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House Rules

(Uptown #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  111 reviews
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-husbands path. Music teacher Simon is also hunting for a new
Kindle Edition, 152 pages
Published February 10th 2020 by Carina Press
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Jasmine Guillory
I love how Ruby Langs books always feel like the characters are so real I could call them a few weeks after I finished the book and check in on how theyre doing now. This one has noodles and piano playing and gorgeous architecture and a long divorced couple finding their way back to one another, and I enjoyed every moment of it. ...more
Talia Hibbert
I've loved this entire series for its realism and intensity and relatable characters, and also the fact that it's all built around property in NYC. That feels like such a fun and original and grounded concept, one Lang plays with brilliantly. And she worked her usual magic with House Rules, which was a down-to-earth and deliciously domestic story of ex-spouses living as roommates and coming to terms with who they are, what they need, and how they can be together without the mistakes of the past. ...more
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 dont know how to feel myself. Because for the last seventeen years, it hasnt 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. II had a life. A
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Yna the Mood Reader
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Im 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 havent got the chance to pick it up yet.

Knowing how much I loved the writing style of Ruby
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
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2020, arc-read
So the great thing about House Rules was that it's a second chance, and our leads are ex husband and wife. BUT they are (now) in their 40's and are seeing each other for the first time in over fifteen years. I just adored tapping into some slightly older characters - where it went wrong and how they still had it.

This had some lovely moments and sexy writing from Lang. I've come to enjoy her work. Lana and Simon fell pray to the forced proximity trope and I'm not sure this was used to its full
Maria Rose
House Rules is the third story in the Uptown series by Ruby Lang. Set in some of New Yorks original neighbourhoods, the houses and apartments the characters live in are as much a part of the stories as the characters themselves. I loved the first in the series, Playing House, especially the fact that the characters are city planners (my dads profession). Its the first time Ive seen that career choice in a romance novel. This time the author sets up a second-chance romance for a divorced couple ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this. I liked that it was about characters in their 40's, so they knew themselves fairly well, but were still learning and growing! I liked how they came back together.
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  ·  review of another edition
HOUSE RULES is the third in Ruby Langs 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, its got the same heart, humor, and insight that Rubys work always has. Incorporating both music and food? Hello, two things that make for a powerful ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book that I have read by this author and it was a good read. Second chance romance for Simon and Lana. The attraction was still there even after being divorced for so long. Loved watching them find their way back to each other again.

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you want to read a romance about grown-ass people, I have just the thing. House Rules was a five-star read for me. Simon and Lana got divorced 15 years ago and havent stayed in touch, but NYC rent is so pricey they decide to move in together to save money. They set ground rules to keep everything proper, but the feelings from before might not be totally gone. I loved how grounded in real life this book isLana has endometriosis, and the way Simon takes care of her is so sweet and tentative. ...more
Felicia Grossman
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  ·  review of another edition
Simon is the director of a childrens 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, youre 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 its slightly more complicated than that.

Simon and Lana used to be married, but they drifted apart. They bump
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This is the first book Ive read by this author and the first book Ive 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.

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.
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
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Lana and Simon were married many years in the past, but Lana left Simon to find herself. The pair hasnt been in contact for the past 17 years, although they tried to keep tabs on one another without being obvious. Present day, Lana has returned to New York and is looking for a place to live. Meanwhile, Simon needs to move - his rent-controlled apartment is in bad shape and his neighbors are under construction, making it difficult to live in his place. After running into one another on the hunt ...more
Valentine Wheeler
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sweet romance

This series is absolutely delightful. The characters are realistic and flawed while still being sympathetic and the relationships make sense. Wonderful!
Weekend Reader_
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audiobook
This was a true second chance romance. Simon is an old grumpy man and Lana is finally finding her footing. I enjoyed this book the most out of the entire series. Lang really found her stride with character development and the conflict that inevitably comes at the end. If you liked the Flatshare it has a similar vibes with higher stakes. I read this in one sitting while completely ignoring my day so I could finish it. Oh and I have to say Muffin (the cat) was a cute side character that helpes ...more
I enjoyed House Rules, the third novella in Ruby Lang's Uptown series. I really liked that, for once, the main leads were in their forties, rather than their twenties. Plus- they are couple that divorced back in the day and are now forced (in a way) to live together. I thought that part was cleverly done and really enjoyed it. One small complaint I have is that I couldn't figure out how this book was tied to the others. Other than that, it was a good read, although I'm not a huge fan of ...more
Cathy Geha
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 wont 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
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley

Ruby Lang is a risk taker. In her latest, HOUSE RULES, shes bringing back together a once married, now divorced couple over the age of 40 in a second chance romance. And oh, yeah, theyre 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 Simon
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
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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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