The Honey Don’t List – Christina Lauren

two stars black
Genre: Romance 
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 320
Release Date: March 24, 2020


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 feels like an incomplete novel. Readers are thrust into the story with little background or context despite the need for that information.

The Honey-Don’t List follows Carey, an assistant to one of the biggest home renovation couples. But things go from bad to worse when the couple’s marriage seems to be falling apart and a new assistant is hired.

As far as home renovation books go, The Honey-Don’t List is not great. Though the focus is not on home renovations, it feels like an odd choice to center the novel around this industry. A large portion of the book feels like it’s missing, there are portions that are out of place, and it ends abruptly.

Almost every chapter begins with a portion of a police interrogation transcript. These transcripts are vague, but give readers a sense that something big happened. These conversations are slowly dragged out throughout the novel until the big event actually happens. Ultimately, they amount to nothing and are completely useless.

The reason I rated the novel two stars instead of three was because the sex scenes are hot and the emphasis on sex positivity. Carey and James’ chemistry is electric, but only when they’re engaging physically. There is no angst or lead up to their relationship, it just sort of happens.

The Honey-Don’t List ends abruptly and everything is wrapped up too nicely.

Overall, The Honey-Don’t List feels like an incomplete novel but does succeeds in its sex positive portrayal.

*** I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.

Have you read The Honey-Don’t List? What did you think?

5 thoughts on “The Honey Don’t List – Christina Lauren

  1. This sounds like the authors based their idea on Chip and Joanna Gaines! Although they “appear” to have the perfect relationship/family on air, I’m very suspicious, ha ha. Sorry this didn’t work for you.

  2. I was so excited for a new christina lauren book! but this has been getting really average ratings from everyone. I’ll still give it a chance and see if I like it! Anyway great review ❤ Hope you are well!

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