Hello, fellow readers! It has been quite some time since I have written a book review. It has also been quite some time since I’ve finished a book that I enjoyed as well. I was sent a copy of The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren through Netgalley. The publisher was kind enough to reach out to me after I read In Five Years. Given the state of the world recently, I was in need of some lighter reading, so I decided to start this one at the beginning of my spring break.
Carey and James are assistants for Rusty and Melissa “Melly” Tripp, a husband/wife duo who have taken the home renovation world by storm. After Rusty is caught in a compromising position, the two assistants must cancel their own plans at the last minute to accompany the Tripps on their book tour, which is meant to set the stage for the announcement of the couple’s Netflix reality show. While the rest of world is fooled by the Tripps, Carey and James are given the almost impossible task of hiding the Tripps’ crumbling marriage from the world.
This is only my second book from this author duo, and while I did enjoy it, I couldn’t help but compare it to Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. I absolutely adored that book last year and found it absolutely hilarious. The Honey-Don’t List does not feature as many rom-com tropes and it wasn’t nearly as funny as Josh and Hazel. The romance actually took the backseat to the drama of the Tripps and had a more serious tone most of the time.
I am not a huge fan of reality TV, but I will admit I’ve watch my fair share of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ show on HGTV. The fictional duo featured in this book were obviously modeled after the Gaines, and it was a nice change up for the terrible boss to not be a high powered exec in an office setting.
The beginning of the book takes its time, but the romance between the assistants and the climax of the story are rushed. This was a 3.75 star book for me, but I rounded up to 4 stars on Goodreads because it did help me push through a reading slump! If you want more romance and comedy from a book, you may not fully enjoy this one. But if you are like me and don’t mind a lighter romance, then I encourage you to give this one a chance!
The Honey-Don’t List will be published March 24, 2020, and is available for pre-order now!