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  • Making Up # Blog Tour Excerpt

    A new standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Helena
    Cosy Felton is great at her job—she knows just how to handle the awkwardness that comes with
    working at an adult toy store. So when the hottest guy she’s ever seen walks into the shop looking
    completely overwhelmed, she’s more than happy to turn on the charm and help him purchase all of the
    items on his list.
    Griffin Mills is using his business trip in Las Vegas as a chance to escape the broken pieces of his life in
    New York City. The last thing he wants is to be put in charge of buying gag gifts for his friend’s bachelor
    party. Despite being totally out of his element, and mortified by the whole experience, Griffin is
    pleasantly surprised when he finds himself attracted to the sales girl that helped him.
    As skeptical as Cosy may be of Griffin’s motivations, there’s something about him that intrigues her. But
    sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas and when real life gets in the way, all
    bets are off. Filled with hilariously awkward situations and enough sexual chemistry to power Sin
    City, Making Up is the next standalone in the Shacking Up world.

    New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of
    Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats.  writes
    contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

    Buy-Book Link: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250253378


    We’re a couple of minutes away from my apartment, which also means we’re
    almost at the end of our date. End-of-date protocol often means a goodnight kiss.
    And I’ve eaten onions. Lots of them. What the hell was I thinking? I feel around
    in my shorts pocket, hoping I have a random stick of gum. I find a tiny square packet and
    pull it out, along with an old tissue. I shove that back in my pocket and sigh with relief as
    I carefully open the Listerine Pocketpak. There’s one strip left. I pop it in my mouth,
    wishing I had water since my mouth is dry and I’m suddenly super nervous.
    Griffin pulls up in front of my apartment building. I swallow a bunch of times,
    trying to get the strip to dissolve on my tongue and glance out the tinted window, seeing
    it from his perspective. I don’t live in a bad part of town, but I sure as hell wouldn’t leave
    this car sitting out here for any length of time unless I wanted it keyed or stripped down.
    Griffin shifts into park and turns to me, one hand resting on the back of my seat
    near the headrest. “I had a great time, Cosy.”
    “Me too, thanks for dinner.” I tried to fork over my share, but he was quick on the
    credit card draw.
    “It was my pleasure.” He leans in the tiniest bit, a nonverbal cue that he’s going in
    for a kiss.
    I mirror the movement, giving him the go ahead. My stomach flutters in
    anticipation. I exhale slowly through my nose. Even though the Listerine strip should be
    doing its job to mask the onions, I don’t want to ruin the moment by breathing that in his

    His fingertips skim my jaw, and I close my eyes. And then his lips brush my
    cheek. I wait for them to move a couple of inches to the right, but after what feels like a
    lot of seconds—and is probably only a few—I crack a lid.
    Griffin is still close, a wry smile on his lips and a smolder in his eyes.
    “Seriously, that’s it? A kiss on the cheek?”
    His smile widens, making his eyes crinkle at the corners. He’s nothing like the
    guys I usually end up on dates with. College boys don’t take things slow. If I were out
    with one of the guys from school, I’d be sitting in a beat-up Civic with some stupid music
    playing, and he’d be all over me with his tongue halfway down my throat, copping a feel.
    “I thought all the onions you ate were the equivalent to garlic for vampires.”
    Griffin fingers my hair near my shoulder. I’d really like him to finger something else.
    Wait. I mean I’d like to feel his hands on me. Not in my pants. Okay, maybe I’d like
    them in my pants, but not after date number one.
    “I wasn’t thinking, and I really like onions. A lot. In hindsight, it’s not a great date
    food. I feel kinda dumb. And I guess at first I wasn’t so sure about you. How was I
    supposed to know you’d actually be kind of normalish?”
    “Well, you drink club soda on purpose, so you can’t be all there.” I tap his temple.
    Griffin circles my wrist with his fingers and drops his head, lips brushing over my
    knuckle. “We can’t all be perfect, now, can we?”
    “I suppose not, and perfect is boring.”
    “That it is.” He hums against my skin, and I feel it through my entire body. “I
    would like to try that kiss again, if you’re still interested.”

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