THE HONEY-DON'T LIST – Christina Lauren
Gallery Books
ISBN: 978-1-98212391-8
March 24, 2020
Contemporary Romance

On the Road in the Western USA – Present Day

Carey Douglas has worked as an assistant to popular remodeling and home design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for ten years, but few people know what really goes on behind the scenes. Namely, that the Tripp marriage is on the rocks. With the release of their latest book, which happens to be about marriage and relationship advice, a book signing tour is about to take off from their home base in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Already Carey is dreading it. She will have to keep Melissa and Rusty on track by making sure they act happy with each other. That won't be easy. Luckily, she has the help of Rusty's assistant, James McCann. Or, maybe James will prove to be a distraction for Carey.

James has a degree from MIT and working as an assistant to a remodeling and home design duo should be beneath him, but he's up a creek after his last job ended in scandal. Not that he was part of the scandal, but he can't put who he worked for down on a resume without getting “that look.” He hopes to either move up the chain with the Tripps or move on, whichever comes first. But right now, James has to join Carey on the book tour escorting Melissa and Rusty, all the while hoping that the married couple doesn't come to blows with each other. James and Carey form a friendship, which soon leads to something neither expected…a mutual attraction. How will things work out on a tour bus trip all through the west coast and back to Wyoming?

THE HONEY-DON'T LIST is a cute and funny tale about life on the road. Carey has been with Melissa and Rusty since she was sixteen, and now ten years later, she knows as much as Melissa does when it comes to room designing. However, she remains behind the scenes because she really needs the health insurance due to a medical condition she has. The last thing Carey wants to do is upset Melissa, who is self-centered. Rusty, meanwhile, can't keep his pants zipped, which only angers Melissa. The marriage is rapidly falling apart, but in order to sell books and promote a new television series, they have to pretend they're happy. Unfortunately, things don't work out the way everyone wants it to…

James and Carey work together as a team, though they barely know each other despite working alongside each other for the past several months. James is a caring person and sees the good in Carey, even if Melissa still treats her badly. Carey tends to keep a part of herself hidden from others, but he senses things about her that prove to be true. She is not used to trusting people and it takes a few chats talking to each other before she trusts James. Add in that they're attracted to each other—knowing that their employers might frown on their fraternizing—they don't know where things between them will go.

It's a roller coaster ride for readers in the hilariously funny THE HONEY-DON'T LIST. You will laugh and you will cry. Don't miss this fun tale.

Patti Fischer