The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Romance, 308 pages, published in 2020

Carey has been working for decorating gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp since she was a teenager. The Tripps have released a new book on marriage and have a book tour to go with it, but the only problem is that they hate each other. Carey, with the help of Rusty’s new assistant James, has to keep the Tripps together long enough to complete the tour.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I had heard that it was similar to Twice in a Blue Moon, which I didn’t enjoy, but now that I’ve read it, I don’t think that comparison holds up.

I think my only real complaint about this book is that I just wish it was a little longer! The relationship between Carey and James was really fast and the book focused on a lot of stuff outside their relationship as well.

I really enjoyed how they got to know each other! They had met before having to help during the Tripps’ tour, but they definitely got to know each other better during the tour. I really enjoyed seeing them open up to each other. Carey has focal dystonia, a neurological condition that her fingers to curl up and her hands to spasm, and James handles everything about it very well.

Carey also has to deal with working for people she is almost too comfortable with. There aren’t very clear work and personal boundaries between her and the Tripps, so her time and work get taken advantage of a lot. James was screwed over by the last company he worked for, and has to take a step back in his career in order to regain his reputation. I really enjoyed seeing both of them work through their career issues, both alone and together. I think a lot of what both of them went through was really relatable.

There was a fair amount of time spent on Melissa and Rusty’s relationship, which I thought was fine, but that’s why I wished this book was a little longer.

Overall, I just thought this book was really cute and enjoyable! It isn’t the most memorable, but I still had a great time reading it.

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