Title: The Unhoneymooners
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Imprint: Gallery Books
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Series Details: Standalone
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
This book in one word—compelling. I mean, it wasn’t a very unique book but it is definitely one of the best enemies-to-lovers stories that I’ve read. And it kept me up until sunrise! I simply couldn’t put it down! Christina Lauren’s writing is one that easily makes you forget about time as it pulls you into the story. With its entertaining plot, witty and charming characters, and vividly painted paradise setting, you will most likely forget about sleep too.
The Unhoneymooners is full of tropes but once it starts to make you laugh and hook you in, you won’t care about the tropes. It was quite typical and predictable too. But even knowing that Olive and Ethan would eventually end up together in the end, I still enjoyed the moments that lead them there.
Ethan and Olive already hate each other’s guts when they were introduced so it took me awhile to warm up to them. Although as the story goes it becomes easy to love these characters. Olive with her completely honest personality. And Ethan with his charm and loyalty. It’s fun to watch the sizzling tension between them despite their best efforts to ignore the other. And then there’s the constant bickering which unintentionally creates more romantic sparks between them. There were moments when I feel like screaming at the characters—when Olive is brutally honest or when Ethan is loyal to a fault—but these moments of weakness actually made them more realistic.
Now, many romantic comedies starts amazing but tends to loosen its hold on my interest once the main characters are together. Not this one. This one has kept me engaged to the end. Together, Ethan and Olive’s banters became even better, sharper, and wittier which only brings more fun to the story.
The family dynamic in this book will make your heart swell. Olive has a big family and the amount of support they give to a family member who has been going through a difficult situation is adorable. They’re like soldiers who got each other’s backs in battle. And I just love their teamwork when it comes to finding possible solutions.
The Unhoneymooners is a typical but hilarious romantic comedy and more. It doesn’t have the most excellent plot. In fact, it’s predictable. But it’s sure filled with warmth, wit, love, and some broken hearts. It’s a light-hearted read perfect for those who are looking for a good laugh. Or if you’re looking for a breather in between your fantasy series or psychological thrillers, this could be a good one.