Review: The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 3.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

 

About the Book:

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…

From the “hilariously zany and heartfelt” (Booklist) Christina Lauren comes a romantic comedy that proves if it’s broke, you might as well fix it.

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My Thoughts:

At times funny and other times heartfelt, The Honey Don’t List was nothing like what I expected. The book was more about the train-wreck DIY stars and less about the romance between their assistants. In other words, more “com than rom”.

I Loved the DIY TV stars/authors who typify so much of “reality TV”. Their perfection and talent are a sham. Assistants James and Carey have the hideous jobs of managing the details of the stars lives and trying to keep their duo’s failing marriage of the news.

Melissa (AKA Melly) is a diva I loved to hate. Hubby Russell is affable enough but not on the same page as Melly. She just wants him to get with the program, and he wants off the merry-go-round that Melly has created. Both James and Carey have their personal and professional issues that create a need (real or perceived) for them to endure life on the road with Melissa and Russell.

Perfect plot pace, but the story zenith is far-fetched. The story tension is delicious and since the plot covers a short period, trouble comes quickly to a boil. The plot points are mostly believable, but a few are over the top (as I mentioned, the zenith of the story is a bit crazy). The denouement is good; I got the HEA I wanted and it was fairly realistic. The use of Twitter feed and police interviews sprinkled throughout enhances the creativity of the storytelling.

 

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