The Unhoneymooners by Christina LaurenThe Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners

byChristina Lauren

Paperback | May 14, 2019

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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.
Christina Lauren is the pen name used by two authors (Christina and Lauren) who have been writing together since 2009. Their erotic romances include Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, Beautiful Bitch, Beautiful Bombshell, Beautiful Player, and Beautiful Beginning. Their title, Dirty Rowdy Thing, Book 2 in the Wild Seasons series, m...
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Title:The UnhoneymoonersFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 1 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:May 14, 2019Publisher:Gallery BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501128035

ISBN - 13:9781501128035

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Summer or Beach Read for 2019! This was my first Christina Lauren novel and it did not disappoint! I devoured this one in 24 hours. It is the epitome of a perfect summer or beach read!! For all you romance lovers who like their reads without the side of steam!! This one is calling your name!! Any other readers out there huge fans of the enemies to lovers trope ( also as a side note: I am a strong advocate for the friends to lovers trope as well). Olive Torrez and Ethan Thomas are enemies brought together by the dating and union of their siblings, but when catastrophic disaster strikes on the wedding night, and leaves the bride and groom physically unable to go on their non-refundable honeymoon; these two arch enemies take their spots instead. This read has you laughing out loud, on the edge of your seat, gasping in disgust, utterly heartbroken, and yet builds you back up and fills your heart until it's ready to burst in a way that is just beyond comparison. (Developed a slight book crush over here.)
Date published: 2019-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! The characters were so great. It was funny and swoony and wonderful.
Date published: 2019-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartfelt and Romantic We have another hit from Christina Lauren! After falling head over heels in love with this duo's previous work, My Favorite Half-Night Stand, there was no way I was going to pass up on reading The Unhoneymooners. With their signature humour and effortless writing style, Christina Lauren brings together an unlikely pair of rival on a whirlwind trip of their lifetime. The Unhoneymooners was every bit delicious and fun as I expected. So very addictive as I read it in one sitting. Olive is the kind of character I respect. She was responsible and honest to a fault which didn't always work in her favour but she kept true to herself. I'm especially touched by her unequivocal love and loyalty to her twin. Even at her lowest, Olive was thinking of her sister. It was so meaningful to see her dispel the negativity (from both herself and others around her) and realize her potential. Instead of just moving along in life, Olive redefined herself and found her passion. In addition to our excellent female lead, The Unhoneymooners features a dynamic cast of supporting characters. Olive's twin, Ami couldn't have been more different and her new husband was the very definition of *insert colourful word*. Most of all, Olive's gigantic family was lovable from start to finish. I dare you not to love them after meeting them! Ethan wasn't the perfect gentleman but a fair love interest. I wish the romance could've been just a tad steamier but the banter between Olive and Ethan was sexy and cute. Even when they hated each other you could still feel the pull between them. I love how they purposely kept calling each other by the wrong names~ So snarky and amusing. Christina Lauren have yet to fail at making me laugh (and cringe)! I can't wait to see what they put out next! Their romcoms are seriously the best.
Date published: 2019-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, cute, engaging! This was such a fun, relaxing read. I loved Ethan and Olive and all their crazy. Olive has the worse luck ever. Her sister does not. But when the tables turn and Olive’s sister and brand new brother-in-law are laid low from food poisoning, it’s possible her luck has changed. With a new job lined up and her relationship with Ethan moving from enemies to something more, things are looking up. Now if they can hold it together once the honeymoon is over. I absolutely adored this heroine, which is rare for me as I’m all about the hero. Olive had such a great, quirky outlook at life, even if it did seem a bit Eeyore-ish at times, a condition she eventually realizes and corrects. She’s the type of person I’d totally hang out with and love every minute of it. Her inner thoughts had me grinning and laughing as well as shaking my head at some of her antics. I would reread this book all over again because of her. We don’t get a look into Ethan’s thoughts until the epilogue and I really missed having it. It wasn’t easy to tell what he was thinking and his actions didn’t always speak louder than words. As the story unfolds and we are given information from him I grew to love him. He’s not an alpha hero, but something, dare I say…better? He’s the type of man you’d want in your life always. He’s just a regular guy with regular reactions and some insecurities as well as being fallible. In the end, with that epilogue, I was sold completely. This is such an entertaining read, a little lengthy but never boggy and with some drama that didn’t consume the whole story. The chemistry between these two was felt but not sizzling and I’d consider this a bit lite on the smexy times. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful book and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys a light hearted, low angst, enemies-to-lovers romance.
Date published: 2019-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from *4.5 Stars - Another great read by this writing duo! Whenever I see that Christina Lauren have a new book coming out, it automatically gets added to my list of must-read books. I’ve come to the conclusion that they have some magical ability to always put a smile on my face. Of course, that magical ability is all talent. No matter my mood, their writing is an elixir that never fails to have me laughing out loud. Can you imagine spending ten days with someone that you don’t get along with? What if those ten days were in Hawaii… and it was free? That certainly sweetens the pot, doesn’t it? This is the situation that Olive Torres finds herself in. After some bad seafood at her twin sister’s wedding reception leaves everyone sick, including the bride and groom, Ami insists that Olive not let the honeymoon go to waste. All she has to do is pretend that she’s Ami and she will get to spend ten luxurious days in paradise. The only problem is that Ethan Thomas, the best man and groom’s brother, is the only other person who wasn’t afflicted by the tainted buffet food, so it makes perfect sense that he accompanies Olive on the honeymoon and pretend that they are the loving newlyweds. It’s not easy to act like newlyweds, though, when they can barely stand being in the same room together. This whole scenario presented some fabulous drama, wit, and interesting situations and interactions. Olive and Ethan had a long history of disliking each other. Right from the get-go, the tension was in full force with these two. Ethan’s first mistake was giving Olive a judgmental look just because she wanted to chow down on cheese curds at the State Fair. But what I liked about Olive was that she owned her curves and was unapologetic about enjoying food. Yes! Sharing a suite at a resort meant that they would be spending a lot of time together. The more time they spent together, the more this “couple” realized that they actually enjoyed each other’s company. I liked watching their relationship progress, how they maneuvered around each other and truly got to know each other beyond their own assumptions. The Unhoneymooners is a fun-filled, fast-paced enemies-to-lovers romance that provided a great deal of witty banter. Olive and Ethan’s back and forth was everything that you would want from an enemies-to-lovers romance. It had all of the hilarity, chemistry, and even a touch of angst to even things out and get the blood pumping. The authors never rushed the romance along, they allowed the characters to circle each other organically, which is something that I always appreciate in a novel. This book is just another example of why this writing duo is among my list of all-time favorites!
Date published: 2019-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Summer Read! This book was so much fun! If you’re wanting to read a light-hate to love/fake dating romcom then this is the summer read you are looking for. The Unhoneymooners lived up to the high expectations I had going into the book. This book is right up there as one of my favourite Christina Lauren books. I think it’s a really good mix of Josh and Hazel and The Hating Game. I loved the banter and the humour in this book.
Date published: 2019-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny standalone romantic comedy! 4.5/ 5 stars The Unhoneymooners is a standalone romantic comedy. This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019. I hate spoilers so I often do not read the book blurbs in advance. So I had absolutely no idea what this book was going to be about. I will say this. I think that it is important going into this book to know that it is mostly a light, fun, funny, silly comedy. I usually prefer my romances to be more emotional. I definitely think that the last third had a different tone. It was more serious and deeper. And while I enjoyed the silly parts in the beginning I definitely preferred the more serious parts. The narrator of this book is 32 year old Mexican American Olive Torres (1st person POV). The book starts with her identical twin sister Ami getting married. Ami enters giveaways often and is very lucky. Olive is much less lucky. I sort of loved this premise. And it was really fun to think of someone being able to get a wedding or a vacation for almost nothing. Plus the contrast with Olive and how so many things could go wrong ... well it was an interesting part of this book. The book started out with a catchy beginning that was both cute and funny. From there the book does get sillier and more ridiculous. There is a lot of crazy banter. And Olive gets into one awkward situation after another. To me the first half of the book was more for readers who like fun, funny comedy. There was nothing too serious. I prefer more thought-provoking books that make me feel. So while I was amused by the first half. It was comedy and mishap overload. The male lead in this book is Ethan (34). It took me a bit of time to warm up to him. But I liked his witty banter with Olive. And I loved the names that he made up for her (that was so funny). Did I love the romance in this story? Yes and no. It definitely took me a while to like them together. But once everything was explained I became more invested in their story. The last part of this book was set in Minnesota and I was actually very happy about that. The tone was definitely different and the story was more serious. I loved that we got to see more of Olive's family. And I was very interested in all of the developments especially re: Dane (Olive's brother-in-law). Overall, this was mostly a cute silly romantic comedy. However the last part definitely kicked things up a notch and gave me the emotional depth that I was looking for.
Date published: 2019-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life 3.5* I don't know why The Unhoneymooners didn't wow me as much as a lot of CoLo's books. I still thoroughly enjoyed it. But maybe it's because Hazel and Josh are like so amazing that now I'm going to compare are their future books to that one. And it's a little unfair, but also I know what they're capable of. That being said, Olive is a great character. She's a little snarky and pessimistic. Which is me. But also, soft and loving. And like yea, when someone looks like they're judging you, I'm going to be an Olive and go off their judgments too. Ethan, I didn't get. There's nothing wrong with him. I did enjoy their banter and "fighting". But also what was his personality? He didn't have one beyond being someone for Olive to hate and then eventually he turned soft and someone for her to like. The great part was that talking wasn't an issue for them. Being honest and open is their relationship. The first half of the book was alright for me. The honeymoon and all the mishaps and such was fun enough. But I enjoyed the second half and when they got home a lot more. Olive really came into her own then. Realizing she can be a little judgy but also to not just back down from her feelings. Family for Olive is a big aspect of her life. Coming from a big Mexican-American family really shows in Olive's life and personality. Especially being a twin. I love CoLo's books. They have always been an auto-boy/auto-read from the time of BB. And The Unhoneymoons is really no exception. It's amazing to see how far their writing, characters, and stories have progressed. There is zero cheese in their current books. Their characters have all become super relatable and normal everyday people. I'm pretty sure The Unhoneymooners will be another hit for CoLo readers.
Date published: 2019-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute and Summer-y Read! Another CLo book I've read in one sitting - these co-authors are excellent at creating characters you want to root for. In The Unhoneymooners, Olive has a relentless string of bad luck, and a number of hilarious stories to accompany this light adversity - but, she gets to go on her sister's honeymoon after she dodges food poisoning, so things might be looking up. However, it turns out she's saddled with her long time nemesis and newly minted brother-in-law Ethan for the holiday. This is one of the rare (possibly only?) Christina Lauren books I've read that is from a single POV, and I think the story lost a bit of richness for not allowing us to watch things unfold through the eyes of both parties. It certainly would've helped through the last 25% or so, for reasons. That said, the story was hilarious with just the right dash of gravitas. The hate-to-love trope was wonderfully handled, and paired with having the fake married trope made it all the more enjoyable. I can't wait to recommend this story on pub day! Thank you to the publisher via NetGalley for providing me with a copy for review, this is no way influenced my opinion.
Date published: 2019-03-19

Editorial Reviews

“For decades, the tale of a marriage of convenience that becomes something more has inspired countless romances. With Roomies, Christina Lauren put a fresh, modern spin on the trope with their completely un-put-down-able green card romp…. Lauren masters rom-com banter and plotting, while also reminding us that the best entries in the genre are all about recognizing our own value regardless of relationship status. One of our 10 best romances of 2017. A+.”