Tuesday, March 24, 2020

✱✱Book 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.

The Honey-Don’t List
On Sale March 24th, 2020  

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.


Momma Says: 3.5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Honey-Don't List jumps on the increasingly popular home improvement train, which is certain to draw the HGTV fans. It is a fun idea, and there are some great moments of wit and humor as I've come to expect from the duo that is Christina Lauren. That said, it has a different feel than what I expect to find when I pick up a CL book. It leans more toward women's fiction or chick lit than the RomCom I was looking for. That's not to say that this one isn't a good read - it really is, and I did enjoy the story. We do get the wonderfully developed characters that this duo does so well. They're rich and colorful, and they bring out all the emotions that pull you in and before you know it, you're invested in the story. I would've liked a bit more on the romance side of things, but the Tripp's stole the show here, leaving Carey and James to be almost secondary characters. I realize that all of this sounds like I didn't care for this one, but that really isn't the case. In the end, this one wasn't exactly what I thought it would be, but it was still very worth the read, and I'll be watching for whatever Christina Lauren does next.  


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

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