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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 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 otherJames 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 busUnfortunately, 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 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


10 thoughts on “The Honey-Don't List

  1. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    Oh yesssss I got one of my favorite romance duo s books and celebrating with happy dance I made a change and forced my mother in law and husband dance for me this time which was pathetic experience They don t know what the meaning of rhythm is but well, I got a little disappointed from my read This is definitely not what I was invested for.FACTS ABOUT THE BOOK You want to send friend requests to those beautiful characters and wear BFF bracelets Lately I read Twice in a Blue Moon and I Oh yesssss I got one of my favorite romance duo s books and celebrating with happy dance I made a change and forced my mother in law and husband dance for me this time which was pathetic experience They don t know what the meaning of rhythm is but well, I got a little disappointed from my read This is definitely not what I was invested for.FACTS ABOUT THE BOOK You want to send friend requests to those beautiful characters and wear BFF bracelets Lately I read Twice in a Blue Moon and I think so far that was the worst book of the duo I couldn t believe that was the work of this incredible couple Thankfully this book is not a big disappointment like that one because we have likable hero and heroine and their back stories are perfectly developed It s impossible not to feel for Carey, a small town girl, started to work for couple when she was only 16, they slowly replace the place of her family They became partly her mother and father, uncle and aunt, close friends etc So she formed an emotional bound with them She has her own insecurities, secrets and she needs this job so bad because of her personal reasons but after 10 years, the relationship balances changed between her and the couple They turned into spoiled kids meet dictatorial narcissistic maniacs and she is trapped with the couple who hate each other passionately And James nerd hottie engineer of your dreams is also trapped in this job he wasn t even hired for engineering skills, they wanted him to babysit Rusty flirty, adventurous, childish man who needs to be controlled 24 7 because the previous company he worked for got involved into a scandal so he didn t have too much job choices He just dived into this one and made the mistake of his life So many resemblances with Netflix s Set it up movie At Set it up two corporate executive assistants suffered from their exploiter, workaholic, selfish bosses never ending demands and they decide matchmaking them to get their lives back In this story, those selfish assholes are already married and two young assistants are stuck with their childish, illogical demands, doing their best to make them not choke each other for the sake of their work I think if Jen Aniston and Brad Pitt would stay married, they could turn into real versions of Rusty and Melissa Their character development matched so good with them Romance parts are failed for me because they were haphazard, sudden They never attracted each other but after spending only few days, they were smitten and I couldn t process how they fell in love and of course something James did I m not gonna spill the beans wasn t so forgivable for me We wasted so much time about their work environments and this asshole couple s non stop spoiled brat acting When we finish the first half of the book, we barely see the attraction of James and Carey.OVERALL I gave 3.25 stars so it is solid 3 stars read for me The resemblances of the Netflix movie I m sorry to say but movie was better rom com, at least asshole bosses arelikable Oh, please We re talking about Lucy Liu and charming Taye Diggs , lack of hot chemistry and emotional parts shaped my decision about this quick read As a humorous fiction, this book worked for me with its satisfyingly fair ending but romance parts failed for me I love this duo so so so so much If I have a time, I still want to reread some of their works including Josh and Hazel s Guide to Not Dating but this is not as good as their previous works and I expectedandSpecial thanks to NetGalley and Galley Books to share one of my favorite duo s book s ARC COPY in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter


  2. Chelsea Humphrey Chelsea Humphrey says:

    Part of the reason I had a difficult time connecting with this novel isn t because it is poorly written or flawed, but because my expectations were in a completely different place than the direction that this book chose to take This clearly isn t the fault of the authors, simply a missed connection on my side Like many other readers, I m a bonafide fan of the classic Christina Lauren rom com, and feel that no one can deliver a belly busting laugh quite like this lovable duo That said, I think Part of the reason I had a difficult time connecting with this novel isn t because it is poorly written or flawed, but because my expectations were in a completely different place than the direction that this book chose to take This clearly isn t the fault of the authors, simply a missed connection on my side Like many other readers, I m a bonafide fan of the classic Christina Lauren rom com, and feel that no one can deliver a belly busting laugh quite like this lovable duo That said, I think the team is starting to take their books inof a women s contemporary fiction direction, with lighter romance and aserious tone I applaud them for staying true to what they want to write, and while this new style isn t my particular go to, I hope that readers who thoroughly enjoy the genre will find these books and devour them heartily If you enjoy a read that is lighter on the romance, but still features a love story worth cheering for, please give this one a try for yourselfMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.


  3. Meredith Meredith says:

    The Middle is Good The Honey Don t List is a romance about two personal assistants who find love while trying to keep their bosses marriage from imploding Carey has been working for Melissa Melly and Rusty Tripp since she was 16 Now Carey is 26 years old and works as Tripp s assistant Carey has watched the Tripp s rise to fame for their home improvement ideas The couple has their own HGTV shows, written best selling books, and have a new show about to launch on Netflix The only thing is t The Middle is Good The Honey Don t List is a romance about two personal assistants who find love while trying to keep their bosses marriage from imploding Carey has been working for Melissa Melly and Rusty Tripp since she was 16 Now Carey is 26 years old and works as Tripp s assistant Carey has watched the Tripp s rise to fame for their home improvement ideas The couple has their own HGTV shows, written best selling books, and have a new show about to launch on Netflix The only thing is their perfect marriage has turned into one giant sham Carey takes care of all the work behind the scenes, including helping Melly and Rusty keep up the pretense of having the perfect marriage When James joins the staff as an engineer, he finds that his job islooking after Rusty than doing the work he desires Carey and James relationship is prickly, but when the two accompany the Tripp s on a book signing tour, the two find themselves becoming allies and then somethingWill their newly developing relationship survive the trip or will the demands of the Tripp s ruin their relationship before it even gets off the ground I enjoyed The Honey Don t List, but I didn t love it It s a light and fluffy easy read, but the focus on The Tripp s and rushed romance between Carey and James annoyed me The beginning was a little grueling, as it focuses mostly on the Tripp s The ending was rushed and it didn t feel like Carey and James relationship ever had a chance to properly develop They spend two weeks together, fall in love, and then after a brief blip, it s HEA I loved the middle part of the book when Carey and James begin their romantic relationship, but there just wasn t enough time spent on them to make me root for them in the end The Honey Don t List is a little different than previous CL novels, which was nice, but it s also missing the spark seen in their other books It s not full of snark or wit like in Josh and Hazel s Guide to Not Dating, nor is it filled with an intensity that is shown in Love and Other Words I liked Carey s character a lot and Jame s character is decent, but he is underdeveloped Overall, I wish there had beentime spent on James and Carey s budding relationship vs the awful people they work for While not a favorite, it served its purpose as an enjoyable escape readI received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  4. Chelsea (chelseadolling reads) Chelsea (chelseadolling reads) says:

    I have to be honest, y all I think I have fallen out of love with Christina Lauren s new brand of romance I was definitely into the less smutty books they were putting out at first, but with each new release I find myselfbored than the last and really, really missing the raunchy smut they used to deliver This book wasn t necessarily bad, but I feel like it really lacked personality and was just boring I am a sad panda because I wanted so desperately to love this but I clearly did no I have to be honest, y all I think I have fallen out of love with Christina Lauren s new brand of romance I was definitely into the less smutty books they were putting out at first, but with each new release I find myselfbored than the last and really, really missing the raunchy smut they used to deliver This book wasn t necessarily bad, but I feel like it really lacked personality and was just boring I am a sad panda because I wanted so desperately to love this but I clearly did not c


  5. jessica jessica says:

    okay so this isnt quite like any other CL novel ive read before when picking up a CL book, ive come to except either a really funny story or a really touching story and this is neither this is pleasant enough, but its missing that classic CL charm that i have come to know and love.and although i didnt quite fall in love with this, there is still much that i enjoyed the writing is nice, the story is well paced, and the plot is unique perfect for fans of chip and joanna gaines its also r okay so this isnt quite like any other CL novel ive read before when picking up a CL book, ive come to except either a really funny story or a really touching story and this is neither this is pleasant enough, but its missing that classic CL charm that i have come to know and love.and although i didnt quite fall in love with this, there is still much that i enjoyed the writing is nice, the story is well paced, and the plot is unique perfect for fans of chip and joanna gaines its also really refreshing to read some of the story from the guys POV, as well i thought it was a breath of fresh air when view spoiler james is the one who develops a crush first, as its usually the female MC who does hide spoiler overall, this isnt bad its probablyaccurately a really good 3 star book, but im rounding up because im such a fan of CL massive thanks to gallery books for the ARC3.5 stars


  6. Warda Warda says:

    4.5 I do not understand the mixed reviews for this, and quite frankly don t want to, because I LOVED this For any good story to leave an impact on me I have to love the characters and I loved them a ton They both come from somewhat broken backgrounds and whilst sorting through their mess, they formed the sweetest relationship I loved the backdrop of interior design we had, how the focus wasn t just on our main characters but on the people that were around them as well, and seeing what role t 4.5 I do not understand the mixed reviews for this, and quite frankly don t want to, because I LOVED this For any good story to leave an impact on me I have to love the characters and I loved them a ton They both come from somewhat broken backgrounds and whilst sorting through their mess, they formed the sweetest relationship I loved the backdrop of interior design we had, how the focus wasn t just on our main characters but on the people that were around them as well, and seeing what role they played and the impact they had I just want to sing it s praises tbh I can t wait for a reread already They re back at it again This ll be an easy preorder Get in me basket you


  7. Kaceey Kaceey says:

    Well, the dynamic duo are back Cue the applause and cheers After reading the last releaseTwice In A Blue Moon by this amazing writing team it seemed their magic was waning Perish the thought With this newest read they once again rise to the top of their game Do you watch HDTV Those countless, mind numbing renovation shows where a couple create someone s dream home Or perhaps flip a dive of a house into something beautiful They ve created an empire on their names, fame and creativity F Well, the dynamic duo are back Cue the applause and cheers After reading the last releaseTwice In A Blue Moon by this amazing writing team it seemed their magic was waning Perish the thought With this newest read they once again rise to the top of their game Do you watch HDTV Those countless, mind numbing renovation shows where a couple create someone s dream home Or perhaps flip a dive of a house into something beautiful They ve created an empire on their names, fame and creativity Fair enough But what happens when things start to go south Melly and Rusty are the latest king queen of home reno Now it s time to take the show on the road for the mandatory promotional tour Guest appearances, autograph signing, etc Except everything seems to be coming apart at the seams Enter the personal assistants Carey Douglas has been with team Melly and Rusty since they were a humble local storefront The only job she has ever had James McCann is an engineer by training but due to a scandal with his previous employer, this is the only job he could get.That s gotta hurt A title of Engineer, but at the end of the day Rustys errand boy.Together, James and Carey have their hands full and must work together to keep their employers in line long enough to complete the tour A delightful, quick rom com that I devoured so quickly I was shocked when reached the end This may have lacked some of the previous biting, snarkiness, but was sweet, engaging and back to the clever humor that we ve grown to love from this pair of writers Joy Don t miss out on the acknowledgement at the end Gives you a true insight into the development of this book and their respect for each other Fascinating We could probably all take lessons from their working relationship A fabulous buddy read with Susanne that we both really enjoyed Thank you to NetGalley, Rachel Brenner at Gallery Books and Christina Lauren for an ARC to read and review


  8. Tucker (TuckerTheReader) Tucker (TuckerTheReader) says:

    Many thanks to Rachel at Gallery Books for the copy in exchange for an honest reviewRelationships are a lot like houses without a good foundation, they ll crumble 3.5 stars sigh this book was definitely an improvement compared to Twice In a Blue Moon but I must say that I am still pretty disappointed So, what s this book about 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 Many thanks to Rachel at Gallery Books for the copy in exchange for an honest reviewRelationships are a lot like houses without a good foundation, they ll crumble 3.5 stars sigh this book was definitely an improvement compared to Twice In a Blue Moon but I must say that I am still pretty disappointed So, what s this book about 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, andthan 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 fewweeks 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 As Chelsea said in her amazing review, Christina Lauren seems to be change their styletowards women s fiction which isn t a bad thing I just miss the romance style of The Unhoneymooners.I was not totally a fan of the TV show host drama because it felt like a bit of a jab towards TV hosts in real life I also hated the way Melissa treated everyone and how it wasn t ever really dealt with.I did enjoy the relationship between James and Carey though It was sweet and I enjoy the occasional semi insta love story.Overall, this book wasn t that bad The problem was that I went into it with low expectations which ended up making me pessimistic but the book ended up being okay.Bottom Line 3.5 starsAge Rating PG 13 Content Screening Mild Spoilers Positive Messages Violence 1 5 Brief violence Sex 2 5 Sexual themes, Off page sex scene Language 1 5 Brief use of Sh t, D mn, F ck Drinking Drugs 3 5 Alcohol consumption Trigger and Content Warnings Violence, DivorcePublication Date March 24th, 2020Publisher Gallery Books an imprint of Simon Schuster Genre Romance Contemporary 3.5 stars It was good but still pretty eh Less eh than TIABM tho so that s good Review to come fingers crossed I ll be in the minority and absolutely love this 10 17 19 this cover is not as creative as i hoped it would be 9 15 19 I really hope this one ends up being better than Twice In A Blue Moon just kidding keep em coming i ve already gotten myself placed on the mailing list SLOW DOWNI HAVEN T EVEN READ Twice in a Blue Moon YETI NEED MORE TIME Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram


  9. Christy Christy says:

    3.5 stars I love a good slow burn romance and this one was great It had sweet and heartfelt moments, funny moments, and overall entertained me Carey has been Melissa Tripp s assistant for a long while In fact, she s worked for the Tripps her entire adult life James has recently started and he is an engineer, but also assisting Rusty Tripp The Tripps are a DIY power couple with a show and now a book deal The problem they can t stand each other While on a book tour, their assistants h 3.5 stars I love a good slow burn romance and this one was great It had sweet and heartfelt moments, funny moments, and overall entertained me Carey has been Melissa Tripp s assistant for a long while In fact, she s worked for the Tripps her entire adult life James has recently started and he is an engineer, but also assisting Rusty Tripp The Tripps are a DIY power couple with a show and now a book deal The problem they can t stand each other While on a book tour, their assistants have to go to keep them in line And it s a wild ride I really loved the romance aspect of this book, but there was so much about the couple that Carey and James worked for I do wish that part wasn t such a big piece of the story If this would have focusedheavily on the main couple and their romance, it may have been a 5 for me I loved these two so much I honestly think this book iswomen s fiction than romance, though I loved the romance so muchI feel visable for the first time in maybe forever but it isn t scary Being with James is like standing in the softest, most flattering spotlight Christina Lauren are such a strong writing duo Their words flow seamlessly, and I enjoyed their newest book lots If you re looking for a work place romance that has that delicious slow burn, pick up The Honey Don t List


  10. Susanne Strong Susanne Strong says:

    3.85 StarsNothing in Life Comes Easy and that Includes Love, especially When Your Career is on the Line Carey Douglas life has revolved around Melissa and Rusty Tripp since she was Sixteen Years old What was once just a small store in Wyoming has become a TV empire and a book deal for the Tripps about their happy marriage and none of it would be possible without Carey, now Twenty Six.James is an Engineer, whose life fell apart after his former company was involved in a major scandal Now, he 3.85 StarsNothing in Life Comes Easy and that Includes Love, especially When Your Career is on the Line Carey Douglas life has revolved around Melissa and Rusty Tripp since she was Sixteen Years old What was once just a small store in Wyoming has become a TV empire and a book deal for the Tripps about their happy marriage and none of it would be possible without Carey, now Twenty Six.James is an Engineer, whose life fell apart after his former company was involved in a major scandal Now, he s been hired to be the Engineer on Home Sweet Home, the Tripps Netflix series, which basically amounts to being Rusty s right hand Life seems uber glamorous for the Tripps, who are social media darlings, until the sht hits the fan Life is not a box of chocolates for this power couple who are about to embark on a Book Tour It turns out that the couple s marriage is a sham Now it s up to Carey and James to save the dayThe Honey Don t List isn t exactly your typical rom com and it isn t what we fans of Christina Lauren might have been waiting for after the likes of Josh and Hazel s Guide to Not Dating, Roomies, Dating You Hating You and My Favorite Half Night Stand just to name a few There aren t any laugh out loud sarcastic, snarky back and forth repartees or any sexy funny comments that will make you roll on the floor laughing which we ve come to expect from Christina Lauren s other novels I am still holding out hope that they will start writing those types of novels for us once again This novel would fallinto the genre of women s fiction, which is a genre I have grown to like I truly enjoyed the storyline and the characters of Carey and James and liked how this novel progressed Admittedly, I wanted a little somethingat the end and felt a tiny little bit let down hence the reason for the 3.85 star rating v a 4 star rating , but overall I quite enjoyed The Honey Don t List and hope that other readers can separate what they were hoping this novel would be and read and enjoy it for what it is Another buddy read with Ms Kaceey Thank you to NetGalley, Jessica Roth and Rachel Brenner at Gallery Books, and Christina Lauren for the arc.Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 2.2.20