Title: Playing House
Author: Ruby Lane
Is this part of a series? Yes, this is part of the Uptown series.
Published: August 13th, 2019
How did I get a copy of this book? I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Harlequin publishing in exchange for an honest review. My thanks!
You can get a copy here.
Oliver’s had a run of bad luck. Still trying to find a job after the last company went under, he’s (embarrassingly) staying with his brother. Thus, when long-time acquaintance Faye pretends to be his girlfriend to make another man back off, he’s not mad about it….. but the timing sucks. He’s always had a bit of a thing for Faye, and now that she’s divorced he wouldn’t mind seeing if there was anything there… but not right now. Not when he’s basically jobless and homeless. Yet, they keep seeing one another to look at homes, and geek out over communities. The more time they spend together the more they both realize there’s something special between them. Can the two stop pretending and “playing house” long enough to create something lasting? Or will Oliver’s job search get in the way?
This was a really cute, fun romance. I loved Oliver and Faye both as individual characters and as a couple. They were good, (slightly neurotic) well developed characters. The chemistry between them was completely believable, it was so much fun to watch them get together! Told in dual narrative, I felt like you got a good understanding of each characters motives, and ticks. The writing style was fast paced- it was a real page-turner! Honestly, the only bad thing I could say was that it seemed far too short for the amount of sexual content in the book. I would have liked more plot and story line, but I can’t say that it was lacking too badly here. For me, this is a four star book.
On the adult content scale, there’s some language and graphic sexual content. It’s not, like, erotica….. but it isn’t for young teens either. I would give it a six.