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Review: Handle With Care (Shacking Up #5) by Helena Hunting

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For the last few years, Lincoln Moorehead has been working for non-profit organizations around the world. When his father suddenly passes away, as the eldest son, Lincoln reluctantly returns home to New York City to inherit the family business–much to the chagrin of his younger brother, Armstrong. What he doesn’t expect is that he’s been assigned a handler, a woman who he finds extremely sexy but frustratingly annoying.

Wren Sterling has a goal: to start her own children’s charity in honor of her sibling that died when they were young. But she lacks two important things: the money and the connections. So when Frederick and Gwendolyn Moorehead hired her as a “handler” to deal with their youngest son’s various indiscretions, she accepted, no questions asked. With Frederick’s sudden death and Lincoln’s return, Gwendolyn makes her a new offer: “handle” both of her sons short term, and she would double her pay and introduce her to all the right connections to help get her charity started.

Lincoln and Wren butt heads in the beginning, but soon their relationship progresses from professional to physical and becomes one of attraction and mutual appreciation. As Wren helps Lincoln adjust to being back in the corporate world, they discover that Frederick had a lot of skeletons in his closet, ones that his mother never expected would be revealed. But Gwendolyn has damning information in her possession—information that would wreck Wren’s family if she can’t stop Lincoln from digging further into his father’s secrets.

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Handle With Care is the 5th book in the Shacking Up Series, yet it can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. Handle With Care is a sexy and humorous office place romance. Lincoln & Wren’s story took me by surprise in the best possible way and I found myself unable to put their story down…

When we first meet up with Lincoln and Wren, I for one couldn’t wait to read more. Their chemistry was instant and just oozed off of the pages. I had a feeling the dynamic between these two would be complicated and they did not disappoint. You see, when Lincoln’s father passes away, the last place Lincoln wants to be is in New York running his father’s company. As if that wasn’t enough to frustrate him, he finds out that he’s been assigned a handler; someone to clean up his image and get him CEO ready. Lincoln, however, was no way prepared for Wren. Wren takes her job very seriously. She’s bossy and doesn’t take anything from anyone. Not only is she smart, but beautiful too and completely off-limits….

Overall, I thought this book was a really fun read. It has a bit of a different vibe from the other books in this series and I found that to be totally refreshing. Handle With Care has the humor that we have come to know and love from this author, but it isn’t over the top. It’s well placed, and I feel like this story had a bit more of a serious vibe to it. It had a great office place romance vibe to it. I loved the tension and banter between Lincoln and Wren. They totally butted heads in the beginning, but that led to the most delicious passion. These two characters just clicked and left me begging for more. I couldn’t think of a better match for Lincoln than someone who could take what he dished out and boss him right back around.

Handle With Care is fun, sexy and smartly written. It had sexy good times, fun characters and an air of mystery about it. There was some angst and drama, but like I said, nothing over the top. And of course, I can’t forget the fun twists at the end.

Handle With Care is a terrific addition to the Shacking Up Series and I had a terrific time getting swept up in Lincoln & Wren’s story.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

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