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Making Up

(Shacking Up #4)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  5,699 ratings  ·  816 reviews
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 pu
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
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L.J. Shen
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I dare you not to fall in love with Cosy and Griffin!

This is hands-down one of my favorite books of 2019. It packs such a great punch. From the first scene, written in Helena Hunting's signature, hilariously awkward and quirky charm, until the very last page.

Cosy is the girl you want to be BFFs with, and Griffin is the man who is simply too good to exist in real life. The angst is slow and simmering until it punches you in the (metaphorical) nuts, and I found myself constantly laughing out loud
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Publisher}

Maybe his heart is too bruised and battered to go another round, which is why I’m here. Safe. Available for only a short period of time. I’m not a risk to his heart, and he’s not a risk to mine.

I’m so in love with this series! I don’t think I can pick which Mills brother I love more. They are each so incredibly charismatic. This book was perfect from beginning to end. The meet cute between Griffin and Cosy is highly unusual and unexpected
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
This series, oh this damn series. I am in love with these crazy, fun, sexy, loving characters.

Lately, Ive been glued to sticking with authors I know, not for any reason in particular, besides that I know what I am getting when I start reading. So with saying that, YES my goal is to venture on to find some new authors, BUT mainly, keep reading these authors, BECAUSE, the do not disappoint me!!

I love Griffin's story. Add Cosy to it, it's even better ❤️

This is a steal your heart kind of read, eas
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
5 Stars!
(ARC provided by St. Martin's Press & Social Butterfly PR)

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Cosy Felton is a 22 yr. old college student who works part time at an adult store in Las Vegas. She’s a free spirit who is about new experiences and finding her next adventure. Then a gorgeous suit walks in her store looking for gag gifts for a friend’s bachelor party. He’s hands down the hottest guy she’s ever laid eyes on. On top of that he’s adorably awkward and uncomfortable. She has some fun at his expense, but can’t deny
Helena Hunting
Jun 14, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

Chapter One

Sexy Suit


Working in an adult toy store is the opposite of glamorous. Sure, I get a fifty-percent discount, which is a real perk, but it doesn’t offset some of the weirdness I have to deal with. Such as Eugene, one of the locals who frequents the shop on a regular basis. He came in this morning and handled all the display toys. He’s mostly harmless, but the silicone fondling is pretty high on the creepy factor. Eventually I told him I had to close up for a few minutes so I could gr
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Jul 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc

AUTHOR: Helena Hunting
SERIES: Shacking Up
RELEASE DATE: July 16 2019
GENRE: (supposedly) RomCom, Contemporary Romance
RATING: 1.5 Stars



Holy drama, batman! I don't even know where to start...I loved the blurb of MAKING UP but this turned out to be so much different than I thought.

Cosy is a twenty two year old college student and I loved that she had an unconventional job - it sounded like she would be sassy and funny. I wish I could con
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sexy, sweet, sassy-heroine
Making Up is an adorable, sexy and sweet romance.

I really enjoyed the story but most of all, I loved Cosy and Griffin. And their meet cute is one for the books.

Cosy is this refreshingly candid personality. Young in age, vibrant, and exuberant, she is exactly what Griffin needs. Someone that isn’t cynical and jaded yet, and still believes in HEA without analyzing everything to death. Furthermore she reminds me a bit of Violet and Sunny, nothing too closely resembling, just a vibe that I got from
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
Another win from Helena! Griffin is just one sexy character and I want to be Cosy so badly so I can have his love...

ARC galley kindly provided by SMP, in exchange for an honest review coming closer to release date...

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Melanie (mells_view)
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Cosy and Griffin. He’s an older guy whose family owns hotels. She’s a college girl, paying her way through school while working at a sex toy warehouse in Vegas. So yeah... that’s where they meet. It’s pretty awkward, but also where you can see some buds of attraction start to bloom. This is one of those “let’s have some fun with a set end date, but it turns into more” love stories. More than that happens. A few bumps happen along the way. Some making up happens, but that’s the gist of ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

5 Adventurous CROWNS

AHH!! Returning to a favorite world with your favorite characters always feels a bit like coming home, and Making Up with its uniquely hilarious heroine and utterly charming Mills hero was the best homecoming I could have asked for.

From page one, I was enamoured with Cosy. Her laid-back, go-with-the-flow attitude is charming, and I loved that while she was young she was very self aware. Her desire to be free and treat life as an adventure, no
Kendall Ryan
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED both Cosy and Griffin! This story was ABSOLUTE PERFECTION!
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Helena Hunting Fans, Romance
3.5 Lots of Making Up Stars
* * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
Helena Hunting has been front and center on my desired reads, lately. The Shaking Up series has been a fun and heartful experience. This new entry has many of the winning elements I have enjoyed.

We are given Griffin, the more established and sort of nonflashy Mills Brother.
He is in charge of running the numbers for the Mills Hotel Group, looking to find new locations and seeing if a hotel open for purchase makes sense. We find him truely uncomfo
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
A bit too YA for me. Mixed feelings on this one.
There are a couple of genres that tend to frustrate me more than getting reading pleasure from the book. Young adult is one of those categories.

I guess I never got the impression that this author wrote in this particular genre. And maybe I’m wrong, but this particular book the age difference completely stood out and made a difference in my overall impression.

The beginning of the book started out great. I love the beginnin
DNF @ 59%

I can't do it anymore! Not even enough to make it to a round number. I have no desire to watch these two make it together as a couple. Usually in an age-gap romance the younger of the two is a bit mature for their age, in this case it felt like the complete opposite! Cosy is a 22-year old college student who acts like a 13-year old girl. I don't know how Griffin believed that she was everything he was ever looking for in a "woman".

Life's too short.

I've read some of the other reviews a
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Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
3.5 stars

Well, color me disappointed. I have loved, loved, LOVED the Shacking Up series. The books have charmed me, entertained me, and made me double over with laughter. While Making Up is entertaining, when compared to the other books, it doesn’t quite measure up.

You’ve got an 11-year age gap between Griffin, a billionaire hotel magnate, and Cosy, a college student who works in a sex toy store. Let that sink in for a minute. I’m all for age gaps, but wouldn’t Griffin’s friends and family ques
Kayla Brunson
I’ve struggled with this series after book one and Making Up was no different. While this story had some steamy moments, it had too much drama and was highly forgettable.

The only Helena Hunting book that I haven’t struggled with was Shacking Up. I can’t honestly say why I keep giving this series more chances, but I always do. Maybe because the synopsis really intrigued me. However, it didn’t win me over. Basically, it comes down to Cosy being flighty and the relationship between her and Griffin
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
Cosy works at an adult store in Las Vegas. She is also a college student, nearly at the end of her degree but in her spare time she hangs out with a variety of different lubes, vibrators and everything else you can imagine buying from a store like this :-) A bit of harmless flirting and tight fitting clothes increases the chances of making sales so she is friendly to everyone who enters the store. This is how she meets Griffin.

Griffin has been tasked with picking up supplies for his friends bach
Wanting to put his painful breakup behind him, hotel mogul Griffin Mills decided to take an extended business trip to Vegas. While there he was tasked with buying gag gifts for a friend’s bachelor party, but the embarrassment he felt when he first stepped foot in the adult toy store was minimized and replaced with attraction towards the sales woman who helped him.

Cozy Felton is a fun carefree twenty two year old college student with an interesting job who wants to enjoy life at its fullest. She
Tracy  C
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read it in one siting. Cosy and Griffin were awesome. They shouldn't have fit together and yet were somehow perfect. As per usual with Helena Hunting book, the humor was excellent and the angst was believable but didn't want to make you scream. I haven't read all three before this, but I was definitely not lost. Looking forward to the next in the series. ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steamy, romance
This is fourth in a series, but the others aren't a huge role in this one. You can skip to this if you like, or read it as a standalone. It's a decent series, though, so read 'em all.

So I enjoyed this way more than I expected. It helps that Hunting confronts all the problematical or weird elements right up front, whether it's Cosy's weird name, or their rather large age difference, people react just as you'd expect adult-type people to react—by bringing it up as a thing and then discussing it. W
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
One thing guaranteed with Helena's books- they're 💯 pure entertainment. There's a perfectly spiced pot of hot hunky goulash, lots of smiles and laughter, a dash of sensitivity and a perfect HEA.
All this is proportionate spiced, cooked to mouthwatering perfection and served sizzling hot.
I can pick up ANY of her books and I'm assured of. A good time
This one is no different.


Cosy Felton works in a STW- Sex Toy Warehouse, yet manages to cling to her innocence. Note that she's not naïve, just unadulte
Jul 16, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

*DNF @ 60%*

I'm throwing in the towel!


I'm not sure if it's me or if it's this series but the books have just been hit or miss with me—ACTUALLY SCRATCH THAT, it's been more like miss, didn't even attempt to read and semi-decent read. Since I didn't totally end up hating the third book in this series, I thought I would give Making Up a try to see if maybe this book would be the one to win me over.

Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Reviewer✦
3.5 STARS!


I started off the Shacking Up series backwards with I Flipping Love You, so in preparation for Making Up and Handle With Care I decided to binge read the series. With that being said, Helena Hunting has proven why she's a favorite author and a queen of RomCom. Her stories have witty, sassy, fun, strong and independent women with equally strong men as their counterparts. So, to say I was excited to begin Making Up is a massive understatement!

I really enjoyed Griffin's story but it
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

A sex toy shop is not the place you'd expect to have a Meet Cute, but as you may already know, this author has a flare for the unexpected. Mix in some humor, some sexy times, and a bit of drama, and you have the basis of the latest installment in the Shacking Up series.

Despite her job and overall sexed up appearance, Cosy Felton (yes, that's really her first name) is just a simple girl, making some extra money while finishing her college degree. But her life becomes more interesting wh
3.5 Cosy and Griffin Stars

The Shacking Up Series continues with this story about the oldest Mills brother, Griffin.
He and Cosy meet under ...unusual circumstances and despite an initial attraction, it takes a little while for these two to get together. Griffin is wary of being over ten years older and Cosy is just wary of getting involved. She's not planning on hanging around long because she wants to explore the world. She really is a free spirit.

This was probably my least favourite of the ser
Sentranced Jem
3.5 Stars

Making Up by Helena Hunting was a fun read and I enjoyed reading it but it just wasn't one of my favourite book by her.
Cosy and Griffin's story is actually fun and makes for an entertaining read.
I'm still on the fence about these two characters though. I'm not sure I love either of them. There is an age gap between them and sometimes it's glaring obvious especially when it comes to Cosy's dramatic conclusions about things which could have been easily solved by just communicating. I thi
1-Click Addict Support Group
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lots of laughter and heart…

Cosy and Griffin’s story hit me right in the feels! From the opening pages, this author had me laughing with their flirty banter and their sexy shenanigans.

Cosy was practical, down to earth and not afraid to put an obviously wealthy Griffin through his paces. Not that she was torturing him needlessly. A woman has to protect her heart, especially when she has goals and a wandering spirit. Her inner monologue was a sweetly wry, never bitter, observation on dealing with l
book bruin
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
These Mills men have put a spell on me! I fell in love with Bane first, and then Lex, and I was so excited when Helena Hunting announced that enigmatic Griffin would be getting a book as well. Making Up was such a sexy and sweet age gap romcom. This is book 4 in the Shacking Up series, but it can definitely be enjoyed as a standalone.

Bane has always been my favorite, but Griffin might have *just* eclipsed him. Griffin has been dealt a pretty terrible hand and his confidence and ego have taken a
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
”I’ll take the uncertainty of a future with him, rather than the certainty of his absence and the hole it will leave in my life.”

With Making Up, Helena Hunting delivers another hilarious romcom in the Shacking Up series. It was about time that Griffin got his very own story that will lift your mood in record time.
I enjoyed every second of this book. The story ran smooth, in a perfect pace and aces the balance of lighter and heavier topics.

”You’re not a rebound or a fling; you’re exactly what I w
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Helena Hunting is the author of The USA Today and NYT bestselling PUCKED Series. She lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes everything from romantic sports comedy to new adult angst.

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