in those high society social circles. She’s vivacious and tends to say what’s on her mind at any given moment. She literally has no filter. Her luck has recently taken a turn for the worse when she ends up in a passionate kiss with one seriously gorgeous stranger at an engagement party. It was a case of mistaken identity due to poor lighting outside the bathroom and the guy was high on cold medicine because he was battling a nasty case of the flu. She ends up getting violently ill the next morning and utterly bombs during her audition for an off-off Broadway play. Not only does this make her financial situation even more dire, but she’s also served an eviction notice for being delinquent on her rent for the past three months. Ruby is about to lose all hope when her Bestie tells her about her Fiance’s cousin who is going to be out of the country for five months and needs someone to babysit his pets. She thinks that he would be willing to let Ruby house sit for him as well. When Ruby gets invited to dinner with her Bestie who is meeting her Fiance and his cousin, she couldn’t be more surprised to see the handsome stranger who gave her the most amazing kiss of her life as well as the nastiest case of the flu.

Bancroft Mills is an ex-professional rugby player and heir to a huge hotel chain. He hasn’t lived in New York for several years and now he’s looking to learn the family business and keep permanent residence in NYC. He is pleasantly surprised when he crosses paths with the beautiful girl he shared that unforgettable kiss with. He’s also beyond remorseful when he learns of her predicament due to the fact that he gave her the flu. Bane asks Ruby to house sit and care for his furry friends while he’s away in London. He helps her move in the next day and the two become roommates for a few days before his trip. It becomes apparent rather quickly that Ruby and Bane are wildly attracted to each other and keeping things platonic is one of the biggest challenges they’ve ever had to face. Somehow they manage to keep their libidos in check but over the next five months their sexy flirting over texts and facetime ends up building a close relationship between them and the possibility of things turning serious is thrilling and a bit scary as well. Ruby wants to be with Bane but not while she’s living in his condo and is receiving a salary from him for taking care of his fur babies. She’s very independent and refuses to let any man take care of her.



Will these two be able to work out their housing and employment issues or will an unfortunate misunderstanding between Ruby and Bane end up tearing the couple apart?

This was honestly such an incredibly enjoyable read for me. I love it when a book can transport me to another world and during that short period, the stress and monotony of everyday life are forgotten. Helena Hunting’s books always take me to my happy place.

SHACKING UP releases on May 30th! Mark your calendars and make sure you one-click!




*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Stars!


Ruby Scott is a beautiful 24 yr. old woman who comes from money. Her family owns Scott Pharmaceuticals & she grew up privileged in Rhode Island. She attended prep school & college with her best friend Amie, & now lives in New York following her dream of being an actress. Much to fathers disappointment, her degree is in theater. It’s her passion, & she just wants to do what she loves. The problem is it doesn’t always pay the bills & she struggles. She’s behind on rent, currently unemployed, and on the verge of being homeless. She wants to make it on her own & will do anything not to return home to work for her father. It would mean she failed. She has one last chance to turn things around with a big audition.

The night before her audition she attends her best friend Amie’s engagement party where a gorgeous stranger kisses her & then coughs on her. She wakes up sick & bombs her audition. She is panicking about her issues when her friend comes up with the perfect solution to all her problems. Amie knows someone with a luxurious penthouse whose going out of town & needs someone to watch his animals. Ruby is stunned when she meets her new possible employer & it’s none other than her awesome kisser.



Her mystery man is Bancroft Mills aka Bane. His family owns Mills hotels. He spent the last seven years playing professional rugby till he blew out his knee. Now his rugby career is over & his only option is working for the family business in hotel management. Working for his father will require a lot of travel, & will take him away from his pets. When he finds out how he got Ruby sick, he feels responsible & offers her the job of taking care of his pets till she can get back on her feet. She needs somewhere to live & he needs a pet sitter, so it’s the perfect arrangement for them both.

While Bane is away he & Ruby talk a lot. They really get to know each other & he finds her lack of filter & sense of humor refreshing. The longer he’s away, the closer they become. Soon all the late night chats & sexual innuendos turn into a real connection. By the time he returns home they are absolutely dying for one another & can’t resist any longer. These two are on fire for each other & it’s hot as hell!


-Jesus. This man is like a nuclear bomb of sexy, just waiting to go off.

-“This is what I want. You. The way you’re looking at me right now. This feeling right here.”


They soon are both extremely attached to each other & wanting more, but things are complicated since they are technically roommates & she’s still working for him.

This was my first book by Helena Hunting & it was fabulous! I love her fun, flirty writing style that’s full of humor, and super sexy. I adored Bane & Ruby and just loved this book! Can’t wait to read more by this author & hope we get a book for Lexington & Amie. :))

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