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    Second Chance Romance

    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 not acting on those embers that that are being fanned from their past relationship. This is a second chance romance with a couple in their forties given the chance to see whether or not they might be able to get it right this time around. What I liked: * Both are more mature than they were seventeen years before...mostly more mature * Muffin – the cat * The way friends and family are supportive and play a part in the story * The lack of major drama as they get back together * Lana – she has made a vow to herself that she will be honest and ask for what she needs/wants – and that is what she does. Also admired her for finding what made her happy and not remaining in a situation that made her unhappy. * Simon – a bit set in his ways and not one to embrace change easily but he does want to embrace Lana * The communication between Lana and Simon What I didn’t like: * Sometimes Simon was not as open as I would have liked for him to be and perhaps a bit self centered Thank you to NetGalley and Carina Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 3-4 Stars
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    Quick, fun, interesting second chance love story

    House Rules is the 3rd book in Ruby Lang's Uptown series, but each book is a standalone focusing on a new couple.. This is a story about a previously married couple getting an unexpected second chance. Lana and Simon decide to be temporary roommates since they can't afford the NY real estate market. They set strict rules on living together, with no funny business. But as they live together, they're reminded of why they fell in love the first time. Ruby Lang presents us with a well-written story about rekindled romance without unnecessary angst and drama. It is truly a story about two people revisiting each other and finding their way back. This is a cute, quick, easy-to-read romance with heart and humor.
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    Second chance romance

    Thank you netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This was a sweet, realistic romance based on a mature couple that have to surpass the trials of their fears in order to stay with each other. Very well written and well paced. Simon and Lana are up front about their feelings for each other and learn to slowly piece together their broken relationship once again. Enjoyed it
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    A delightful rom-com

    First, even if I loved the first 2 books of Ruby Lang Uptown series, this one is my favorite. I have to point out that this series contains only stand-alone. They only have in common that they start in a visit to a Harlem apartment. The story is very different than the usual romance. First, the protagonists are in their early forties, but moreover, they were previously married to each other. I absolutely don’t want to spoil the story, and I will only say that you’ll follow them as they found their way back to each other. As usual in Ruby Lang’s books, Simon, the hero, is not an alpha male, just a man that could exist in real life, not only in our dreams. Probably also because of my personal history, I connected immediately with Lana. I could feel her determination, the courage to reach back to Simon while convincing herself that she should not be attracted to him. As usual with this author, the sharp point is the writing. It seems that every word, each sentence were well sorted out. For instance, I relished how the love scenes were balanced. Just what was needed to feel the passion without too much technicality. I also noticed that this Miss Lang is very skilled at describing food. I wish I could try Lana’s noodles. This book arrived in my life at the perfect moment, I needed to believe in second chances, to see that with time, we all change and get wiser. We can see what is good for us.
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    Loved it!

    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 books that have the couple able to get past the mistakes they made when they were younger and make changes so they can be together. When we are young, everything we do is based off emotion and we communicate with our partner so little in fear of them not liking what we have to say. As we get older, we realize what is important to us and we grow as people. This book had all of that in spades. I absolutely loved this story. The author had a more mature writing style than I am used to, but I will definitely pick up more of the books in this series.
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