Helena Hunting returns to the blog today with the third book in her Shacking Up series, with the Whitfield and Sutter families – a mix of romance, real estate and renovation in
I Flipping Love You
Rian (think Ryan with an I) and her sister Marley Sutton are twins, making a go in the real estate market on the Hamptons whle working toward a dream of rehabbing their old family home, the decades-abandoned mansion that was sold off before their parents absconded them to penury. Using Rian’s maths skills and Marley’s ‘people skills, they have managed to save nearly enough to buy their first flip-project. Well, if Marley didn’t leave a large scratch in the side of a Tessla and take off, never to be seen again, until today. Because today, Pierce Whitfield spies Rian in the aisle of the grocery store and confronts her: mistaking her for Marley. That confrontation, with the super-hot, obviously rich and handsome man was just the first in a series of chemistry-infused, snarky encounters that leave both Rian and Pierce off-balance and wanting more.
Pierce Whitfield is a patent lawyer for the family firm, Amalie Dolls, the eldest of three children and one with a huge secret. He doesn’t want to be a lawyer, and his inability to have his father “hear” his concerns, combined with a sleepless-hangover induced mistake have led to a huge issue for the company, and his taking the summer off to work with his younger brother, Lawson: purchasing beach front properties to flip. Pierce is detail-oriented, handy and desperate to find something he wants to do that wll pay the bills: not just take a job in the family firm. His encounter with Rian is about to heat up significantly, however, as their purposes and plans will intersect, collide and perhaps even overlap.
Like many of Hunting’s stories, these two arrive on the scene with more issues than days in the calendar. Pierce’s ex-fiancé was a social-climbing, unfaithful, not really loving woman: and he’s convinced no one will be able to know he’s got money (or family connections) and truly love him. Rian’s father used her incredible maths skills to bilk money from rich and poor alike, before gathering all the cash he could to escape punishment with their mother: leaving the girls to face the stigma of the family name and their guilt. Rian and Marley have reverted to their mother’s maiden names, buried the past behind them, if it wasn’t for their family home, their summer with Grandmother residence where everything was ‘normal’ and loving. Convinced that because of her connection to her father, and a touch guilty for the role she, as a child, played in the scams, after her only long-term boyfriend dumped her with an apple-tree reference, she’s not going to get close to anyone, or let a relationship develop that will lead to her having to explain her family.
Together, these two hit the mark everywhere – from issue and insecurity driven mistaken conclusions, failing attempts to remain prickly and aloof in the face of a major sweetness onslaught, enough steam rising from the two to power an engine, and some truly panty-melting dirty talk from Pierce when it most matters, they are made for each other, as everyone around them can see. A lovely, fun, funny and hot story where expectations are flipped on their heads and the true work to renovate and rebuild hope and trust are at the forefront.
Title: I Flipping Love You
Author: Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Published on: 29 May, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 10 minutes
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A 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.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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