The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Published on: March 2020
Publisher: Gallery Books
My Rating: ★★★
Synopsis: “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…”
This was a very dramatic and fast-paced romance. I was listening to the audiobook and finished in just one sitting. I haven’t read that many books from these authors, but it seems to me they all follow a very similar structure. That’s to say, if you liked any of their previous romances, you will probably like this one too.
Despite being a fun and enjoyable read, I didn’t feel attached to any of the characters. Carey was a nice girl, and I loved the disability rep, but I wasn’t that invested in her story. James felt too unrealistic at times, especially because he was so open and told Carey everything EXCEPT when it would be better for the plot of he didn’t so it could create conflict. The Tripps were a mess and reading about them actually had me so frustrated! I really didn’t care about what would happen to them.
However, it was a fast-paced romance and there was always something going on. The downside of that is that the romance felt a bit too rushed for me. Not to the point of bothering me, but still a bit too fast to get me super invested in their relationship. The writing was nice though, it was easy to read and didn’t waste your time with too many unimportant details.
All in all, a nice romance to keep you entertained for a few hours.
What is your favorite Christina Lauren book of all time?
Until next time,