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.
4 out of 5 stars
After reading two 3 star books in a row, this was so refreshing!!! Shacking Up is the story of Ruby Scott, daughter of a wealthy businessman who is a struggling actress in New York. After being evicted from her apartment (due to daddy cutting her off), she is almost homeless until her best friend Amie comes up with an idea of having Ruby move into her friend Bancroft’s apartment to take care of his exotic animals.
It turns out that Ruby and Bane (his nickname) have met before – notably, when he kissed her at Amie and Armstrong’s engagement party. Bane thought Ruby was his date (she wasn’t), and he ended up getting her deathly ill (he was ill) and causing her to blow an audition.
Bane moves Ruby into his apartment, where he introduces her to his ferret, Francesca, and his tarantula, Tiny. Turns out Bane is leaving the country for five weeks and needs someone to watch his pets (and ferrets are illegal in NY apparently). Ruby hits it off his with pets right away. She also hits it off with Bancroft, and they begin a “long distance relationship”.
Their relationship is not conventional. They know each other for a few days when Bane leaves, but once his in Europe, he begins video calling Ruby daily, and they form a friendship.
One thing that really annoyed me about this book was the whole “old money” scenario. Ruby’s dad is super rich but won’t give her money because she’s pursuing her dreams. She gets a job at an interesting place to make money. She struggles to pay rent because she wants to do it on her own. Bane, on the other hand, has a rich family as well, and his mother was a little annoying. As a side note, Amie’s fiancée, Armstrong, was an annoying twit.
I have to admit that I didn’t love the epilogue. It took place four weeks after the last chapter. I prefer my epilogues be farther in the future.
Overall, though, this was a very enjoyable story and I would recommend it.