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House Rules

(Uptown #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  87 reviews
“Smart, nuanced, and so, so romantic!” —Kate Clayborn, author of Love Lettering

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
ebook, 152 pages
Published February 10th 2020 by Carina Press
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K.J. Charles
Third in this series about people finding love and affordable housing in New York, the latter slightly more difficult than the former. The MCs in this are both 40somethings, which is fantastic, especially the acknowledgement that your body starts to go to shit in your 40s even if you do all the good things like exercise, and you're always tired, and bits hurt that didn't before, especially your back, and you *do not have time for this shit* and why can people not just sod off?


Anyway, this
Lana Kuo and Simon Mizrahi were once a married couple who had different dreams that tore their marriage apart. Fast forward seventeen years later and now while apartment hunting, they run into each other back in Manhattan. With the skyrocketing rent, Lana has a brilliant idea of being roommates. What is the worst that could happen? How about a trial with strict boundaries? Sure that would work, until their attraction for each other resurfaces. Ooops.

I loved this series and enjoy the NYC couples
It took me weeks to read HOUSE RULES. Not because it was bad, but because it was so desperately sad and heartwrenching in parts that I had to set it down and take a break. So, so beautiful throughout and I was fighting back tears constantly.

“Do you? Do you really? Because I don’t know how to feel myself. Because for the last seventeen years, it hasn’t been perfect, but my existence was mostly fine. I have work that fulfills me, and I have a place to sleep, and I got over you. I—I had a life. A
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the third story in the Uptown companion series, so you can totally read this as a standalone and totally get what is going on.
This book tells the story of Lana and Simon, two people who were previously married and who find themselves being roommates due to the high rent prices in NYC. This gives them the perfect chance to rekindle their romance and to have a second opportunity at love.
Sissy's Romance Book Review
HOUSE RULES by Ruby Lang is book Three in the Uptown Series. This is the story of Simon Mizrahi and Lana Kuo. I have not yet read the previous books so for me this was a standalone book.
Simon and Lana had been married but divorced due to each other having different dreams and aspirations. There was not cheating and they still have lingering feelings but Lana moved away. Now back in their present day Simon is still in his little apartment that he can no longer stand, but plans to look for
Yna the Mood Reader
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I’m happy to share that I am included in Harlequin Carina Press Blog Tour Team! For our first partnership, I am sharing my thoughts on House Rules by Ruby Lang. This is actually my second Ruby Lang book and my first read was a part of this series as well. You can check out my review of Open House, the second book of the uptown series by clicking this link. I actually an arc of the first book as well, but I haven’t got the chance to pick it up yet.

Knowing how much I loved the writing style of
I like Ruby Langs writing, I like her subtle but sharply drawn conflicts and I really like the realistic portrayal of a marriage that might not have worked when you were 26, but a relationship at 42 is perfect. I like writers that take the little things that break up a marriage, pull them out and examine it. Then resolve it realistically.

The one thing I will whine about? The price, my ipad says it had 152 pages but there was a lot of advertisements at the end.
Adele Buck
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
HOUSE RULES is the third in Ruby Lang’s series of novellas about finding love in the New York City real estate market (possibly a less hospitable terrain than the surface of the moon). Every one I read is my new favorite and this one is no exception. An over-40 couple, previously married and living together to be able to afford the city, it’s got the same heart, humor, and insight that Ruby’s work always has. Incorporating both music and food? Hello, two things that make for a powerful ...more
Felicia Grossman
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book. This is a second chance love story between two people who were married and divorced (not due to cheating, due to life things and not understanding themselves and their relationship, which felt so super real) who become roommates because NYC is expensive and it was just so GOOD. I loved watching Simon and Lana figure out who they each were now and that their feelings weren't just nostalgia, that they were real and true and they were good together like they were now, who they'd ...more
Ruby Lang is one of the authors I started reading and fell in love with in 2019. I have enjoyed every one of her books, but I think House Rules is my favorite. It is a second chance at love romance between a long divorced middle aged couple who become roommates because real estate costs in New York City are awful. I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Many years ago, Lana Kau and Simon Mizrahi were married. They were in the same music education program and living in
Forty-somethings Lana and Simon, divorced for over 15 years, agree to rent an apartment together after Lana returns to NYC. They have rules, especially no falling back in love, but rules are meant to be broken.

Loved this second chance romance that is low-angst, super sexy, and has an uppity cat.

I also appreciated how both characters were in their forties and had no qualms about not wanting children, ever. Lana's need to explore her life while Simon settled in to the career he was born to do was
Maureen Lubitz
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Simon is the director of a children’s chorus and Lana is a noodle master, which involves a lot of hard work and dedicated apprenticeships. If you think that this sounds like the premise for an episode of House Hunters, you’re not entirely incorrect. Simon and Lana do end up moving into a beautiful and spacious two-bedroom apartment that they would never be able to afford on their own, but it’s slightly more complicated than that.

Simon and Lana used to be married, but they drifted apart. They
Xan West
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I was excited to read a second chance romance with MCs in their forties, especially as it was also roommates to lovers; these are three favorite things of mine, all wrapped into one book. My expectations were high, as I generally love Ruby Lang's romances, and especially have been enjoying this series. I adored book two so
Kay  (mamabear_reads)
Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin for a copy of this.
I thought it was a cute read. I didn't find myself too attached to any of the characters though but overall it was just okay.
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This is the first book I’ve read by this author and the first book I’ve read in this series. House Rules was an underwhelming romance. I applaud the author for writing characters over 40 who were previously divorced and seeing each other again after 17 years apart. I am a huge reader of romance with characters over 35, so I was excited to see one offered from a publisher and also one that featured a diverse cast. My problem with this romance was it never really grabbed me and it felt a bit flat. ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley

Ruby Lang is a risk taker. In her latest, HOUSE RULES, she’s bringing back together a once married, now divorced couple over the age of 40 in a second chance romance. And oh, yeah, they’re people of color.

In an environment that values youth, that largely writes women off over the age of 35 and continues to pair 40- and 50-year old lead actors with women half their age, yes, this counts as risk taking.

Lana Kuo unexpectedly bumps into her ex-husband
Cathy Geha
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
House Rules by Ruby Lang
Uptown #3

Meeting the man you were once married to after seventeen years apart could put a damper on your day or perhaps a spark in your eye. Simon and Lana do meet again at an open house while looking for an apartment to rent in NY. They chat a bit, realize they won’t see one another again and go on their merry way only to end up in the same apartment as roommates. They have rules to follow, a gorgeous place to stay, their own jobs, a rescue cat and increasing difficulty
3.5 stars

House Rules was a sweet and steamy novella. Most of the books I read have characters in their twenties or thirties, so it was an interesting change of pace to read about characters in their forties. Lana and Simon had been through a lot together and separately; they were married, got divorced, spent seventeen years apart, and then came back together unexpectedly. Simon always knew what he wanted professionally while Lana had trouble finding her passion until she started traveling and
April Wheeler
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
House Rules was a really sweet novella I received free from NetGalley to review.

Simon and Lana are adorably adult. It was refreshing to read a romance about characters in their 40s who obviously know who they are and having open honest conversations about what they want. They were also a pretty hot couple. I also really love that Lana and Simon were always tired and falling asleep on each other. That is certainly what us old folks do. I really enjoyed this and look forward to reading others
Addie Yoder
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this second chance romance between Lana and Simon. It was really refreshing to read about a couple that is in their 40s and really owning who they are individually instead of who they want to be as a couple. Most romance novels are about people starting out in life and this story about two people who have figured it out and want to maintain that work is so good. I love how direct the writing is. Ruby Lang really didn't fluff this up with extra details and side line stories. ...more
Everything Ruby Lang writes is just too, too good. This one was a bit unusual for me in that I don't often read romance where I have serious doubts almost until the end of the book about whether the protagonists are actually well-suited to each other! (Even though I really, really liked both Lana and Simon.) In the end, Lang's thoughtful examination of her characters' differences, hangups, and needs won me over. If a genius author has put them together, who am I to second-guess her?
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Simon and Lana broke my heart, and then put it back together. Their second chance is just beautiful!
Carole V Bell
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Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks
This book was just the perfect size for me. Sometimes I need a book that I can binge read and this one was definitely that book. This is the first book I have read by this author, but I was in love with this story. Lana and Simon had my heart.

First off, I love a couple that is around my age. I felt like I could relate to this book on so many levels and a couple in their early 40s is right up my alley. Not only that, I think my new favorite trope is reconnecting after divorce. I am in love with
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
well, this was STINKING ADORABLE.
full review to come.

ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for honest review
Brooke Banks
I received this book for free from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Happy Galantines Day ya'll! I'm serving up a fun NY romance today: House Rules by Ruby Lang.

This is number 3 in her Uptown series. I gave five stars to the first installment, Playing House. There's an excerpt, my favorite quotes, and of course my review. Find out the deets below!

About House Rules:

Excerpt from House Rules:

IMHO: House
Ashley Tyler
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an E-Arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are all my own.
It had been seventeen years ago that due to different dreams Simon Mizrahi and Lana Kai drifted apart and divorced. But when Lana moves back to Manhattan to take a job as a noodle chief, her apartment search puts her right in her ex-husband’s path. Simon, who is a music teacher. He is also hunting for a new place to live, and when Lana proposes they be platonic roommates, Simon hesitantly
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
House Rules is an adorable and sweet story about two exes who decide to room together out of necessity.

Lana and Simon divorced long ago. At that time, both were young and each had individual dreams that saw them going in opposite directions. They lost touch but miracles of crazy miracles, they somehow end up looking at the same apartment for rent. The unexpected reunion is awkward, it's familiar, it's ... a fortuitous coincidence? Since both of them need to find a place - she has a new job at a
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
***Thank you to NetGalley, Carina Press and Ruby Lang. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All opinions are my own.***

House Rules (Uptown, #3), by Ruby Lang, is a fast, adorable read in her Uptown series. A lifetime ago, Simon and Lana were married. Neither expected to become platonic roommates 17 years after their divorce. Despite the strict rules each has set for themselves, living together is easy but ignoring their feelings is not.

The premise of this story sucked me in, and I thought
3.5 Stars rounded UP

More than a second chance romance, this read as family saga to me. HOUSE RULES reunited a couple divorced after seventeen years apart. Lana and Simon were equally reserved characters who give off standoffish attitude. Which made their first meeting - after over one and a half decades - every bit as awkward as it was painful. I could almost touch that dreaded “UH OH, what were the odd...” vibes simmering between the two on that accidental meeting, the mood was that acute.

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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.

Other books in the series

Uptown (3 books)
  • Playing House (Uptown, #1)
  • Open House (Uptown, #2)