Published by Gallery on 03/24/2020
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.
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.
I’ve been a big Christina Lauren fan for years. Really, since they released their very first book. I look forward to every release, because I know the chances are high that I’m going to love it. They are really talented at having the perfect balance of sweet romance, swoony characters, witty banter, smart dialogue, and steaminess.
While The Honey-Don’t List had all of these things, it was one of the few times where I didn’t fall head over heels in love with their book. There was just something missing and I’m having a difficult time putting my finger on it.
I loved both characters. James was incredible, as their male protagonists usually are. And Carey was smart, hard-working, and sweet. I even loved the personal touch in this book, that Carey struggles with dystonia, which is something that affects members of Lauren’s family. I love that it doesn’t stop her or hinder her, and she’s strong despite what she deals with.
But I just didn’t fall in love with them with the same intensity that I’ve come to expect with Christina Lauren’s characters. I felt like a spark was missing. I’m used to a bonfire and it was more like a few candles and a space heater.
I think I just wanted more. More of everything. More resolution, more fire, more love, more tension and obstacles to overcome. I felt like the climax of the book was a little bit lackluster, and I didn’t feel like a lot of issues were emotionally tied up the way that I wanted them to be.
Ultimately, I think what I’m trying to say is I liked it. It was an enjoyable book. But I didn’t love it. It might work to the authors’ disadvantage that I have such high expectations of their books, but I can’t help it. I do recommend it if you need something light and sweet to read that won’t take you long to finish. I will be looking forward to their next book.