The Honey-Don’t List || Fun But Average


Title: The Honey-Don’t List
Author: Christina Lauren
Page Count: 320 pages
Genre: Romance // Fiction
Rating: ★ ★ ★ 
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: March 24, 2020
Buy It: Chapters Indigo





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…




The Honey Don’t List is a mash up of the Netflix rom com Set It Up and those home shows on TLC. We start off with a semi serious tone and a bit of a less rom, less com and more contemporary read. There wasn’t much steam which was odd to me considering this is a Christina Lauren title, their books are known for their steam but perhaps they were trying to go for a more serious vibe?

The serious tone was also backed up by the chapters being prefaced by a police interview. Which makes the reader believe something very serious occurred in the story-line. And I mean.. I guess it did but also… didn’t?

I really did like the characters and I thought the disability rep was done well but for me this was just an average read. It entertained me but it didn’t stay with me. I feel as though I just had a lot of questions with this book. 

I also like my male leads to be on the other alpha spectrum and this dude barely made it. So it just didn’t work for me in terms of the romance. The storyline was a bit flat but like I said I was entertained.

Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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