Friday, April 3, 2020

New Release Review: The Honey-Don't List by Christina Lauren

From New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren comes a romantic comedy that proves if it’s broke, you might as well fix it.

by Christina Lauren

Gallery Books | Paperback | On-sale March 24, 2020 | 320 pages | ISBN: 9781982123918, $16.00

Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus, Melissa and Rusty Tripp, for nearly a decade, helping them build an empire. James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was hired as a structural engineer for the Tripps, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. THE HONEY-DON’T LIST by Christina Lauren (Gallery Books; on sale March 24th, 2020; paperback, $16) tells a love story about what happens when two assistants tasked with keeping a rocky relationship from explosion start to feel sparks of their own.

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. Both James 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.

A romantic comedy that proves if love is broke, you might as well fix it.

My review: 4 stars!

I discovered the writing duo Christina Lauren a few years ago through their Beautiful series, which is still a favorite. I found The Honey-Don't List to have a lighter, more rom-comy feel. With the popularity of married design/build married couples dotting the pop culture landscape these days, it was fun to read about a duo on the staff of one of those couples. Carey and James were so fun together and just plain charming, especially when framed again the backdrop of nightmare bosses Rusty and Mellie. After I read the book, I purchased the audiobook. Patti Murin and Jon Root were new-to-me narrators, and I found both fantastic. It appears that this is a first work for both of them on Audible and I definitely hope to hear more from them in the future. I listened at my typical 1.25X speed and it was perfect.


Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. They are New York Times, USA Today, and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Dating You/Hating You, the critically acclaimed Autoboyography, Love and Other Words, Roomies (optioned for film by Jenna Dewan’s company Everheart Productions, with Christina and Lauren set to write the screenplay), Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, Twice in a Blue Moon and the instant New York Times bestseller, The Unhoneymooners.

Twitter: @ChristinaLauren
Instagram: @ChristinaLauren

audiobook purchased by me

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