Thank you to Gallery Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a honest review!
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.
If you’re looking for a cute, funny, heart-felt read this summer then The Unhoneymooners is definitely worth adding to your TBR’s. It will have you laughing out loud while sitting on the beach, at the pool, or let’s face it, inside in the AC all day. However, if you are expecting the Christina Lauren smut we’ve been given in the past, Beautiful Bastard series I’m looking at you, then just as a heads up this is probably going to let you down a little bit.
When I heard we were getting a new enemies to lovers novel from Christina Lauren I was hyped. I didn’t really care about the details, I just knew I would be reading it. Then when I read the synopsis of the book I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. The rundown of the story goes as follows, Olive and Ami are identical twins. Ami is getting married. When a bout of food poisoning plagues Ami’s entire wedding Olive and Ethan (Ami’s fiancé’s brother) take their places on their honeymoon to Hawaii. Sounds not too bad, right? Except for the fact that Olive and Ethan hate each other, and when Olive runs into her new boss she puts herself into terrible position of telling said new boss that Ethan is her husband. And there may be a certain someone from Ethan’s past who has him quickly pretending Olive is his wife. Now that, my friends, sounds like trouble in paradise.
There are so many other moments throughout this story of things going horribly wrong, that is sure to keep you on your toes and flying through this just to see if anything else can possibly happen. I can’t remember the last time I read a book that had me actually laughing out loud more often than not. And the romance was really cute. As always, there’s that “big fight” that happens just before the end of the book and honestly, I loved it. Nine times out of ten I always think the falling out between the two people is extremely stupid but this one actually worked so well for the story and I was definitely happy with not only the conclusion of the falling out but also the ending of the book as well.
Now, if you haven’t put together what my biggest complaint about this book is…it’s the smut. I’ve previously read Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Bastard series, and y’all, I still sweat thinking about those books. But this may have been their tamest book yet or at least that I’ve read so far. I was NOT expecting the cut to black sex scenes and the minimal smut provided. I actually went back on Goodreads to check and make sure we’re talking about the same authors here, because if you’ve read the Beautiful Bastard series, well, you just know. I came for a smutty good time but unfortunately this didn’t deliver. On the bright side though, if you aren’t a fan of smut obviously this book will continue to be a perfect summer read for you!
All in all, if you’re looking for a book that is going to keep you occupied with a smile on your face for a few hours The Unhoneymooners will gladly do the trick.
Until next time
P.S. – I know I didn’t post any quotes in my review today, but I was too busy laughing instead of highlighting 👀