Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: May 14, 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: eARC, 432 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, 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.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
I’ve seen some mixed reviews for The Unhoneymooners, so I was a little nervous going into this one. I think that’s part of the reason I put it off a little bit, if I’m being honest. But, it turns out I had absolutely nothing to worry about. Christina Lauren’s streak continues of amazing reads continues for me!
Y’all, The Unhoneymooners was such a fun read. I mean, first off, the setup is amazing and original. The maid of honor and best man — who just happen to hate each other — are the only two who don’t get a wicked bout of food poisoning so they take the bride and groom’s honeymoon? I’m here for it. Olive and Ethan were so freaking good together. Oh, the banter! I enjoyed watching them get to know each other and realize maybe everything wasn’t quite as it seemed. But, I won’t get into all that. You just need to discover it for yourself.
The Unhoneymooners doesn’t have the steam factor I’m accustomed to with CLo books, but I didn’t have an issue with that. The sex scenes were virtually non-existent, but there was plenty of good build up and it worked for me. I didn’t really need the sexy times between Olive and Ethan to love the story. They were both fantastic characters who were easy to root for in so many ways. Olive was relatable. Ethan was swoony, if stubborn and frustrating at times. This book gave me the fun times and romance I want when I read, and a healthy dose of feels to go along with it.
“I can appreciate my body in a bikini and still want to set fire to the patriarchy.”
As much as I hate him, I think I’m starting to like us.
“It was the kind of kiss that feels like fucking.”
Things are easy, and fun, and effortless. This isn’t how new relationships are supposed to be: they’re supposed to be stressful, and exhausting, and uncertain.
Do you plan to read The Unhoneymooners?