I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Gallery Books on May 14, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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.
The Unhoneymooners was a book that I was highly anticipating, and it did not disappointment. This is only my third Christina Lauren book, but I am loving their writing. The Unhoneymooners is a book that you can easily read in a day. And it will bring a huge smile on your face.
The Unhoneymooners is about Olive and Ethan. Olive is Amy’s twin sister and Ethan is Amy’s husband’s brother. The story began on Amy’s wedding day. When everything that could go wrong DOES. But in a way that was totally Amy’s fault. She won her entire wedding on sweepstakes (I also need to know her secrets because I hardly win anything). The entire wedding party comes down with a type of food poisoning except for Olive and Ethan because Olive is allergic to seafood and Ethan hates buffets. This really kicks off the story, so it was a total disaster from the beginning, and I was so intrigued. I found myself being sucked into the story from the very first page because I just had a feeling the story was going to get good and it did.
Although this is considered a enemies to lovers romance, after reading it I’m not sure I’d call it that because I didn’t really feel like they were true enemies. This one definitely had its funny moments and it had a way of pulling you in just to see how disastrous this going to be.
Olive is our main character. I knew I was going to like her from the very beginning. Olive is a bit of walking disaster; bad luck seems to be attracted to her. She also has to live in her “perfect” twin sister’s shadow. I loved how she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind even if it wasn’t completely thought out. I really enjoyed her character.
Ethan is our hero. He was a little to gullible for me. I feel like he tried his hardest to always see the best in people, but I think that can also be admirable but also bad. He was very sweet especially with Olive.
The angst, the hate, the playfulness and the attraction truly made this book for me. I would say the hate is completely one sided, but I think that’s part of its charm. I loved how invested I was because I found myself rooting for Olive and Ethan. It also had a ton of funny moments and I couldn’t help but have a smile on my face the entire time.
If you are looking for a light hearted, quick and funny romance, The Unhoneymooners would definitely be it. I also highly recommend Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating.