Thank you so much to the publisher for kindly gifting me an eARC of The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. Receiving a copy of this book did in no way impact my thoughts or feelings on the book. All opinions are my own.
Release Date: May 14th, 2019
Dates Read: February 12th, 2019
Trigger Warnings: mentions of cheating
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: adult, romance, contemporary
Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.
Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.
Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.
R E V I E W
Have you ever read a book that has you completely and utterly squealing for joy? That was The Unhoneymooners for me. Christina Lauren are the perfect duo when it comes to writing. They have the ability to evoke so much emotion with all their characters and setting. The Unhoneymooners was no different. I was completely swept up into the story of enemies to lovers in forced proximity. I laughed so hard at the witty dialogue throughout this book. Also, the situations that Ethan and Olive.
The Unhoneymooners starts with a bang almost instantly. Olive is helping her identical twin sister, Amy, get married. Amy has not paid a single cent for this entire wedding. She has won everything through countless prizes and Internet competitions – which, as someone who has never won anything, sounds amazing, right? Wrong. Considering every single person at the wedding gets food poisoning from the shellfish. Bar Olive (allergic to shellfish) and the groom’s brother, Ethan (hates buffets). The pair have to put aside their differences and take a free trip to Maui for the bride and groom (oh the torture). Only, one catch, they have to pretend as though they’re the married couple.
Oh, man, I can’t even tell you how much I loved reading the awkward moments of Ethan and Olive pretending to be married. From running into Olive’s new boss – she literally only signed the contract on the way to Maui –and Ethan’s ex-girlfriend, the way really are not experiencing the best of the holiday that is meant to be a dream.
As these things go with hate to love contemporary romances, the two characters begin to get closer and work out, that they have no idea why they hate each other. It sparks some interesting conversations considering their siblings are now literally dating. It also pushes the characters together and feelings begin to arise between the pair. I was rooting for Ethan and Olive from page one. They fueled my soul and I was ready to smoosh them together and scream ‘KISS’.
In terms of other things that Christina Lauren did well in The Unhoneymooners, the relationship between Amy and Olive was incredibly familiar to me throughout this book. I was trying to piece together why when I realized it reminded me of this set of twins I have as best friends. The bond that my in real life friends share and the one between sisters in this book was so similar. Which, obviously says a lot of Christina Lauren’s writing for characters.
In conclusion, my review is short but I find it so difficult to articulate my thoughts for romance books when all I truly want to do is scream and become a ball of chocolate mush. It is such a beautiful book and I will continue to rave about this author duo to the depths of hell. They truly do deserve all the recognition for their incredible characters and even better stories. However, at the point, I think I can say that The Unhoneymooners is my favourite book by them. I know, scandalous. I can’t wait to read more from the pair. If you’re genuinely looking to laugh out loud this is the book for you. You will find nothing better than two unlikely people being forced to act as though they are married for a free experience in Maui.
Happy reading everyone!
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