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The Honey Don't List by Christina Lauren
Narrator: Patti Murin, Jon Root
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on March 24, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 7 hours, 29 minutes
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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, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.
James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.
Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together…
I have enjoyed pretty much everything I have read by this author. I’ve read all the recent books on audio. So I requested The Honey Don’t List without even reading the blurb. The story fits with the title but was not what I expected at all.
The eventual couple works for Melissa and Rusty Tripp who are home improvement show stars who also have a store. Melissa and Rusty have problems. Carey and James try to hold things together so they can hang on to their jobs. It is a nearly impossible feat. A big load falls to Carey who has been with them for 10 years, since the start, and I love the way James tries to help her.
I really liked Carey and James. It feels a little like enemies to lovers initially with them teasing each other over their perceived flaws. Once they begin to know each other, the reality has some huge differences from the surface and the pair end up admiring each other as they both struggle with their daily situation. The development of their relationship felt authentic and I loved it.
The very beginning had me a little confused. The story wasn’t much like a romance for quite awhile. The Honey Don’t List also had a bit less humor compared to other works by the author. However, I enjoyed it quite a lot and I would recommend it to others.
I have not listened to either of these narrators before. The chapters alternated between the female and male in the couple, and between the female and male narrator in a dual narration. I thought both narrators did a great job with the opposite sex characters in their chapters. The narration definitely added to my pleasure in the book. I was able to listen comfortably at 1.5x speed.
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