Making Up by @helenahunting is the next in the Shacking Up series & follows eldest brother Griffin Mills. Griffin finds himself at a sex shop buying gag gifts for a Vegas bachelor party when sales associate Cosy catches his eye. Mortified by his current situation, she helps him find everything on his list with some flirty banter & assumes she’ll never see him again.
Three weeks later he’s in town for business & Cosy is finishing up some college courses before she starts an internship. She reluctantly agrees to go out to dinner with him & they learn there’s a substantial age gap between them but neither seems to care. Cosy is everything Griffin has been looking for since ending a previous long-term relationship. And Griffin is everything she’s wanted in a guy after a history of duds. But men as powerful as Griffin come with a lot of baggage & Cosy isn’t sure her heart is ready to navigate this rocky future ahead of her as she’s not naive enough to think that lust conquers all...
You all know I LOVE this series & I was so excited to dive into Griffin’s book. He’s the older & more reserved brother & that’s reflected in the tone of this one. There’s still the trademark HH humor & one-liners I’ve come to love - but their relationship develops quickly with a much more serious undertone. Griffin has a lot of baggage from his past, A LOT. And their age difference is definitely reflected in how they initially react to situations but I felt like Cosy really came into her own throughout the story & ended up being incredibly mature in what she’s dealt. They are opposites in every way & yet they come across as equals within the relationship, which isn’t easy considering the family he comes from. There’s plenty of sexy banter but on the scale this one is definitely on the tamer side if you tend to shy away from all of the explicit details. We get to meet more of Lincoln, his cousin, which helps set up the 5th book and there’s a few quick cameos from Bane, Lex & Armstrong. They are so entertaining & I love when all the characters weave in & out of the different stories! The next one in the series is out TODAY 7/16 so make sure you get your copy!
Thanks to St Martins Press Romance and Social Butterfly PR for an ARC to review! All opinions are my own!