“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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The sexual tension peaks but everything else falls flat in this contemporary romance novella from Lang (the Practice Perfect series). It doesn't take much for unemployed Oliver to notice newly divorced Fay at a historical walkthrough in Upper Manhattan, and the two urban planners hit it off. Oliver poses as Fay's boyfriend to stop a broker from hitting on her, but she tells him she only wants to be friends. However, after Fay invites Oliver to a few open houses in historical homes, sexual tension leads to a night of sex and casual conversation. When Fay learns Oliver is a candidate for a job at her firm, she must decide whether to continue their relationship or leave it as a tryst. Though Oliver and Fay's relationship evolves from acquaintances to lovers in a natural and enjoyable way, the heavy usage of dialogue, quick conflict resolution, and lack of plot keep this romance from reaching its full potential. This quick story with lovable characters falls short in many respects.
A rom with a side of NYC architecture
If you like less touristy parts of town, stories where the location is like another character, competence porn, people who love their work, and tenacious people who get back up after disappointments, this book is for you.