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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 RoomiesOlive 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 she pretends to be the luckiest woman alive the it feels like she might be With Christina Lauren’s “uniuely hilarious and touching voice” Entertainment Weekly The Unhoneymooners is a romance for anyone who has ever felt unlucky in love

10 thoughts on “The Unhoneymooners

  1. says:

    I can treat this trip like an actual vacation on a tropical islandYes 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 uite 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 any And they are both I'm uoting 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 lovehate 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 wrongSo far this has definitely sounded 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 meOh and I also liked the super hot massage scene For obvious reasonsHell 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 Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    455This was cute as heck

  4. says:

    So so so good The only reason why it gets a 45 is because I wanted MORE I wanted emotional conversations between the two characters and also for a romance it wasn’t very 👀 steamy 👀 if you catch my drift Genuinely really loved this

  5. says:

    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 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 uite liked the fun one However overall The Unhoneymooners is indeed enjoyable and will surely satisfy Christina and Lauren's many fans Check it outThank 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 ratingreviewingSource NetGalleyAuthor Christina LaurenPublisher Gallery Books Gallery Threshold Pocket BooksGenres Romance Pub Date May 14 2019

  6. says:

    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 bodyAlso there is a very small conversation between Olive’s family members uestioning if a family member is ueer 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 uotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publicationContent 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 uestionable conversation about sexuality that I mentioned above

  7. says:

    never in my life have i read a book that had the same sense of humour as me until now this is honestly one of the funniest books i have ever read i was giggling like a dweeb pretty much throughout the entire thing gosh its such a depressing thought to know i will never be as funny as olive and ethan the charming humour aside this might be the best execution of the enemies to lovers trope since ‘the hating game’ is everything in the story convenient? sure is it super emotionally compelling? not really but it absolutely nails the fact that relationships dont work unless you know your partner on a friendship level and i love the natural connection that developed between olive and ethanmy only complaint would be that the ending is a little rushed there is a massive shift in story dynamic when olive and ethan return from their trip almost feels like an entirely seperate story and it just feels like it ends too soon i think there are some things that could have been explored and i honestly wouldnt have minded a longer book oh well still a fantastic story overall↠ 45 stars

  8. says:

    35 starsThere’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 choiceWas the journey fun and light? For sureWere the coauthors successful in pulling out the laughs? You betEven importantly were there swoon worthy moments capable of rousing my inner giddy and giggly gal? Of courseWas it up to snuff with some of the duo's other novels? NopeThis 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 sayingWith 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 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 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 workWhen 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 winkAll 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 uite special enough to knock Josh and Hazel—the uirky 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

  9. says:

    45 stars This is my new favorite Christina Lauren book I'm OBSESSED I do wish the plus size rep had been a little 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

  10. says:

    “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 uarter 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 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 delightful But still I need girls to stand up for girls this 2019 I really enjoyed this story and definitely will read of the authors' works