Title: Open House
Author: Ruby Lang
Pages: Amazon has it listed as 165 pages…. while it did go quickly, I thought it was more than that. I read eBooks on my phone when possible, though, so it only gives me useless stuff like “location 2226”.
Genre: contemporary romance
Is this part of a series? Yes, this is book #2 of Uptown.
Publish Date: November 11th, 2019
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Magda Ferrer has started a new career…. again. She’s a real estate broker. Drowning in debt thanks to student loans from past career paths that tanked, she has to make this work. It’s hard to believe in herself, though, when her family doesn’t even think this one’s going to work out. Uncle Byron has helped out… in a way… by allowing her to take over the listing of his house. The issue is, with all the renovations he’s doing and the fact that no offer is ever good enough… well, the house has gotten quite the reputation among the broker community for being unsellable. She needs money, and fast. When her boss tosses her an empty lot she figures this will be relatively easy money… except that there are squatters. She has to evict the adorable grandmothers that have taken over the lot for a community paradise that also grows veggies. These women won’t go quietly, though, and they found the perfect spokesman.
Tyson Yang is still reeling from the death of his mother and the desertion of his father. His life revolves around work, his sister Jenny, and helping the neighbor ladies in their community garden. When Magda shows up there one day, he thinks he got lucky- a gorgeous woman that might want to spend time in the garden…. except that she doesn’t want to help, she wants to sell it. Thus starts the Harlem stand-off. Neither one can budge from their mission, and yet the attraction will not be denied. Can the two find a way to coincide, or will this be war?
After reading Playing House, Ruby Lane I knew I wanted to read the rest of this series. It was adorably quirky and I just loved the characters. That said, I had high hopes for the second installment and it did not disappoint. While I will say that I found it harder to connect with Magda than I had Faye, it was still a great time with fantastic characters. Written in duel narrative, it allows you an in depth look at both Ty and Magda; something I always appreciate. It was easy to understand where they were both coming from, and both of their issues and personal problems. I loved how they interacted, and how Ty interacted with his support crew. That said, I did not liked the way Magda’s family treated her like she was still a baby. Honestly, Byron was my favorite and even he was an ass for the majority of the book.
Now, the story relied pretty heavily on the sexual tension between the two main characters, and some of it was a little… not explicit, but verbose. I have never been one to feel like a single sexual encounter needs three paragraphs or a page and a half. Maybe I’m a prude? If the characters and the rest of the story is good enough I can look past that, as was the case here…. but is all that necessary? For me, this one could have been five stars but that fact knocked it down to four.
On the adult content scale, there’s language and sexual content. I would say that this is definitely geared toward and 18+ crowd. Let’s give it a seven.
I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book from Netgalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. My thanks.
The book comes out 11-11-19! Are you ready?