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Honey and the City
on 30 July 2012
Having read the very first book in the series 'Perfect on Paper' and enjoyed the frivolous character of Waverly, I expected much the same for this sequel; third in the series. Honey on Your Mind is a light hearted read and easy going. It very much falls into the category of 'Bridget Jones'. I actually missed the second book, but it is evident that since the first book Waverly has very much grown and developed into a character moulded by her experience and decisions so I would recommend reading from the start of the series.
Honey on Your Mind sees her taking the step into a career of daytime television, and for this she moves to New York. The story starts with Waverly's character very much confident in her decision making and goals, and for most of the book I wasn't quite sure where the story was going. Waverly is clearly doing well and things were going according to plan, life is good, and things with her longtime partner Jake was going swimmingly, so I couldn't quite see why I had to be along on for the ride if there weren't any bumps along the road to compel me further. Okay there were a few hiccups, but in context with the bad things that could happen in the world I thought her dilemmas were rather trivial. I found myself reading just to see if anything did go wrong with Waverly's plans.
Waverly makes the move to New York on her own, and thus her interactions with her lovable friends Andie and McKenna were very much reduced, the trio is what I really enjoyed from the first book and I found myself missing this. Waverly socialises with a few characters but we are mostly left with her own thoughts to propel the story. Her constant reminders of whether she can keep up with the pace of her new schedule and being overwhelmed becomes rather tedious.
Honey on Your Mind is a good read if you want something light and you enjoy getting attached to a character, but it is not the best in the series. I would recommend reading the books in sequence. However I feel Honey on your Mind was let down by Andie and McKenna playing quite minor roles, and the repetitive thoughts of Waverly on being overwhelmed.