Published by Gallery on 05/14/2019
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.
There is just something about a Christina Lauren novel – they never fail to fill me with this bubbly giddiness and by the last page I just feel like I’m a freshly uncorked, overflowing champagne bottle of love and happiness. The Unhoneymooners is absolutely no different.
Their books to me are like You’ve Got Mail, When Harry Met Sally, Pretty Woman… I could go on, but you get the idea. Those movies that when they’re on TV, you have to watch them. Just seeing the title makes your heart do a little squeeze. That’s how I feel just seeing the cover of one of their books. They’re instant classics, immediate additions to my bookshelves, and books I will always enjoy going back to re-read.
Is this book full of what-are-the-odds-of-that-ever-happening situations? Yes. Did I care? Nope. It was adorable and lovely and I loved every second of it. Even when I was fuming. And that’s something else that has to be mentioned – the writing duo that is Christina Lauren can really write. These are romance novels. They are feel good chick flicks in book form. But they’re so well done, well written, well rounded. They’re sweet, sexy (though this one significantly less so than I’m accustomed), and never fail to evoke real emotions out of me.
Olive is a flawed character that I really enjoyed getting to know and watch grow. Ethan is a complete dream boat (one that almost sunk) and I fell head over heels for him. The two of them together were magic. Their banter was everything. There are few things I love more in a book than really great witty banter and these two had it in spades.
The emotional journey that it took me on was rather surprising, especially considering a large portion of the book was pretty fun and mostly carefree. But these authors are really great about making you fall in love with their characters, making you completely emotionally invested, and playing you like a fiddle.