The Unhoneymooners
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.

The Unhoneymooners Details

TitleThe Unhoneymooners
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 14th, 2019
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781501128035
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult, Fiction

The Unhoneymooners Review

  • شيماء ✨
    January 1, 1970
    me, normally: the concept of romantic love is nothing but a marketing scheme for greeting card companies, a lie sold by the government, a-me, after reading this book: [through an oversized megaphone] CAN SOME ROMANTIC SHIT HAPPEN TO ME ALREADY DAMN
  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    I can treat this trip like an actual vacation on a tropical island.Yes, it’s with my nemesis, but still, I’ll take it. Guys, I don't think it's working out. I'm trying so hard to get on the Christina Lauren fanwagon, but there are just lots of little things that aren't floating my boat. The Unhoneymooners is not bad at all. It's quite funny and enjoyable for the most part, actually. It's just... well, I'll start with the first thing I noticed. This is only the second Christina Lauren book I ha I can treat this trip like an actual vacation on a tropical island.Yes, it’s with my nemesis, but still, I’ll take it. Guys, I don't think it's working out. I'm trying so hard to get on the Christina Lauren fanwagon, but there are just lots of little things that aren't floating my boat. The Unhoneymooners is not bad at all. It's quite funny and enjoyable for the most part, actually. It's just... well, I'll start with the first thing I noticed. This is only the second Christina Lauren book I have tried, with the other being Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, and yet right away I realized that the characters were virtually identical. Both Olive and Hazel are klutzy, embarrassing heroines who don't know when to stop talking, each with notably amazing boobs. Ethan and Josh are both aloof, cynical guys who supposedly view their respective heroines with disdain until they, um, don't anymore. And they are both - I'm quoting here - boob men (curious - does this boob thing come up in all their books?).Boob joking aside, Olive and Ethan could just as easily be Josh and Hazel. They read like the same couple. Also, I see a lot of reviewers talking about this promised "enemies-to-lovers" romance, but I'm just not that convinced. I am a sucker for the love/hate relationship thing, I'll be honest. I don't know why. Add it to my list of issues. But whether it's Jardan or Spuffy or the good old Fitzbeth, I'm all for a bit of "I hate you, let's fuck" angst. Olive and Ethan, though, are not enemies. Sure, she calls him her "nemesis" and declares how awful it's going to be going to Maui with him, blah blah, but it seems pretty clear to me from the beginning that they really love bickering with each other. They don't hate each other! They're not enemies! Their first conversation makes them seem like an old married couple bitching at each other. In fact, I find it weird how Olive basically fabricates some faux-hatred at the start, but is later very easily forgiving when, in my opinion, Ethan was completely in the wrong.So far this has definitely sounded more negative, but it is a fun, easy read. I like how both Olive and Hazel are unwilling to apologize for who they are and the way their bodies look. I like the back-and-forth between Olive and Ethan: “Ethan, I’m a terrible liar.”“Really? You hid it so well.”“It’s never been my strength, okay? Those of us who aren’t summoned by the Dark Mark consider honesty to be a virtue.” I also really liked the single perspective of this story. Seeing as almost every romance novel these days has multiple perspectives, I must be in the minority on this one, but I actually find it much easier to enjoy a romance and fall in love with the object of the MC's affections if I'm reading a single perspective. Getting inside the other person's head dampens some of the tension for me.Oh, and I also liked the super hot massage scene. For obvious reasons.Hell, I don't even know at this point. It's not like I'm not having a bit of mindless fun with these books, but with so little time to read, do I really want to keep spending it with 3-star reads? Huh. Maybe I'll try one more. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review. “That’s the point of luck: it happens when and where it happens.” This is my favorite Christina Lauren book since Roomies! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too in love with Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating or My Favorite Half-Night Stand, but this felt like the famous duo was back and resecured that special place in my swoon-worthy romance heart. This was so funny, this was so heartwarming, and since I’m leaving in a few weeks for Haw ARC provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review. “That’s the point of luck: it happens when and where it happens.” This is my favorite Christina Lauren book since Roomies! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too in love with Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating or My Favorite Half-Night Stand, but this felt like the famous duo was back and resecured that special place in my swoon-worthy romance heart. This was so funny, this was so heartwarming, and since I’m leaving in a few weeks for Hawaii, the setting was pretty perfect for me, too! This is a hate to love, enemies to lovers, fake dating romance that features two characters who are forced to be around each other because their siblings are marrying each other. ➽ Olive Torres - Biracial (white and Mexican), twin of the bride, has been unlucky her entire life. ➽ Ethan Thomas - Brother of the groom, and Olive’s archnemesis. “I want to say something sassy, but the only coherent thought that comes to mind is how insulting it is that eyelashes like his were wasted on Satan’s Errand Boy, so I just give a perfunctory nod and turn down the hall.” And these two had a very rocky, and very confusing, first meeting. But they are trying their best to put their differences aside for this wedding, even if they are antagonizing each other every single chance they get. But the wedding takes an unexpected turn when everyone gets sick from the seafood buffet that was served, except for Olive and Ethan, since neither of them ate from it. Their siblings insist that they take their Hawaii honeymoon, instead of letting the trip go to waste! And they both decide to, because once they get to Maui, they won’t have to see each other except for sleeping. That is, until Olive's boss and Ethan’s ex fiancé happen to be at the same resort, and they are forced to play the part of happy newlyweds, because Olive doesn’t want to get caught using their sibling’s honeymoon by the resort and be forced to pay for it out of their own pocket, and Ethan doesn’t want his ex to see him single. And honestly? It was just the perfect fake dating setup, let’s be real. “The problem with lying about relationships is that humans are fickle, fickle creatures.” And I truly believe the banter in this book is the best that these authors have ever crafted. It’s smart, witty, and truly hilarious. I also just loved Olive and Ethan as characters so much, and I easily shipped them together; maybe harder than any Christina Lauren characters. The setting was perfect, the plot was genius, and this was just an overall really easy book to escape into and love. But I am very curious to see how plus-sized reviewers are going to feel about the representation in this book. This is not my lane, so please know that while reading this paragraph, but this book puts a huge emphasis on how Olive thinks Ethan fat-shamed and body-shamed her. She constantly talks about her body, her curves, her stress baking and eating, and how things look on her body, and even tears clothing that’s too small for her, while always kind of comparing herself to her thin twin sister. Like, I was 100% sure Olive was plus-sized through the entire start of this book, but then, once they arrive in Hawaii, it seems like the only big and curvy thing about her is her breasts, which are obviously perfect! And then, at the end of this book it starts feeling like she and her thin sister are identical in bodies, too, and she also gets compared to Selena Gomez. Like, I just didn’t understand. It was like they wanted to have a plus-sized main character, but they didn’t want to actually go there or hire any beta readers. Like, again, this isn’t my lane, and I’m obviously not saying that thin people can’t have body dysmorphia or just have unhealthy relationships with food and their bodies, but the way this read personally felt bad to me. I just honestly think this book could be really triggering because of the emphasis it has on Oliva’s relationship with food and her inner monologue about her thoughts about her body, while also painting a very hazy picture of her actual body.Also, there is a very small conversation between Olive’s family members questioning if a family member is queer, and… it was really badly done. "Because lesbians use those strap-on things" and apparently have short haircuts. And I completely understand it was supposed to be funny because older generations “don’t get it” or whatever, but it wasn’t cute; it was offensive and poorly done. And the mom saying she wishes she was born a lesbian, like… gag me with any spoon you can find. Like, it was so minuscule, and I have no idea why it was even part of the book or why editors thought it was a good thing to keep included, but it just made me side eye and put a bad taste in my mouth. Okay, I know those last two paragraphs seem bad, and they are, I’m not making light of them whatsoever! But I will say that if you took those two elements out, this is a really good book. Like, the best I’ve read from Christina Lauren in years. It was laugh out loud funny, it was romantic and swoon worthy, and I really shipped this enemies to lovers dynamic. I never wanted to leave Olive, Ethan, or Hawaii, and I think this is just going to be the ultimate beach read of 2019. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.Content and trigger warnings for talk of cheating (not the main characters), A LOT of talk about food and bodies that I think could be potentially triggering, and the brief but questionable conversation about sexuality that I mentioned above.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    *3.5 stars*There’s no getting around it, so I’m just going to get it over with and put it out there. The Unhoneymooners is not my favorite of the dynamic duo’s rom-coms. Truth be told, this is the only Christina Lauren to date that has earned less than four stars from this reader. And believe me, as someone who’s been a longtime fan of their work, it would be so much easier to gloss over the things that bothered me, as opposed to confessing this didn’t work for me in its entirety, but it is what *3.5 stars*There’s no getting around it, so I’m just going to get it over with and put it out there. The Unhoneymooners is not my favorite of the dynamic duo’s rom-coms. Truth be told, this is the only Christina Lauren to date that has earned less than four stars from this reader. And believe me, as someone who’s been a longtime fan of their work, it would be so much easier to gloss over the things that bothered me, as opposed to confessing this didn’t work for me in its entirety, but it is what it is. So, hear me out. Or not. Your choice.Was the journey fun and light? For sure.Were the coauthors successful in pulling out the laughs? You bet.Even more importantly, were there swoon-worthy moments capable of rousing my inner giddy and giggly gal? Of course.Was it up to snuff with some of the duo's other novels? Nope.This time around, Christina Lauren brings readers to the Twin Cities for a wedding paid for entirely with sweepstakes and giveaways wins. In hindsight, maybe partaking in a free seafood buffet isn’t the best idea. Food poisoning, anyone? How about everyone? Well, except for the two people who opted for the chicken plate instead. When optimistic Ami and her new groom find they can’t peel themselves off the bathroom floor, let alone think about heading to Maui for their all expenses paid honeymoon, they enlist their siblings to take their places—aka the pessimistic twin sister Olive and her “nemesis” Ethan. While there are some hilarious one-liners and dialogue—total laugh out loud moments—exchanged between the “enemies”, it takes reading half of the novel (around 200 pages) before anything couply transpires between Olive and Ethan. In the meantime, readers are fed a steady diet of faux hatred and convenient situations. Running into one person you know from home, okay I’ll bite. Maybe I’ll even refrain from rolling my eyes. But two, when you’re an eleven-hour flight away on a tropical island? Come on ladies, dig a little deeper next time. There were so many other ways the situations and feelings inspired by those “chance encounters” could have been introduced into the storyline. Just saying.With the epilogue being the exception, the entirety of the story is told from Olive’s perspective, which is a bit of departure for the duo (Roomies being the only other, I think?) and kind of a downer. Even more so considering the co-authors attempted to sell this whole “nemesis” idea. Seeing their rivaling thoughts firsthand would have fed into the fun. Instead, readers are privy only to Olive’s thoughts, while facial expressions and dialogue have to suffice for Ethan. The perfect breeding ground for misinterpretations and assumptions. And the borderline simplistic idea—by some standards—that the crux of the entire novel relies on. In some respects, this enemies-to-lovers storyline presents as disjointed and weak. The pacing itself is consistently inconsistent. Slow to progress at points, yet too much all at once in others. It screamed for more storyline development and actions driven by emotion, as opposed to enlisting those things simply to get the characters where they needed to be for things to "work".When Olive and Ethan return home, after ten days in paradise, there are a host of issues for the pessimist to contend with: finding a career that feeds her passion, realigning her outlook on life, appreciation for her family and a desire for love. The authors utilize Olive and Ami’s large extended family here, but there are no standout moments that hit home or provide any emotional value, instead conjuring those feelings of convenience once again. Not to mention, I imagine it would be a tad overwhelming for anyone to attempt to tackle their entire outlook on life in such a short timeframe (100-ish pages?). Look who the pessimist is now. *wink*All of that complaining aside, turning the pages was effortless. Sure, there were a few times when it felt like I was simply going through the motions, but for the most part, The Unhoneymooners was delightfully fun. Not quite special enough to knock Josh and Hazel—the quirky couple who garnered hordes of fans with their infamous guide to not dating—from the throne, but entertaining enough. For me, it was Olive and Ethan’s perfectly imperfect ending that proved the journey worthy. Bonus points to the writing duo for offering readers a much-needed glimpse of life from Ethan’s adoring eyes.*A HUGE thank you to Gallery for sending my gorgeous copy. This colorful cover and the possibility of what was to come brightened my day. The review copy in no way altered my opinions.
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  • Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
    January 1, 1970
    “It sounds dangerous.” This makes him laugh. “Dangerous, like we’d end up either naked or dead?” This was such a cute rom-com filled with glorious belly-aching laugh out loud moments. I finished it in one sitting, and the pages just flew by! It really does play out like a movie, and you can practically see it on the widescreen while you are reading. Completely a feel good book with all the fluffy romance and sexy tidbits you'd want in one. _______________ The Story The Unhoneymooners follows Ol “It sounds dangerous.” This makes him laugh. “Dangerous, like we’d end up either naked or dead?” This was such a cute rom-com filled with glorious belly-aching laugh out loud moments. I finished it in one sitting, and the pages just flew by! It really does play out like a movie, and you can practically see it on the widescreen while you are reading. Completely a feel good book with all the fluffy romance and sexy tidbits you'd want in one. _______________ The Story The Unhoneymooners follows Olive Torres during a honeymoon that she goes on falsely identifying as her twin sister Ami, who just got married. After a bad case of food poisoning at Ami's wedding, the only two unaffected people are Olive and Ami's husbands brother, Ethan. Ethan and Olive have supposedly hated each other from the moment they met each other, so they both agree to disagree and go on the honeymoon together. What starts as a fake marriage and an excuse for a free holiday soon turns into many misadventures, misencounters and misunderstandings. Soon, Olive and Ethan start to realize that they have immense chemistry between them and maybe they were wrong from the start... Firstly, I want to call it and say that the enemies to lovers trope is going to swoop 2019 away from me like a storm. There is honestly very little that can go wrong with the trope and this book was evidently showed how electric it can be. It truly was such an easy and fast-paced read that had little bouts of sexual tension that made it unputdownable. This was really hard to rate for me. Without giving too much away, the first 65% of the book felt like a 4 -5 star read, full with funny and lovable characters that all had their own charm. However, after that mark something felt so unbalanced and I disliked the way some issues were dealt with alongside some dynamics. Yes, it was unrealistic and the story arcs that were created have been done before, but that still did not take away from how effortless it felt to sink into Olive and Ethan's story. I'm glad the story had no obvious insta-love aspects but during the last quarter there were some cringey lines that felt uncomfortably close. The Romance All this book really left me with was a strong desire to go pick up more Christina Lauren books. Not very many romance contemporaries can do that for me, so that was really refreshing. The romance between Olive and Ethan was electric, it sparked and flew off the page. I could feel their hate but I could also feel how slowly they dissolved into each others company. I really enjoyed that Olive is a strong woman that learns her self-worth and sticks up for her curves throughout the story. So all in all the romance was charming. Once the book neared the second half, I could feel my rating drop slightly. I was initially going to give this 4 stars but knew that wouldnt be true to what I thought of the story as a whole. During the end, I started being very cautious about the way that Olive and Ethan solved their problems. With no spoilers, they didn't really solve their problems. Then when a couple chapters passed, there was a massive reveal that I felt needed a bigger reaction from Ethan. With that being said, I loved the family dynamic and the friendship involved with Olive and her relatives. It didn't feel like it was a filler, it felt like it belonged and made the story all the more delightful. But still, I need more girls to stand up for girls this 2019. I really enjoyed this story and definitely will read more of the authors' works.
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. This is my new favorite Christina Lauren book. I'm OBSESSED. I do wish the plus-size rep had been a little more... definitive? But other than that I ate this UP. If you're looking for something to fill in the Hating Game sized, enemies-to-lovers hole in your heart, look no further. THEY EVEN GO PAINTBALLING. Fuck, I loved this.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    "When I signed up for this honeymoon, I had no idea it would involve so much nudity."Raise your glass to another winner from Christina Lauren! *clink* This writing duo features my go-to gals when it comes to romantic comedies. Seriously, I can't remember the last time an author consistently made me chortle so hard or forced me to sustain multiple gut busters in a row. Last time I checked, we could all use a few more good vibes all over the world, and if you're looking for another feel good time, "When I signed up for this honeymoon, I had no idea it would involve so much nudity."Raise your glass to another winner from Christina Lauren! *clink* This writing duo features my go-to gals when it comes to romantic comedies. Seriously, I can't remember the last time an author consistently made me chortle so hard or forced me to sustain multiple gut busters in a row. Last time I checked, we could all use a few more good vibes all over the world, and if you're looking for another feel good time, this is your stop. Get off the TBR bus right now; hurry or you'll miss it!I immediately connected with Olive and her plight to fight the system that forces prejudice against the curvy girl. Seriously, a female lead who not only inhales cheese curds at the fair and makes no apologies for it, but also holds anyone accountable who tries to fat shame her? This girl is my hero. Olive and Ethan are the "unlikeliest couple" ever, which means of course they have to get together, because this is my all time favorite trope. Let's give a standing ovation for the enemies-to-lovers plot! Ethan is a seemingly OCD/stuffy know-it-all, who honestly came off as a standard dick in the beginning. But Chelsea, isn't there some underlying reason why he's coming across as such a shallow turd muncher you ask? Obviously, but we'll get there in due time. This pair contains the only two people at Olive's sister's wedding who didn't come down with an unfortunate, fancy case of food poisoning. Sister Amy insists that Olive take the non-refundable, all inclusive honeymoon to Hawaii, while brother Dane insists that Ethan takes it. Even though Olive and Ethan despise each other, they are both stubborn as an ox and refuse to let the other have all the fun, so they agree to commit fraud and enjoy a free vacation while spending as little time as possible around each other. We all know how this story goes, and I think one of the reasons I pick up these books is for the familiarity and predictability they provide. Even if everything in my life is going haywire, I can count on these two people going through the motions to hit me right in the feels where I need it most. I'm sure you can guess how 99% of this book will turn out, but what I can't emphasize enough is just how laugh-out-loud hilarious it was journeying alongside of Ethan and Olive. The shower changing scene, anyone? While the plot seemed a little less zany and more believable than Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, I felt the snappy dialogue and witty humor was most on point with that previous story than some of their others. *side note, you can say it's unbelievable that twins would end up dating or marrying brothers, but I had a ballet teacher who married her identical twin's brother in law. Hope your marriage is still going strong Miss Jamie, and if not, I apologize for bringing it up here.*The reason I went with a 4 star instead of a 5 star rating is a bit complex, and I'll try to unpack it below, complete with spoiler tags. While I understand that this is fiction, I felt conflicted about how the book ended. Once Olive and Ethan return from the "honeymoon" and insert themselves into real life mode, they have some issues that they have to deal with involving family members on both sides. On the one hand, I love how we see Olive grow as a person, taking ownership for her shortcomings and choices in life, and becoming ok with who she is and finding who she wants to be in her professional career. This portion felt deeper than in previous "fluffy" novels, which perhaps raised my expectations on how the ending would handle her and Ethan's "disagreement". (view spoiler)[After everything Olive goes through in trying to start a discussion involving Dane's unacceptable behavior, I was really disappointed that, after Ethan was such an ass LITERALLY until the last possible second, how quickly Olive took him back and how little everyone seemed to think the way he acted was ok. For me, his behavior was the last in a major list of red flags, and I think an ending on par with CoHo's "It Ends With Us" where each character finds themselves without getting back together would have been more effective. (hide spoiler)] Obviously, this is just personal preference, and a small blot in an otherwise delicious, steamy, feel good romp. Highly recommended for anyone who needs a good laugh and a story you can fly through in record time. *I received a review copy via the publisher.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars I expected this book to be a fun filled enemies to lovers story, and it completely met my expectations. This was a blast to read. I love the way Christina Lauren writes their stories, and this one had me smiling from ear to ear. Olive Torres is an identical twin. Although they look just alike, her sister Ami is her opposite in so many ways. Ami is the lucky one. And Olive, well she has no luck at all. Whereas Ami is a four-leaf clover, I have always been unlucky. Ami is getting mar 4.5 stars I expected this book to be a fun filled enemies to lovers story, and it completely met my expectations. This was a blast to read. I love the way Christina Lauren writes their stories, and this one had me smiling from ear to ear. Olive Torres is an identical twin. Although they look just alike, her sister Ami is her opposite in so many ways. Ami is the lucky one. And Olive, well she has no luck at all. Whereas Ami is a four-leaf clover, I have always been unlucky. Ami is getting married and being the overachiever that she is, she’s devised a plan (along with a lot of luck) to get her wedding paid for. And it works out for her. So here is Olive, in a hideous bridesmaid dress having to tolerate her sworn enemy, the grooms brother, Ethan. It’s not her best day. But maybe her luck is beginning to change… I mean, her allergy to shellfish saves her from the serious food poising almost every person at the wedding gets. Ami is so ill she can’t go on her own honeymoon. And since it’s a non-refundable free trip, she insists Olive pretends to be her and goes in her place. Ethan, who also missed the food poising due to his aversion to buffets is invited to go as well. So here Olive is. With Ethan. On an romantic, exclusive get away. You can tell where this is going, right? Yes. And it’s going to be so much fun! I loved watching Ethan and Olive together. They seriously cracked me up. Olive is an endearing main character. Her luck was awful, but maybe at the end she really did end up being the lucky one. And Ethan. Ethan is hilarious, sweet, and completely misunderstood. Olive realizes that soon enough. I find myself smiling in the direction of the living room, and realize that staying firmly on Team I Hate Ethan Thomas is going to be more work than it may be worth. Where this was a fun rom-com, there were also a lot of obstacles this couple faced. It wasn’t all laughs and smiles. There was a bit of drama, a bit of angst, but overall it was hilarious, sweet, had the best banter, and I adored it! For all my friends that love a good enemies to lovers story and a book that will make you laugh out loud, pick this one up!!
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Fun Escape! When all but two weddings guests contract food poisoning at a wedding in Minnesota, they help out the bride and groom by going on their honeymoon for them. It just so happens that the two guests are the bride's twin sister, Ollie, and the groom’s brother, Ethan. Of course, Ollie and Ethan hate each other. Of course, both are extremely attractive people. Of course, under all of the hatred they really do like each other. When forced to share a hotel room for 10 days, the in 3.5 stars Fun Escape! When all but two weddings guests contract food poisoning at a wedding in Minnesota, they help out the bride and groom by going on their honeymoon for them. It just so happens that the two guests are the bride's twin sister, Ollie, and the groom’s brother, Ethan. Of course, Ollie and Ethan hate each other. Of course, both are extremely attractive people. Of course, under all of the hatred they really do like each other. When forced to share a hotel room for 10 days, the inevitable happens: they fall in love. But there are complications that threaten to tear them apart. While the romance between Ethan and Ollie plays a large role, this book is really more about Ollie learning to embrace life and stop focusing on the bad. She is smart, bristly and extremely protective of both herself and her sister. She feels like she attracts bad luck and as a resultdoesn't trust when good things happen to her. She undergoes quite the transformation, which was nice to read! The Unhoneymooners checks off all of the boxes I have come to expect from Christina Lauren books: A plucky protagonist, fun quirky plot, hot sexual tension, and of course, plenty of romance. This wasn’t my favorite CL novel but it did the job! It felt a little safe and formulaic-- I like when CL pushes the boundaries and goes in an unexpected direction, but I still found The Unhoneymooners a satisfying read! I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books in exchange for an honest review.
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  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this sexy, sweet and snarky book! It's the perfect escape read! 😍 Admittedly I'm a Christina Lauren fan! I'd been looking forward to this book with its Hispanic representation and it didn't disappoint. Curvy women, laugh out loud hilarious family members and the amazing, never let you down extended family that is as close (if not closer) as the one living under your roof. It reminded me so much of my family growing up - everyone knowing each other's business, constantly making fun of eac Loved this sexy, sweet and snarky book! It's the perfect escape read! 😍 Admittedly I'm a Christina Lauren fan! I'd been looking forward to this book with its Hispanic representation and it didn't disappoint. Curvy women, laugh out loud hilarious family members and the amazing, never let you down extended family that is as close (if not closer) as the one living under your roof. It reminded me so much of my family growing up - everyone knowing each other's business, constantly making fun of each other and above all else, having each other's back no matter what! It took me a bit to get into the book initially which surprised me. I wasn't as into the first part detailing the wedding. Olive's twin sister Ami is getting married and everything is supposed to be perfect. Ami seems to have it all - perfect luck, perfect life, perfect love. Olive on the other hand seems to have the worst luck - she lost her job, her roommate and her apartment. Things start to look up for Olive (and me as the reader!) when she and the best man, Ethan are the only two guests left standing after food poisoning ravages everyone at the wedding. Ami persuades her sister to go on her free honeymoon to Hawaii, so that the prize doesn't go to waste. The groom makes the same offer to his best man and brother, Ethan. Only problem is - Ethan and Olive hate each other. Is an all exclusive, all expenses paid trip to Hawaii worth spending 10 days with someone you utterly despise? With these two - count me in!I adored the constant back and forth banter between Olive and Ethan. They were hilarious and the underlying sexual tension was palpable. I laughed out loud, smiled so much my cheeks hurt and was left feeling all bubbly inside as I went through the pages of this book. In short, Christina Lauren have done it again - all hail my rom-com queens! ❤️ 👑 ❤️Thank you to the duo known as Christina Lauren, Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an arc of this book.
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars, rounded up.So there I was, feeling a bit of withdrawal since it had been more than two months since I'd read a Christina Lauren book (I read four of their books in 2018, and one in 2017). Then, like a bolt out of the blue, I saw that NetGalley was offering advance copies of their newest book, The Unhoneymooners , and I literally pulled my car over into the first parking lot I saw and submitted my request. (True story. And I kept to my no NetGalley requests while driving rule.)Of cour 4.5 stars, rounded up.So there I was, feeling a bit of withdrawal since it had been more than two months since I'd read a Christina Lauren book (I read four of their books in 2018, and one in 2017). Then, like a bolt out of the blue, I saw that NetGalley was offering advance copies of their newest book, The Unhoneymooners , and I literally pulled my car over into the first parking lot I saw and submitted my request. (True story. And I kept to my no NetGalley requests while driving rule.)Of course, I was granted access to the title, and one day later? I devoured the book and will (kind of) patiently wait for their next one. (A long, long time ago I went to a book signing of John Grisham's for The Pelican Brief . I told him how much I liked the book and he said, "Man, Larry, I just finished this one. Slow down!") But once again, Christina Lauren doesn't disappoint, but gives me all the feels and leaves me giddy.Olive and Ami are identical twins. As far as Olive is concerned, Ami has always been the lucky one, while Olive has recently been laid off from her job and had to move back in with her family when her roommate moved out. Plus, Olive's biggest achievement is getting stuck in an arcade claw machine when she was younger.Ami is also lucky in love—she's about to marry Dane, who may be a little too frat bro-y for Olive's taste, but Olive is happy that her sister is happy. Ami has been able to put on her entire wedding and reception through contests and drawings (which explains the ridiculous, Skittle-green bridesmaid's dresses), but she's given Olive a number of tasks on the big day, most of which include interacting with Ethan, Dane's older brother—and Olive's nemesis since their first meeting took an ugly turn a few years ago."Too tall, too fit, too classically pretty. Never friendly, never trustworthy, never any fun. He puts on an innocent smile—innocent on the surface: a flash of teeth, a dimple, but in his eyes, it's all black-souled."When Ethan and Olive are virtually the only two people not to contract food poisoning at the reception, Ami and Dane have a free honeymoon in Maui that is use-it-or-lose-it. Olive is certainly not going to let Ethan enjoy Maui by himself, so she agrees to go. They both figure there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful scenery—and lose the other. But when they realize they'll need to pretend to be giddy honeymooners for 10 days, it seems like a small price to pay for paradise, right?When unexpected encounters with people from both of their lives force them to tear into their acting roles with greater passion, Olive starts to realize that she doesn't mind spending time with Ethan and pretending to be married to him. Maybe he's not as bad as she thought he was—and maybe she can't get enough of being with him. But what is real and what is an act? What will happen when they leave paradise and go home to Minnesota? Will they fall back into their antagonistic relationship?The thing about Christina Lauren's books (other than terrific characters you root for, great emotions, humor, and hot sex) is that even though you probably can predict most of what will happen, you get so hooked on the story, and you're so charmed by it, that it doesn't really matter. Their books get me every time—like I said earlier, I get a little giddy, a little emotional, and I just want more.If you're a fan of rom-coms, or just want a lighter book to divert you from brooding thrillers, Christina Lauren's books are just the ticket. Their book Love and Other Words made my list of the best books I read last year, while Roomies, My Favorite Half-Night Stand , and Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating were not far behind. (Plus, Autoboyography , one of their few YA books, is utterly AMAZING.)NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yrralh/.
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  • Azrah
    January 1, 1970
    Ah. The classic enemies-to-lovers trope. AKA --› my Achilles heel. Christina Lauren's standalone rom/coms have just been improving. I always know I'm going to love it, that I'm going to adore these characters. That they're going to make me laugh and probably make me cry. This was no exception. Olive has always had shitty luck. But when all the guest at her twin sister's wedding end up horribly sick with food poisoning, for once Olive is the lucky one. With the bride and groom sick and none refun Ah. The classic enemies-to-lovers trope. AKA --› my Achilles heel. Christina Lauren's standalone rom/coms have just been improving. I always know I'm going to love it, that I'm going to adore these characters. That they're going to make me laugh and probably make me cry. This was no exception. Olive has always had shitty luck. But when all the guest at her twin sister's wedding end up horribly sick with food poisoning, for once Olive is the lucky one. With the bride and groom sick and none refundable honeymoon tickets, Olive and the grooms brother Ethan, the only other person not affected by the food poisoning, are tasked with enjoying the free vacation. The only problem is that she and Ethan do not get along. At. All. They plan to stay far away from eachother and enjoy their time in Hawaii separately, but that's put to the test when all the activities booked for them are for a couple on honeymoon. Throw in the unexpected pop-up of a new boss and an ex when you're supposed to be pretending to be recently married, and what you have is a shit storm. I really love the fake relationship trope. It's always a winner (okay not always but most of the time).This book reminded me a lot of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (I recommend that book wholeheartedly). And Ethan reminded me a lot of the MC of THG, Joshua Templeman (can I get whoop whoop 🙌). The chemistry between Olive and Ethan was off the charts and their banter was top notch 👌. I came to really care about them and the character growth was also really beautiful to read .I could really see this book as a movie. It was charming and addictive and I didn't want to blink while reading. ARC received in exchange for an honest review.______16 January, 2019YASS GIMME THAT ENEMIES-TO-LOVERS TROPE
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    A humorous enemies-turn-lovers romance fills out the first half of The Unhoneymooners. It's engaging, funny, and sexy. But the co-written aspect of this novel makes itself known as the storyline morphs into a more dramatic second half with several climaxes related to career, trust, family, and relationships. In my opinion, this reading experience felt like two different books were placed under the same cover, and I quite liked the fun one more. However, overall, The Unhoneymooners is indeed enjo A humorous enemies-turn-lovers romance fills out the first half of The Unhoneymooners. It's engaging, funny, and sexy. But the co-written aspect of this novel makes itself known as the storyline morphs into a more dramatic second half with several climaxes related to career, trust, family, and relationships. In my opinion, this reading experience felt like two different books were placed under the same cover, and I quite liked the fun one more. However, overall, The Unhoneymooners is indeed enjoyable and will surely satisfy Christina and Lauren's many fans. Check it out.Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of The Unhoneymooners. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing.Source: NetGalleyAuthor: Christina LaurenPublisher: Gallery Books: Gallery, Threshold, Pocket BooksGenres: Romance Pub Date: May 14, 2019
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  • Kaceey
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, this was just downright charming! I actually caught myself laughing out loud so many times!Olive and her sister Ami are identical twins who couldn’t be more different! Where Ami is confident, Olive is most comfortable under the radar. Where Ami is sleek and thin, Olive is a ‘curvy girl” Where good luck always seems to sway Ami’s way - well, you get the picture.Ami is getting married! She’s managed to finance her entire wedding with winnings from numerous raffles and giveaways! Rather industr Oh, this was just downright charming! I actually caught myself laughing out loud so many times!Olive and her sister Ami are identical twins who couldn’t be more different! Where Ami is confident, Olive is most comfortable under the radar. Where Ami is sleek and thin, Olive is a ‘curvy girl” Where good luck always seems to sway Ami’s way - well, you get the picture.Ami is getting married! She’s managed to finance her entire wedding with winnings from numerous raffles and giveaways! Rather industrious on her part, but perhaps not the most glamorous or picture perfect. (The bridesmaids’ dresses are a lovely lime green!) But hey, it’s all free. Including the enormous, seafood buffet that not surprisingly leaves everyone hugging the nearest toilet! When Ami and her new husband find themselves unable to take their honeymoon, they encourage their siblings to go instead. Twin Olive can certainly pass for Ami. And Ethan will do his best to take on his younger brothers’ identity. And off they go…Maui, here we come!Sounds incredible right! A free 10 day trip to tropical, exotic sandy beaches! Here’s the hitch in the plan. Turns out Olive and Ethan don’t get along. I mean...not even a little bit! But come on, who can pass up a free trip!I think I smiled from beginning to end. Their bumbling antics kept me giggling throughout!The duo known as Christina Lauren have done it again! They’ve written a delightfully engaging read that will have you zipping through the pages to see what predicament the two “honeymooners” have now found themselves in.This book played like a movie in my mind! Hollywood...are you reading this?Absolutely loved it!A buddy read with Susanne that left us both smiling!💕Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery Threshold Pocket Books and Christina Lauren for an ARC to read and review.
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    Gah you want a steamy,summer romance? Look no further!
  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    5 Sweet, Endearing, Laugh-out-Loud Stars!Christina Lauren: You Make Me Smile! Are you in the mood for a book that will make your heart soar and will have you laughing almost from the get go? One that will have you breaking into a smile with all of the humorous sarcastic back and forth comments, but won’t make you “cover your eyes?” (lol). If so, “The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren is for you! I thought it was Pure Perfection! Olive and Ami are identical twins. Ami is about to get married to 5 Sweet, Endearing, Laugh-out-Loud Stars!Christina Lauren: You Make Me Smile! Are you in the mood for a book that will make your heart soar and will have you laughing almost from the get go? One that will have you breaking into a smile with all of the humorous sarcastic back and forth comments, but won’t make you “cover your eyes?” (lol). If so, “The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren is for you! I thought it was Pure Perfection! Olive and Ami are identical twins. Ami is about to get married to Dane and has planned everything to the T. The best part of course is that Ami has gotten everything for free - she wins internet contests and is simply lucky in life. Olive however is extremely unlucky. Bad things happen to her constantly - she’s like a magnet. Worst of all, Olive is going to have to spend her sister’s wedding with Dane’s older brother Ethan, who treats Olive like a bug who got stuck on the bottom of his shoe. Then it happens. Just when Olive thought she was the one with the bad luck: everyone except she and Ethan get shellfish poisoning at the wedding and she and Ethan are forced to go on the honeymoon planned for Ami and Dane. The catch? They have to pretend that they are the Honeymooners. Maybe Olive isn’t so unlucky after all.Olive is a gal who has never given herself a chance. What she needed was a little push. Looks like she got one. And he’s quite cute too!While I wouldn’t call myself a believer, these books sure make me want to. After reading Christina Lauren and other rom coms, I break into smiles in public, laugh more often and dance alone in my kitchen. What better response is there? I can attest to the fact that my book buddy Kaceey and I laughed a lot during this one and that is the best medicine possible. So glad we read this one together Kaceey and that we have added women’s fiction and rom coms to our repertoire. Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery Books and Christina Lauren for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Published on Goodreads on 2.18.19.*Will be published on Amazon and Twitter on publication date.Excerpt to be published on Instagram.
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓾𝓷. 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓪𝓷𝓭. 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓢𝓷𝓪𝓻𝓴. 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓮𝔁𝓾𝓪𝓵 𝓽𝓮𝓷𝓼𝓲𝓸𝓷. Christina Lauren can do no wrong! This was another homerun from this amazing writing duel. Olive’s twin sister Amy is getting married. The wedding goes off without a hitch and it should because Amy has given Olive a to do list over 75 items long. BUT The perfect day is hijacked by the seafood buffet that makes every single guest sick, with the exception of Olive and Ethan the groom’s brother. Bride Amy is sick as can be, but does not want her hon 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓾𝓷. 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓪𝓷𝓭. 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓢𝓷𝓪𝓻𝓴. 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓮𝔁𝓾𝓪𝓵 𝓽𝓮𝓷𝓼𝓲𝓸𝓷. Christina Lauren can do no wrong! This was another homerun from this amazing writing duel. Olive’s twin sister Amy is getting married. The wedding goes off without a hitch and it should because Amy has given Olive a to do list over 75 items long. BUT The perfect day is hijacked by the seafood buffet that makes every single guest sick, with the exception of Olive and Ethan the groom’s brother. Bride Amy is sick as can be, but does not want her honeymoon to go to waste, so she convinces her sister to take her place. The problem Olive’s plus one will be Ethan and the two of them have never got along. Well that might be putting it mildly the two pretty much can’t stand the sight of one another. BUT how can Olive resist 10 days in Maui? Loved this book from cover to cover. The sun. The sand. The sexual tension. Olive was a fabulous character smart, snarky, and sassy. Enemies to lovers is one of my absolute favorite tropes and I loved how it played out in this story. The banter between Olive and Ethan was perfection. The story is told from Olive’s perspective. I generally like getting the mail POV as well in romances, but I thought this was really impactful in this book. We got to know Ethan as Olive did. Ethan was a great guy and I think I might have fallen in love with him right along with Olive. There are a few times during this book he said the absolute right thing at the perfect time. I said awww out loud a few times. I also found myself laughing out loud quite a bit. I love humor in my romances. BUT this book add a bit of a more serious side in parts. I thought this balance everything out well and I loved the resolution to the issues in this book. There was one part of this book that had me standing up cheering! You’ll know what I’m talking about if you have read this book! If you are a Christina Lauren fan you will love this book! If you have not read them yet, what are you waiting for? This was a romcom done perfectly. The perfect blend of sass, Snark, swoon, and sizzle. A cast of engaging well developd characters and I really loved how important family was in this book. Well I’ve said a lot, I could go on anon, but I won’t, I will spare you all! Just read it! it’s fantastic!🎧🎧🎧 Cynthia Farrell did an amazing job with her audiobook narration. She gave a perfect voice to both Olive and Ethan. I want to give her big props on her male voices. Deacon Lee came in and narrated the epilogue, he’s one of my favorites so of course I think he did a fab job!*** Big thanks to Gallery and Simon & Schuster Audio for my copy of this book ***
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  • Cristina | CristiinaReads
    January 1, 1970
    ➳Christina Lauren have brought another romance filled with enemies to lovers type of ambiance, that will sometimes have you questioning whether Olive and Ethan are meant to be... ➳When it comes down to anything that it written by Christina, there is no denying that I will do anything to get my hands on anything written by them. Maybe it's because the novel was hyped up, and also maybe because I am not the biggest fan of enemies to lovers kind of romance, but I was not the biggest fan of this n ➳Christina Lauren have brought another romance filled with enemies to lovers type of ambiance, that will sometimes have you questioning whether Olive and Ethan are meant to be... ➳When it comes down to anything that it written by Christina, there is no denying that I will do anything to get my hands on anything written by them. Maybe it's because the novel was hyped up, and also maybe because I am not the biggest fan of enemies to lovers kind of romance, but I was not the biggest fan of this novel. Which does indeed disappoint me because I wish I could have given it a five stars review. This review in general is still positive because the story in general is one that did catch my eye and did make me laugh every so often. Olive is yet again another character that has that quirky side to her that had me connected to her as an individual. ➳With Ethan however... I am not sure just yet how I feel about him. Listening to his brother to get the "best" of him? And deny the attraction he has towards Olive? Hmmm... I guess that makes the story a little bit better, but in reality I would have punched him in the face for denying his one true love, especially with someone such as Olive. I guess this makes the overall point of view and also change of plot in the story, but I don't like there being internal denial on a character. Ethan is described as a mysterious individual but I don't see him that way. Whatever way I think of him, I will keep it to myself because I still have not been able to grasp my true opinion.➳This novel overall has it's potential of love and admiration. I give full pledge honors to Olive for that, because without her latina spark I would not have been able to thoroughly enjoy this novel. Thank you so much to Gallery Books for sending this beauty over, looking forward to reading more reviews on this novel.➳ARC galley kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review...➳Follow Me On:Blog ♕ Instagram ♕ Facebook ♕ Twitter
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  • honey (littlewolfreads)
    January 1, 1970
    this book made me cry because they are so cute that i started to feel lonely so 5 stars i guess
  • Gabby
    January 1, 1970
    Holy shit I loved this so much. Christina Lauren is one of my favorite authors and I was absolutely STOKED when Gallery Books sent me an ARC of their latest romance The Unhoneymooners. I think I honestly have a new favorite from them. This one or Autoboyography is my favorite book from this author now, ahhh.This is an adorable rom-com that follows this girl named Olive who is chronically unlucky, and her twin sister Ami who is absurdly lucky. Ami is marrying this guy named Dane and Olive can't s Holy shit I loved this so much. Christina Lauren is one of my favorite authors and I was absolutely STOKED when Gallery Books sent me an ARC of their latest romance The Unhoneymooners. I think I honestly have a new favorite from them. This one or Autoboyography is my favorite book from this author now, ahhh.This is an adorable rom-com that follows this girl named Olive who is chronically unlucky, and her twin sister Ami who is absurdly lucky. Ami is marrying this guy named Dane and Olive can't stand Dane's brother Ethan. At Ami and Dane's wedding, the entire wedding party gets food poisoning except for Olive and Ethan who didn't eat the fish, so Ami tells Olive to take her nonrefundable honeymoon trip to Hawaii and Dane tells his brother Ethan to take the trip: so Ethan and Olive take the trip to Hawaii together. This romance has a lot of my favorite romance tropes: hate to love, slow burn romance, fake dating/fake marriage, it really has it all. I am absolute trash for the fake dating trope I just love it so much and this book does it sooooo well.It's been along time since a romance novel has made me so giddy. I just adore the hell out of Olive and Ethan both, and this book reminded me of one of my all time favorite romances: The Hating Game because their banter is so on point. Like for real, this is one of the funniest fucking books I've ever read, I giggled out loud many times, and I devoured this story is two sittings. I could not put it down. Their chemistry is so contagious, I was grinning form ear to ear the entire time I was reading this. This story would make for the perfect rom-com beachy movie. I could picture it all in my head so vividly.I love Olive's mexican family which reminded me so much of my own. I love her relationship with her twin sister Ami, they were totally adorbs. I also loved how her parents have been separated for so long but never divorced, and her gay cousin Diego. The closeness of their family and the way they supported each other through everything just reminded me so much of my own family and it was just really sweet. Also, Olive's unlucky streak was entertaining as hell and she has some really great stories about unlucky things that have happened to her I was cackling. I tend to be more of a pessimistic person too like Olive so I found her general attitude towards life really relatable. Ethan is my favorite kind of male love interest: he's strong but soft and he seems so rough around the edges but once you get to know him he's a total softy, and he's a cute drunk and he wants to see the best in people and he respects women and he's crazy passionate about his nerdy job and I just adored the shit out of him. I just loved this so so so so much. I've found a new all time favorite romance/OTP/book. I just want to run around recommending this book to everyone and I want to reread it immediately upon finishing it which is always a good sign. Don't skip this one in May!Book 1 of the Contemporary-a-thon is complete!
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  • Whitney Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsThanks Gallery Books for the advanced reading copy!Another book to add to my Superior Enemies to Lovers shelf! The night I picked this up, I ended up reading 250 pages all in one sitting and staying up until 7 AM. The plot of this is SOOOO addicting and seeing Ethan and Olive's shenanigans unfold and their combative personalities play out was so entertaining and hilarious. Christina Lauren have this unmatched writing style where everything they say is fun and funny without being cheesy 4.5 StarsThanks Gallery Books for the advanced reading copy!Another book to add to my Superior Enemies to Lovers shelf! The night I picked this up, I ended up reading 250 pages all in one sitting and staying up until 7 AM. The plot of this is SOOOO addicting and seeing Ethan and Olive's shenanigans unfold and their combative personalities play out was so entertaining and hilarious. Christina Lauren have this unmatched writing style where everything they say is fun and funny without being cheesy or unrealistic. Her characters reflect this writing style and are always so two dimensional with hilarious dialogue and such messy lives that still make you envy them and put yourself in their shoes because they end up in such unglamourous yet adorable relationships. I giggled and laughed and cried multiple times while reading this, which partially may be because I was on my period, but also it was just the perfect read for someone who loves really candid characters and witty dialogue. The ~island adventure~ part of this book, which I would have rated 5 stars, immediately got a bit glossed over for the last half of the book to be about family drama, which was still fine but clearly I prefer the angst and sexiness lol. Despite my gripe about the family drama, I really liked that Olive was Mexican, and accordingly, her big family was very present and supportive. On the note of representation, Olive was also described as being "curvy," which was mentioned a couple times.The issues I had with this were all so minor and could almost be posed as just a list of personal preferences that I wish were in the book, but they still culminated enough to make me feel like this book wasn't quite a 5 star read. For it to have reached that 5-star quality, I would have liked . . . 1. Olive and Ethan's closeness to not have been spurred by a "make my ex-girlfriend jealous when she sees us" trope2. The conflict in the last half of the book to be spread out more evenly throughout the entire book; it seemed like the first half was fun and games and the last half was really heavy on the emotion.3. More sexiness. The only sex scene was skipped over and I'm disappointed Christina Lauren didn't deliver on the steamy side of this book.4. Ethan to not defend a shitty person? idk, I know it's supposed to be one of his character flaws, but it made him slightly less attractive.Basically, the reason I marked .5 off is because I'm selfish and I wanted this book to be the way I was expecting to be lol. Nevertheless, it still ranks up there with Josh & Hazel and Sweet Filthy Boy, which I loved! And once again, the more I read by Christina Lauren, the more I'm convinced that they can do no wrong.
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    A fun and delightful escape read! Just what I needed.... After a few emotional reads, this proved to be just what I needed for a bit of an escape to Maui with two sweet, witty characters. I fell in love with them and wanted to continue reading their story every night when I was unwinding from a stress filled day.I'm a huge fan of stories themes involving vacation spots, weddings, twins and frenemies to romance! Nothing is complicated here, just a free vacay for me.What is not to love? A vacatio A fun and delightful escape read! Just what I needed.... After a few emotional reads, this proved to be just what I needed for a bit of an escape to Maui with two sweet, witty characters. I fell in love with them and wanted to continue reading their story every night when I was unwinding from a stress filled day.I'm a huge fan of stories themes involving vacation spots, weddings, twins and frenemies to romance! Nothing is complicated here, just a free vacay for me.What is not to love? A vacation that has mishaps that made me smile, some sweet heat and cocktails, and a huge smile when I closed the book.Looking for a light, fun, FIVE star sweet romance?  Loved this one.Out May 14,2019. Thanks Gallery for my review copy!  
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  • Jilly
    January 1, 1970
    You know when you are talking with a bunch of people and you're totally cracking each other up and having a great time, but then there is that one killjoy who tries to make it all serious and stuff?Yeah, sure. They probably are. Soooooo, who invited you exactly?That is this book. It is super funny and crazy and cute... .for a while.Again, thanks, um... are you related to us or something? Why are you in your nightgown?The story is about a wedding-from-hell that ends up sending the best man and ma You know when you are talking with a bunch of people and you're totally cracking each other up and having a great time, but then there is that one killjoy who tries to make it all serious and stuff?Yeah, sure. They probably are. Soooooo, who invited you exactly?That is this book. It is super funny and crazy and cute... .for a while.Again, thanks, um... are you related to us or something? Why are you in your nightgown?The story is about a wedding-from-hell that ends up sending the best man and maid of honor on the honeymoon. They hate each other, but want the free Hawaiian vacation. I gotta admit, I'd go to Hawaii with my arch nemesis. It just so happens that my arch nemesis is Chris Hemsworth, so that's convenient. No, I'm not lying.They end up having a great time and falling for each other. Not a spoiler. If you didn't know that, you need to do more reading, or watch any movie or television show. There are tons of hilarious circumstances that happen. Are they realistic? No. But, that's okay because it is fun. I don't need realism if I'm laughing and enjoying the ride.But then they go home. And, suddenly the book turns into an angsty drama with a bunch of bullshit stuff happening that isn't funny at all.Oh my God! Why would you announce that while we are playing Yahtzee? Just roll the damn dice!So the second half of the book lost all of its humor. I was bummed because my hopes were really high. Oh well.*sigh* Yes. Yes we are.
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    “The problem with lying about relationships is that humans are fickle, fickle creatures.” Sometimes a fun & heartwarming romance novel, even one with a few problems, is exactly what I need. Honestly, this is around a 3 1/2 but I’m not even going to pretend it didn't make me so exceptionally happy I might have melted my cold dead heart. This was my first dude read in a while with Chaima, and I'm so glad it was a good one. After lead character Olive’s sister Ami and her fiance Dane are pois “The problem with lying about relationships is that humans are fickle, fickle creatures.” Sometimes a fun & heartwarming romance novel, even one with a few problems, is exactly what I need. Honestly, this is around a 3 1/2 but I’m not even going to pretend it didn't make me so exceptionally happy I might have melted my cold dead heart. This was my first dude read in a while with Chaima, and I'm so glad it was a good one. After lead character Olive’s sister Ami and her fiance Dane are poisoned by shelfish, along with the rest of their wedding party, Olive is dragged into taking their tickets to a Hawaii honeymoon. There’s only one problem: this involves faking a relationship with her enemy Ethan, Dane’s brother. This biggest problem with the narrative of this novel is that Olive’s character arc feels weak. Olive losing her job because of the lying honestly sucked to read. It really does feel like 1. an overreaction and 2. something that results directly from a stupid decision. And it goes very against the fake dating trope, to me, for someone to get fired because of their fake dating. Because her lack of love for her job is not established very seriously until late in the book, the “payoff” of her career decision doesn’t feel earned. Due to the structure, we also don’t get a lot of insight into who Olive is outside of Ami and Ethan, so a line where Ami says she’s made a lot of changes falls a bit flat. It’s not that I don’t see where the authors are going with this arc — Olive is unsatisfied in life but doesn’t fully register it yet. It’s just that it doesn’t translate. I also feel the narrative doesn’t know how to handle her being plus size, or maybe doesn’t know whether she is plus size; a bunch of this book is built on a misunderstanding Olive had about Ethan’s perceptions of her body, and I wanted the narrative to delve into that just a bit more The biggest complaint I have here, however, is some of the handling of the Dane storyline. SPOILERS AHEAD: First of all, Dane’s characterization bugged me just a tiny bit; the book sort of treats him like a subplot until the end and then makes it the main plot. The fact that Ethan doesn’t immediately fucking panic upon the realization that Ami actually didn’t know Dane was cheating for two years feels… honestly, out of character? Ethan is not an asshole, and he is not an idiot, and I can understand being in denial, but his on-page reaction is mostly dismissive, which is just not in character. Were Ethan’s reaction to the Dane situation shifted more towards anger and denial, his character would feel both more consistent and more forgivable. But that’s not to say that there aren’t enough pros to make this feel like a worthwhile romance. It takes a lot to write really good banter and this book did it, consistently, without ever feeling cringey. I think this is honestly Christina Lauren’s main talent as a writing duo and I’m here for it; Ethan and Olive have such a good and fun dynamic right off the bat with just a few one-liners. The banter isn’t necessarily hilarious, just really entertaining and really sweet, and I ended up pretty damn invested in these two characters getting together. Fake dating is so so entertaining and I think I’ve mostly only read it in fanfiction before? (Yes, I read fanfiction, you couldn’t tell that from the everything about me?) Like, honestly, it’s a romance, I’m living for that cheesy tense goodness. You know what I’m about, son. Olive and Ami are also both biracial (Mexican and white) and the relationship between them felt really well-written and well-drawn to me. I deeply appreciated the emphasis on solidarity between women, and that though there is conflict between the sisters, they remain close, and their relationship is given deep narrative weight. Oh, um. This book has exactly one explicit sex scene, in which Ethan eats Olive out. I actually don’t read a lot of m/f romance novels because I had never read a romance novel in my life till last year and also, I’m gay, but cis women actually getting to orgasm and have sexual pleasure is still not very normalized and this book breaks that. Feminism! Anyway, I guess my point is that despite a few problems, I really enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good romance novel. Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Jonetta
    January 1, 1970
    Olive Torres couldn’t be more opposite of her identical twin, Ami, who seems to be the one gifted with all the luck. Olive...not so much. It’s the occasion of Ami’s wedding to Dane Thomas and Olive isn’t looking forward to her pairing with the groom’s best man and brother, Ethan. Their first meeting didn’t go so well and it was just downhill since. What begins as a 24-hour tolerance turns into a 10-day honeymoon vacation when the entire wedding party suffers from food poisoning (bad shellfish) a Olive Torres couldn’t be more opposite of her identical twin, Ami, who seems to be the one gifted with all the luck. Olive...not so much. It’s the occasion of Ami’s wedding to Dane Thomas and Olive isn’t looking forward to her pairing with the groom’s best man and brother, Ethan. Their first meeting didn’t go so well and it was just downhill since. What begins as a 24-hour tolerance turns into a 10-day honeymoon vacation when the entire wedding party suffers from food poisoning (bad shellfish) and Olive & Ethan replace the bride and groom on their non-refundable Maui trip. She’s allergic to shellfish and he won’t eat food on a buffet so they avoided illness. This is their start to what becomes a hilarious and unplanned romantic getaway in Hawaii. I count on this writing team to craft interesting and often quirky characters that you love to love. They’ve done it again with Olive Torres and her equally fascinating twin sister, Ami. The events leading up to the wedding (almost free because of Ami’s skill at coupon collecting and luck with contest entries) had me in stitches. Olive and Ethan’s duplicity in having to pose as the newlyweds created some sticky moments while in Hawaii that served up some funny and often awkward situations, too. All of this created a foundation for these two to bond and explore each other in ways they wouldn’t and couldn’t have at home. The romance kind of sneaks up on you, which made that even better when it finally develops. Lest you think this is all laughs and frolics, the story does take a serious turn when they return home and face some unforeseen consequences and issues that test them individually and as a couple. I loved Cynthia Farrell, the narrator who handled the entire book, told from Olive’s point of view, until Deacon Lee (one of my favorites) closed with Ethan’s narrative in the epilogue. She does humor really well and handled the transition to serious effectively. I continue to be impressed with the narrator selections for this team’s books. I started listening to this book in the early evening and kept adjusting my stopping point agreement until I realized I only had an hour to go and finished it in the wee hours. There was just no way to put it down. I loved Olive but needed some warming up to Ethan, just as she did so I was obviously immersed in the story. It’s a delightful tale with some strong themes around family, loyalty and being true to yourself. The authors continue to be auto reads for me. (Thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 rounded up to 4 , who says rom-coms cannot be smartly written anymore stars! This makes you laugh out loud and gives cramps in stomach book is an entertaining and joyful , enemies to lovers reading which still carries most of the lovable rom com cliches such as:-Hero makes over the top romantic gestures✅-Heroine realizes the right person is just in front of her the whole time but from the beginning they were misunderstanding each other. ✅-Ex-girlfriend appears and makes the hero understands 3.5 rounded up to 4 , who says rom-coms cannot be smartly written anymore stars! This makes you laugh out loud and gives cramps in stomach book is an entertaining and joyful , enemies to lovers reading which still carries most of the lovable rom com cliches such as:-Hero makes over the top romantic gestures✅-Heroine realizes the right person is just in front of her the whole time but from the beginning they were misunderstanding each other. ✅-Ex-girlfriend appears and makes the hero understands how heroine is the best choice as soon as he remembers his wrong choices at the past. ✅- Couple’s hatred turns into burning passion ( Hell yeah!)✅✅✅-Showing up in the audience to confess his feelings✅Ollie is a spirited, smart, sexy heroine, who determinedly stays positive and looks everything from bright side, even she suffers from bad luck for years. She recently loses her job, apartment and roommate. Her identical twin Ami looks like a luck attraction machine. Till her wedding turns to a disaster! Only two people still standing after mass food poisoning at the wedding! Ollie and her great enemy, brother of groom, Ethan! But good news these survivors are also getting their free all exclusive, all expanses paid 10 days long honeymoon trip to Hawaii! As soon as they start their trip, first they act like a couple to deceive hotel crew. Then their fake love game continues as Ollie notices her future boss and his wife are at the hotel . And of course when Ethan’s ex includes in the equation, their pretending lasts much longer they expected! And finally they stopped pretending, they got action ( Of course I loved this part!!!)The book is mostly about Ollie, her relationship with her sister, her revelations about the life and her changing. Her family is so much fun and I enjoyed their type of communication so much!As a couple, Ollie and Ethan have amazing chemistry. They are sexy, good together and their dialogues are witty, funny, catchy. But Ethan has a little weak and pretentious hero for me! Why he listens his own brother who tries to sabotage their relationship and why did he propose his ex who has only good appearance ?And she has nothing in common with him that proves our hero is only picky when he chooses his food!!!As a summary, it was enjoyable, entertaining, great page turner and smart rom com we need for our souls!!!!
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  • Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the brooding villain)
    January 1, 1970
    “I want to say something sassy, but the only coherent thought that comes to mind is how insulting it is that eyelashes like his were wasted on Satan’s Errand Boy, so I just give a perfunctory nod and turn down the hall.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐giggling stars I couldn't stop cackling, this has to be one of my favourite Christina Lauren books. I never thought I'd say that previous sentence. I've never been a fan of Christina Lauren, quite the contrary, I used to be a harsh critic of their work. But I don't know, I “I want to say something sassy, but the only coherent thought that comes to mind is how insulting it is that eyelashes like his were wasted on Satan’s Errand Boy, so I just give a perfunctory nod and turn down the hall.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️giggling stars I couldn't stop cackling, this has to be one of my favourite Christina Lauren books. I never thought I'd say that previous sentence. I've never been a fan of Christina Lauren, quite the contrary, I used to be a harsh critic of their work. But I don't know, I guess they got better, or my expectations degraded without my knowing. Synopsis: Olive hates Ethan with a burning passion. Unfortunately, they're in-laws, now. Even worse, the entire wedding party has fallen hill due to food poisoning, and the only two left standing are -you guessed it, Olive and Ethan. The pair, now, has to have fun for the newlyweds who can not enjoy their honeymoon and fly to Hawai... Who will kill the other first? I thought this book was incredibly fun, I never physically reacted to a book as much as I did to this one. I found myself laughing out loud, squealing, and sighing in despair. It never happens to me. But this time it did. The characters grew on me pretty quickly. I personally related to Ethan a lot, and Olive was loads of fun, her POV was witty and I loved her train of thoughts. It's really hard for me to like a character but I believe they bring something to the table; a new and fresh perspective on romance. “Rumor has it your dad brought her flowers and she pulled off every petal and used them to spell PUTA in the snow.” The plot was simple and yet executed, I think the slow-burn romance was well-developed. The general idea for the plot left cleared enough space for the characters to grow and for the imagination to flow, which it did. There are so many troubles that arise during this book, it could have been a tv novella for all I know, but damn if it wasn't entertaining! I highly recommend this book for the summer, the description of Hawai was incredible, which makes the Unhoneymooners the perfect beach read. It's quick, witty, funny and fuzzy.
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  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    January 1, 1970
    What an utterly charming, heartfelt story . . . with lots of snark, sizzle, and pop! Loved it! The Unhoneymooners is a witty enemies to lovers romance featuring Olive, twin sister of the bride, and Ethan, brother to the groom - sworn enemies although neither seem to understand why. When everyone in the wedding party falls ill (except for the two of them), Olive and Ethan find themselves on the honeymoon (or unhoneymoon) of a lifetime . . . together! Talk about an odd couple! Olive's just one bri What an utterly charming, heartfelt story . . . with lots of snark, sizzle, and pop! Loved it! The Unhoneymooners is a witty enemies to lovers romance featuring Olive, twin sister of the bride, and Ethan, brother to the groom - sworn enemies although neither seem to understand why. When everyone in the wedding party falls ill (except for the two of them), Olive and Ethan find themselves on the honeymoon (or unhoneymoon) of a lifetime . . . together! Talk about an odd couple! Olive's just one brick shy of being a jinx - if it weren't for bad luck, she'd have no luck at all. Unlike her twin sister, she's all curves (not that Ethan noticed!). Ethan's a numbers guy - organized, optimistic, and drop-dead sexy (not that Olive noticed!). What will the two of them do while occupying the honeymoon suite (only one giant bed) for ten glorious days in Hawaii? What ensues is a hilarious comedy of errors as everything that can go wrong does. And while it might be clear to readers where this story will eventually end, it's a blast getting there.The Unhoneymooners is Rom-Com done-right. But more than that, this story has a hidden depth and message I wasn't expecting and didn't see coming. What starts off as a seemingly simple plot of slapstick style comedy turns serious as the plot line takes a few unexpected twists and turns, leaving some characters, as well as this reader, wondering exactly what would happen as it all plays out. I loved Olive's spunk and wit, but even more - her journey of self-discovery and acceptance. The writing, as always, is flawless as these authors deliver yet again. Prepare to laugh out loud, get the warm & fuzzy feelings, and really embrace the heat as they bring it! Another Must Read by the masters of Rom-Com! You don't want to miss this one!*With thanks to the publisher for an arc of this book!**Reviewed at Cross My Heart Reviews
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  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
    January 1, 1970
    I’m a HUGE fan of enemies to lovers. The animosity, the tension, and the banter is what makes me come back for more. Combine this trope with brilliant writing and unique subplots – and you got yourself a winner.Olive was delightful.Spunky, sassy and never lost for words, Olive owned my heart! Supposedly she had the worst luck ever, poor girl, and some of her stories were hilarious but also kinda sad. The claw machine incident was my favorite – you’ll know when you get to it. But all of the bad l I’m a HUGE fan of enemies to lovers. The animosity, the tension, and the banter is what makes me come back for more. Combine this trope with brilliant writing and unique subplots – and you got yourself a winner.Olive was delightful.Spunky, sassy and never lost for words, Olive owned my heart! Supposedly she had the worst luck ever, poor girl, and some of her stories were hilarious but also kinda sad. The claw machine incident was my favorite – you’ll know when you get to it. But all of the bad luck didn’t bring her down, she had an attitude that could have conquered everything.Ethan was a gem!Level headed, well balanced, and just the right amount of alpha to keep Olive grounded, he was her match. Ethan was boyfriend material – no question asked. He was adorable, extremely supportive, and just an all-around good guy.Olive’s bad “luck” finally took a break when she was forced to go on a honeymoon with her “enemy” Ethan. Interestingly enough, those two really clicked well – especially personality wise – when they both started opening up. And from there on I was in LOVE with them. Olive and Ethan were #couplegoals. They were like yin and yang. And their time together felt effortless. I’m truly honest when I say this – I was JEALOUS of how easy and comfortable their relationship was. Beautiful, touching, funny – they had it all.It’s really astounding how well these authors write their couples. They are always down to earth, charming, genuinely likable, funny and smart. A CL couple is by far my most favorite of all. Always well balanced and just awesome in everything that counts. I know I’m gushing, but I have a real crush on Olive and Ethan. That’s just fact!!ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ If you want to chat with me about books, follow me on Instagram
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  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    The team of Christina Lauren really know how to do a fun, funny romance. Olive’s identical twin sister is getting married, and thus Olive has no choice but to see the groom’s brother, her nemesis, Evan. The first time they met, Evan food shamed her, and their relationship didn’t get better from there. Olive is not about to apologize for her curves. But when the entire wedding party gets ill from the seafood buffet except Olive and Evan, they agree to pretend to be the happily married couple and The team of Christina Lauren really know how to do a fun, funny romance. Olive’s identical twin sister is getting married, and thus Olive has no choice but to see the groom’s brother, her nemesis, Evan. The first time they met, Evan food shamed her, and their relationship didn’t get better from there. Olive is not about to apologize for her curves. But when the entire wedding party gets ill from the seafood buffet except Olive and Evan, they agree to pretend to be the happily married couple and go on the honeymoon in Maui since the tickets are nonrefundable.A series of coincidences that aren’t particularly believable but you go along with anyway forces Olive and Evan to act like giddy newlyweds. As they’re faking it, they learn things about each other and about Evan’s brother that, for a while at least, makes them see each other in a whole different way. I haven’t enjoyed a romance this much in a long time. Thanks so much to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the opportunity to review this novel, which RELEASE MAY 14, 2019. For more reviews, please visit http://www.theresaalan.net/blog
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