Holy hell, Christina Lauren has done it again. This Fixer Upper-esque rom-com with hunky nerds and charming designs and SEXUAL TENSION out the wahoo cleared me skin, made me believe in love again, and made my plants bloom. I am whole again, but also sad, because now I’m SO eager to read their next book. Seriously, this book went up on edelweiss on October 17th and I began reading it that evening. Twice in a Blue Moon wasn’t even out yet. I admit it, I’m addicted.
Carey Duncan and James McCann work for Melly and Rusty Tripp- a Fixer Upper style HGTV couple with a little less joy because…their marriage isn’t the best right now. But no one can know that–not with a book on marriage coming out and a Netflix show about to drop. So Carey and James join the Tripps on their book tour to keep up the optics. But close quarters end up pushing these two, who have wildly different backgrounds, together on the road. The pool scene—my god, the pool! It’s sweet, sexy in places, has a lot of heart, and I love the little mystery of what the “event” is that the police are asking about at the very beginning.
Seriously, I know I say this everytime, but I think this is one of my favorites. Love & Other Words holds a special place because it’s very similar to my own love story–but this one, wow. It’s got a great set-up story with the HGTV show background, James is the cutest little nerd, I LOVE how Carey learns to stand up for herself, and the ending made me tear up. There’s also some great dystonia rep (personal to the authors) and I love the way they use excerpts, interviews, tweets, etc. A 10/10 read for me! 5 stars! Fingers crossed everyone else picks this up when it comes out because I’ll be raving about it for months.
The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren is on sale March 24, 2020 but pre-order it now!