Overall: 4/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: This book is a really cute, lighthearted read that you’ll be able to run through in just one sitting.
“Relationships are a lot like houses: without a good foundation, they’ll crumble.”
// Content Warning: Cheating, ableism, toxic dynamic between boss & employee //
Release Date: 3/24/2020
Publisher: Gallery Books
Page Count: 308
The Honey-Don’t List follows two employees, James and Carey, of a famous home remodeling couple. When said couple embark on a book tour, James and Carey are forced to come along to keep the couple from ruining their brand (or killing each other).
“I want to make her life better by being the best thing in it.”
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Writing & Setting
Christina Lauren are my go-to contemporary romance authors for a reason. Their writing style is the perfect blend of heart and humor. The setting of this book was really interesting- the majority of the book taking place in their tour van as they travel. It was a really unique backdrop to have this story take place. It dealt slightly with the idea of fame, because the two main characters are constantly trying to maintain their bosses images, but it’s also slightly removed from it. I really enjoyed that because we’re able to get the drama of books dealing with fame, without it taking over the book itself.
This book is just pure fun. It has plenty of drama, humor, and even some depth. And, of course, an adorable romance plot-line. The romance in this book probably isn’t my number one favorite for Christina Lauren books, (only because they set the bar for themselves too high with Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating and The Unhoneymooners) but it’s still swoon-worthy.
There are a lot of interesting character dynamics at play. Our two main characters are assistants to a famous couple, and their relationships with their bosses are almost as important as the main romantic relationship in this book. It was really refreshing to see that, and to see the emphasis on healthy working environments. Our two main characters themselves are equally interesting. I really loved the disability representation in this book with Carey, and James was just such a relatable yet fun character to read about.
Pros- Great characters, interesting setting, easy and fun read
Cons- Not as memorable as some of their other books
Overall- 4/5 stars.
If you’re looking for a cute pick-me-up to read to distract you from the world, The Honey-Don’t List is the book for you.
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