Making Up by Helena Hunting
Publisher: Swerve
Publication Date: July 16, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: e-ARC
Source: the publicist via NetGalley

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.

*Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the Author via her Publicist but that did not in any way influence this review!

This story is filled with ups and downs, with misunderstandings, and with plenty of drama.  Griffin and Cosy’s story is one of overcoming obstacles and making difficult decisions.  These two shouldn’t really be together, after all there’s a ten year difference in age between them and a whole lot of social status difference.  However, they both battle the obstacles and jump the hurdles that are put in front of them in order to get their happily ever after.

I liked Griffin’s sensible, smart side and, of course, his sexy side as well.  He’s an established business man who’s been hurt by love in the past and isn’t looking for a repeat performance.  Cosy is a young woman who’s trying to finish college and doesn’t want to be tied down.  Of course, when she meets Griffin, that all changes.  After an interesting first meeting, these two battle quite a lot of obstacles in order to build their relationship.  This is a story that requires the characters to offer explanations and provide forgiveness to each other several times.  These two were fun to watch but I must admit that I didn’t feel as much chemistry from them as I’d like…as much as I always feel in Ms. Hunting’s stories.  I’m not sure whether it was all the drama or the fact that Cosy was quite immature at times (probably done to accentuate the age difference), but, although I wanted them to be a couple, the fire just wasn’t there for me.  Regardless or this, I did enjoy their HEA very much.

Overall, this was a fun story that, in true Helena Hunting fashion, brought some humor and some unexpected twists.  It’s definitely not my favorite in the series but it’s an interesting addition to it.  This is a great series, one you don’t want to miss.

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