Adult Fiction book review

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

51tcba5e8NL__SY346_The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren will be published on March 24, 2020.

Christina Lauren has done it again – made me laugh and cry within the pages of the same book. This romantic comedy is very timely, as it follows a famous husband-wife team who remodel and redesign houses for a TV show – think Chip & Joanna Gaines. Only this husband and wife team really can’t stand to be around each other, and they are working on their newest project – a book about marriage. How ironic?! Their children are grown and they’ve been married many, many years. Rusty can’t seem to keep his hands (and other body parts) off of other women. His wife, Melissa (Melly), is a control freak prone to angry outbursts. Her assistant, Carey, is the brains behind all the design, but Melly has always taken credit for everything, leaving Carey feeling a bit unmoored and hesitant for her future, after working devotedly for the Tripp family for 10 years. Rusty & Melly have always been like second parents to Carey. Rusty’s new assistant, James, is actually an engineer, but due to a scandal at his previous company, his resume is in bad shape. His body, however, is in perfect shape, which Carey begins to notice immediately. James needs a job where he can prove himself and work his way up, and he’s hoping that being Rusty’s babysitter/assistant will be the route to help his career move forward. The real fun begins when the producer sends the feuding couple on a book tour with explicit instructions to make the public think they are head over heels for each other and to always be watching out for the cameras and smiling. Carey and James are along for babysitting purposes, and they don’t really get along with each other at first. But as they get to know each other, the dreaded tour bus and frequent book signings with Rusty & Melly don’t seem too bad after all. You’ll have to read it to find out what happens with the Tripps and with their young (and very capable) assistants! I highly recommend this book and all books by Christina Lauren. My favorite book of theirs is The Unhoneymooners.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

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