Handle With Care

Handle With Care

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 att...

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  • Cristina | CristiinaReads

    Let me start this off by saying that I have

    but I have always been curious about who Lincoln truly is and the mystery behind him. Now that we have his story, we can see the real Lincoln and how drool and swoon worthy he is.

    Let me start this off by saying that I have

    but I have always been curious about who Lincoln truly is and the mystery behind him. Now that we have his story, we can see the real Lincoln and how drool and swoon worthy he is. The way he is described made me so excited for his book. For the past couple of years, he has been out of the real world that revolves around his family and the family business. But after finding out about

    Once he gets to NYC, you meet the one person that he came as a surprise, Wren.

    A PR consultant, Wren knows how to control those who have a terrible image. In this case it has to be the one and only

    That's why Wren was hired, to control him and his image for the sake of his family and most importantly the business. Especially after the whole incident that happened in the previous novels with Amalie, Armstrong's ex-fiance whom he cheated on.

    And once you learn what Wren's job is, it becomes harder for Lincoln to accept the boundaries of professionalism and having true feelings towards the one person he should not be having said feelings;

    Overall this was one hell of a ride, and let me tell you why: Wren and Lincoln have this controlled adult life that makes you want to read more and more of their romance story.

    Thankfully Helena has a way with words that will have you captivated!

  • MELISSA *Mel Reader*

    5 Stars!

    (ARC provided by St. Martin's Press & Social Butterfly PR)

    Lincoln Moorehead is the reclusive eldest son and the heir to the Moorehead Media fortune, but he could care less about status or wealth. He has nothing in common with his entitled family, and has tried over the years to put as much distance between them as possible. He would rather be off help

    5 Stars!

    (ARC provided by St. Martin's Press & Social Butterfly PR)

    Lincoln Moorehead is the reclusive eldest son and the heir to the Moorehead Media fortune, but he could care less about status or wealth. He has nothing in common with his entitled family, and has tried over the years to put as much distance between them as possible. He would rather be off helping others in developing countries, but is forced to return home to New York after the death of his father. He plans to hop back on the next plane out as soon as possible, because being in the city makes him miserable, but soon gets sucked into the family drama when he's appointed CEO of Moorehead Media. He has no interest in the company, but his family's legacy can't be left in his brother's hands. They ask him to do the one thing he desperately doesn't want to do, which is stay and help manage things. He just needs to try to survive his new reality while temporarily running the company. Then things get interesting when he meets his new "handler". The woman in charge of helping him transition into his new role at Moorehead Media.

    Wren Starling is an independent PR consultant who began working for the Moorehead's about eight months ago when they needed someone to clean up their younger son's messes. She is the best at reshaping reputations, and cleaning up scandals. Now that the older Moorehead son has returned, she's been asked to stay on and work to overhaul his public image. As the new face of Moorehead he has to dress and act the part. She will be his shadow for the next several months while she cleans up his appearance and gets him ready for interviews. When they meet she quickly learns he's his brother's opposite in every way. He looks like a rugged, bearded mountain man, but is generous and kind. He also can be quite difficult and challenging in his own way. Then he has a make over, and she can hardly contain her desire for Lincoln Moorehead clean shaved and in a suit. He's absolutely gorgeous! Doing her job becomes more difficult as the sexual tension builds. Soon they both have trouble fighting their attraction and the growing feelings between them.

    -She's utterly captivating.

    -This attraction is becoming difficult to ignore, especially when she's this close to me.

    -"I've had weeks to create an elaborate fantasy, and I can't wait to make every dirty thought I've had a reality."

    Handle With Care (Shacking Up #5) by Helena Hunting was fabulous! I love this entire series, and have been looking forward to Lincoln's book. The man is sexy, genuine, and swoony to the extreme! I couldn't put this book down, and loved it from start to finish. It's a fun, flirty, slightly forbidden office romance full of fantastic banter, emotion and love. Everything I love about a Helena Hunting story!

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    LORD. I swear I’m a junkie for Helena’s words, and the Shacking world is my drug of choice. Too much? Uhhhh, I don’t think so. I have loved all the characters, the plot lines, and, of course, Helena’s writing. It is always on point, and Handle with Care was just perfection.

    Wren and Lincoln are who really sold me on this book. I couldn’t get enough of them. Lincoln is everything that I love about the heroes in this series - charming

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    LORD. I swear I’m a junkie for Helena’s words, and the Shacking world is my drug of choice. Too much? Uhhhh, I don’t think so. I have loved all the characters, the plot lines, and, of course, Helena’s writing. It is always on point, and Handle with Care was just perfection.

    Wren and Lincoln are who really sold me on this book. I couldn’t get enough of them. Lincoln is everything that I love about the heroes in this series - charming, altruistic, handsome, and delicious. We need more men like the Mills and the Mooreheads in the world and in romance. Wren is fiesty and fierce in the business world, and I loved how she handled both of the Moorehead brothers.

    Together these two have incredible banter and chemistry, and their relationship progression seems authentic and real. I loved that they became a force, a power couple in the business world. They were just magical, pretty much like the previous standalone couples in the series.

    The story didn’t really follow the plot line I was expecting, but I am alway for unexpected surprises and the rarely seen outside conflict. The story is fun and romantic, filled with laugh out loud moments, sweet and intimate scenes, and so much more. Surprisingly, I even loved the bits with Armstrong. Helena made him almost endearing, and dare I say, I would be interested to see a story where he changes his ways. What I think I loved most is that Helena shows that with these stories, couples can really have it all.

    Although I know one day it will happen, I never want Helena to stop writing in this world, which is truly a testament to the characters and stories she has created. They are the quintessential romcoms, filled with fun and love, and I’ll never get enough.

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review

  • Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog

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    There is no denying why Helena Hunting is a New York Times best-selling author! She is one of the few writers that can consistently deliver when it comes to chart-topping hits. The

    series instantly became one of my favorites by this amazing author. The banter between Lincoln and Wren had me laughing out loud often and their chemistryAuthor}

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    There is no denying why Helena Hunting is a New York Times best-selling author! She is one of the few writers that can consistently deliver when it comes to chart-topping hits. The

    series instantly became one of my favorites by this amazing author. The banter between Lincoln and Wren had me laughing out loud often and their chemistry was sizzling hot. I loved how they were very much equals and that Wren was a tough as nails Heroine. I found myself breezing through this one. There was never a lull during the progression of the plot, which I was grateful for. I’m not a fan of the “slow burn”. While there wasn’t a lot of drama being created between Linc and Wren, there’s a mystery that comes to the surface which will keep readers guessing.

    We meet a new character which I’m hoping means that we’ll get at least one more book because I’m not ready to say goodbye to this series yet.

    Here are my overall ratings:

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  • DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes:

    Do not sass me, Lincoln Alexander Moorehead. And do not call me G-mom in front of the goddamn staff. How am I going to keep my battle-ax reputation with you shouting nicknames that make me sound like a second-rate rap star?

    I don’t know what kind of karmic bomb your parents managed to set off when they created your brother.

    I’m startled out of my thoughts when my brother jumps up and shouts a bunch of profane nonsense, hands flailing like he’s trying to swi

    Favorite Quotes:

    Do not sass me, Lincoln Alexander Moorehead. And do not call me G-mom in front of the goddamn staff. How am I going to keep my battle-ax reputation with you shouting nicknames that make me sound like a second-rate rap star?

    I don’t know what kind of karmic bomb your parents managed to set off when they created your brother.

    I’m startled out of my thoughts when my brother jumps up and shouts a bunch of profane nonsense, hands flailing like he’s trying to swim on land, or approximate the chicken dance while on an LSD trip… He keeps jabbing his finger at me, as if he’s engaged in a finger sword fight.

    Gwendolyn’s expression is slightly pinched— which is saying something because most of her face usually doesn’t move.

    Dear sweet baby Jesus riding a unicorn.

    He wasn’t faithful to my mother, and maybe I can understand that, since she has the warmth of a corpse…

    My Review:

    I am stunned and truthfully mortified to report that this was my first Helena Hunting experience… where have I been? The woman is a prolific and clever wordsmith and has a backlist a mile long - I am so ashamed of myself ~ hangs head… But now that I am in the know I plan to make amends for my slothful and inattentive ways and greedily latch on to as many of her skillful arrangements of words as possible. I am totally enamored with her wit, observantly descriptive writing style, and irreverent humor.

    Handle With Care was written in my favorite dual POV with sparkling levity, titillating family scandals, smoldering sensual scenes, vile yet quirky villains that I loved to despise, and a plethora of enticing and intriguing primary and secondary characters. I adored every well-placed word and smirked my way through this absorbing and refreshingly entertaining tale. Sigh, I enjoyed these characters so much I am more than a bit reluctant to let them go, but at least I now have a new favorite author to fangirl.

  • Corina

    4.5 stars

    This book snuck up on me.

    I LOVED IT!!!

    My favorite Shacking Up novel yet.

    Not surprising, since there was so much I loved about this book.

    From Lincoln to Wren, this book had everything I love about a great romance.

    The office romance angle didn't hurt either.

    But most of all, like Lincoln, I adored Wren. She was competent, confident and decisive. Because she didn't care one bit about who he was, she was the

    4.5 stars

    This book snuck up on me.

    I LOVED IT!!!

    My favorite Shacking Up novel yet.

    Not surprising, since there was so much I loved about this book.

    From Lincoln to Wren, this book had everything I love about a great romance.

    The office romance angle didn't hurt either.

    But most of all, like Lincoln, I adored Wren. She was competent, confident and decisive. Because she didn't care one bit about who he was, she was the perfect partner for Lincoln. On one hand she bugged him when necessary, and micromanaged his life in the best kind of way, on the other hand she handled him with care but never with velvet gloves. And that's exactly what Lincoln needed. Someone he could trust to be honest and when needed a person that wasn't afraid of butting heads, a trusted confidant by his side.

    Wren was an amazing character. The way she handled Armstrong was GOLD!! No way could I have predicted a heroine like Wren.

    My love for all things Wren and Lincoln knows no boundaries.

    But besides Wren, Lincoln stole the show. He was adorable, possessive and sweet at times. The times he made me smile were numerous. All the small but adorable instances, like the way he fixated on her lipstick - ADORABLE!! His big brother way of handling Armstrong made me LOL - he went straight to where it counted, no second thought. His relationship with his grandma - swoon!! And of course his grouchy and broody self - be still my heart.

    All in all this was one of the author's best books so far, and I love how the her writing has become better and better over time. It makes me excited to see what she comes up with next.

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  • Wendy'sThoughts

    She comes from a family which is welled versed in all the ins and outs of presenting just the right image. As the daughter of a senator, she knows exactly how important branding and publicity is. But this PR thing she has been doing is not her heart. Nonprofit is and Gwendolyn Moorehead had promised Wren her "handling and cleaning up the scandalous messes" younger son Armstrong was making would put her front and center with any charity organization she wished. Wren sucked it up and did her job, making sure Armstrong knew she would literally whack him if he so much as touched her.

    Now Gwendolyn has promised more to Wren...If she assists in "Grooming, Outfitting and Handling Lincoln" she will double her pay. Makes it difficult to turn down...so this is how Wren ends up in a bar meeting Lincoln for the first time. The funeral is over and Wren just needs to make sure Lincoln gets to his room all right. As drunk as he is...Wren does the job without Lincoln understanding who exactly she is...

    When these two finally are officially introduced, both are on edge leading to a caustic reaction. Lincoln is annoyed he has to be there in the first place. Then his idiot brother has a hissy fit he was not named CEO and starts to act out...causing Wren to put Armstrong in his place, physically. After all that, Lincoln is asked/told by G-mom to have Wren make all the appointments for grooming, etc. Things Lincoln could care less about.

    But Lincoln does care about all the people who work for Morehead and their families. He understands the importance of what needs to take place so he eventually softens to the idea of Wren and her arranging his life. It should only be for about 6 months or so...He sucks it up and starts to rely on Wren...

    Well, he starts to do more than rely on her...He starts to look forward to the clip clip of her stilettos across his tile floor and wants to know what she is thinking behind those beautiful eyes. He and Wren start to see each other in a more favorable light and soon the chemistry is off the chain and they are acting on it...

    This story has so much going for it. You have a couple who start out with misinterpretations and assumptions about each other. Then you have them become a team working towards common goals. And then they are confronted with something which will impact both of them and others. Watching how they handle all of this was insightful as to who they were and who they wanted to be.

    Helena Hunting is known for delivering stories with many layers and with this last entry to the series, she did not disappoint.

  • Toni

    A lot of my friends have Helena Hunting listed as an auto-buy author, and I really wanted to read one of her novels, even though this is book number 5 in the Shacking Up series. I can safely say it can be read as a standalone.

    Let me start with the characters. Wren Starling is a genius of PR. She has been hired by Moorehead Media to handle and smoothe out the inevitable repercussions of scandals associated with Armstrong Moorehead, selfish, spoilt, sex-addicted younger son of Fredrick

    A lot of my friends have Helena Hunting listed as an auto-buy author, and I really wanted to read one of her novels, even though this is book number 5 in the Shacking Up series. I can safely say it can be read as a standalone.

    Let me start with the characters. Wren Starling is a genius of PR. She has been hired by Moorehead Media to handle and smoothe out the inevitable repercussions of scandals associated with Armstrong Moorehead, selfish, spoilt, sex-addicted younger son of Fredrick, the CEO of the company. When Fredrick passes away, his older son Lincoln comes back to New York city for his father's funeral and is promptly enlisted to help with the company for a few months. Lincoln has been working on building sustainable community projects in China and Guatemala, and isn't particularly interested in living in the city beyond the six months his grandmother asked him to. Now Wren's contract is amended to include 'handling' of both of the brothers. What is she hoping to get out of this job? a letter of recommendation and help to find a good position on one of the charities Moorehead family runs, and reconciliation with her own mother, a close friend of Mrs Moorehead. Wren is professional, organised, independent, sassy, decisive and loyal to her family and her best friend Dani.

    Lincoln Moorehead first resembles a bit of a bear, but then thanks to Wren's appointments (which he moans about but stoically endures), he cleans up to reveal a sweet and gorgeous young man. I loved his relationship with G-mom, his grandmother, although his constant fighting with Armstrong was quite childish on both sides. Most importantly, you can tell his heart is in the right place and he has a good moral compass.

    Although a large part of the novel is dedicated to these two characters, others are also very important. Armstrong will make you wonder about how exactly his parents managed to bring up such different sons. Gwendolyn Moorhead, Lincoln and Armstrong's mother, isn't an endearing person, either. Actually, it is she and her life story that provides the drama element in this book. Let's say, I really needed to step aside and try to think about the events from her point of view to make sure I'm not getting a skewed picture.

    The plot. What I expected was something like the old trope of a poor and hard-working secretary who wins the heart of her workaholic boss. Hmmm I don't think this will come as a spoiler, if I say that Wren does win Lincoln's heart. However, remember I already said, she is not poor, and not particularly sweet and obliging. She knows how to stand up for herself (years of self-defence classes do pay off), and is both sensible and independent, which, of course, appeals even more to Lincoln. Since these two are basically on the same page, there wouldn't be much conflict, necessary to keep the reader's attention, but thanks to Lincoln's mother, even level-headed Wren gets her share of tears and frustrations. If you are reading it and wondering where all the action is, wait until the second half of the book.

    The writing. The book is fast-paced and very easy to read. It is a contemporary romance, and the contemporary life is fully reflected in the story. I didn't particularly care for the coffee spill/whirlwind moment as well as the telephone call in the epilogue, but perhaps I am too traditional and will be in minority. There's definitely enough good chemistry, understanding and sexual tension between the protagonists to satisfy a romantic comedy fan.

    Overall The fans of the series will be delighted, as the story of Lincoln and Wren is a fun-filled sexy summer read with a happy ever after ending. And if seeing a chin dimple makes you swoon, this is definitely your kind of book.

    Thank you to Edelweiss and St.Martin's paperbacks for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••

    This series, its awesome!!! I don't know what I was expecting with this read, but it surprised me. I loved it, I figured I would, but this one just was a little bit more for me, still looking at how to exactly say it in words....

    I swooned big time, I laughed, it was such a smooth read to me, so carefree. It just hit the spot for me.

    If you want sweet, and low drama, definitely pick this one up!!!

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    I’m startled out of my thoughts when my brother jumps up and shouts a bunch of profane nonsense, hands flailing like he’s trying to swim on land or approximate the chicken dance while on an LSD trip.

    “You can’t do this! It’s absolute bullshit!”

    The next standalone romantic comedy set in The Shacking Up world!

    Coming August 27th!

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    AU → TBA

    NOTE: This is an unedited excerpt and is subject to change.

    I’m startled out of my thoughts when my brother jumps up and shouts a bunch of profane nonsense, hands flailing like he’s trying to swim on land or approximate the chicken dance while on an LSD trip.

    “You can’t do this! It’s absolute bullshit!” Armstrong yells.

    I look around the table, trying to piece together what I missed.

    “I’m sorry, Armstrong. I know this is a shock, but we feel it’s in the company’s best interest to put Lincoln at the helm during this transitional stage,” G-mom says firmly.

    At the helm? I look to G-mom who’s busy not looking at me.

    Armstrong jabs a finger at himself. “But I’m the one who’s put in all the time here! I deserve to run the company! Lincoln doesn’t know the first thing about Moorehead. All he knows how to do is dig wells and forage for food in the wilderness. How are those valuable assets here?” He turns his attention to our mother. “Did you know about this? How can you let this happen? Look at him. How can that be the face of our company? He looks like he crawled out of a gutter and mugged a twenty-year-old college kid on a bender. How is this better for our bottom line?”

    My mother clasps her hands in front of her. “I’m sorry, Armstrong, but this decision wasn’t mine to make. I know this is hard for you, but your grandmother and fath—”

    Armstrong stomps his foot, exactly as a toddler would. “The company is mine! Lincoln can’t have it!”

    I raise a hand, half to quiet my brother and also to find out what the freaking deal is. “Whoa, let’s back this bus up. Can someone explain what’s going on?”

    “You’ve been appointed as the CEO of Moorehead Media, according to the will,” Christophe—no R, because that would make it far too pedestrian a name—my father’s lawyer says.

    I’m working on trying to remain calm as I address my grandmother. “You didn’t say anything about me being CEO. You said you needed my help.”

    “Running the company, yes,” she says through a practised, stiff smile.

    It’s her warning face, but seriously, when she said she needed my help for a few months I figured it meant I’d be keeping Armstrong in line while she sorted out who was going to take over the company, which I realize now was a stupid assumption.

    “I didn’t think that meant CEO. How am I going to run a company with this dickhead on staff?” I motion to my brother.

    “The name calling is unnecessary,” G-mom replies.

    “Lincoln’s not even part of this family! He hasn’t attended one event in the past five years except for Dad’s funeral. He didn’t bother coming to my wedding and now he’s going to run the company? How is that fair?”

    I snort. “Your wedding was an expensive joke.”

    He crosses his arms over his chest. “I was set up. Amalie had cold feet and made me out to look like the bad guy.”

    The woman beside him shoots him a disgusted look.

    Armstrong clears his throat and tugs at his collar. “My wedding is not the real issue. The point is that you’ve never involved yourself in any part of this family and now you think you can come in and take over. I will not stand by and let this happen!” He keeps jabbing his finger at me as if he’s engaged in a finger sword fight.

    I lean back in my chair and lace my fingers behind my neck. Armstrong has always been reactive. And self-absorbed. For a while, it seemed like he finally had it together—back when he was engaged. But ever since that fiasco of a wedding he seems to have come completely unglued. Again. But worse this time. “Someone needs a timeout.”

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