This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Gallery Books
Released on March 24, 2020
The anticipation of a new book from this author duo is the delight here for me. Their books have garnered almost all 4 and 5 stars from me, although I still have more to read of theirs, especially the oldest books. I honestly can’t say this book was a favorite this time however. But, even so, it still was a pretty good read.
Carey Douglas is the right hand man(woman)for a couple that star on a reality show about redoing homes and decorating them. Initially reminiscent of Joanna and Chip Gaines of HGTV fame, this couple has zero in common with them as far as their personal life is concerned. James McCann is now the right hand man for Rusty Tripp the male half of the couple. Educated as an engineer, James took the job thinking he was going to be an engineer on the show, instead he is now practically babysitting the sometimes hard drinking and womanizing Rusty. Melissa Tripp, the female half of the couple, is the controlling business person behind their success. She’s also supposedly the designer, while Rusty is the carpenter. Carey has worked for the couple since she was sixteen(ten years) and has risen to be the brains behind most of the design part of the show. Totally unsung of course. The Tripps have a new book being released on how to stay in a good marriage. The kicker is that the Tripps are on the verge of divorce. Carey and James are tasked with going on the road with the two and keeping them from killing each other or otherwise causing the public to find out about their rift. In the process, will Carey and James find some common ground and realize how right they are for each other?
I mostly enjoyed the young couple. I did think Carey was kinda clueless about how much of the fame and money earned by the Tripps really did belong to her. I think she was too afraid to lose her health insurance because of an ongoing illness, but still she needed to speak up and that made her almost a weak heroine for me. I understand they were like family to her, but Melissa just treats her like dirt and she takes it, time and time again. Just a no for me. And James was a really good guy, still new to the job, but even he has realized how much he’s been played and he’s not a happy man. The Tripps were just a train wreck. The only one I sort of liked was Rusty and I really disliked his drinking and womanizing.
I’m usually fairly game for most fun road trip books. This trip was pretty much the opposite of fun. I did enjoy the sparks that were flying around the young couple, but all the fighting between the older couple really took away from the book. Where’s the humor usually involved in these author’s books?
I wish I could say that I loved this book as I have with so many others by these authors. I just can’t. However, I did like lots of things about the read so 3 stars seems to be about right. For adult readers of contemporary romance.