Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Book Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners
by Christina Lauren
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Source: 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.

I haven't read too many Christina Lauren books, but I know they can sure write a good romance. When I read the synopsis for this one and heard some good things from early reviews, I couldn't resist picking it up! 

Olive and Ami are twins and are opposites when it comes to luck; Ami has it all and Olive has none. When Ami's wedding comes up, Ami is determined to win everything in her wedding, from the dress to the honeymoon. When the buffet goes awry, though, and everyone but Olive and Ami's husband's infuriating brother, Ethan, get food poisoning, the newlyweds send their siblings on their honeymoon in their place. Attempting to get along for a sun-filled vacation, Olive and Ethan find themselves running into people from their lives back home and have to pretend to be a newly-wed couple who are head over heels for one another. While the two can't help but bicker, they slowly learn more about each other and realize they may have made some pretty big misconceptions about one another...

I really love hate-to-love romances, so I was ALL OVER Olive and Ethan's romance. I literally laughed out loud during this book and was obsessed with the banter between the two characters. There were such little details about what they would do to push each other and I was smiling throughout most of this book. I also think the fake marriage aspect of this book made things that much more entertaining because they got to see another side of each other and realize that maybe they didn't really hate each other that much. 

Since this book did take place in Maui, away from the characters' real world, Olive and Ethan could forget everything and focus on their confusing feelings for one another. This book definitely made me crave summertime and a few hours on the beach. Since they were on vacation, there weren't too many slow moments because there as always something new for Olive and Ethan to do and argue over. 

Overall, this was such a fun hate-to-love romance that also dealt with familial relationships. I do wish we got a little more steam since most scenes ended up being fade to black. I would have also loved this book even more if we had some of Ethan's POV. He was just so sweet and I would have loved to see his perspective on things that happened. As it is, though, The Unhoneymooners is a fun romance that will have you laughing out loud!

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