Thursday, November 10

Audiobook Review: Shacking Up by Helena Hunting

Author: Helena Hunting
Narrator: Jacob Morgan & Rose Dioro
Title: Shacking Up
Series: Shacking Up #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor
Format: Audiobook
Published: May 30, 2017
Where I got It: Borrowed from library

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.

I read the short story that takes place after this one...and it was okay. I decided to give book 1 a try esp since it was available at my library. 

Here we follow Ruby and Bane. Ruby cannot catch a break. She is months behind on her rent and she can't find a steady job. She has a huge audition that can turn it all around but she blows it when she completely bombs because she was sick as a dog. All thanks to the hunk who mistakenly kissed her and then coughed on her. Luckily her best friend found her a great opportunity to house and pet sit while the owner is out of town for work for 5 weeks. When Ruby meets this is the same guy who got her sick...Bane. Feeling terrible he offers the job and a place to live until she can get back on her feet. 

I am so glad I backtracked and read this. The short story after this was just okay but it didn't do any justice to these fun characters.

Yes, Ruby and Bane were fun. I loved watching them get to know each other via phone and video chat. They was fun. Once he comes home things change and we finally get some smexy stuff, but it was nice seeing a slow burn between these two. 

There is some drama near the end...mainly miscommunication and badly timed events and voicemails. Easily resolved so they could get back together. Very sweet. 

The narrators were fun. We had two. One for Ruby's POV and one for Bane's. I do wish Bane had more time. I feel like he only had like 3 or 4 chapters. 

In the end, though, I enjoyed this quite a bit. I loved watching Ruby and Bane fall for each other. It was a slow burn but for SURE worth it by the end. I wanted more chapters with Bane's POV, but other than that zero issues. 4 stars from me. 

- #49 for Audiobook challenge


Blodeuedd said...

A 4 is sure good 😁

Carole Rae said...

I'll take it!

Jen Twimom said...

Yea! Sounds like fun and it's a good think you went back!

Jen Twimom said...

wait... where did my comment go? I swear I'm losing it!

Carole Rae said...

Jen, I think your original comment went to the approval box. Sometimes it does that lol. Buut yessss I'm glad I went back