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Review ❤️ The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

May 14, 2019


For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime—maybe even love—in this romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling authors of Roomies.

Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister Ami is an eternal champion . . . she even managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a slew of contests. Unfortunately for Olive, the only thing worse than constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas.

Olive braces herself for wedding hell, determined to put on a brave face, but when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. Suddenly there’s a free honeymoon up for grabs, and Olive will be damned if Ethan gets to enjoy paradise solo.

Agreeing to a temporary truce, the pair head for Maui. After all, ten days of bliss is worth having to assume the role of loving newlyweds, right? But the weird thing is . . . Olive doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, the more she pretends to be the luckiest woman alive, the more it feels like she might be.

Release Date: May 14, 2019
Heat Level: Hot
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Gallery Books
Price: $8.99


The Unhoneymooners was the first book that I had read by Christina Lauren – and it definitely will not be the last. I LOVED this book. It made me legitimately laugh out loud and had enough angst to keep me reading until I was finished. A disclaimer – I am a huge fan of well written enemies-to-lovers books (think Beverley Kendall, Sally Thorne, Penelope Douglas etc.) and this was definitely one of them.

The story follows Olive Torres, one half of a twin, as she goes on her sister’s honeymoon after everyone at the wedding comes down with severe food poisoning. Olive is a self-proclaimed walking bad luck charm and has recently lost her job, which gives her the flexibility to pack up and leave on this vacation whenever she wants to. Unfortunately, her trip to paradise has a fly in it – Ethan, her brother-in-law’s brother.

Ethan also did not get sick from the food and is taking his brother’s spot in the honeymoon package. Olive and Ethan both have a strong, mutual dislike for each other from the first moment they met. Olive was eating cheese curds and noticed that Ethan seemed to have a fat shaming look on his face, and hated him ever since. Ethan, always found Olive to be unfriendly and abrasive and would rather not spend any time with her. They both agree to make the most of the free vacation and stay away from each other as much as possible. Now, as with any enemies-to-lovers book you already know this is not going to be possible.

They start off as awkwardly fake married to gain all of the vacation perks, and it soon turns into a bunch of adventures and hilarious conversations. They soon realize that they really do enjoy each other’s company and they both have a lot of chemistry together. As a reader I could actually feel their hate slowly fade away into intense chemistry and attraction. 

I really liked Olive, I thought she was a great heroine who was super funny and very confident in herself and her body. It was very refreshing to read about a girl who knows she is curvy and embraces it. I also loved her whole family and their unique dynamics – I wish I had a gang like that to get me through job losses and breakups. 

The only reason that I did not rate this read as 5 star, was because Ethan was kind of a dick to Olive when she was complaining about something significant (trying not to give too much away here), and I felt like Olive and the others around her took him back and forgave a little too easily. It just rubbed me the wrong way – but other than that, a great read – highly recommend.

~ Harshita

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