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Making Up: A Shacking Up Novel Kindle Edition
A new standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting.
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.
"This is hands-down one of my favorite books of 2019. It packs such a great punch." -- L.J. Shen, USA Today bestselling author
"Heat, drama and hilarity--Making Up is fast-paced romantic comedy fun!" -Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author of Fix Her Up
"Making Up is another irresistible installment in Helena Hunting's Shacking Up series, and I couldn't get enough of Cosy and Griffin." -- Frolic
"Now, this is what I consider exceptional writing. I was completely engrossed in this story. It never once lost my interest and I honestly didn't want it to end. A true FIVE STAR read!!" --Wrapped Up in Reading Book Blog
"Another win from Helena!" --Cristiina Reads
"This series, oh this damn series. I am in love with these crazy, fun, sexy, loving characters." --Steamy Reads Blog
"This Shacking Up world (ALL STANDALONES) is one of my very favorite Helena Hunting series... It is ROMCOM PERFECTION." --Musings of the Modern Belle
" Helena Hunting never fails to deliver an amazing story, filled with laughter, steam and just the right amount of angst." --Bookish Aurora
"What. A. Read! The magnificent job Hunting did with the plot and character development kept me engrossed from the first page to the last word written." --Kindle Friends Forever
"This was another fun, light hearted and sexy read from Helena. Plenty of laugh out loud moments and a bit of angst to mess with your heart too." --Reading is my Bliss
"Another great addition to this laugh-out-loud, sexy as sin, rom-com series!" --Keri Loves Books
"This story is guaranteed to make you swoon. There's sweet and sexy, fun and flirty, secrets and surprises, mysteries and misunderstandings, and best of all love and laughter. I loved it and I know you will too." --iScream Books Blog
"Making Up was an amazing, hilarious rom-com read. This book is the summer must read of 2019." --Sinfully Snarky Reviews
"I. Loved. This. Book!!" --Amber, The Geekery Book Review
About the Author
- ASIN : B07R7KHQCK
- Publisher : Swerve (July 16, 2019)
- Publication date : July 16, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1690 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 226 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,731 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2019
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I loved Griffin Mills - not as much as his brothers Bane and Lex, but that's only because I don't feel like I got to know him well enough. His back story lacked the depth I needed to appreciate the contradictions in his personality--one minute playful, the other wildly possessive; one minute skilled and confident, the next awkward and unsure. Yes, he'd been burned by a manipulative ex; but his back story left out important details about that relationship as well, almost as if the story was over-edited in the interest of word count. And, acknowledging Griffin's need to protect himself, to lick his wounds privately over the breakup, his failure to disclose anything other than they'd been in a relationship for four or more years felt like a serious gap in the storytelling.
On the positive side, his awkwardness is genuinely endearing, and sometimes hilarious. The depth of his feelings for Cosy was never in question, at least to me, and I loved that about him. I also loved that he was willing to "do the right thing" when faced with any man's ultimate nightmare (no spoilers, you'll have to take my word for it). I felt for him as he struggled with the 10-year age gap, which, honestly, shouldn't have been such a big deal.
I could not, despite my best effort, connect emotionally with Cosy, the heroine of the story. I really wanted to, but her immaturity and histrionics were hard to take. Yes, she's only 22, and maybe deserves some leeway for a lack of emotional intelligence, but I found her stubborn, too quick to judge, too consumed with and insensitive to the aforementioned age gap--not to mention her over-reaction to finding out Griffin's true identity and every other flaw she found as an excuse to reject him, time and time again. Honestly couldn't see what Griffin saw in her, no matter how hard I tried. Short of being unpretentious, I could not find another redeeming quality that made me care about her enough to want her to deserve the happy ending she got when Griffin - once again - did everything n his power to get her to give him a second chance. She just annoyed the heck out of me.
What redeemed the entire story for me, despite a stunted back story, was Griffin Mills. I felt for him, I pulled for him from beginning to end. I wish he'd had more to work with, that Cosy's character arc would eventually make up for my initial impression of her. It just didn't.
As I read on, I found myself wondering if there was too much input from the publisher and editor, primarily because the story was neither as playful as other books in the series nor as poignant as some of Helena's other series (I'm looking at you, Cupcakes & Ink. The depth was missing to the point that at times the narrative felt forced, almost superficial, definitely out of sync with what I know this wonderful author is capable of. The book needed more time to become what it could have been.
Although it wasn't my favorite, I still love this series as a whole, I respect Helena and am in awe of her ability to come up with so many wonderful romances, and I look forward to seeing more from these characters as the Shacking Up series continues.
(Seriously. I listened to the first half while mowing the lawn and at one point Cosy had me laughing so hard I was crying. Had to put the John Deere in park until I calmed down.) Her prose is flawless, her characters are lovable, and the dialogue is witty and smart. If light-hearted, steamy rom-coms are your jam, then Helena Hunting is your girl, and Making Up is a book for you.
Cosy and Griffin are adorable. They are adorable as individuals and they are adorable together. Cosy is quirky. Griffin is sexy. The age-gap keeps things spicy, and their personalities mesh really well. They’re a couple made in rom-com heaven. (And I personally am hoping for a book with Nev, Cosy’s sister, in the future, because I want to know her story.)
The conflicts in Cosy and Griffin’s relationship are just dramatic enough to warrant the title, but they don’t darken the light hearted nature of the book. While I never got the gut-punch of emotions I usually crave with my novel, Making up still squeezed my heart in all the right places. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s a solid 4 stars for me.
“Why not 5 stars,” you ask? Well lemme tell ya.
I liked this book. I really liked it. But there were a few minor things that kept me from loving it. It didn’t gut me, but I wasn’t expecting that from Helena Hunting, so that’s not what kept this from being a 5 star read. Light-hearted rom-coms aren’t supposed to stomp on my heart, and I get that. It still touched on all my emotions the way good writing should. No, what kept me from loving the book had to do with character depth and backstory.
Cosy and Griffin were very lovable, but they didn’t always feel real. To me, it felt like the characterization was lacking. There were instances where continuity was lacking between the direct and the indirect characterization for both Cosy and Griffin. They were lovable characters, but I didn’t feel like I knew them, and that dampened the appeal for me.
And, perhaps as a result of the lacking depth, I couldn’t shake the manic pixie dream girl cliche when it came to Cosy. Once you make that connection it can’t be unmade. Cosy was great. I really did love her. She cracked me up and entertained me to no end, but she definitely has a bit of the MPDG element, and I couldn’t move past that.
So! Wrapping it up, I liked Helena Hunting’s Making Up. It was a perfect light-hearted and fun romantic comedy. I laughed A LOT, I blushed numerous times, and I even cried a little. It’s extremely well-written, the characters were lovable, and the plot was engaging. With the exception of my issues with character depth, I really enjoyed this book.
It’s a solid 4 star read for me, and I definitely recommend reading it.
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Cosy and Griffin meet at the adult toy store where Cosy works when Griffin wins the embarrassing task of getting supplies for a friend's bachelor party. A few weeks later Griffin returns to see if the beautiful girl from Sex Toy Warehouse would like to go out with him. He is not in town for long and is not looking for anything serious thanks to his last relationship but this suits Cosy as she is quite the free spirit and is always ready for her next adventure! She agrees to go out with him but when they realise that there is a 10 year age gap between them will it put a stop to their relationship before it even begins? Will they care what people think or will they realise how strong their chemistry is and how well suited they are? ......Just when things seem to settle another obstacle is thrown in their course and Cosy and Griffin must do what's right for everyone at the cost of their own happiness! When the truth is revealed will Cosy be gone for good or will Griffin be a pro at making up???
This may be my favourite of the Shacking Up series, it's romantic and funny with just the right amount of drama and is guaranteed to be an enjoyable read! I love Helena Hunting's work and am looking forward to Lincoln's story!
This was probably my least favourite of the series -I did still enjoy it very much but there was a plot twist that I hated (purely personal choice) and I felt there was maybe a bit too much drama.
HEA? Yes, very sweet & perfect for them.
Cosy was supposed to be young carefree women in a relationships with a men 10 years older, but rather than her come across as young and carefree she came across as as very very immature. Petty. Annoying.
There was nothing in the story that had me convinced they fell in love. The story was predictable from "sleeping " with the sister but not really...the pregnant ex fiancee .... but no really his...wouldn't be surprised it the author wrote a book about the characters breaking up. .....
Fab fun with some angst thrown in this story has it all.
Cosy and Griffin are just perfect together.. but unfortunately they have a few bumps along the way testing them to their limits.
I instantly fell in love with both these characters and was totally invested in the story by the end of chapter 1.
As always with a Helena Hunting book you get a brilliant witty well written story with some hilarity thrown in!
Would def recommend this book to others.