The Honey-Don't List

The Honey-Don't List

by Christina Lauren


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From the New York Times bestselling author behind the “joyful, warm, touching” (Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author) The Unhoneymooners comes a delightfully charming love story about what happens when two assistants tasked with keeping a rocky relationship from explosion start to feel sparks of their own.

Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.

James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.

Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together...

From the “hilariously zany and heartfelt” (Booklist) Christina Lauren comes a romantic comedy that proves if it’s broke, you might as well fix it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982123918
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 03/24/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 133
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 internationally bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Dating You / Hating You, Autoboyography, Love and Other Words, Roomies, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, My Favorite Half-Night Stand, and The Unhoneymooners. You can find them online at, @ChristinaLauren on Instagram, or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.

Customer Reviews

The Honey-Don't List 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
wendm_ccbh 2 days ago
3.5 STARS! The Honey-Don't List by Christina Lauren was one of those reads that had great potential; but sadly for me I was a bit let down. There were plenty of funny moments which I found to be refreshing. Carey, the heroine, was fun and witty. James was nerdy and cute. In the beginning he was kinda stand-offish but once he opens up to Carey, you see another side to him–a sweet and sexy side. These two couldn't stand each other! The close proximity of being stuck together with the disastrous Melly and Rusty really brought them closer together. So, you definitely get a bit of enemies-to-lovers between these two as well as a slow burn. Though I felt the moments they shared to be sweet, there really wasn't much romance between Carey and James. The whole plot focused entirely too much on the Tripps and not enough on the main characters. Also, the moment their relationship has a slip is so obvious and if I'm being honest, it was pretty much unnecessary drama. However, the opening scene in this novel added an element of suspense and mystery which I rather enjoyed. We realize something happened but we aren't clear what exactly it is. I'm a huge fan of Christina Lauren's older works but this one just wasn't a favorite for me. Fingers crossed the third time in this new era of the writing duo is a charm!
gaele 5 days ago
I’m officially OBSESSED with the “fixer-upper” type shows – but only the couples ones. With the ‘designer’ wife who is artistic and has a specific design aesthetic, the goofy but talented and hard working husband, and the many different ways they look at these houses. Less interesting but more fun (if for the arguments and whinging over budgets) are the ‘prep the house to stay or sell’ shows – they just make me wonder just how difficult the ‘stars’ are. And Christina Lauren took their powers of two and dove in. Carey has worked for Melissa and Rusty Tripp since the beginning, and done every job. Now she’s an integral part of the ‘team’ and spends most of her time calming the storm that is Melissa, while trying to manage her own issues with a muscular-skeletal disorder, which is worsened by stress and lack of sleep – two key components of her job. Perhaps the real twist for Carey here is that the salary and the health insurance she gets is stellar, and as Melly and Rusty know of her issues – they allow her the time to go to the doctors for treatment – but she can’t leave because of the insurance. James is a structural engineer – hired on the spot by Melly after his firm went into the headlines in spectacularly bad fashion, and he’s set to ‘wrangle’ Rusty, with vague promises of engineering work to come. He bristles at the jibes that Carey throws his way about being an assistant – his education and background are suited for so much more. But he’s sharp and clever, and soon is bristling at the way Melly treats Carey, the frequent kerfuffles he has to drag Rusty out of, and finally, trying to help the two maintain the appearance of a happy marriage when it is anything but – AND they are on a book tour to promote their book on marriage. A bit different from the other books from this duo that I’ve read, the reveals were a bit predictable where Carey was concerned, but having James be the one who is crushing on Carey, and her pushing him away is a twist that I didn’t see coming, even as she will admit that he calms her and sees her for who she is – despite her trying to always stay in the background. With some epic “uh-oh” moments that the two of them are involved in, and a police interrogation, it’s going to take some spectacular fireworks for Carey to find her own two feet, and for James to take a stand. There’s plenty going on here, and Carey’s medical condition and struggles with it, and subsequently her self-esteem, are cleverly portrayed and depicted, and there really couldn’t have been a better ending for this light, quick read that provides a lot of laughs – if for the ridiculous imagery brought up in the moments of utter tension and marital strife. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Yolanda Margolin 9 hours ago
Thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for giving me a chance to read this eARC. I’ve finally read my first Christina Lauren book! We have Carey and James, assistants to mega remodeling and design stars Melissa and Rusty Tripp. The Tripps are releasing a book about marriage and starring in there own Netflix show while their own lives are falling apart. Carey and James are tasked to keep the Tripps together and not spoil everything before the tv show debut but then everything goes to hell at the end of the book tour. But while everything is coming apart at the seems, Carey and James find a little comfort and respite with each other. And thank goodness for that! Likes: I can’t believe I haven’t read a book from this author duo until now. After reading this book, I want to read everything they’ve written. Please suggest below what I should read first! I love Carey and totally understand why she won’t leave the Tripps even if she’s treated horribly. I love her talent, how she can still find and way to laugh and smile through her stress, and how she takes back her power at the end. James was such a fun character because he’s straight-laced compared to Carey, yet I understood his anxieties too. And he was so sweet with Carey – maybe I read too many books with alpha makes, but I liked how James is the hot nerd. Smart and good looking? Yes. Carey and James together make a great team. They are sexy, smart and sweet together, a great combination. I love them together. The way the book is written, I thought I was reading a murder mystery at first. I mean it makes you wonder what you are reading in the first few chapters! But I like how it unfolded and came to a nice ending. Made Me Go Hmm...: Melly Tripp is a trip! Ugh that woman – I did not like her but I can see how she went from someone nice that Carey looked up to, to what she is now that she has fame and wealth. It’s sad seeing what she and Rusty has become, but wow…Melly was something else. Like I mentioned before, the way it’s written, I thought I was reading a murder mystery or something like it. I just knew something bad happened but what? But I eventually liked how it unfolded. Final Thoughts: I couldn’t put this book down and I was totally invested with Carey and James. I loved how their relationship grew and how when it went to the next level it was hot, awkward too, but they were mature about it. And I loved how all the drama blew up in quite a fiery explosion because it was building throughout the book with Melly and Rusty’s toxic relationship and Carey and James in close proximity to them. Then at the end, it gave me all the feels I love in a good romance book. I got a happy ending and it made me a new fan of Christina Lauren. I look forward to reading more of their books!
TheCandidCover 20 hours ago
The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren is a quick and quirky romance that will lift your spirits. It has two interesting main characters and an uplifting theme. This co-authored book is one that fans of the authors will want to add to their spring TBRs. If you are looking for an easy to read story that has a bit of romance and humour, The Honey Don’t List is one to try. There is a serious side to the story, as the main characters are struggling to get ahead in their lives, but it is offset by some fun and flirty moments. ❀ RELATABLE CHARACTERS Christina Lauren books always seem to have characters that are easy to relate to. Carey is a character that shows quite a lot of growth throughout the story. Her realization that she needs to take the reigns and make her own way in the world are really admirable. On the other hand, James is an unexpected love interest who is in Carey’s corner when things get rough. I really enjoyed watching their relationship unfold. ❀ THEME OF STANDING UP FOR YOURSELF The theme of standing up for yourself is prevalent throughout the novel, as Carey learns to take chances and fight for herself. She seems hesitant at first and then really starts to become her own advocate. It is really fantastic to watch her transformation. The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren is a light read that has a bit of everything. The romance and the humour are mixed with a serious side that really seem to work together. This is my second Christina Lauren novel and I am excited to read more of their work.
BookAngel_Emma 1 days ago
The Honey Don’t List is about living your life for you and having the belief in yourself to achieve your dreams and not life someone else’s. The format of the story is a little unusual, including police transcripts, extracts from the Tripp’s book as well as alternating perspectives between Carey and James. Carey is a wonderful person with incredible talent, however, she is also her own worse enemy, convincing herself the position she is in is better than she deserves (which is completely false btw). However, over the course of her career with the Tripp’s the nature of her job has altered dramatically without the validation to go along with it. Not only has her job changed but so have the Tripp’s, the pressure and the fame taking its toil, including dividing the once-happy couple. Sadly, the escalating discord between the Tripp’s results in Carey having to act as a babysitter to them during their book tour. James is a relative newbie in the Tripp’s world, hired for his engineering abilities but increasingly manoeuvred into acting as Russell Tripp’s assistant. James has had a raw deal in his career and is desperately trying to resurrect his resume with his current position, although he never expected to be playing childminder to a married couple. James and Carey don’t particularly get on well in the beginning, mainly due to Carey’s inability to see herself clearly and the baggage she carries from her humble origins and the movement disorder she has, dystonia. Although there is always an undercurrent of attraction between them. As the book tour progresses so does the relationship between Carey and James; I loved the way James viewed Carey and how he anticipated her needs without the need for her to verbalise them. I loved how Carey’s confidence in herself grew alongside the tour and her blossoming relationship with James. Sadly, nothing is ever that easy and with the Tripp’s escalating dysfunction affecting Carey and James’ job security, the future for them both looks uncertain. While the relationship between James and Carey plays a large part in the plot, it is Carey’s emotional growth which for me, was the outstanding feature of the story
erinevelynreads 2 days ago
The Honey-Don’t List might be my favorite Christina Lauren yet! Hilarious and full of drama, The Honey-Don’t List is so much more than a contemporary romance, it’s a story about the meaning of family, acceptance, and self-worth. Carey Douglas has worked as an assistant for power couple Melissa and Rusty Tripp since she was sixteen-years-old. Once owners of a small store in Jackson Hole, the Tripps are now superstars with multiple TV shows and a book about marriage. There’s only one problem, the Tripp’s hate each other. When Carey and Rusty’s assistant James find Rusty in a compromising position with someone other than his wife, the two are assigned babysitting duty, making sure the Tripp’s keep up the charade while out on a book tour. But what Carey and James don’t realize is that they have more in common than they think. One of the big things I loved about this story was Carey’s character progression. She learns to fight and advocate for herself and discovers her own voice. In the same vein, James, while also a talented individual is so supportive of Carey, and that just made me like him that much more. To the opposite effect, I despised both Melissa and Rusty Tripp for the entirety of the book. The way I thought of them was basically a cheap Chip and Joanna Gaines. Melissa was particularly nasty to everyone around her. Not only that but she seems perfectly ok with taking advantage of Carey’s loyalty to her, and using that to manipulate her. If you are a fan of reality TV or other books by Christina Lauren, definitely check out The Honey-Don’t List. It doesn’t disappoint!
eclecticreview 2 days ago
Melissa and Russell Tripp are a couple growing apart in a very public arena. Their personal assistants, Carey and James are tasked with putting out fires for their bosses, which may be too much for their own budding romance. "For the most part James and I have kept to our own schedules since he joined Comb+Honey two months ago. It’s not that I dislike him, exactly, but the way he writes off my job as disposable and frivolous and treats me like I’m only intelligent enough for remedial assistant activities—unless he needs help performing one himself, of course—really pisses me off." Carey Duncan has worked for the Tripps for ten years and is never credited for the designs she has created for their home redesign store and television empire. She has her reasons for staying with the Tripps, but she wants to take back her own life with less stress. During a promotional tour for their show, Melly and Rusty are a powder keg ready to blow at any second and Carey and her uptight colleague, James, must work together to keep their employers in line long enough to complete the tour. The last thing Carey expected was to fall for James. "Pop culture would have us believe that men look at women and immediately imagine them naked. That is not always the case, actually. As far as my job is concerned, I have generally been too busy and frazzled and worried about keeping it to think about Carey as a warm-blooded woman with responsive body parts. This morning is an exception. To be fair, though, the hotel does have the air conditioning on pretty high." James McCann is not happy to be on this promotional tour with two of the most miserable and angry people he has ever seen. He planned to vacation in Florida with his family and now he is forced to babysit the Tripps. He is an engineer posing as a personal assistant. He is stuck in this godforsaken job because of shady dealings by the top dogs at his old firm and he needs to build his resume. But he’s developing a crush on Carey, the girl who quotes odd sayings, dresses down for every occasion and has bad eating habits. James is button-down shirts, suits, and color-coded folders. Carey is Dolly Parton t-shirts, Funyons, and notebooks. Carey is “very clearly the Pigpen to his Schroeder”. I laughed so many times at James and Carey’s playful banter. I was also appalled at how Melly treated Carey after Carey gave up her young life and sacrificed her talents to please Melly. Being rich and famous does not always mean happy and content. On the other hand, don’t judge a book by its cover, it may surprise you. Overall, this story stirs lots of emotions in the reader such as betrayal, lies, stress, love, laughter, and transformation. The authors do a great job delving into the ruins of a marriage made in public and discovering love in the most unlikely of places. Thank you to Christina Lauren for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
Alliemikenna 2 days ago
I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Rating: 3.5 stars, rounded up here because that’s what I do. This is only my second Christina Lauren book. Overall, I enjoyed it, but it lacked some things that make me fall head over heels with romance books I’ve read and didn’t have me feeling many emotions along the way, which is what I look for. What I liked: I enjoyed Carey and James’ characters and Carey’s character development over time. This isn’t filled with romance, but I liked the idea and enjoyed watching their relationship develop. The dialogue is great throughout, and every character has a good amount of personality that makes you feel you get to know them. And this book didn’t feel super cliche like some romance does, so that made it much more enjoyable to read. What didn’t work for me: The pacing. I felt it was a very slow start and then way too speedy for the rest. Some parts (the books, the TV shows, the descriptions of Rusty and the Honey + Comb brand, how Melly hunts for the perfect antiques for staging) felt way too Magnolia / Chip and Joanna Gaines for me, and I’d have liked some more originality because the concept of the book would have been interesting on its own. A lot of the plot is borderline boring. There’s too much work drama and not enough romance in this for me. And I don’t understand why there are all the police interviews mixed in when it’s not obvious what “crime” has been committed until the very end, and then it hasn’t really actually built to anything substantial because it wasn’t actually a crime. I did like the reviews / articles mixed in though - those added a lot to the story. I’d recommend this to: Romance fans who aren’t looking for a ton of steam (it’s about a 3 on a scale of 10) and want a quick read that’s not overly cliche.
sbart84 3 days ago
This is my first book by Christina Lauren and will not be my last. Thoroughly enjoyed this light rom-com, many laugh out moments but still on the serious side of marriage and the budding romance of Carey and James. Loved the dual point of view. If you love HG TV, this is the perfect read for you.
Penny Danner 3 days ago
Do you like slow burn romance? Do you like HGTV? Then this may be the book for you. I wanted to love this book SO MUCH because I loved "Love and Other Words" by this same duo, but I was disappointed. Casey and James are assistants to popular "HGTV" stars, Melly and Rusty Tripp. The Tripp's marriage is falling apart, and Casey and James are tasked with trying to keep them "under wraps" and out of any negative publicity because they have a book coming out and a new show starting. I did like the slow burn way Casey and James' relationship grew...barely talking/knowing each other, to chatty co-workers, to growing closer as friends trying to figure a way for their careers to take off apart, into showing interest for each other then into a sexual relationship. I wouldn't say it was insta-love but they did fall for each other in a pretty short amount of time. Difficult circumstances (working under pressure for their bosses in this case plus keeping their relationship together) can bring people closer together for sure. As far as the Melly and Rusty Tripp and their part in this story.....I really didn't care, but if you are an HGTV fan, then I can see the draw to "behind the scenes TV" and how that world works. Thank you to Netgalley for a free review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
kgagnon 3 days ago
I was captivated by this fun, emotional, and steamy rom-com right from the start! It begins with the police interviewing sexy engineering nerd, James and I needed to find out what was going on! It then tells the story of Carey and James and their job to keep a dysfunctional couple, Melissa and Rusty Tripp, from imploding as they promote their new book on marriage and their coming tv show. Carey and James come from different worlds, and are total opposites. Carey is creative, messy, and a pushover. Carey will do anything to help Melissa who gave her a chance when she was young and inexperienced. James is a talented engineer needing a fresh start from a past job. He is given huge promises but is frustrated in being a glorified assistant. He and Carey start off a bit rocky but soon bond over their messy situation. Their attraction grows stronger in close quarters, and they soon find the comfort and passion they both need. But just when they think they can build something more, the craziness of life on tour, and selfish employers could take them all down. I really loved Carey and James together. James noticed everything and he came when she needed someone to notice her most. She helped him not take himself so serious as well, they really were made for each other. I loved how artfully this story unfolded going back and forth between police interviews, present time and peaks into the book they were promoting. This slow burn, rom-com is filled with witty banter, awkward and hilarious situations, and an emotional, sweet and steamy story line with lots of heart, and I loved it all!
AJbookremarks 3 days ago
The dynamic duo Christina Lauren has done it again with their latest hit, Honey Don’t list. The Tripp’s Melissa and Rusty, home remodeling and design firm that has taken off with a hit TV show and a book tour. Carey Douglas has worked for them since she was sixteen years old and grew into her current position one of assistant to Melly. Little does the world know that Carey is responsible for all of the designs that the couple tout as their own. Melly is overwhelming, abusive, and downright mean, trying to juggle all those lies and keep her husband on board with all their newfound fame and money. James McCann, MIT graduate, and engineering genius was hired by Melly as an engineer but is an overpaid assistant for Rusty. It turns out the Tripp’s marriage is dissolving while they become more famous by the minute. James uncovers the truth about Carey designing but sells out for a better opportunity. This story reminds me of the Fixer Upper with Chip and Joanna Gaines.
DragonNimbus 4 days ago
Christina Lauren has done it again! I adored the Unhoneymooners so when this book became available I jumped at the chance to read the ARC. The Honey-Don't List was a funny, moving story about Carey and James, two people who ended up assisting the stars of a popular home make-over show. Melly and Russ are the "happily married" couple headed on a publicity tour to promote their new book on marriage as well as a new show about to be presented on Netflix. Unfortunately the happy marriage is all for the cameras - Melly and Russ can barely stand each other. Melly's assistant is Carey who has been working for the couple since she was sixteen and they had their first store in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Carey has a gift for designing one-of-a-kind furniture. Lately her job entails less designing and more "handling" Melly, arranging her schedule, completing the ever present Honey-Do list that Melly hands out, keeping her cool and putting out domestic fires. James is Russ's assistant - although he hates to be called that. James is a civic engineer who lost his job when his employers were shut down due to a financial scandal. James signed on with Russ and Melly to pad his resume in hopes of gaining an engineering job on the show. Instead he finds himself doing for Russ what Carey does for Melly . Now he's stuck on a tour bus on the west coast tasked with keeping Russ's and Melly's imploding marriage from their adoring public. As James and Carey are forced in to uncomfortable situations, they become more comfortable with each other. Their increasing attraction is becoming more evident and Melly will not have it. I started the book at midnight one night and finally put it down about 4 am. It was a great, fun read with excellent characters and hilarious dialog. Carey and James are so cute together - you have to root for them even when the odds are against them. You find out during the course of the book that Carey has a neurological disorder which the authors handle with respect and dignity. All this in a background of home design, publicity and production. Read this book - its a great escape during these uncertain times but it would be an excellent read whenever. Steamy sex scenes make this unsuitable for younger readers, but adults will love it as I did!!! Be sure to read the author's notes for added insights to the characters. Enjoy!!!
bookbruin 4 days ago
This was an entertaining enemies to lovers and forced proximity romance. I enjoyed Carey, James, and the crazy shenanigans by the Tripps, but unfortunately, I didn't love it. It took a bit for me to feel invested in the story and characters, and by the time I really felt anything, the book was more than halfway over. Part of that is due to the way the book is formatted. The tweets, police transcripts/interviews, and book excerpts really took me out of the story at times as I tried to piece everything together. Those parts of the book ended up confusing me more than anything. The chemistry between James and Carey also left me wanting. I didn't feel much build up between them and that playful banter and ribbing was missing. Things seemed to change so abruptly between them that I was afraid I missed a chapter. I did love them together though and wish more of the book had been spent about their budding relationship, instead of the implosion of Melly and Rusty's marriage. I really liked how attentive and sweet James was. He seemed to really see Carey for who she was and I think that's why the miscommunication drama later on didn't work for me. The book wrapped up quickly, but I liked the steps that Carey took to really stand on her own. I also appreciated the care that Christina Lauren took in discussing and highlighting dystonia. It was refreshing to read about a heroine with this condition and also very informative. Overall, this was an entertaining story, but I didn't love it as much as I hoped. *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*
Michele-G 4 days ago
Christina Lauren give us a clever and fun read with The Honey-Don't List. With the popularity of HGTV and home improvement shows, especially those with couples involved in the projects, they picked a relevant and timely topic and gave it a "what-if" twist. The main character is our heroine, Carey. She is the long time assistant of home improvement couple Melissa and Rusty Tripp (who seem to be fashioned a bit after Chip and Joanna Gaines). Along with these three is a new assistant, James. He is technically supposed to be an engineer but has been serving as Rusty's assistant to try and keep him "reigned in". When the wheels start to fall off of the "happy facade" that the Tripps are portraying, Carey and James are tasked with following them more closely on their press release tour to be sure that they always look like a happy couple when others are around. Along the course of their trip, Carey and James have the opportunity to get to know one another better and find that there is actually a lot to like. Their attraction grows and becomes more noticeable to others on the tour as well, including the Tripps. Of course, things don't go smoothly. The Tripps have a lot of issues they aren't dealing with and those problems surface at the worst times. Carey and James simply can't keep that storm reigned in because it's been brewing for far too long. When the situation comes to a head, emotions are tested, secrets come out and trust is broken. The real question is how it will shake out for everyone once the dust settles. Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery Books and Christina Lauren for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Elisa Rivera 4 days ago
Thank you netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Another emotional,sweet romance from this author. Cara and James are forced to go with their employers on marketing events and are charged with ensuring the Tripps do not destroy their public image of a perfect marriage. With all of the pressure and interventions they grow close and eventually dive into an intense, sweet romantic relationship. I loved that James stands up for Cara and wants her to get the credit she deserves. Cara grows into a confident woman who learns her worth and fights for her dreams. Misunderstandings get in the way of their feelings for each other but James fights for their love. Just breathtaking.
Momma_Becky 4 days ago
3.5 stars The Honey-Don't List jumps on the increasingly popular home improvement train, which is certain to draw the HGTV fans. It is a fun idea, and there are some great moments of wit and humor as I've come to expect from the duo that is Christina Lauren. That said, it has a different feel than what I expect to find when I pick up a CL book. It leans more toward women's fiction or chick lit than the RomCom I was looking for. That's not to say that this one isn't a good read - it really is, and I did enjoy the story. We do get the wonderfully developed characters that this duo does so well. They're rich and colorful, and they bring out all the emotions that pull you in and before you know it, you're invested in the story. I would've liked a bit more on the romance side of things, but the Tripp's stole the show here, leaving Carey and James to be almost secondary characters. I realize that all of this sounds like I didn't care for this one, but that really isn't the case. In the end, this one wasn't exactly what I thought it would be, but it was still very worth the read, and I'll be watching for whatever Christina Lauren does next.
Kaceeey 4 days ago
Well, the dynamic duo are back! (Cue the applause and cheers!) After reading the last release Twice In A Blue Moon by this amazing writing team it seemed their magic was waning. Perish the thought! With this newest read they once again rise to the top of their game! Do you watch HDTV? Those countless, mind-numbing renovation shows where a couple create someone’s dream home. Or perhaps flip a dive of a house into something beautiful? They’ve created an empire on their names, fame and creativity. Fair enough. But what happens when things start to go south? Melly and Rusty are the latest king & queen of home-reno. Now it’s time to take the show on the road for the mandatory promotional tour. Guest appearances, autograph signing, etc. Except everything seems to be coming apart at the seams! Enter the personal assistants! Carey Douglas has been with team Melly and Rusty since they were a humble local storefront. The only job she has ever had! James McCann is an engineer by training but due to a scandal with his previous employer, this is the only job he could get.That’s gotta’ hurt! A title of Engineer, but at the end of the day…Rustys’ errand boy. Together, James and Carey have their hands full and must work together to keep their employers in line long enough to complete the tour. A delightful, quick rom-com that I devoured so quickly I was shocked when reached the end! This may have lacked some of the previous biting, snarkiness, but was sweet, engaging and back to the clever humor that we’ve grown to love from this pair of writers. Joy! Don’t miss out on the acknowledgement at the end! Gives you a true insight into the development of this book and their respect for each other. Fascinating! We could probably all take lessons from their working relationship! A fabulous buddy read with Susanne that we both really enjoyed! Thank you to NetGalley, Rachel Brenner at Gallery Books and Christina Lauren for an ARC to read and review.
MelB_BookedAllNight 4 days ago
I'm a huge fan of Christina Lauren and I was very excited to get my hands on this book. There's something about this duo that always keeps me coming back for more. This book put me through the gauntlet, emotionally. It definitely left me smiling and satisfied. I really enjoyed meeting Carey and James through this book. I loved the way they danced around each other, the banter that they had. I loved that Melissa and Rusty actually brought them closer together instead of pushing them apart. I believed in Carey and James; I liked them individually as well as a couple. Their behaviors just seemed so genuine. These two are in a unique situation and I really loved watching it unfold. I love the depth Christina Lauren's writing. When I read their books I literally fall into the story. The pacing of this book was great, the story really flowed for me. I enjoyed the supporting characters here-and I personally was amused to see my name used in a book (a first for me!). This is a book I can easily see being turned into a movie! I didn't want to put this book down, and actually read it in one sitting. I didn't want it to end, but I love the way that it did. It felt authentic. I loved this story, from start to finish, and would absolutely recommend it.
Christie_Savage 4 days ago
4.5 stars From the outset I found Carey to be one of the most relate-able female leads in a story. Someone who has invested so much time and energy into a job and watching it succeed that it starts to consume your daily life. She puts her all into making sure that her boss Melissa is happy, that she hasn’t taken the time to see if she is happy. I enjoyed watching her grow into a strong independent female. On the flip side, James was not like most male love interests in a rom-com. I am tired of reading about men that think that they always know what is best for the female in the story. That they are somehow entitled to be with that person for the mere fact that they exist. James from the start was passionate about what he wanted for himself out of life and his career, while also being understanding of other people. He was an excellent addition to this cast of characters and I don’t think he could have been written in any better. The fun, witty banter that Christina Lauren writes is always a pleasure to read and they did not disappoint in this novel either. I loved the different types of relationships and dialogue between all the characters throughout this novel and I also think important topics of discussion were brought up that provided insights into unhealthy relationships and learning to value yourself. I have been looking for the next good rom-com that I can wholeheartedly recommend to everyone, and this one fits the bill! This book releases on March 24, 2020 and should be read by any and everybody who loves a fun, quick romance. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving us the chance to review this book in return for our honest review!
moonfox1234 4 days ago
I liked this book. The story was a entertaining blend romance, reality, humor and emotions. Carey and James were interesting characters and I thought quite relatable. I found the chemistry between this couple good and I liked how they originally didn't like each other but then that whole enemy of my enemy (or in this case my enemy that has to put up with the same difficult bosses that are annoying) is my friend works it's magic and their relationship moves in a different direction. A fun read that is a mad-cap romantic romp. This is my elective, candid review.
VivMPReads 4 days ago
This is a modern-day classic Christina Lauren rom-com. It reminded me of a delightful fictional version of what Joanna and Chip Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” relationship might look like but only in a different fashion. In this novel the characters are Melissa (Melly) and Rusty Tripp, and their escapade takes place behind the scenes and in their private lives. They have a new show and book signing about to launch. Appearances aren’t always as they seem, and the Tripp’s are extremely successful and have it all. The public sees one side of them, but no one sees their private side except Carey, their assistant, and James, their engineer, and boy, do they see it all and it’s not pretty. Carey and James’ relationship is a bit icy at first, but surprisingly, sparks fly and their relationship takes off. I will say that this novel took about 100 pages to really get interested in (therefore, 4 stars instead of 5) as there was a lot of background provided. It was sluggish reading at first, but then it took off from there. What l really liked was the author’s creativity for fictitious characters who are on an HGTV-like show and running with the story. I definitely escaped the crazy world we live in, and when I want something fun and light to read, I consider Christina Lauren another go-to author.
CrystalsBookWorld 4 days ago
I give this book 3.5 Stars, which I will round up to a 4 with Netgalley.. The aspects of the book was fun and flirty. I love Christina Lauren and their books. The Honey-Don't List was a book I truly enjoyed. My favorites: The story line and how it takes a new unique style. I love a fixer upper! I enjoyed the characters who had me smiling from time to time. I have not read book like this one and that was a breathe of fresh air for me. The stumble I had with the story, the chemistry was on the low side for me. I honestly like James and Carey. I was hoping for just a little more "Sweeps you off your feet" factor. Overall I would definitely recommend this book. It was nice to have for a weekend read and forget the world for a little while.
JillJemmett 4 days ago
Carey works for a designing couple, Melissa and Rusty. She is Melissa’s assistant. Her and James, Rusty’s assistant, join Mel and Rusty on their book tour. The problem is that Rusty is having an affair. Carey and James have to work together to make the tour run smoothly, making them closer to each other. There was actually a lot of tension in the story, even though it was a light romance most of the time. Some of the chapters, alternating between Carey’s and James’s perspectives, ended with their police interviews. The actual incident that they were being interviewed about isn’t revealed until the end of the book, which kept up the tension. I didn’t think the incident was as big a deal as the police interview made it seem, especially since they moved on pretty quickly after the fact. Carey had a condition I had never heard of before. She had dystonia, which is a condition that affects the muscle movement in her hands. That condition played into some of the decisions that she made in the story. Sexism in the workplace was also an important part of the story. Even though Carey had worked with Melissa for a decade, she wasn’t given the same privileges as James, who had only worked for Rusty for two months. This was addressed a little in the book, but this is an important problem in the world that I’m glad was included. I really enjoyed this book! Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Noire 4 days ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren is a behind the scenes look at a lifestyle show, and book tour when the relationship between the married couple whose brand is based on their happy marriage has hit nuclear destruction level and their harried assistants are the only thing keeping the show on the road. Carey Duncan has worked for Melissa and Rusty Tripp since she was sixteen years old, and somehow over the years, her job as assistant to Melissa has grown to the point where it’s really her work that is showcased, and she doesn’t receive any credit. James McCann is an engineer whose previous firm is the subject of a criminal investigation, and he needs this job on his resume even though there is little engineering to be done and lots of fetching the dry-cleaning and trying to keep Rusty in line. Reluctant allies at the beginning of the tour they become friends and then lovers but will their relationship survive when it’s all about to go kaboom and James has been keeping secrets. I enjoyed this story very much it’s light-hearted and funny with just a touch of heartache and a lovely HEA. Medium Steam. Publishing Date March 24, 2020 #NetGalley #TheHoneyDontList #ChristinaLauren #ContemporaryRomance #bookstagram #SimonandSchusterCanada #GalleryBooks