Title: The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
Release Date: March 24th, 2020
Format: e-ARC (Kindle Edition,318 Pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: 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…
It makes sense that Carey and James would be drawn together. After all, managing two self-absorbed celebrity bosses must have been incredibly stressful for those two personal assistants. I had never of Focal Dystonia so I’m always grateful for stories that entertain and educate simultaneously.
The pace of this book was steady and it wasn’t full of angst which I normally like a lot of angst but during this Stay-at-home period, my emotions are already all over the place. The two characters Carey and James did gradually grow and the chemistry between them evolved naturally. I definitely rooted for them professionally and personally. The whole time I was reading this book, I kept thinking how this could be Chip and Joanna Gaines, but a mean version of their lives. It was a reminder that many famous celebrities stand on the shoulders of the many assistants and handlers in order to have the polished version of themselves we see on Television. So bravo to all those people who work behind the scenes to make magic we admire. Carey and James certainly had their share of window dressing their bosses. I enjoyed this story just like I enjoyed the last couple of installments from this duo. There is a consistency is story telling that makes their books easy to read and their characters easy to love. I recommend this story for those who want a quick yet enjoyable romance especially during this time of social distancing. It wasn’t emotionally taxing but enough plot to transport the reader to another place.