April Reading Wrap Up

I hope everyone had a good April despite the happenings in the world!

Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley/Edelweiss+ for the early digital copies in exchange for an honest review!


Completed: 8 novels, 1 graphic novel.

Page count: 3,096

Started: 1

The Last Affair by Margot Hunt – 138 pages


  • Science ficiton
  • Thriller
  • Contemporary
  • General fiction
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Literary fiction

Acquired from:

Six library books – four of these are originally from NetGalley and one from Edelweiss+.

One from a Goodreads giveaway (also on NetGalley), one was requested from a publisher, and one was from NetGalley that I read on my kindle.

Favorite read: He Started It by Samantha Downing

Least favorite: The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Network Effect (Murderbot Diaries, #5) by Martha Wells

Rating: 3 out of 5.


352 pages

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Rating: 4 out of 5.


343 pages

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Rating: 5 out of 5.


384 pages

The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey

Rating: 4 out of 5.


336 pages

Giant Days vol. 12 by John Allison

Rating: 4 out of 5.


112 pages

No reviews

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

Rating: 3 out of 5.


270 pages

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Rating: 3 out of 5.


308 pages

The Red Lotus by Chris Bohjalian

Rating: 4 out of 5.


372 pages

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

Rating: 3 out of 5.


453 pages

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Book Review: The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

308 pages

Published 3/24/20 by Gallery Books

ISBN: 9781982123918

Genre: Romance

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for the early digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

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…


Trigger warnings: Cheating

I enjoyed this one more than their previous book, but I don’t think I would have finished it if not for the audiobook. 

This one is told in two different perspectives, James McCann and Carey Douglas. They work for Rusty and Melissa Tripp, the Chip and Joanna Gaines of this world. Carey has worked for the Tripps for ten years, specifically Melissa, helping them build an empire. James recently started working for Chip, but it wasn’t the job he expected it to be—it was worse. It definitely wasn’t a structural engineer, which is what he was hired as. Their new television show and book is about to be released, so they all go on tour together. The only reason James and Carey go is to keep Rusty and Melissa from killing each other. They need to keep their perfect reputation. 

This one is pretty slow-going. I didn’t really care for any of the characters except for James. He is such a wonderful man, and he takes such good care of Carey. Because of him, the (very few) sex scenes are consensual. If you want rough and dirty, this won’t be for you.

Carey is just another basic character to me. She’s not memorable at all. I don’t have a lot to say about her.

Rusty and Melissa constantly get on my nerves. I didn’t want to hear about them because all they did is fight. I didn’t like their morals, and why they were staying together. Rusty is also extremely insulting at the end. I just wasn’t a fan. That’s one of the main reasons why this is a three-star book for me.

If you want something easy to read, then this would be something you could pick up. This isn’t the best Christina Lauren, but it’s still cute and somewhat fun. Even though I keep giving their books three-stars they’ll forever be an auto-read duo. I’m hoping the next one is better. 

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