Review of The Unhoneymooners


The Unhoneymooners

Christina Lauren

May 14, 2019

Gallery Books

Blurb: 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.

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If you are a book lover, you are going to completely understand what I’m about to say. Each of us has a favorite writer whose releases we look forward to the way you would  cherry and whipped cream on top of a hot fudge sundae, the perfect day at the beach, or whatever equally amazing event or thing that brings happiness to you. This is how I feel about when I get to begin a Christina Lauren book.

Within the first few pages of The Unhoneymooners I was laughing out loud and then it became constant until there were little snags and disagreements, and sadness and heartbreak; I was there every step of the way. As I was nearing the end, I stopped reading just because I wanted this magic to continue a little longer.

So Olive and Ethan end up on their siblings’ honeymoon, which they think is going to be good and awful at the same time. Good because it’s Maui; bad because it’s with each other. Soon, however, they discover that they’re enjoying each other and one thing leads to another.

I loved the characters. I loved all the characters. Frankly, I’m jealous of Olive’s family. I would love to have a big boisterous family who is in each other’s business, who loves and supports and is just there the way Olive’s family is. I loved how self-aware they were. I loved Ethan. I did not love Dane, but then I wasn’t supposed to so that turned out okay. So, so much love!

Everything about The Unhoneymooners works as the perfect romance. The pacing is perfect, the events unpredictable, except where they’re supposed be predictable. The grand gesture was funny and heart warming. The Unhoneymooners is a good-hearted novel. And I want to read it again…immediately!

If you want to read a novel that is charming, funny, heart-warming (without being sickly), sometimes slightly irreverent, and romantic, read The Unhoneymooners. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I LOVED this book!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.



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