Review: The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren



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…

Rating: 4-stars


The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren was not my favorite. I loved her romantic comedies full of romance and humor. The expectations I had were high for this novel. I was so excited to read this…only to find it was less than what I normally found. Meaning, the writing was still amazing. However, the humor and huge romance themes were lighter. The story didn’t feel quite as deep as her other novels either. I missed that huge emotional deep bond I got when reading books written by Christina Lauren. 

This story wasn’t as centered on the main characters quite as much as the previous books were. I enjoyed these characters and their journey. It was good enough to keep me reading. I just missed the big WOW I normally get after reading a Christina Lauren novel. Romance was still there, the need for the characters to be together and be happy were still present. Overall, great tale by a talented writer. 

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