I read an advance readers’ copy of The Honey Don’t List, by Christina Lauren, courtesy of NetGalley and publisher, Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review. It was a delightfully funny, often sexy romance with some very real issues woven into the lives of the characters.
After working for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for almost ten years, Carey Douglas, a girl whose heart in the country, knows the couple very well. Carey began by working in their first store at the age of sixteen, and even though she has not received the credit she deserves, she helped them build an empire. The Tripps are already superstars, but with a new TV show and a book ready to launch, the sky’s the limit. So what’s the problem? America’s latest favorite couple, once so much in love, can’t stand each other.
James McCann is a graduate of MIT, and is an engineering genius. He was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the actual job, unrelated to engineering, is far below his skill level. For James, the straw that almost broke the camel’s back is that both he and Carey are required to go on a book tour with the Tripps to keep the couple from self-destructing, especially in public.
Carey needs health insurance, so as much as she would love to quit, she cannot. James has been promised the engineering job of a lifetime if only he can just keep the couple on track until the first season of the new TV show airs. It doesn’t help that James and Carey aren’t crazy about each other, either.
Still, Carey and James commit to working together to keep their own jobs secure by keeping their bosses’ secrets hidden from the public and the news media. What if they stop playing their respective parts, and start playing for real? Will Carey and James take this chance to build a beautiful future together?
What makes The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?
Well, while the book had the usual mistakes of missing punctuation, numerous split-infinitives, etc., the main thing that concerns me is the mis-use of an old Southern expression. That expression is, “God willing, and the Creek don’t rise.” This refers to the Creek nation of Native Americans, not to flooding, as many believe. At some point in the story, Carey says they must keep Rusty and Melissa apart and “…hope the creek don’t rise”. The letter “c” should be capitalized.
Still, The Honey Don’t List is a book those who love intelligent romance novels should not miss. I recommend it as a fun, easy read — a great book for your winter snuggles now, or for your beach bag this summer