Shacking Up by Helena Hunting – Jenn’s Review


I’m a big fan of Hunting’s Pucked series, and was interested to see what else she had for us.



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.


What an extremely fun book! I really had no idea what to expect when I signed up to read Hunting’s newest release. Having been an avid fan of her Pucked series, I knew I loved her writing style, but I’m always apprehensive when trying something different.

There was no reason to worry. Shacking Up started out with a bang and never let up. I was hooked from chapter one. The dynamic between Bane and Ruby was immensely entertaining. Both from the same upper-tier world but Ruby is “new” money, and not willing to rely on her father to fund her life. So, she’s doing her own thing, and while not exactly successful at it (yet), she is living her life on her own terms. I really admired that about Ruby. It didn’t what it took, she was grabbing life by the horns and doing it her way. She wasn’t going to be persuaded into crawling back home and admitting failure. Bane was the opposite. He already lived his dream, and it was now time to come home, and be the man his father expects him to be. Bane promised his family once his rugby career is done he would come home and work for the family business, no matter how boring that might be. On two different paths, you would think there is no way for Bane and Ruby to connect, but they do, in a seriously hot way!

Shacking up is a light-reading, fairly predictable rom-com. There wasn’t a lot of angst, nor any jaw dropping moments. What it is, is a sweet, love story with a great meet cute, and two characters who spent a lot of time cultivating their relationship over the phone. I loved how Ruby and Bane constantly challenged each other. They each had their own unique brand of crazy, that only a writer like Hunting could take farther than you expected. You are in for a laugh-out-loud good time with Shacking Up.

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