The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren was an unexpected pleasure to read. I wanted to do this crazy thing where I read every color of the rainbow for the next few months, starting with red, but the book I picked for red is taking me forever to read and I rented this book through my library program so I guess I'm getting the color yellow out of the way first.
When I read this book I didn't realize that Christina Lauren was actually a duo of authors made up of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. I picked this book because the synopsis intrigued me and I really like the cover. It turned out to be one of my top five reads so far for the year.
Starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews * Publishers Weekly * Library Journal
Named a “Must-Read” by TODAY, Us Weekly, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Goodreads, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, Southern Living, Book Riot, Woman’s Day, The Toronto Star, and more!
For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime—maybe even love—in this romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling authors of Roomies.
Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister Ami is an eternal champion . . . she even managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a slew of contests. Unfortunately for Olive, the only thing worse than constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas.
Olive braces herself for wedding hell, determined to put on a brave face, but when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. Suddenly there’s a free honeymoon up for grabs, and Olive will be damned if Ethan gets to enjoy paradise solo.
Agreeing to a temporary truce, the pair head for Maui. After all, ten days of bliss is worth having to assume the role of loving newlyweds, right? But the weird thing is . . . Olive doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, the more she pretends to be the luckiest woman alive, the more it feels like she might be.
With Christina Lauren’s “uniquely hilarious and touching voice” (Entertainment Weekly), The Unhoneymooners is a romance for anyone who has ever felt unlucky in love.
I give The Unhoneymooners five stars.
This book turned out to be diamond in the rough for me. It had everything I look for in books. Witty banter, fun characters, great dynamic and I really loved how the story flowed and came together in the end.
I think one of things that made me love this books so much is that I kept picturing one of my friends as Olive. Seriously, it was like Christina and Lauren reached into the computer, pulled out my friend (who also happens to be named Christina *ironic... don't you think*) and pushed her into the pages of their book. There was so much character behind Olive's character and I loved how sarcastic and witty she was. She had such a kind soul and I really enjoyed watching her grow throughout the book.
I found Ethan to be a bit off-putting at first, but I eventually warmed up to him. I thought it was cute how he kept calling her everything but her real name, it became a cute quirky thing in their relationship that I found myself wanting more of.
One thing I didn't like about the book was that there were a few loose ends I would've loved to see get tied up. Mainly, the issue with Ethan and his ex. I would've loved to see that witch... insert b in the w's place, get hers in the end. Karma should've smacked her right in the face. I also would've liked to see more of the consequences for what Ethan's brother did in the book.
Overall, this book was a solid love for me. Nothing about the book turned me off from dropping any stars. I definitely will be looking to read more books from this duo and seeing what else they can come up with.
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This book fulfilled all two of my challenges!!!!
For the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge I picked this book as a book that was written in the 20th century.
For my Nerd Daily 2020 Challenge, I chose it as a book written by two authors.
Since this book doesn't technically work for the NA challenge I'm not featuring counting it for that challenge.