There are authors whose books we one-click and then there are AUTHORS WHOSE BOOKS WE ONE-CLICK. Christina Lauren is an author duo we purchase in all caps, with fervor. We don’t know how they do it either, but their latest release, The Honey Don’t List is another must-read. (Click here to buy).
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…
We’ll never watch an episode of Fixer Upper the same way again.
We read Christina Lauren for their witty dialogue, steamy slow burn relationships, and hilarious characters. The Honey Don’t List has all of that in excess, just the way we like it. However, it also perfectly encapsulates their more recent effort at tackling the modern issues that couples face in the real world.
In The Honey Don’t List, main character Carey has a chronic disease that requires her to stay employed in a toxic situation because she needs health insurance. It creates a conflict that is both frustrating and relatable.
Oh and the romance part is hot too, obviously.
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Heidi is currently obsessed with watching people make bad decisions on TV, being a coastal elite, artificially avoiding any sign of aging, reading feminist romance novels, and getting the biggest laugh at her own expense. She has a husband, 3 kids, a dog and anxiety.