The Honey-Don’t List|Review

The Honey-Don’t List – Published 2020

“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… ” – Goodreads


A married couple who has achieved celebrity status as they remodel and design? They’ve written books, starred on shows, and gone on tour? And that marriage is a fraud? How timely…IYKYK.

I thought the premise of this book was really interesting. I loved the main characters and the debacle that they’ve found themselves a part of. I also loved that it started with an interrogation, and you don’t know what happened until near the end.

Another CLO book that I loved! And a good reminder that while peoples’ lives may look good on TV (or Insta), we only see what people want us to see. Everyone’s got their own shiz, good, bad, and ugly. No one online should be your measuring stick.

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