Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: May 14, 2019 by Gallery Books
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Source: Publisher via Netgalley
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.
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Christina Lauren did it again! Their new book is hilarious, swoony, and so bingeable! I was a little wary going in because I’ve read so many reviews where readers say this isn’t their fave CLo, and it’s not as good as some of their other books, but I LOVED this one, and once I started I couldn’t put the book down until I finished!
“The wind blows his dark hair all over his head, but I imagine him squinting judgmentally out at the surf, silently telling the waves they could do better.”
The Unhoneymooners has two of my favorite tropes, hate to love and fake dating. While I was reading I kept thinking “how does this keep happening to these two?!” It was awesome. CLo’s newest release follows Olive and her nemesis Ethan as they have to act civil and in love with each other when they take their sibling’s honeymoon because the newlyweds got food poisoning. Before starting the book I was curious how the authors were going to pull off this storyline and make it believable, but they did it!
Like every other book written by this duo, The Unhoneymooners was hilarious and the banter was amazing. Even though Olive and Ethan can’t stand each other, the jokes they make about each other are funny, and there are so many Harry Potter references. I really liked these two characters, and wish we got chapter from Ethan’s point of view. Both Olive and Ethan were so guarded with each other because of comments and looks made in the past, and during the trip have to work through their animosity to make their fake relationship believable. And, like any good romance, because of all the time they have to spend together pretending to date they start realizing their feelings for the other.
“Those of us who aren’t summoned by the Dark Mark consider honesty to be a virtue.”
This book also has some diversity in it, that felt naturally woven in. Olive is a curvy Latina main character who is completely confident in who she is. Her background and size didn’t feel thrown in to meet a diversity quota, but were a natural part of the story. The Unhoneymooners is also the perfect summer book because it takes place in Hawaii! The setting was so fun to read about, and I really enjoyed reading about all the adventures Olive and Ethan had while on their trip.
“Despite things being insane and hard and messy, I don’t think I’ve ever liked myself more than I do now.”
Overall I really enjoyed Christina Lauren’s newest release and highly recommend it to fans of their other books. I cannot wait to buy a copy of this and reread it this summer because it’s the perfect summer book!