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by Ruby Lang


GENRE: Contemporary Romance





 “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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[Fay] added grudgingly, “I’m really glad I ran into you.”

“An architect friend had a ticket that he couldn’t use. I wasn’t about to pass up a chance to scope out people’s houses.”

She laughed at that—maybe a little too hard. So, he asked gently, “Would you like a cup of coffee or some water, or something? Or if you don’t mind, would you show me around? It’s the first time I’ve ever been on the Mount Morris Park house tour.”

“Are you kidding me? The restorations are gorgeous, but the tour also really highlights this area’s community-led revitalization. Have you seen all the businesses that have opened up on Malcolm X Boulevard lately? Plus, what New Yorker doesn’t love ogling real estate?”

The fact that she relaxed instantly told him he’d done the right thing in giving her a project: namely, him. But of course, he couldn’t quite feel at ease around her because her firm had his CV. If he didn’t want to live with his brother forever he was going to have to get that job. She still hadn’t said anything about it—in fact, she seemed oblivious—but Fay could potentially be his next boss. His sexy, non-ring-wearing-and-therefore-possibly-available boss. It was the worst kind of in-between space to be in with her: not closely acquainted enough to be friends, not quite coworkers, not quite flirting.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 Ruby Lang is the author of the acclaimed Practice Perfect series. She is pint-sized, prim, and bespectacled. Her alter ego, Mindy Hung, wrote about romance novels (among other things) for The Toast. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Walrus, Bitch, and other fine venues. She enjoys running (slowly), reading (quickly), and ice cream (at any speed). She lives in New York with a small child and a medium-sized husband.


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