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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  35,490 ratings  ·  4,490 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author behind the “joyful, warm, touching” (Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author) The Unhoneymooners comes a delightfully charming love story about what happens when two assistants tasked with keeping a rocky relationship from explosion start to feel sparks of their own.

Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and des
Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Gallery Books
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Melinda Worfolk I liked The Unhoneymooners so much more. I don't regret having read this, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it if you’re looking for something of s…moreI liked The Unhoneymooners so much more. I don't regret having read this, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it if you’re looking for something of similar calibre. (less)
Ded Hed Mmmmm........I guess in parts, I suppose if I wasn't rushing through the sex and love scenes to get to the other stuff I'd have noticed them more. I'l…moreMmmmm........I guess in parts, I suppose if I wasn't rushing through the sex and love scenes to get to the other stuff I'd have noticed them more. I'll say yeah.(less)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oh yesssss. I got one of my favorite romance duo’s books and celebrating with happy dance (I made a change and forced my mother in law and husband dance for me this time which was pathetic experience. They don’t know what the meaning of rhythm is!!!) but well, I got a little disappointed from my read. This is definitely not what I was invested for….


You want to send friend requests to those beautiful characters and wear BFF bracelets:

Lately I read “Twice in a Blue Moon” and I
Chelsea Humphrey
Part of the reason I had a difficult time connecting with this novel isn't because it is poorly written or flawed, but because my expectations were in a completely different place than the direction that this book chose to take. This clearly isn't the fault of the authors, simply a missed connection on my side. Like many other readers, I'm a bonafide fan of the classic Christina Lauren rom com, and feel that no one can deliver a belly busting laugh quite like this lovable duo. That said, I think ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Middle is Good

The Honey Don’t List is a romance about two personal assistants who find love while trying to keep their bosses’ marriage from imploding.

Carey has been working for Melissa (Melly) and Rusty Tripp since she was 16. Now Carey is 26 years old and works as Tripp's assistant. Carey has watched the Tripp's rise to fame for their home improvement ideas. The couple has their own HGTV shows, written best-selling books, and have a new show about to launch on Netflix. The only thing is t
Thus far I’ve really enjoyed Christina Lauren’s books. They provide the right amount of angst vs. steam. 🤗 This book definitely had some of that. But something felt a bit off with the story to me. It could be that I kept picturing Chip and Jo Gaines.....🤷🏼‍♀️ Which made me not like the HGTV aspects of this book. It was still an entertaining read. 🙂
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I have to be honest, y'all. I think I have fallen out of love with Christina Lauren's new brand of romance. I was definitely into the less-smutty books they were putting out at first, but with each new release I find myself more bored than the last and really, really missing the raunchy smut they used to deliver. This book wasn't necessarily bad, but I feel like it really lacked personality and was just... boring. I am a sad panda because I wanted so desperately to love this but I clearly did no ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 🌟

I do not understand the mixed reviews for this, and quite frankly don’t want to, because I LOVED this!

For any good story to leave an impact on me I have to love the characters and I loved them a ton. They both come from somewhat broken backgrounds and whilst sorting through their mess, they formed the sweetest relationship.
I loved the backdrop of interior design we had, how the focus wasn’t just on our main characters but on the people that were around them as well, and seeing what role t
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, wow. I see a lot of people didn't care for this one.
I really liked it, although looking at some of the other reviews, I think your mileage may vary.
It reminded me of a mashup of one of those goofy HGTV 'couples shows' that I've never watched but am sort of aware of out of the side of my eye, and that Netflix Rom-com about the two assistants that hate their bosses and end up falling for each other.
I had to go look and it's called Set It Up. Very cute little movie if you haven't seen it yet.


Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
okay. so. this isnt quite like any other CL novel ive read before. when picking up a CL book, ive come to except either a really funny story or a really touching story. and this is neither. this is pleasant enough, but its missing that classic CL charm that i have come to know and love.

and although i didnt quite fall in love with this, there is still much that i enjoyed. the writing is nice, the story is well paced, and the plot is unique (perfect for fans of chip and joanna gaines!). its also r
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, the dynamic duo are back! (Cue the applause and cheers!)

After reading the last release Twice In A Blue Moon by this amazing writing team it seemed their magic was waning. Perish the thought! With this newest read they once again rise to the top of their game!

Do you watch HDTV? Those countless, mind-numbing renovation shows where a couple create someone’s dream home. Or perhaps flip a dive of a house into something beautiful? They’ve created an empire on their names, fame and creativity. F
3.5 stars

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I love a good slow burn romance and this one was great. It had sweet and heartfelt moments, funny moments, and overall entertained me.

Carey has been Melissa Tripp's assistant for a long while. In fact, she's worked for the Tripps her entire adult life. James has recently started and he is an engineer, but also assisting Rusty Tripp. The Tripps are a DIY power couple with a show and now a book deal. The problem... they can't stand each other. While on a book tour, their assistants h
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Rachel at Gallery Books for the copy in exchange for an honest review
"Relationships are a lot like houses: without a good foundation, they'll crumble."

3.5 stars... sigh... this book was definitely an improvement compared to Twice In a Blue Moon but I must say that I am still pretty disappointed.

So, what's this book about?
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
This book was very meh unfortunately. I love Christina Lauren with all my heart and soul but this book was just not it. This book was lacking that Christina Lauren spark and magic and charm that I love so much about their books. We follow these characters Carey and James as they are working for these celebrities Rusty and Melissa who have this home decorating show and a book and they are just super famous. Carey and James are forced to go with them on their upcoming book tour to avoid disaster a ...more
Susanne  Strong
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
3.85 Stars

Nothing in Life Comes Easy - and that Includes Love, especially When Your Career is on the Line!

Carey Douglas’ life has revolved around Melissa and Rusty Tripp since she was Sixteen-Years old. What was once just a small store in Wyoming has become a TV empire and a book deal for the Tripps about their happy marriage and none of it would be possible without Carey, now Twenty-Six.

James is an Engineer, whose life fell apart after his former company was involved in a major scandal. Now, he
Larry H
3.5 stars.

Some people make their assistants do everything, even save their marriage!

Rusty and Melissa Tripp are the darlings of the design world. They’ve taken the world by storm with their designs and their coupledom, starring in a hit show and becoming their own brand. Things are about to take off for real though, as they’re about to release a new book about marriage as well as a new show of their own.

Carey has worked for the Tripps since she was 16, starting out in their first store in Wyomin
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: standalone
The Honey-Don’t List had so much potential, but unfortunately there were quite a few missed opportunities.

On the one hand I loved the topic.

I’m a big fan of remodeling shows, and can spend hours on Pinterest going through interior design boards. And I definitely love the co-worker trope, it usually comes with forced proximity, which makes for fun times.

But I must admit, this book is the one CLo book that I just couldn’t connect with at all.

For me, the key issue was that the story didn’t focus en
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
2.5 stars

A cheesy Netflix movie/dramatic soap opera turned into a book.

It wasn’t a bad book, it was just kinda pointless? Like, what’s the point of this book? It also lacked that spark that I tend to enjoy in the other Christina Lauren’s books. It was so dramatic and concentrated mainly on the the “star couple” who I really didn’t give a damn about. I don’t know, I just didn’t enjoy this one that much.
✨ A ✨
“... a delightfully charming love story about what happens when two assistants tasked with keeping a rocky relationship from explosion start to feel sparks of their own.”

Yes, thank you very much. This is exactly the content I need!!
Giorgia ~ Reads
2.5 Stars

I didn’t enjoy it because I didn’t care at all for what was happening or the characters. Something didn’t connect and it left me bored and skimming.

It’s my first ever Christina Lauren book, I bought this when it came out because the synopsis sounded interesting and in hindsight I should have waited for the reviews.

From what I understand this particular book was a miss for the authors who actually have some really good novels out there.

I’m gonna try the “The Unhoneymooners” next (it
At the end of this book the authors say that they came up with the idea for it and were laughing hysterically the whole time. I couldn't help but wonder how much drinking was involved or maybe over-tiredness(?) Because it wasn't funny. At all. And, there wasn't even any funny banter. As a matter of fact, I would say that if anyone is triggered by abusive relationships they should stay away.

Here's the reality: This book is about a physically disabled girl being severely abused by employers that h
Kendall this isn't quite like any CL book that I've picked up (insert hands up emoji here). I've come to expect either extremely sweet touching story or something with humor at it's finest. The Honey-Don't List was a huge disappointment for me and is missing the special CL touch I love!

Carey has worked for Melissa and Rusty Tripp for 10 years, frequently having her design and remodeling work go uncredited by her employer. James is a newly hire that is an engineer who is supposed to help C
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****THREE STARS*****

I’ve been a huge fan of the writing duo of Christina Lauren for years and there are so many of their books that I’ve loved something fierce. It’s probably unrealistic to expect every single book they write to be a hit. ”THE HONEY DON’T LIST” just may be the one book that didn't work for me. The story moves at an incredibly slow pace and the fact that most of the emphasis was placed on the rocky marriage of the secondary characters didn’t help matters. There wa
Sheyla ✎
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it

I’m always looking forward to reading a book by Christina Lauren. This duo can bring the smiles and the sexy out very easily.

As soon as I saw The Honey-Don't List as an option to request it, I was requesting away and happy to dive into it.

The plot involves Carey Fern Duncan and James Westman McCann helping a well-known HGTV couple, Melissa and Russell "Rusty" Tripp. The Tripp's have become quite successful between their popular stores, Comb+Honey, the upcoming launch of their new book, and
I had such high hopes for this book. I am a huge HGTV fan, so a book surrounding a home improvement couple who can't actually stand each other while their assistants fell for each other sounded so fun.

When this book started, I was entertained. I loved seeing how much Melissa and Rusty could not stand each other but would turn it on for the cameras and for their show. Carey was such a likable character and I really loved her from page one. She was so loyal to Melissa and Rusty and I felt for her
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
Christina Lauren's characters in their recent releases are just so... boring. This had a really interesting premise but the characters were not engaging to read. ...more
Madison Warner Fairbanks
The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Romantic comedy mildly. Contemporary romance. Written from the viewpoints of both the hero and heroine in alternating, titled chapters.

Carey and James work as assistants to the Tripps. It’s up tp the two of them to manage the details of the famous couple in their public personas.

I really liked Carey and was rooting for her throughout. She “made” the company with her designs and organizational work. I really hated that Melly took such advantage and stomped
h o l l i s
I know, I know, you might be saying to yourself, but Hollis, didn't you say in your last CLo read that you were no longer going to be requesting their advanced copies after so many disappointments? And yes, you would be correct. And this time I swear I mean it.

The concept of THE HONEY-DON'T LIST feels like a CLo take on the Netflix movie Set It Up and honestly that's why I grabbed at this one, all excited, despite my best intentions. Because I loved that movie and wanted this duo's twist to make
Carey Douglas has worked for Melissa (Mellie) and Rusty Trip, the infamous home design gurus, since she was sixteen years old. It’s been ten years and she was an integral part of their rise to the current mega success. Before you go there, they are not Chip and Joanna Gaines...yes, on the outside they’re that couple. But, this reality duo can’t stand each other. The timing couldn’t be worse as they’re set to begin a tour to launch their new book on relationships and a new show and things have go ...more
Debbie Oliphant
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This story was high energy from the first paragraph. It centers around Carey, who is the assistant to a famous home-improvement couple, whose marriage is falling apart. James, is the engineer, who needs this job to build his resume but has bit off more than he can chew as he is now forced to baby sit the couple while they are on tour to promote a book about successful relationships. The irony and hypocrisy and oh the hilarity. What could possibl
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This feels...unfinished? The whole book reads like a first draft of a story that hasn’t been fleshed out yet. There are so many things that probably could have made this a much cooler, longer, well-developed story but instead it all felt lacking. The interviews made it seem like almost a crime thriller, the relationship part felt like almost a romance, the home remodeling show/couple make it feel like contemporary, all of them just felt not complete. Also where is the smut? I know they are more ...more
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
What a fun and unique romantic comedy!

For those that like home improvement shows on TLC or HGTV, this one is for you! Actually, even if you don't typically watch those shows (like me), give it a chance.

This was an enjoyable, quick read, and the romance was absolutely charming. Between the two main characters, there was everything that you could want in a duo: chemistry, steam, charm, and romance.

Honestly, I would love to see this novel adapted to film. I beg and plead to the film industry. Bet
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Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced seventeen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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