Helena Hunting is a new to me author who I’ve heard amazing things about. Making Up is her newest book in the Shacking Up series and when I read the blurb I was really curious. Today is my spot on the blog tour for this book, so I get to tell you what I thought! Also keep reading for a little excerpt.
Thanks to the author, Social Butterfly PR and publisher for my ARC to read and review!
“I LOVED both Cosy and Griffin! This story was ABSOLUTE PERFECTION!”- Kendall Ryan, New York Times bestselling author
Making Up an all-new laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting is available now!
Cosy Felton is great at her job—she knows just how to handle the awkwardness that comes with working at an adult toy store. So when the hottest guy she’s ever seen walks into the shop looking completely overwhelmed, she’s more than happy to turn on the charm and help him purchase all of the items on his list.
Griffin Mills is using his business trip in Las Vegas as a chance to escape the broken pieces of his life in New York City. The last thing he wants is to be put in charge of buying gag gifts for his friend’s bachelor party. Despite being totally out of his element, and mortified by the whole experience, Griffin is pleasantly surprised when he finds himself attracted to the sales girl that helped him.
As skeptical as Cosy may be of Griffin’s motivations, there’s something about him that intrigues her. But sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas and when real life gets in the way, all bets are off. Filled with hilariously awkward situations and enough sexual chemistry to power Sin City, Making Up is the next standalone in the Shacking Up world.
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Making Up was my first book by Helena Hunting and I wasn’t disappointed. I’d say it’s a good sign when a romantic comedy makes you laugh after reading only a couple of pages! That wasn’t the last time that happened while reading this story and I’m sure I got some weird looks while reading on the train when I was laughing out loud.
Cosy works at an adult toy store and how she describes it makes you cringe, but laugh as well. Hopefully there aren’t too many Eugenes out there! I really enjoyed Cosy as a character. She may take her time finishing her college classes, but she’s doing what makes her happy! Getting her degree and traveling in between semesters. Cosy is an independent woman and works hard for what she wants. She’s not really open to relationships after seeing her sister experience things and of course, because of the few experiences she had herself.
Griffin is an interesting character. I think he’s really sweet and even though he has a lot of money, he’s not arrogant. He may not think of what he spends, but he doesn’t make it known to everyone how rich he is. On top of that, he’s kind of a number nerd. Griffin works for his family’s business and loves what he does. He hasn’t had the best record in relationships even though he’s more of the serious relationship type. One night stands aren’t his thing.
Their relationship is pretty interesting, but what do we expect when you meet the person you’re attracted to at an adult toy store. I love the connection they have from the start and how they flirt with each other I also love all of the awkward moments they experience that you could definitely relate to if it happened to you. I couldn’t put this book down, because I was enjoying this so much. They have a lot of amazing moments to read about and I love the romance and steamy moments.
For me the only reason this wasn’t a five star read, because I thought there was just a bit too much drama. I mean in a romance I expect some ups and downs and bumps in the road, but there was just a bit too much. I mean for me only so much can go wrong before it doesn’t feel real anymore. Besides that I loved every aspect of the this story!
All in all, a fun read with an amazing couple! There are plenty of laugh out loud moments and I came to really care for these characters. Even though this is a standalone, it did feel like there were a few things that came from previous books (like little updates). I will definitely have to pick up the first three books in this series!
We’re a couple of minutes away from my apartment, which also means we’re almost at the end of our date. End-of-date protocol often means a goodnight kiss.
And I’ve eaten onions. Lots of them. What the hell was I thinking? I feel around in my shorts pocket, hoping I have a random stick of gum. I find a tiny square packet and pull it out, along with an old tissue. I shove that back in my pocket and sigh with relief as I carefully open the Listerine Pocketpak. There’s one strip left. I pop it in my mouth, wishing I had water since my mouth is dry and I’m suddenly super nervous.
Griffin pulls up in front of my apartment building. I swallow a bunch of times, trying to get the strip to dissolve on my tongue and glance out the tinted window, seeing it from his perspective. I don’t live in a bad part of town, but I sure as hell wouldn’t leave this car sitting out here for any length of time unless I wanted it keyed or stripped down.
Griffin shifts into park and turns to me, one hand resting on the back of my seat near the headrest. “I had a great time, Cosy.”
“Me too, thanks for dinner.” I tried to fork over my share, but he was quick on the credit card draw.
“It was my pleasure.” He leans in the tiniest bit, a nonverbal cue that he’s going in for a kiss.
I mirror the movement, giving him the go ahead. My stomach flutters in anticipation. I exhale slowly through my nose. Even though the Listerine strip should be doing its job to mask the onions, I don’t want to ruin the moment by breathing that in his face.
His fingertips skim my jaw, and I close my eyes. And then his lips brush my cheek. I wait for them to move a couple of inches to the right, but after what feels like a lot of seconds—and is probably only a few—I crack a lid.
Griffin is still close, a wry smile on his lips and a smolder in his eyes.
“Seriously, that’s it? A kiss on the cheek?”
His smile widens, making his eyes crinkle at the corners. He’s nothing like the guys I usually end up on dates with. College boys don’t take things slow. If I were out with one of the guys from school, I’d be sitting in a beat-up Civic with some stupid music playing, and he’d be all over me with his tongue halfway down my throat, copping a feel.
“I thought all the onions you ate were the equivalent to garlic for vampires.” Griffin fingers my hair near my shoulder. I’d really like him to finger something else. Wait. I mean I’d like to feel his hands on me. Not in my pants. Okay, maybe I’d like them in my pants, but not after date number one.
“I wasn’t thinking, and I really like onions. A lot. In hindsight, it’s not a great date food. I feel kinda dumb. And I guess at first I wasn’t so sure about you. How was I supposed to know you’d actually be kind of normalish?”
“Well, you drink club soda on purpose, so you can’t be all there.” I tap his temple.
Griffin circles my wrist with his fingers and drops his head, lips brushing over my knuckle. “We can’t all be perfect, now, can we?”
“I suppose not, and perfect is boring.”
“That it is.” He hums against my skin, and I feel it through my entire body. “I would like to try that kiss again, if you’re still interested.”
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.
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I’m happy I finally decided to read something by this author! I definitely need to read more. If you’ve read more by Helena Hunting, what book should I pick up next? Let me know in the comments!