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 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.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
CLo does it again, delivering a fun and flirty story! The Unhoneymooners is the perfect vacation read!
Christina Lauren is always an auto-buy for me. I love this duo’s writing style, and The Unhoneymooners is one of my favorites by them to-date! This enemies to lovers contemporary romance standalone, told from our heroine’s point of view, is hilarious and charming.
As is evidenced by the synopsis, the premise for The Unhoneymooners is befitting of a rom com flick! I really enjoyed the plot. It’s completely ridiculous which might be why I loved it so much! Seriously though, can this be made into a movie!?!
As with most of my favorite reads, I thought the characters made this story. Olive and Ethan are everything! Olive’s life is a general mess, but I liked seeing her work through her problems. She felt super relatable! Ethan won me over early. For fear of spoiling a plotline, I’ll simply say I did find him to be naive in one regard and would have liked to shake some sense into him, but I still adored the guy!
Overall, I loved The Unhoneymooners — the setting and quick pacing makes this the perfect beach read! I highly recommend it!
*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book. Please note that it, in no way, had an effect on my opinion or review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs (pictured right) and Lauren Billings (pictured left). The #1 international bestselling coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fifteen New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 30 languages, have received multiple starred reviews, won both the Seal of Excellence and Book of the Year from RT Magazine, been inducted into the Library Reads Hall of Fame, named Amazon and Audible Romance of the Year, a Lambda Literary Award finalist and been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. They have been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Time, Entertainment Weekly, People, O Magazine and more. Their third YA novel, Autoboyography was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, followed by Roomies, Love and Other Words, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, My Favorite Half-Night Stand, and the Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal starred The Unhoneymooners, out May 2019.
Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.
Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. These days you can find her at her desk, writing or watching BTS videos. She grew up in Utah and is absolutely not old enough to be the mom of a 17 year old (right??), thinks she’s the luckiest person in the world to write books with her best friend, and is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter.