Today’s theme is second chances for husbands and wives. Be sure to read the posts on Lyssa Kay Adams & Tessa Bailey too!
I hope you all had a chance to say hi to Ruby Lang today at the The Romance of Reading FB page. I first discovered Ruby Lang’s Practice Perfect series, but when I heard about her Uptown Romance series, I couldn’t wait to read it (well, listen to it – Emily Woo does an awesome job on all three titles!)
HOUSE RULES, the third book in the series, released early this year. Watching Simon and Lana fight their feelings, then give into their feelings, and yet still have to overcome the issues that drive them apart to start with, along with the residual pain of holding onto their hurt for the many years they’ve been apart, makes for a very satisfying romance.
Sharing an apartment gives them the opportunity to revisit their affections and remember what they liked, and loved, about each other. It also forces them to actually face their own insecurities in order to move forward in their own lives and in their romance.
There’s so much to love in this story, not the least of which is that the main characters are closer to middle age than the flush of youth. It’s sweet and poignant, but also sexy and fun.
In fact all of these books are.
I love the Urban Garden subplot and love/hate aspects of OPEN HOUSE and the faux romance (for the sake of open houses) of PLAYING HOUSE. Not only are they charming stories, beautifully written, but they are something new and unique in the romance marketplace.
They’re completely delightful and I hope you’ll pick them up. You’ll be captivated.
Find the books: @Amazon
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 Kuo 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.
(This review is part of Read-A-Romance Month. Hope you’ll come back every day to check out my book recommendations. You can find the calendar here. Also check out The Romance of Reading, a Facebook “book club” where we’ll have great authors guest hosting every week.)
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