Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: July 16, 2019
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.
Making Up is the fourth instalment in the Shacking Up companion series. Making Up follows Cosy and Griffin as they navigate the murky waters of dating with an age gap.
I didn’t enjoy Making Up as much as I wanted to. The rushed beginning, lack of palpable chemistry, and age gap left me unsatisfied.
Making Up has an incredible rushed beginning. Readers are thrust into the plot with Cosy working at an adult toy store with Griffin looking to purchase some items. The main characters exchange some fun banter then readers are thrust into the middle of their date. Things happen quickly, but the climax of their introduction sizzles rather than burns.
I expected Cosy and Griffin to have red hot chemistry, especially with a setting steeped in sex, however their chemistry was lukewarm at best. Griffin is awkward and shy, but in a way that doesn’t work in his favor. Instead, Griffin comes off as insecure for a lot of their interactions since the reader barely gets to know who Griffin is as an individual.
I’m not opposed to age gap novels, so my criticism isn’t in shaming the age difference. Instead, my criticism is of the inclusion of the age gap in the first place since Hunting does nothing with it. Hunting never does anything interesting or groundbreaking with the age difference other than a few lines here and there pointing it out. I’m just glad it was fetishized.
Making Up does a lot of telling rather than showing. There are too many instances where the reader is told a summary of something the characters did rather than experiencing it with them. So, for most of the novel I felt little to no connection to the characters or their relationship. As you’re reading along it feels as if the epilogue comes out of nowhere since it felt like I spent no time with the characters.
Overall, Making Up is my least favorite instalment in the series since it lacks Hunting’s signature chemistry and laugh out loud moments.
***I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.
Have you read Making Up? What did you think? Have you read the other novels in the series?
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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