I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Honey-Don't List by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on March 24, 2020
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
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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.
I reached out the publisher on this title and was lucky to have them send me a copy of the book a bit early, which I was very grateful for.
This was a very quick read, not too deep, really just kind of a sweet story. It took a chapter or so to get into it, but I did enjoy it after that. It was fun to see the inside of a home remodeling show world, and have all the little pop culture references. I did like the two main characters, Carey and James. Their romance was sweet, and for the most part realistic. I liked the added issue that Carey had with her health, as well as the little secret she had that kind of blew up the whole company. I didn’t see that one coming. There were also transcripts of interviews with both James and Carey that started the book, as well as being interspersed between chapters in the books. Those interviews made me very intrigued to find out just what happened to lead to them having to do what seemed like police type interviews.
Unfortunately I was still a bit disappointed at some things. You see, the Beautiful Bastard series is where I first started with these authors, and their last few books have been way far away from what those were. Yes, they may be better written to some people, but I miss the sexiness of those. I miss some of the over the top humor, the true romance that those books were. Lately their books have been more contemporary fiction, women’s fiction might be a more precise term. And that isn’t really my type of story that I read. This one had enough of the romance element in it to keep me going, but the sex was so much of a fade away scene that I missed what first made me a big fan of Christina Lauren books.
So take my review as you will. I know some of my readers prefer the fade to black scenes for their romances, while others are like me and like the heat. It was good enough that I can recommend it to people looking for a quick, fun read, and good enough to keep me looking forward to future books by Christina Lauren.