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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  4,278 ratings  ·  1,297 reviews
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, andmore than anyone would suspecthas helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. Theres only one problem: Americas ...more
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Published March 24th 2020 by Gallery Books
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Oh yesssss. I got one of my favorite romance duos 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 dont 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.

FACTS ABOUT THE BOOK:

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

Lately I read Twice in a Blue Moon and I
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Meredith
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Middle is Good

The Honey Dont 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
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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
jessica
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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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 ...more
Kaceey
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 someones dream home. Or perhaps flip a dive of a house into something beautiful? Theyve created an empire on their names, fame and creativity.
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Christy
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
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
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Susanne  Strong
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
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, hes
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Gabby
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 ...more
Warda
Jul 10, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Theyre back at it again.
Thisll be an easy preorder.

Get in me basket you!
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✨ A ✨
Jul 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-release
... 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!!
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Tucker
Jul 19, 2019 marked it as arcs-finished-copies-to-read

Many thanks to Rachel at Gallery Books for the copy in exchange for an honest review

fingers crossed I'll be in the minority and absolutely love this

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[10/17/19] - this cover is not as creative as i hoped it would be

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[9/15/19] - I really hope this one ends up being better than Twice In A Blue Moon

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just kidding. keep 'em coming.

i've already gotten myself placed on the mailing list

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SLOW DOWN

I HAVEN'T EVEN READ Twice in a Blue Moon YET

I NEED
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Corina
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Honey-Dont List had so much potential, but unfortunately there were quite a lot of missed opportunities.

On the one hand I loved the topic. Im a big fan of remodeling shows, and I can spend hours on Pinterest going through interior design boards. And I definitely love the co-worker trope. Usually it comes with forced proximity, which makes for fun times.

But I must admit, this book will be the one CL book that I didnt connect with at all.

For me, the main issue was that the plot didnt spent
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EmBibliophile
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 wasnt a bad book, it was just kinda pointless? Like, whats the point of this book? It also lacked that spark that I tend to enjoy in the other Christina Laurens books. It was so dramatic and concentrated mainly on the the star couple who I really didnt give a damn about. I dont know, I just didnt enjoy this one that much.
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Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****THREE STARS*****
{NETGALLEY ARC}


Ive been a huge fan of the writing duo of Christina Lauren for years and there are so many of their books that Ive loved something fierce. Its probably unrealistic to expect every single book they write to be a hit. THE HONEY DONT 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 didnt help matters. There was this
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Kendall
okay....so.... 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
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Jessica
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
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
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Sheyla ✎


Im 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
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
The Honey-Dont 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. Its 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 all
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Debbie Oliphant
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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Hollis
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
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SHIRLEY ♡
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really hope these two women never stop writting!

This book was really sweet, light and funny. The characters were so cute and hillarious that it was imposible not to fall in love in love with them or at least like them.

When I started this book, I thought that it was gonna similar to the movie called set it up but the only thing that they have in common is that the main characters are assistant.

Overall, this a good book. I really enjoyed it and I cant wait to read more books by these women in
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Babydimps (Suzy)
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars! ⭐⭐⭐ (barely)

Well, that wasnt one of this dynamic duos best.

Carey and James are personal assistants to Melissa and Rusty Tripp - husband and wife HGTV stars known for their home improvement ideas and DIY books. First off, I did not like Melissa at all. She is a super annoying character who is a demanding and condescending boss. Her husband Rusty is a cheating loser. Together these two are a train wreck - two miserable people who hate being married to each other. I feel like they really
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

3.5 Stars

I bumped The Honey Dont List to the top of the queue thinking it had already been published and I was late to the party. After I finished I realized it doesnt come out until mid-March so yay to me for being such an overachiever. Christina Lauren is a duo that I request every time I see a new release. While their stories dont necessarily knock my socks off, they are always a decent way to kill some time especially when life
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Emma
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Full review HERE

I'm so happy to say that I could totally see Christina Lauren working their magic in this new upcoming novel! The sparks were flying between Carey and James, the two main characters. I really liked their personalities and how good they were at helping each other out.
The storyline was also quite interesting and pretty unique: it's not everyday that you read about the failing
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Tonya
The Honey-Don't List by Christina Lauren is a fun romance novel that dives into the fun (and not so fun) parts of being on television and working as a celebrity. The dialogue is great, and the characters are pretty developed. There are a couple that I almost love to hate, and then there is the blossoming romance between Carey, the amazing and talented assistant and James, another assistant/engineer on the show. The feelings switched from dislike to romance fast between these two, while sparks of ...more
Nursebookie
The amazing power duo, Christina Lauren does it again! This time with another fun and zany romcom and an amazing chemistry between Carey and James, assistants to HGTVs design team Melly and Rusty Tripp behind Comb+Honey.

I adore HGTV and watching fixer upper and design shows and this was a very creative behind the scenes look on how dedicated assistants and their thankless jobs manage to keep up the facade.

I enjoyed the narrative and seeing the story from both Carey and James points of view.
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Jennifer
The Honey-Don't List was one of my most anticipated reads of early 2020. So I was beyond excited to get to read it. This book is sort of a combination of Chick Lit, contemporary romance and romantic comedy.

The book alternates between two first person narrators: Carey (female- 26) and James (studied to be an engineer).

The book has two interesting narrators. But much of the story is focused on another couple: Melissa/Melly and Rusty Tripp. They are the co-owners of a home decor store/brand Comb +
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Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
They just write such amazing stories and here is another one!!
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Have you ever had a job that consumed you? One where you felt like you had no personal time to yourself? One where you ate, slept, and breathed work?

If so, you are going to relate so much to this new story!

In a story reminiscent of some popular TV shows, this crazy book really makes you thank goodness you do not have a boss like James and Carey suffer through. So it is alllllmost natural that these two find
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Bonnie
Oct 25, 2019 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-edelweiss
DNF @ 23%

Ive read a ton of Christina Lauren books and my ratings have gone steadily down with each new release, however, this is my first official DNF. I just couldnt do it. This one rubbed me the wrong way right from the beginning with how similar the plot was to Chip and Joanna Gaines and their home improvement show, Fixer Upper. In The Honey-Dont List, theyre Rusty and Melissa, with their home improvement show and their perfect life except its all a lie. I dont know, for me, it felt like they
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Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen 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.) ...more

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