The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
The Honey-Don’t List might be my favorite Christina Lauren yet! Hilarious and full of drama, The Honey-Don’t List is so much more than a contemporary romance, it’s a story about the meaning of family, acceptance, and self-worth.
Carey Douglas has worked as an assistant for power couple Melissa and Rusty Tripp since she was sixteen-years-old. Once owners of a small store in Jackson Hole, the Tripps are now superstars with multiple TV shows and a book about marriage. There’s only one problem, the Tripp’s hate each other. When Carey and Rusty’s assistant James find Rusty in a compromising position with someone other than his wife, the two are assigned babysitting duty, making sure the Tripp’s keep up the charade while out on a book tour. But what Carey and James don’t realize is that they have more in common than they think.
One of the big things I loved about this story was Carey’s character progression. She learns to fight and advocate for herself and discovers her own voice. In the same vein, James, while also a talented individual is so supportive of Carey, and that just made me like him that much more.
To the opposite effect, I despised both Melissa and Rusty Tripp for the entirety of the book. The way I thought of them was basically a cheap Chip and Joanna Gaines. Melissa was particularly nasty to everyone around her. Not only that but she seems perfectly ok with taking advantage of Carey’s loyalty to her, and using that to manipulate her.
If you are a fan of reality TV or other books by Christina Lauren, definitely check out The Honey-Don’t List. It doesn’t disappoint!