Thursday, February 13, 2020

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Blog Tour: HOUSE RULES by Ruby Lang

Title: House Rules
Author: Ruby Lang
Series: Uptown, #3 *easily read as a standalone
Length: approx. 47,000 words
Genre: Contemporary Romance; Romantic Comedy
Imprint: Carina Press
On-Sale: February 10, 2020
Format & Price: eBook $3.99
ISBN: 9781488055164

Book Description: ROOMMATE WANTED to share a gorgeous sun-filled apartment in Central Harlem. Must love cats. No ex-husbands or wives need apply.

Seventeen years ago, different dreams pulled Simon Mizrahi and Lana Kai apart. But when Lana takes a position as a chef back in Manhattan, her apartment search puts her right in her ex-husband’s path. Music teacher Simon is also hunting for a new place to live, and when Lana proposes they be platonic roomies, well…it’s not the worst idea he’s ever heard.

A sunny uptown two-bedroom sounds far more appealing than the cramped, noisy space where he’s currently struggling to work. Still, Simon has seen firsthand that Lana’s a flight risk, so he agrees on a trial basis.

Three months. With strict boundaries.

Living together again feels wonderfully nostalgic, but when the ex-couple’s lingering feelings rise to the surface, the rules go out the window.

Of course, chemistry was never their problem. But while Simon’s career feels back on solid footing, Lana is still sorting out what she wants. With their trial period soon coming to an end, they’ll have to decide if their living arrangement was merely a sexy trip down memory lane or a reunion meant to last.

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Momma Says: 3 stars⭐⭐⭐

House Rules is the third in Ruby Lang's Uptown series, and while I haven't read the first two, I had no problem reading this one as a standalone. The story is a fast-paced second chance romance with likable characters and witty dialogue. The angst is pretty low overall, and I like that the author doesn't throw a lot of drama at us just for the sake of adding drama to the story. Simon and Lana do have good chemistry, and they're an easy couple to root for. Simon is just adorable with the way he overthinks things, and Lana is still coming into her own despite her age. Fun romances are harder and harder to find when they feature characters who don't fall into the new adult category. For those of us who are also past that new adult stage, it's refreshing to find such a story, and this one is a fun read. So, if you're looking for an engaging romance in a fairly quick read, this is one to check out.

Author Bio

Ruby Lang is the author of the acclaimed Practice Perfect series. She is pint-sized, prim, and bespectacled. Her alter ego, Mindy Hung, wrote about romance novels (among other things) for The Toast. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Walrus, Bitch, and other fine venues. She enjoys running (slowly), reading (quickly), and ice cream (at any speed). She lives in New York with a small child and a medium-sized husband. 

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