Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, 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.

Rating: ★★★★★ 
I was sent an eARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not change my view in any shape or form.

Witty, sexy and completely irresistible, The Unhoneymooners is Christina Lauren's best release yet. As always, the duo are on fire with their positively indulgent romance and prove they are one of the leaders of the pack when it comes to the genre. I. AM. OBSESSED. The Unhoneymooners is the sort of book that you will NEED to devote your entire day to. Once you settle in with it, you're not going anywhere because it deserves your full attention.

It demands it. Or, I demand it, I'm not really sure which it is yet. The lines have kind of blurred. It's just... I--seriously adored this and like, serious question here, can I just have the entire book tattooed on my forehead? No, Jessica, that's weird

Back on track: 

If you love enemies-to-lovers tropes with a few delicious sprinkles of body positivity, empowering women, humorous leads and general unexpectedness: this is the book for you. Christina Lauren get sharper with every title they publish and this is proof of it. When I say that my focus was solely on The Unhoneymooners today, I mean it--the rest of the world was out of focus and all I could feel was what the story reflected back at me.

When I read the synopsis for this novel, I knew I had to read it. It had all the qualities that I look for in a good romance novel: Characters that feel real enough to touch and relatable to the point of seeing bites of yourself in them. Lively, sexy tension. Highly entertaining dialogue. Engrossing romance. Potential for banter.

Oh! And food poisoning that knocks out virtually an entire wedding party--and, sure, fine, okay, I am making up that part, but in the case of The Unhoneymooners, I was just ALL OVER THIS PLOT.

Because it sets things up beautifully and awkwardly and humorously and, ugh, it is just gold. GOLD. PURE. ROMANTIC. GOLD.

Walking away from this novel felt like so many things. A lot of them were indescribable. Mostly, I felt the rush of warm and fuzz emotions hit me. I really genuinely loved Olive and felt for her and many of her insecurities. I think a lot of people will appreciate her. There are a lot of occurrences throughout my life that feel unlucky, so I definitely felt connected with her string of bad luck.

This, of course, makes you want only the best for her.

As for Ethan, I really liked him as well. He was a tougher character to like, but that doesn't make him inherently unlikable. You just have to work a little harder to understand and connect with him. I will say that, of the two mains, I don't like him nearly as much as Olive. But, I did grow to like him more than I expected.

Naturally, their chemistry is off the charts. I loved the entire premise of the novel and loved it even more as I saw where the story was going.

Ultimately, The Unhoneymooners is one of my favourites of the year so far. The story was fun and a little familiar, which led to the general warmth and fun I had while reading it. It truly was impossible to put down and just had that extra spark that not every romance has for me.

From characters you love, to characters you grow to love, to an unforgettable story--this is definitely can't-miss for Christina Lauren fans.

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