Review: House Rules by Ruby Lang

House Rules is the final book in the Uptown series and I loved every minute of it. Keep reading to see why!

ROOMMATE WANTED to share a gorgeous sun-filled apartment in Central Harlem. Must love cats. No ex-husbands or wives need apply.

House Rules CoverSeventeen 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-husband’s path. Music teacher Simon is also hunting for a new place to live, and when Lana proposes they be platonic roomies, well…it’s not the worst idea he’s ever heard.

A sunny uptown two-bedroom sounds far more appealing than the cramped, noisy space where he’s currently struggling to work. Still, Simon has seen firsthand that Lana’s a flight risk, so he agrees on a trial basis.

Three months. With strict boundaries.

Living together again feels wonderfully nostalgic, but when the ex-couple’s lingering feelings rise to the surface, the rules go out the window.

Of course, chemistry was never their problem. But while Simon’s career feels back on solid footing, Lana is still sorting out what she wants. With their trial period soon coming to an end, they’ll have to decide if their living arrangement was merely a sexy trip down memory lane or a reunion meant to last. (Goodreads) Goodreads

I received an eARC of House Rules via Netgalley as part of a promotional blog tour.

House Rules was a great, soft finale to a series that I have loved every minute of. It does need some trigger warnings for fainting, descriptions of endometriosis symptoms, toxic bosses, lost pet that is found unharmed, discussion of infertility, and discussions of divorce.

Something that was clear from the start was that Lana and Simon loved each other so much. However, they struggled to figure out how they fit together. I loved how Lang pulled the threads of both the past and present together to help them to build a future that worked well for both of them.

I liked that the realities of getting older were really shown in  Lana’s work as a chef. The restaurant business is one that chews people up and spits them out with little remorse. Lana’s endometriosis also played a role in this, and their relationship, in a way that felt real but also was not overwhelming to me as a reader. It’s something that so many people with uteruses have to deal with and I was glad to see it in this romance.

Seeing Simon grow from a curmudgeon who is still living in exactly the same apartment he was in when Lana left him to someone who was willing to try something new for someone he loved was amazing. It’s an arc that I don’t see very often, but I love to see. Lana’s arc was that of asking for what she wanted and what she needed, which is so, so important in real romances. This is something Lang does incredibly in all of her work, in my opinion.

Something that really made this romance sing for me was the inclusion of Muffin. Muffin was a fantastic little shit of a cat that lived to get in its parents’ way, as all cats should. Its growth into a lovable little furball echoes that of the romance in a really beautiful way.

The Uptown series may be over, but I’ll be looking forward to seeing what comes next from Lang. She’s become one of my auto-buy authors. You can pick up a copy for yourself from Amazon through our affiliate link.


Title: House Rules

Series: Uptown #3

Author: Ruby Lang

Publisher: Carina

Length: 188 Pages

Release Date:  February 10, 2020

Rating: Highly Recommended

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Representation: White Jewish Hero, Asian Heroine with endometriosis


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