Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Humor, Romance

Review: I Flipping Love You | Shacking Up Series by Helena Hunting

I FLIPPING LOVE YOUA new kind of love story about flipping houses, taking risks, and landing that special someone who’s move-in ready…

SHE’S GOT CURB APPEAL

Rian Sutter grew up with the finer things in life. Spending summers in The Hamptons was a normal occurrence for her until her parents lost everything years ago. Now Rian and her sister are getting their life, and finances, back on track through real estate. Not only do they buy and sell houses to the rich and famous, but they finally have the capital to flip their very own beachfront property. But when she inadvertently catches the attention of a sexy stranger who snaps up every house from under her, all bets are off…

HE’S A FIXER UPPER

Pierce Whitfield doesn’t normally demo kitchens, install dry wall, or tear apart a beautiful woman’s dreams. He’s just a down-on-his-luck lawyer who needed a break from the city and agreed to help his brother work on a few homes in the Hamptons. When he first meets Rian, the attraction is undeniable. But when they start competing for the same pieces of prime real estate, the early sparks turn into full-blown fireworks. Can these passionate rivals turn up the heat on their budding romance — without burning down the house?

I FLIPPING LOVE YOU, set in the Shacking Up world, follows two people, both working in real estate, who find themselves vying for the same properties in the Hamptons, leading to a sometimes-not-so-friendly competition. 

4 Stars

Romance | Adult Fiction | Contemporary | Humor

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

Well hot diggity dog do I love Helena Hunting. Seriously comrades, if I could just roll around in all things Helena Hunting I would. I devoured the PUCKED series, I loved the Clipped Wings Series and I definitely enjoy a lot of her standalone books. She is creative, she is fun, she has this amazing writing style I inhale at any opportunity. I Flipping Love You has so many things wrapped up showing off what I love most about her writing style – swoon worthy romance, drama that is whoa and sexy scenes that are perfect jill inspiration. 

If you have not started the Shacking Up Series, I highly recommend taking the plunge. With book three under my belt, I have to say there are a few differences between the other two I have noticed vs book three. Shaking Up and Hooking Up definitely had this huge steam factor that I loved, but I Flipping Love You is more of this sweet adorable romance kind of build. Though I do love these kinds, it wasn’t the typical hot and heavy I crave, more on the side of cutesy. 

Pierce is definitely my favorite – I am sorry, I know in romance sometimes we can be too fluffy for the men and hard-press on the female leads but I can’t help it. Pierce is a sweetheart from the start to the end, I cannot get enough of him. He has this grounded assertive personality that makes him really believable. Rian on the other spectrum for me is really love/hate. I love a female lead who has a strong moral standing, passionate, and really driven – Rian is definitely all of these things. She has spunk and I fucking love it. But the issue is that she got under my skin more often than not…. though she seems to be level headed and smart, she is farcical. I also felt that this hovering ‘secret’ she was hiding from Pierce was just overly exaggerated; she should have been more trusting, more relaxed though I get the reasoning, not entirely justified, just felt it did not flow in the overall outcome I was expecting.

But what I loved about their chemistry was how easy flowed it was as their relationship grew, they literally met accidentally. This of course continues to domino effect into more accidental run-ins. It was just fun. They have a hilarious dynamic that left me chuckling with each page turned. Their chemistry was very much established right at the beginning and did not stutter throughout – it was delicious. 

Another tidbit that somewhat geared me to the side of hesitance was that Rian always seemed to have her feet half in half out perspective throughout the relationship. I assume it was based on her guarded personality and trust issues (again not fully unjustified) but just made the chemistry seem rather back and forth. Especially while Pierce was really pushy on their chemistry, even from the beginning he was adamant of a match and to make a couple. 

Overall, this was a very cute, light read – I definitely read it in one sitting because as all Helena Hunting books, once I pick it up I cannot and will not stop. I was constantly grinning from ear to ear throughout the entire read because it was flipping adorable. Aside from my personal pet peeve with Rian, I really enjoyed Rian and Pierce’s romance. They had this feisty, fun chemistry and they were hilarious together. I cannot wait to see who happens next – I am on the fence, do I want Law or Marley… I kind of want Law!

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