Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: March 24, 2020 by Gallery Books
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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…
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
To be honest, I was super nervous going into this book because I haven’t enjoyed Christina Lauren’s most recent releases and didn’t know which way this one was going to go. The plot of The Honey-Don’t List sounded super fun, and I enjoyed it, but there’s just something about their newer books that I’m not connecting with as much.
“I’m thinking about how the first few times I hear a new song – even one from a band I love – I don’t like it. I resist the idea that something new could ever be as good as something old, but then slowly the new song works its way into my brain and I forget what it ever felt like to dislike it. Right now I’m looking at Carey’s face, thinking it’s like a song I’ve heard a few times now, and every time I hear it again I like it more.”
I loved the plot and thought it sounded so fun. I enjoyed reading about James and Carey trying to keep their bosses from killing each other and not letting the world know that they actually can’t stand each other, especially since their new marriage self-help book is coming out and they’re going on tour.
Throughout the books there were short excerpts from a transcript and tweets, and I was so intrigued. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened (tbh it was kind of anticlimactic. I think the excerpts hyped it up too much).
I enjoyed reading about Carey and James, but their relationship progressed too quickly for me to really feel invested. It seems like so much of their relationship growth happened off page, they went from not being able to stand each other one chapter, to James needing to make sure Carey was okay and trying to take care of her.
Overall this book was okay. If you’ve enjoyed their most recent books, then I definitely think you’ll enjoy this one. I know this review seems a little more negative, but that’s just because I had such high expectations because of how much I’ve enjoyed previous books, and this didn’t compare for me.