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“I have an idea.” Oliver is the first to break the silence.
“Well, what is it?” Banks asks impatiently.
“We could bring you to our father…” His voice trails off, and I wonder if he’s being serious or not.
“Your father would let you bring me to your house?” I ask, trying to hide the surprise from my voice.
Sullivan shrugs, “What’s the worst he could do? Tell us to leave? We can’t let you near your father right now, so the next best thing would be our father.”
“Maybe he can piece the missing pieces of your puzzle together?” Oliver adds.
“Or he could be a huge prick and make things ten times worse,” Banks mutters under his breath. Oliver and Sullivan look at him, their features hardening.
“You aren’t helping.”
Banks lifts his hands as if to say he’s innocent. “Look I’m not trying to be a negative nelly here. I want Harlow to get all the answers she needs just as much as you both do, but dad isn’t going to take well to us bringing a Lockwood home.” Our gazes meet as he says the next words, “Last names don’t mean shit to us, but dad still sees her as the enemy and I don’t want her caught in his crosshairs.”
To many I might be weak, but I am mighty, and if I want answers I may have to cross bridges that shouldn’t be crossed. I may have to do things that I shouldn’t do, but I’ll do what I need to do. No one is going to dictate what happens in my life anymore.
“Let’s do it.”
“Seriously?” Banks runs a hand through his hair as if he’s agitated. Was he not expecting me to go along with this?
“Yes, I want answers. Your dad has some. Let’s do it. What’s the worst that could happen?”
“Kay, I’ll make arrangements and tomorrow we’ll visit our parents,” Oliver announces as if it’s final to his brothers.
Banks leaves the room a moment later and Sullivan walks over to the bed and crawls into the vacant spot left beside me.
“Is he going to be okay? I ask. I kind of want to chase after him but know he needs the space.
“He’ll be fine. He’s just worried what our dad will say or try to do to you.”
I nod, understanding completely.
“Our father won’t touch you. Not if he wants to live.” Oliver’s words have a cold edge to them, and I shiver wondering if he really means that. Would he, and his brothers go against their parents for me? Would they risk it all for me?
I guess we’ll find out.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
J.L. Beck & C. Hallman are an author duo who love reading, writing, and coffee. After meeting by happenstance they decided to write a book together, which later turned into many, many more. When they aren’t writing or plotting their next book, they’re playing mom and wife. They both share a love for dark romance, and enjoy a happily ever after as much as the next reader.
Title: Playing House Series: Uptown #1 Author: Ruby Lang Publisher: Carina Press Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: August 12, 2019
“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.
One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise : all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!
In all their years as wary mutual acquaintances, Oliver Huang never expected Fay Liu to be so happy to see him. But here she was, in this showcase home on the Mount Morris Park historic house tour, flashing Oliver a huge, almost desperate smile. She stepped right up to kiss him heartily on the lips, and in the process knocked his glasses askew, smudging them. Then as he reached up to adjust them, she commandeered his arm and linked hers through his. Fay was a fellow urban planner and, most importantly, she was a partner at Milieu. They had mutual friends. He’d even sent her firm a CV, and had finally received a follow-up from one of her partners expressing interest just that morning. For a fuzzy moment, he wondered if she was here, had sought him out directly, to arrange the interview. Still, he hadn’t expected Fay to be quite so warm and, well, handsy? lipsy?—was that a word?—about greeting a potential employee. And wasn’t she married? But she gripped him more tightly and snuggled into his side. She felt good tucked into him. So, he allowed himself to relax, to enjoy touching another human body again, to almost hug someone, to feel needed, and wanted, and seen. It was such a fleeting, wonderful connection. Fleeting, because in less than a minute, he understood what this was. A man clomped up to them and scowled at the picture Oliver and Fay presented, standing in the upper hallway of the brownstone, looking for all the world like a pair of proud new homeowners. Such a lovely illusion.
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.
I am here with a long list of awesome! Parenting, Wine, being a wife, and a lot about books! I love books and I love reading those smutty modern day harlequin Romance novels, that I affectionately call ‘Mom Porn’. It is my break from reality, it where I can read about a dirty Biker who wants nothing more than to rip my clothes off and have his way with me, but treats me like the queen I think I am! Don’t get me wrong, I love my husband and he treats me amazing, but nothing beats a little extra dirty in your brain before you bed that husband of yours.
I also am a mom of a special needs little man, and he is hard on my heart and my head but I wouldn’t trade him for all the wine in the world. He was born at 24 weeks and 2 days, we spent 157 days in the NICU and 33 days in the Children’s hospital, he is now 5 years old and starting kindergarten with an ADHD Diagnosis in September. I am so proud of him, he shows me how smart and curious he is every day, he started reading on his own at 4, I have and illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, he loves reading that with me and to his sister!
My Daughter is 3 years old, full term little demon who wants food more than literature, she is my little chub-ins, I struggled with my weight as a kid all the way into now, and I love working with her on healthier options because she is far from a picky eater! She is my girly girl who loves dresses and crowns, getting her hair done, when I paint my nails I have to paint her nails as well. She wants to grow up so fast and go to school with the big kids, but I just want her to stay little a little bit longer!
I am married to my best friend, and he treats me great. We fight hard, we love hard and we are not afraid to tell each other what it is because that is just how we work. He enjoys mocking me, I enjoy mocking him, but we work so well and we parent like a damn together. Yes, he is the good more than me, but they love us both the same.
This wont be a family friendly place, I will be posting about dirty fun awesome books, I will have a potty mouth, and I will be complaining about my hubby and kids in a way, but I will do it all with love and respect. Anything about my husband he will have final approval of, he will also be known at D3 or Hubby, and my kids will be known as only D1, D2, Spud and Princess Tally-Poots. I want to share our lives but I also want to protect them in a way as well.
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