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