by Helena Hunting
Series: Shacking Up #5
Narrator: Andi Arndt, Jacob Morgan
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Narration: 4.5 cups Speed: 1.3x
He wants to lose control
Between his parents' messed up marriage and his narcissistic younger brother, Lincoln Moorehead has spent the majority of his life avoiding his family. After the death of his father, Lincoln finds himself in the middle of the drama. To top it all off, he's been named CEO of Moorehead Media, much to his brother's chagrin. But Lincoln's bad attitude softens when he meets the no-nonsense, gorgeous woman who has been given the task of transforming him from the gruff, wilderness guy to a suave businessman.
She's trying to hold it together
Wren Sterling has been working double time to keep the indiscretions at Moorehead Media at bay, so when she's presented with a new contract, with new responsibilities and additional incentives, she agrees. Working with the reclusive oldest son of a ridiculously entitled family is worth the hassle if it means she's that much closer to pursuing her own dreams. What Wren doesn't expect is to find herself attracted to him, or for it to be mutual. And she certainly doesn't expect to fall for Lincoln. But when a shocking new Moorehead scandal comes to light, she's forced to choose between her own family and the broody, cynical CEO.
Handle with Care by Helena Hunting is the fifth novel in the Shacking Up series but these are companion stories and can be read as standalone. Narrated by Andi Arndt and Jacob Morgan the audio delivered swoons, suspense, and loveable characters.
Lincoln Moorehead, is completely swoon-worthy ladies! He works on non-profit projects in distressed countries building homes and helping communities with resources like running water.
When his estranged father dies, he comes home and suddenly finds himself appointed CEO of Moorehead Media. Thanks to his younger brother the firm is in serious trouble, and his mother begs him to help until she can find a replacement.
This leaves him at the mercy of, Wren Sterling who has been contracted to handle the companies PR thanks to the nightmare his brother has created. While there are sparks between Wren and Lincoln there is also snark and from the beginning, I was hooked.
This was such a fun story. First, we have Lincoln who is very low key and his family who is all DRAMA, 24-7 and then Wren who is trying to wrangle it all in. She is using this contract to springboard her PR business to the next level all while trying to ignore how impossibly good-looking and annoying Lincoln is. I mean no man can be that sincere, surly it’s an act. ?
Narrated by Andi Arndt and Jacob Morgan the dual narrative was delightful. I loved getting into these characters heads. Arndt and Morgan were fantastic. They captured the playful snark, buildup and sexual tension wonderfully.
If you are looking for a fun, sexy romance with a touch of suspense and characters you’ll swoon over, Handle with Care is the perfect listen!
Funny side note: I met Helena at Book Bonanza and told her how much I loved listening to this and she very politely told me it wasn’t out yet. I laughed, waggled my eyebrows and said I know. She hadn’t even heard it yet. I hope you loved listening as much as me Helena! ?
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Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
Oh this sounds so good! I love the fact that Lincoln is low drama in a high drama family. I don’t think I’ve ever read this author but I”m adding her to my tbr.
I love new adult romance and it sounds like this one was brilliant. I have heard such good things about her books and I am glad you loved it! I’m not sure when I try Hunting’s works where I should begin?
Kay @ It's a Book Life
I look forward to reading this one! I enjoyed the other books in this series quite a bit. The last one, Making Up, was pretty funny. As always, I love that you include the heat level on your reviews. I hope you have a wonderful week!
Tyler H. Jolley
Sounds steamy, Kimba! Glad you enjoyed it!
This sounds fun. Thanks for sharing. I will be adding this series to my wish list.
Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
I loved this one to Kim! Lincoln was such a sexy male lead. Great story about interacting with Helena Hunting! It’s always so much fun to meet an author of book you read/listened to, and loved! Great Review Kim!
Ok based on how much you liked it I should have taken this when offered. But I am behind so probably better I didn’t. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Wonderful review! I love Andi Arndt.
He sounds like an adorable charmer.
LOL, funny meet up with the author. 🙂
This sounds like a ton of fun:). Glad you enjoyed it so much – and I love that you’d heard it before the author!
Jonetta (Ejaygirl) | Blue Mood Café
Love your review? I really want to listen to this one but am such a stickler for reading in order. What do you mean by “companion stories?”
Companion stories are all standalone, but sometimes take place in the same town or have friends in the same circle. Unlike a series which has an overall series ARC and requires that the stories be read in order.
funny that you heard it before she did. lol sounds like a fun one
LOL I can relate to a family of drama! 😛 This actually sounds really fun and I remember seeing it and wondering about it so I’m glad you reviewed this. I’ll have to grab a copy.
huh, the title Handle with care refers to which character in the book? That’s a cool title, but really makes me wonder
Debbie S Haupt
This is the second great review I’ve read about this book Kim, looks like it’s time for me to get back to Ms. Hunting 🙂 thank you
Genesis @ Whispering Chapters
I’ve heard that this novel is better than the previous one, which I just wasn’t a fan of at all! Lincoln sounds like a wonderful character, whom I can’t wait to meet!
Fran @ Fran's Corner
Sounds like a wonderful read! I do love when they’re standalones, so I don’t feel like I’m missing important information—or vital plot bits—by not having read the other books in the series. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!