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…
Synopsis from Goodreads
I love how Christina Lauren continues to publish these fun, witty, romantic comedies with characters that keep stealing my heart. In their newest book, The Honey-Don't List, we meet two motivated, but very different, people who are both trapped in their jobs - jobs that are made more difficult because of the dysfunctional relationships of their bosses. I flew through this book!
Carey and James are Real People
I really enjoyed getting to know both these characters, and unlike some of their previous book, this time Lauren created two characters that are very down-to-Earth and realistic. Carey's health issues are something I've never heard of, but I could immediately understand the pain that she must be in on a regular basis. Lauren did a great job communicating what Carey goes through without making us feel pity for her. Likewise, James is just a nerdy guy who wants to find a job he loves, but is stuck in a position he hates until he can strengthen his resume. This is so relatable for so many people who are stuck doing jobs they don't want while they struggle to get the job they do.
Loved the Premise of This Book
I'm a HUGE fan of home decorating shows and I might have often wondered just how much the couples on TV actually have to do with the renovations that happen. While I'm not saying I doubt their creativity, I do love that Lauren plays with our love of these reality tv shows and brings us a book about the beyond the scenes of a fictional one. It's actually so sad to see how different Melly and Rusty are when they are off-camera, but I still loved reading about it! Is that wrong of me??
More Time with Carey and James, Please!
I wish we had more time to see Carey and James's relationship develop. I feel like this might have been easily done by making the tour a bit longer and maybe skipping a few days at a time, so that we get the sense that they are together longer than they actually are at this point. While I'm a die-hard romance fan, I do want a level of believability and would've loved to read about them being together for more than a few days before they fall apart. Is this just me being nit-picky? Maybe, but that's what personal reviews are for!
Overall, this was a great book and one that I'm definitely looking forward to reading again. I definitely get a secret thrill from reading "behind the scenes" type books, and would highly recommend The Honey-Don't List for anyone who feels the same way. I'd also say this is a must-read for any Christina Lauren fans, romantic comedy fans, or just those interested in reading a fun love story in the midst of all our quarantines.
Can't wait to hear what you thought of this book!
FINAL RATING: 4.5/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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