Friday, March 27, 2020

Julie's Review: The Honey Don't List

Author: Christina Lauren
Series: None
Publication Date: March 24, 2020
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 318
Obtained: publisher via NetGalley
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5/5
Bottom Line: Fun, quick read that incorporates our obsession with HGTV/DIY
Grab, Just get it at the library, or Remove from your TBR list? Grab

Summary: 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…

Review: I haven't read their entire back-list but what I've read makes me happy and laugh. We all could use some fun romps and they definitely provide that. I doesn't matter to me that you know what's going to happen the minute you start the book but just that the journey is fun.

Carey has worked for the DIY team of Melissa and Rusty Trip since she was 16 and she's seen them at their best and their worst. Lately though the worse seems to outweigh the best. Constantly fighting/bickering isn't going to help them as they go on a book tour for their "how to have a great marriage" book. Which maybe if they followed what they wrote, they'd be happier.  So Carey and James, Rusty's right hand, are now thrust together on a bus with a couple who are a disaster. Somehow they are put in charge of keep the Tripps' on track.

Carey and James have no clue how to keep them on track since they are constantly at each others' throats and there are phones around all the time. Plus Carey and James don't really know each other that well even though they've been working around each other or some time. Well we all know how this goes, as they get to know each other, they find themselves attracted to each other. There are always complications because the road to love isn't easy. Both of them lose their jobs and lose each other in the process.

I love how easy these books are to read and how they give me all the warm fuzzies. A good romance book is always fun to read and a great escape. I can't recommend their books enough.


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