By Christina Lauren
Source Received from the publisher
Published by Gallery Books
on March 24, 2020
Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
arey 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 was really into the premise, and I did like the HGTV-ness of the plot. But I couldn’t quite get into this one, sadly. It was a quick, fun read but didn’t pull me in deeper.
I really liked the romance between Carey and James, but I was actually more interested in the relationship between Carey and Melly (maybe it’s the assistant in me). I wanted to see more about their working relationship and I didn’t get enough of a sense of it to satisfy me.
While I generally enjoy Christina Lauren books, this one was just okay for me.