May 17, 2019
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 is Christina Lauren’s new enemies to lovers romance and I loved every minute of it! I laughed out loud and cried big fat tears. Ethan is totally swoonworthy and Olive is hilarious! Olive’s twin sister is marrying Ethan’s brother. They have never gotten along and they have this hilarious banter that is both mean and funny. When they are the only two people at the wedding who don’t get sick, they are persuaded to go on the honeymoon together. They figured they can have a free vacation and stay away from each other. Well, it doesn’t quite work out that way and they are forced to pretend to be married. Ethan and Olive have amazing chemistry even when they can’t stand each other. But when they spend more time together, they realize there’s attraction and sexual energy between them as well. They both have their reasons for not liking the other. Could they have been wrong this whole time? Could this fake honeymoon turn into something real when they get home? I loved this story. So much! Ethan with his little quirks and his buttoned up attitude and Olive and her love for food and telling it like it is. They appear to be opposites, but when they take off the gloves and actually get to know each other, they realize they actually like each other. A lot. Overall, I laughed, cried, got hot and bothered and loved watching them fall for each other. She showed him how to laugh and he showed her how to be more series. They are perfect for each other!
P.S.: I LOVE the names the call each other!
“What are you doing?”
“God, I don’t know. Just go with it.”
“I can feel your penis.”
“Is this comfortable?”
“No.” I am acutely conscious of every doughnut I’ve ever eaten in my entire life.”
“I always assumed my attraction was obvious. I wanted to translate your frowns and find out what you problem with me was and then bend you over the back of my couch.”
“She was wearing a T-shirt that said Particle Collisions Give Me a Hadron, and I thought any woman who understands a physics pun is someone I need to know.”
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)