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Title:
The honey-don't list
ISBN:
9781982145217
Edition:
1st Gallery Books hardcover ed.
Physical Description:
308 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Carey Duncan 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. --
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From the New York Times bestselling author behind the "joyful, warm, touching" (Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author) The Unhoneymooners comes 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.

Carey Duncan 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...

From the "hilariously zany and heartfelt" ( Booklist ) Christina Lauren comes a romantic comedy that proves if it's broke, you might as well fix it.


Author Notes

Christina Lauren is the pen name used by two authors (Christina and Lauren) who have been writing together since 2009. Their erotic romances include Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, Beautiful Bitch, Beautiful Bombshell, Beautiful Player, and Beautiful Beginning. Their title, Dirty Rowdy Thing, Book 2 in the Wild Seasons series, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014. Another title in the Wild Seasons series, book 4, Wicked Sexy Liar, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2016. Beautiful Boss and Beautiful made the New York Times bestseller list in 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

Lauren (The Unhoneymooners) delivers a breezy, tongue-in-cheek rom-com featuring the beleaguered assistants to a pair of unhappily married reality-television stars. Carey Duncan has worked for Melissa and Russell Tripp since she was 16 and they were just starting out as the hosts of a home-improvement show. Ten long years later, Carey could likely have any design job she wanted, but loyalty to the Tripps (whom she sees as parental figures), fear of retribution, and the medical insurance that covers treatments for her muscle disease keep her in place. James McCann has only been Russell's assistant for a short time. An engineer by trade, James is ill-suited to managing the Tripps' meltdowns, but scandal drove him from his last job, and he'll take what he can get. Melissa and Russell's feuding gives rise to a series of ridiculous situations that endanger their brand, leading Carey and James to bond as they work together to keep America's favorite couple's fights under wraps. Playfully poking fun at the world of DIY TV, Lauren's romance is as insightful as it is irreverent. Readers will laugh out loud. Agent: Holly Root, Root Literary. (Mar.)


Booklist Review

Lauren's (Twice in a Blue Moon, 2019) latest focuses on the personal assistants to the Tripps, a married celebrity couple whose home design and renovation empire threatens to take over their employees' lives. James, who cannot afford to lose his job, resents being relegated to working as the husband's assistant despite having been hired as an engineer. Carey, whose education stopped after high school, delights in the fact that she and James perform essentially the same role. Their already high-stakes positions soon become even more stressful as they are tasked with trying to preserve the fiction of their bosses' blissful marriage. Their initially chilly relationship thaws as they bond over their new responsibilities, leaving them free to acknowledge and act upon their mutual attraction. The novel's events are recounted from the near future through alternating points of view, with interview transcripts, book excerpts, and social media posts all adding to the sense of dread stoked by the Tripps' rapidly deteriorating relationship. This absorbing romance may make readers think twice about the human cost of crafting and maintaining a celebrity couple's perfect image.


Library Journal Review

Carey Douglas has worked alongside Melissa and Rusty Tripp for years, starting as a teenager in their brick-and-mortar store, Comb + Honey, and continuing as Melissa's assistant as they built their television empire. She works constantly, but Carey has a condition that affects her hands and her insurance is too good to give up. James McCann, meanwhile, was promised a job as a structural engineer but functions as Rusty's assistant. He hates fetching coffee and managing schedules, but his last job was at a firm plagued by high-profile scandals, and he wouldn't be employable elsewhere. Melissa and Rusty are about to go on a West Coast tour to celebrate their highly anticipated new guide to making marriage work. Unfortunately, they can't stand each other, and with a new Netflix series about to drop and so much riding on the success of the book, the company's publicist insists that Carey and James travel with the Tripps and keep them in line. VERDICT The author duo's many fans will enjoy this charming romance. [see the Q&A, p. 71.]--Erin Holt, formerly with Williamson Cty. P.L., Franklin, TN