Thursday, June 20, 2019

REVIEW: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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 fiancĂ© 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.

Source: Netgalley
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Shel: In need of a good laugh and romance? This novel is 100 percent for you. Unhoneymooners is laugh out loud funny—Olive’s observations, history, and experiences are so funny that I’d just burst out laughing and I think what I especially loved was that for as many times as I anticipated the funny there were even more where it snuck up on me and I’d just find a laugh just bubbling right out of me (and isn’t that the best?!). Court: Absolutely...add in a pretty hilarious family that I would love to be a part of and this story is pretty dang great.
Shel: In addition to the funny, there’s a really great enemies to lovers romance. Olive and Ethan being thrown together in small, romantic experiences and having to get past their reflexive hatred and work together to pull off their ruse was fun to watch and made their falling in love that much more interesting.

Court: Exactly...I love that there is so much more to this story than even the premise promises, and little by little and chapter by chapter we get a little bit more of who Olive is. I loved her character, and she may not always get it right she definitely has a huge heart that is underappreciated by just about everyone she knows!
Shel: Amidst all of this was an interesting take on perception and influence and how some people’s manipulation and influence can really impact how people see each other and themselves. I enjoyed this more serious aspect of Olive’s character arc and loved how Christina Lauren worked it out.

Court: I 1000% agree. I enjoyed that from both mc's perspective, and loved the backdrop of Hawaii for them to learn more about themselves in...and then, I also loved that we got to go with them back home and let real life trickle in too...I am glad that it isn't just a fade to normal happily ever after...we had to work for it!

Shel: The Unhoneymooners is fun, clean romance —a delightful summer, beach, or poolside read. Court: Get it! Christina Lauren's writing is ah-mazing, and you will not regret picking up this book!

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