I received this book via Audible. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
Series: Shacking Up #3
Published by Macmillan on 2018-05-29
Length: 320 pages
Length: 9hr and 10min
Reviewing Audiobook from Audible
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2019, 2019 Audiobook Challenge, Beat the Backlist 2019
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.
I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting is the third book in the Shacking Up and the first by this author I’ve ever read. I’ll be honest. I hate writing reviews when it is a book that I didn’t love, but also didn’t hate. I have lukewarm feelings about this book, the characters, and even the plot.
Rian Sutter is a twin, the responsible one if you ask her. She’s the level-headed, looks at the numbers first girl. And she doesn’t do one-night stands, ever. Rian is the typical girl you find in modern, contemporary romance. Very two-dimensional, not a lot of characteristics. Literally I could be describing any character in a romance right now, and that is sad to me.
Pierce, “the fixer upper” as the blurb describes, is the love interest. Again I could describe him in a few sentences and he fit into any romance novel. Just change the name and job description 🙄 Pierce is a lawyer on summer break after screwing up a big case. Now he is flipping houses with his brother and renting them in the Hamptons. He comes off as the alpha male, but is a big puppy inside. He’s caring and loyal, and puts the girls needs first.
The plot of this book isn’t all that exciting either. Rian and her twin are trying to raise enough money in their real estate business to begin flipping houses and eventually buy the home that they grew up in. The big mystery of the book is why they aren’t in the house. Pierce and Rian butt heads constantly, this is definitely enemy-to-lovers trope. Though I think the enemies is one-sided as Rian can’t stand him and Pierce can’t get her out of his head. This story bored me. It’s one I’ve read a million times with nothing new to add. However I did enjoy the beach setting.
I want to note that I started reading this as an audible book and switched back to my eARC copy halfway through. I liked Rose Dioro who narrated Rian’s perspective. She gave an otherwise boring character life. Jacob Morgan on the otherhand bored me to tears. He was very monotone and I couldn’t continue to listen to him as Pierce. Plus there was something that made me feel dirty listening to a man read a sex scene *shudders* Don’t worry, it’s just the prude in me coming out 😉
Overall I Flipping Love You was just okay. It wasn’t terrible. In fact it is very well written. It just wasn’t original. This book is perfect for anyone that enjoys Helena Hunting’s books and as a good beach read.