Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The Unhoneymooners was a cute, funny, and quick read.

Sometimes you just need to read something that is completely different than your usual, and this provided a fresh palate cleanse. Some call this an enemies-to-lovers story, but I wouldn't go that far. I would classify this as unlikely acquaintances finding each other.

When Olive's twin sister, Ami, has a bout of bad luck, it's in the most fantastic way possible. Ami is the lucky twin, she wins giveaways and contests, she's found the love of her life, she's loved by everyone. When Ami gets married (all aspects she WON from various contests, including the catering at her reception), she has a beautiful affair and is excited to enjoy her 10-day honeymoon in Hawaii! Unfortunately, the worst possible situation occurs, and the ENTIRE reception becomes terribly sick, with the exception of Olive and the groom's brother, Ethan.

I really enjoyed this story. Olive is a bit of a Debbie-downer, but she's funny and smart. At times she was just downright stubborn, but I could totally understand why she acted that way. The situations that Olive and Ethan find themselves in were hilarious. Their chemistry was palpable from the get-go and I enjoyed them coming together. This wasn't a wham-bam-thank you ma'am story at all. Olive and Ethan took their time warming up to one another, and honestly that was refreshing. There was a bit of repetitiveness which was a bit off-putting, but it didn't ruin the story.

I loved the "un-honeymoon" but I found that when they returned home, the story really picked up.

This is my first book by Christina Lauren and I will definitely read more by this duo!

This is a fun novel with an amusing premise. It took me a little while to get into it, as I felt it was a little obvious at the beginning, but it matured very nicely and by the end I was hooked.

Ethan developed into a genuinely good guy, and in fact, as you got to think about his take on the story, it was easy to see where Olive had misread the signals. That said, his loyalty to his brother whilst honourable, was undoubtedly misplaced – something which worked really well at then considering the whole issue of luck, and the lack thereof.

The luck issue worked really well, as it rose and fell through the book, giving the reader plenty of opportunity to consider whether her views were justified. I also loved that Ethan had a lucky penny but eschewed all comments about luck! Of course, the best news was that whatever her luck, she seemed to be catching the guy, the right guy for her.

Well written, set on Maui for the most part, which is a truly heavenly location (I honeymooned there myself!) and full of fun, this is a novel to escape into for sure.

The Unhoneymooners is told entirely from Olive’s point of view and even though from the start Olive and Ethan hate each other, I suspected that what caused their animosity was just a misunderstanding. Olive and Ethan are great together and their verbal sparring good fun. It was amusing seeing their relationship change while they are in Hawaii pretending to be married so they can take their brother’s and sister’s honeymoon.

This is an entertaining story. It has some good laughs and if I can paraphrase Olive’s cousin Diego, some “second-hand embarrassing” moments too. As the story progressed, I really liked seeing Olive grow up and stand up for herself and stick to her guns.

This is a good, easy to read romcom, set in a beautiful locale with a hero and heroine that are good value. It is also one of those stories that made me want to go on holiday somewhere warm and tropical. This gets four stars from me.

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 31+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren to read and review.

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