MAKING UP is the fourth instalment in Helena Hunting’s contemporary, adult SHACKING UP erotic, romance series focusing on the Mills siblings and extended family. This is twenty-two year old, college student Cosy Felton, and thirty-three year old, billionaire hotelier Griffin Mills’ story line. MAKING UP can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalments is revealed where necessary. Told from dual first person perspectives (Cosy and Griffin) MAKING UP follows the building relationship between is twenty-two year old, college student Cosy Felton, and thirty-three year old, billionaire hotelier Griffin Mills. To put herself through college, our heroine Cosy Felton, works as a retail clerk in a local Vegas ‘adult’ shop, where she will come face to face with her future in guise of Griffin Mills, a man who has been relegated to buying ‘trinkets’ for a friend’s bachelor party. From the outset their attraction to one another is immediate and palpable but Cosy struggles with their age difference, a struggle that persists through most of the story. What ensues is the building relationship between Griffin and Cosy, and the potential fall-out as not once but twice issues of trust push Cosy out of Griffin’s life. At thirty-three years old Griffin Mills has a past, a past that he is reluctant to speak of, including his families billion dollar hotel business but Griffin’s need keep secrets is about to implode when the woman with whom he is falling in love feels betrayed when the truths are finally revealed. Cosy Felton is a bit of a free spirit who refuses to remain in one place very long. Meeting Griffin Mills finds our heroine instantly intrigued but her obsession with their differences in age forces Griffin to work that much harder to seduce the woman with whom he is falling in love. The relationship between Griffin and Cosy is an older man, younger woman that struggles in the face of past sins, and lies of omission. Cosy has spent most of her life free of commitment but meeting Griffin is something Cosy is willing to explore. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and seductive without the use of over the top,sexually graphic language and text. We are reintroduced to Griffin’s brothers: Bancroft and Lexington, and their father Mr. Mills as well as their cousins Lincoln and Armstrong Moorehead; Griffin’s ex-fiancee Imogen; Cosy’s wild-child sister Nevah; and co-worker Helun Alix. MAKING UP is a story of family, friendships, betrayal and love; a story of past indiscretions, new beginnings, secrets and revelations. The premise is engaging and captivating; the romance is sexy and hot; the characters are colorful and energetic but Cosy’s obsession about their age difference became repetitive and long. MAKING UP is a fun, heart breaking and emotional roller coaster of romance and love.
5 star Review Making Up (Shaking Up #4) by Helena Hunting I loved being back in the Shaking Up world with the latest release from Helena Hunting. An embarrassing meeting between Cosy Felton and Griffin Mills starts them both on a journey that will open their eyes. Griffin is suckered into purchasing the gag gifts for his friend’s bachelor party he is relieved when sales assistant Cosy takes pity on him and helps him out. Griffin is trying to get his life back on track and is attracted to Cosy. Ms. Hunting wove a story that drew me in and held me captivated. The camaraderie, banter and friendship that Cosy and Griffin had made this a joy to read and I really was cheering for these two to get their happily ever after. The chemistry between them was intense and you could feel the sizzle in the air. I love Ms. Hunting's style of writing, she ensures that her characters are “real”. I found the characters easy to relate to particularly Cosy and Griffin. There was just something about them and the awkward situations that came up throughout this book that had me smiling like a loon. Making Up is a story that had me entertained from the first to the last chapter. I received an ARC of this book through the publisher via Netgalley
**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review** Oh how I love Helena Hunting books and the Shacking Up Series has been fantastic. Making Up is a great addition and one I enjoyed quite a bit. This book focuses on the third and final Mills brother, Griffin. Griffin is one of the heirs to Mills Hotels. He works mostly with the numbers and is often sent to check out hotels that the company could potentially buy to increase their footprint around the world. He's currently in Vegas to investigate the latest hotel in their cross-hairs. He's recently been burned by his former fiancee, so he's not looking for anything serious on the romance front. Cosy Felton is a college student who is working to finish her degree, but she also works at a sex toy shop to earn a living while she does so. She's young, only 22, and while she's wiser than her years, she still awkward at times and is still learning about life. She loves adventure and is one of those kinds of people that lives each day to the fullest. When Griffin encounters Cosy when he has to go buy items for his buddy's bachelor party, he's immediately taken by the pretty story clerk. He does something he never ever does and he goes back to the store weeks later to ask Cosy out. While neither is wanting something serious, they enjoy one another's company, their chemistry is palpable and they just click. Will their age difference and the difference in their backgrounds end up and cause problems in the end? Or will they be able to overcome all the obstacles in their way and prevail? I enjoyed these two characters and how this story unfolded. They may be from very different worlds, but they just seem to click. The things they had to overcome were real-life issues that I thought were tackled very well. I was surprised a couple of times by the way the story went, but I trusted Helena and in the end, it all worked out as it should. I definitely would recommend adding this to your summer TBR!