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Open House

(Uptown #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  421 ratings  ·  145 reviews
Love can take root where you least expect it.

Tyson Yang never imagined that one day he’d be the de facto spokesperson for an illegal community garden. But when the once-rat-infested-but-now-thriving Harlem lot goes up for sale, Ty can’t just let all their hard work get plowed under.

Even if he is irresistibly drawn to the lovely but infuriatingly stubborn real estate associ
Published November 11th 2019 by Carina Press
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Talia Hibbert
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Open House is everything that’s great about contemporary romance. Cute but sexy, fluffy but weighty, it features fully-realized characters with relatable issues stumbling angrily into love against the hot, atmospheric backdrop of summer in NYC. Ty is the adorable gardening hero whose friends are all old ladies; Magda is the struggling but ambitious heroine whose family baggage can’t drag her down. Watching these two circumstantial enemies — she has to sell the community garden he can’t let go — ...more
Katie B
This is the 2nd book in the Uptown series but it can easily be read as a standalone novel. This is a cute romance with the story revolving around a community garden. I definitely enjoyed the book but it's not the type of story that is memorable. Basically if you are the type of reader who is always reading a romance novel, this is a safe choice. However, if you only occasionally read something in the genre, I think there are better ones out there for you to pick from.

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Yna the Mood Reader
📚 Series:  Yes, but it can be read as a standalone.
📚 Genre: Contemporary romance.
📚 POV:  Alternating third person.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.
⚠ Content Warnings:  Death of a loved one due to cancer.
⚠ Read if: you are looking for a quick read with touches of gentrification and renovation themes

Here’s another quick reading contemporary romance! Magda is struggling with being independent, making better life choices, and paying off her student loans. Magda tries to sell a vacant lot but she encounters Ty, who
Cam (justabookeater)
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tender, funny, and full of heart. That's how I'd describe this novel with little words. I came into this expecting something light and fluffy to read and while it did come with that, it also hit some serious topics like gentrification, debt, family relationships, and grief. There's this beautiful exploration of the act of letting go and welcoming the new after a time of constant sadness and disappointment alongside the main romantic storyline that I loved to bits. Magda and Ty have to be one of ...more
K.J. Charles
A very warm, loving community-based romance, which is something I find endlessly comforting. Tyson is doing the classic romance hero 'I have lost too much and cannot bear to lose again' only unlike 90% of those heroes he isn't a dick about it. He's bereaved, scared and traumatised, and is in fact finding companionship and solace in helping out with the old ladies of the community garden, he just doesn't want to admit it. Magda is broke and focused on dealing with her debts after a series of expe ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second story in the Uptown companion series, so you can totally read this as a standalone and totally get what is going on.
I appreciate the fact that Ruby Lang tried to give readers something new, a community garden and real estate business are not what you usually find in romance books, it was a nice change.
The chemistry between Ty and Magda worked and it was well developed even though this book is actually a novella.
If you're looking for a quick and cute romance, you might want
Jen Ryland
Cute! An issue-driven romance with a lot of heart. Loved the NY setting and that things like gentrification, student debt, etc were well woven into the story!

Magda is trying to sell her (difficult!) uncle's town house and the nearby empty lot. She really needs the commission, as she's drowning in student debt and wants to get back on her feet.

That empty lot is really important to Tyson - it's a community garden that brings his neighbors together.

The enemies to lovers theme was fun and readers w
This is such a wonderful contemporary romance with a great HEA that you will crave for.

Magda Ferrer’s career path has been one failure after another with a surmounting school loans. Now, Magda is focused on becoming a realtor and determined to succeed. Her goal is to sell the properties her broker trusted her with, and an uncle giving her a chance. Magda learns quickly that selling a property involves much more than just getting an offer from a buyer - it involves some complications like attach
I've been in a weird reading mood and that's not the fault of this book, but it did influence my reading experience. I really expected to love this based on opinions I saw online and I did like it, but I never quite got to more than that. Hopefully I can read the next one with a clearer mind. ...more
G.L. Tomas
I really don't want to rate this, but I feel like as a reader who identifies racially as one of the characters, I just want to be honest and hope this doesn't happen again with readers and writers who don't know.

I love this author, which is why I was excited about this book. I always enjoy Asian male leading men, and with a brown chick on the cover, I was a little scared but ultimately discovered my fears were valid.

The book itself is cute. Pacing felt right, chemistry wasn't golden, but I liked
B+ review:

Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
2.5 stars
Magda is a realtor in charge of finding a buyer for her (not by blood) Uncle's townhouse. In the midst of it, she's also tasked with finding a buyer for an empty lot. Except it isn't empty. The community has turned it into a garden. She butts heads with Tyson almost immediately and has to deal with him and the other gardeners.
This book is cute and I liked the story overall but I honestly didn't feel a particular connection with any of the characters. It felt sort of paint by the numbers
Steph's Romance Book Talk
3.5 Stars / 2 Steam Fans

Sadly, this story fell a bit flat for me. I was looking for a cute, funny, and sweet romance; however, what I got was more like a women's fiction novella. Magda is drowning in debt, floundering with the direction of her life, and currently trying to sale her uncle's "historical" brownstone. While dealing with the push back from her uncle to sale; Magda's employer assigns her another lot to sell in the area. Magda visits this lot to find that the community has cleaned up
3.5 - 4 stars, I can't decide.

What with the cutesy cover and what I knew from Book 1, I didn't expect this book to be so...angsty. I really love Ty and Magda together, although Magda's family really did give me high blood pressure (I felt like strangling the lot of them). Love the whole community garden led by old ladies.

E-ARC is received thanks to the publisher via Netgalley.
I absolutely love this series by Ruby Lang. Her novellas are pitch perfect, so satisfying yet in such a compact package. House Rules is still my favorite of the three, but Open House absolutely charmed my socks off. Ty helps run an illegal community garden on a vacant lot in Harlem, and Magda is the real estate agent charged with selling the lot. Not a lot of room there for sparks to fly, but somehow Lang makes the magic happen (and it’s magic indeed (rooftop sex!)). ...more
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-read, read-2019
3.5 ★

Magda, on unsure career footing is currently working in real estate. We find her selling two properties in Harlem, NY! One of these properties belongs to a widowed family member and the other is a vacant lot turned community garden. This garden is currently occupied by some oldies with their green thumbs... and the absolutely gorgeous, sweetheart, accountant Tyson. He moonlights at the garden in his free time, shovelling dirt, being eye candy. And.... Magda is supposed to sell the place out
Ms. Woc Reader
Why I am choosing so many disappointing romances lately? This story first off was so boring. I read a good romance over the course of about 2 days. This one was short and still a struggle. Magda mostly whined about her student loan debt. I didn't even get that because people live with student loan debt all the time and just go on. It's usually not crippling to anyone. If doesn't prevent you from living your best life. Just make your monthly payment and keep it trucking!

The sex scene was so dry!
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought Ruby Lang’s Uptown series first, novella Playing House, pleasant, but slight. Nevertheless, I love Lang’s elegantly irreverent voice and looked forward to a more substantial treatment in Uptown #2, Open House, and got exactly what I was looking for: a layered, sophisticated romance, with likeable, realistic, engaging characters, and depths of feelings like a sinker going at the end of a fishing line. You never know where this light, humourous ethos will take you, but it’ll plump intere ...more
Leigh Kramer
This was such a lovely, delightful rivals to lovers romance that approached identity, grief, and gentrification in really interesting ways. It also made me very hungry.

Ty clings to his identity as someone who doesn’t get involved and is free to go, despite being so involved with the garden co-op. Magda, on the other hand, pushes back against the role her family has consigned her. They see each other so clearly and believe in each other, once they get past what’s dividing them, at least. Watching
Thi (bookedfortheweekend_)
I requested Open House by Ruby Lang on a whim. I try to be aware of making sure my reading is diverse and to support books by BIPOCs, so when I came across this cover- I jumped on it!

Open House is a sweet story based on cultural diversity. It is the epitome of a chicklit. I love a well done enemies to lovers troupe; however, this book just didn't do it for me. I never got invested into the characters, but I enjoyed the different plot for a change. One of the biggest things I enjoyed about this n
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Open House
By: Ruby Lang

Open House is a cute novella with cultural diversity. It's got that tried and true romcom chicklit vibe about it, and nothing really stands out for me. It's a charming fast read, but it's not memorable. Not a bad story, but not my favorite either.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wndb, arc, 2019
This short but sweet little romance was chock-full of life, love, and... conflict? Definitely a win on the enemies-to-lovers trope. Looking forward to Book #3 in the Uptown Series, due out 2/20/2020!!
Marisa Gettas
I loved this book, even more than the first! Community Garden's, for the win. I’m really enjoying reading this trilogy, one after another :)
Jan 04, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Eliza E
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can’t remember why I pre-ordered this. Now that I’ve read it, I suspect I was looking for recommendations for romances featuring open-hearted, generous, emotionally stable heros. Small ask that, right? Most romance heros are total dickwads. Sure, they are often redeemed through the love of some nearly-perfect spitfire, but that wish fulfillment fantasy got a bit stale. In my oldish young years, I want to fantasize about a dude I don’t have to fix. Okay? Okay.

In that respect, this little gem di
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I requested Open House from #NetGalley on a whim. The cover was cute, and there were clearly diverse characters. Plus, the plot sounded fun. I had not read the previous book in the series, or anything else by Ruby Lang, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Little did I know that Open Season would end up being one of my favorite romances I've read this year.

I think what I love most about Open Season is how REAL it feels. Like I can almost smell the flowers in the garden. See the butterflies. Taste th
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I read OPEN HOUSE in the 3-pack of novellas, The Uptown Collection, and while I enjoyed it, the story didn't click for me as well as Playing House did.

OPEN HOUSE is an enemies-to-lovers romance between 29-year-old Magda Ferrer, a real estate agent tasked with selling an empty lot in Harlem, and 32-year old accountant Tyson Yang, who represents the group of local residents who have repurposed that same empty lot into a community garden. Since she's burdened by a boatload of student debt, Magda i
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked that "Playing House," the first short novel in this series didn't slot too neatly into the "fake relationship" trope, and "Open House," similarly, isn't quite "enemies to lovers" – the protagonists have and acknowledge an immediate attraction, but their roles place them in conflict: Tyson is helping out with a community garden, and Magda is the real estate agent who needs to sell the property. (Magda is one of the real estate agents that Fay and Oliver toured houses with in the first boo ...more
The Pink Heart Society
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Open House is the second installment in Ruby Lang’s Uptown series. It follows real estate broker, Magda Ferrer, as she tries to sell her uncle’s townhouse in Strivers’ Row and is given the opportunity to sell what is supposed to be an empty lot. When she first visits the lot she finds a thriving community garden run by a group of older women and Ty Yang— the de facto spokesperson for the garden. Neither of them wants to see the lot turned into an apartment complex which will add to the gentrific ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it


While I can appreciate the attempt at something original and different, I felt this book lacked something. A spark. Something that captivates the reader...this story just kinda went along without much more than a few punches of a love story and silly family members.

Ending how it did was disappointing too, I was hoping for more of definitive HEA, instead of how it ended...I have questions.

Good points, it’s an easy read. Cute content by way of originality...I will say, I never o
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Ruby Lang is pint-sized, prim, and bespectacled. Her alter ego, essayist Mindy Hung, has written for The New York Times, The Toast, and Salon, among others. 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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