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Unfortunately, this one was a disappointing novel for me.

MAKING UP
by Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up #4
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: July 16th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
Format: eARC
Source: Publicist

Rating: ★★½
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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.

I have to be honest. I didn't like Cosy. She's 22 and I just... I didn't like a lot of the reactions that came from her. I don't know if I was raised in a different way or what, but I learned very early on to not jump to conclusions and to not be impulsive. Cosy was the complete opposite. I know certain situations were tough, but instead of talking things out, she'd run away. For me, you can stay mad if you want to. But talk things out, let the other person explain and then make your decision.

I've read novels where an age gap is present and it doesn't bother me at all. I actually like them. But with this novel, I was cringing, at times. Because of how Cosy is, she appears so much younger than 22. Heck, I've read books with age gaps, in which the main characters are younger and more mature, even one specifically where the main character was 19.

I did like how in the end Cosy matured a little and was there for Griffin when he needed her the most. Sadly, this happened on the 95% mark so it was too little, too late for Cosy to redeem herself in my eyes.

 But enough about Cosy or this review will be rated lower if I continue to dwell on it. Let's talk about Griffin. First of all, I love that name because it reminds me of another male character, one I love immensely. Whereas I always connect the name Griffin to someone who's grumpy, this Griffin is anything but. He's the sweetest. One particular thing I loved about him was that the man has a lot of money, but he doesn't flaunt it all. Okay, so he has his awesome sporty car. But that's it. I didn't even know just how truly rich this guy was until later on in the book. His personality is very humble and down-to-earth. Now, when it comes to Cosy, he wants to throw all the money her way, so she can have nice things. Thankfully, Cosy doesn't care about the money, not like her sister Nev.

Nev was super interesting. At the beginning, I was so not a fan of Nev. I couldn't stand her at all. But throughout the book, I started seeing different sides of her that had me wanting to know more about her (can we please get Nev her own book?!).

Again, I'll be honest. I think there was a lot of unnecessary drama in this book. Instead of there being in-depth conversations, there was drama thrown in the picture. Every time things were going good, the drama plane would fly in and change things. This repeated itself throughout the entire novel. It irked me because here you have a nice plot to make a great story, to include scenes of just the couple getting to know one another, and instead, I just get blow-out-of-proportion drama. Don't get me wrong, I like drama, but not like this, to simply move the story along.

Overall, I was not impressed with this one, unfortunately. Cosy truly ruined the book for me. But if you don't mind unnecessary drama and enjoy it with popcorn on the side, then go ahead and pick this up! You might just like it :)

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVE BOOKS BY HELENA HUNTING? DO YOU LIKE AGE-GAPS?



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