BOOK NEWS; Playing House by Ruby Lang

Title: Playing House
Series: Uptown #1
Author: Ruby Lang
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 12, 2019
Blurb

Playing House is relatable, heartwarming,
and oh so sexy. I zoomed through this thoughtful and joyful story about two
people finding themselves and each other.” —Jasmine Guillory, New York Times
bestselling author of The Wedding Date and The Proposal
Romance blossoms between two city planners posing
as newlyweds in this first in a bright new series by acclaimed author Ruby Lang
The last thing Oliver Huang expects to see on
the historic Mount Morris home tour is longtime acquaintance Fay Liu bustling
up and kissing him hello. He’s happy to playact being a couple to save her from
a pushy admirer. Fay’s beautiful, successful and smart, and if he’s being
honest, Oliver has always had a bit of a thing for her.
Maybe more than a bit.
Geeking out over architectural details is
Oliver and Fay’s shared love language, and soon they’re touring pricey real
estate across Upper Manhattan as the terribly faux but terribly charming couple
Darling and Olly.
For the first time since being laid off from
the job he loved, Oliver has something to look forward to. And for the first
time since her divorce, Fay’s having fun.
Somewhere between the light-filled living
rooms and spacious closets they’ve explored, this faux relationship just may
have sparked some very real feelings. For Oliver and Fay, home truly is where
their hearts are.
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Excerpt
In all
their years as wary mutual acquaintances, Oliver Huang never expected Fay Liu
to be so happy to see him. But here she was, in this showcase home on the Mount
Morris Park historic house tour, flashing Oliver a huge, almost desperate
smile. She stepped right up to kiss him heartily on the lips, and in the
process knocked his glasses askew, smudging them.
Then as he
reached up to adjust them, she commandeered his arm and linked hers through
his.
Fay was a
fellow urban planner and, most importantly, she was a partner at Milieu. They
had mutual friends. He’d even sent her firm a CV, and had finally received a follow-up
from one of her partners expressing interest just that morning. For a fuzzy
moment, he wondered if she was here, had sought him out directly, to arrange
the interview. Still, he hadn’t expected Fay to be quite so warm and, well, handsy? lipsy?—was that a word?—about
greeting a potential employee.
And wasn’t
she married?
But she
gripped him more tightly and snuggled into his side. She felt good tucked into
him. So, he allowed himself to relax, to enjoy touching another human body
again, to almost hug someone, to feel needed, and wanted, and seen.
It was such
a fleeting, wonderful connection. Fleeting, because in less than a minute, he
understood what this was.
A man
clomped up to them and scowled at the picture Oliver and Fay presented,
standing in the upper hallway of the brownstone, looking for all the world like
a pair of proud new homeowners.
Such a
lovely illusion.
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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