Review | The Unhoneymooners

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren


Olive Torres has always considered herself unlucky. Case in point: both her stalled career and non-existent love life.
Her twin sister Ami, however, has spent her life winning at everything.  Case in point: her entire wedding has been financed by a series of internet contest wins.

The day of Ami’s wedding to Dane is running smoothly and the only thing Olive is dreading is spending the day with Dane’s brother, Ethan, the biggest jackass she knows.

The day quickly falls apart when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from the seafood buffet (yep, it was a contest win).  The only two people to skip the buffet are Olive and Ethan, and they watch in horror as chaos erupts …as well as bodily fluids.

The only thing Ami and Dane can do is stay home to recover, which means they’ll miss out on their all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii.

What kind of romantic comedy would this be if the newlyweds didn’t offer the trip to their maid of honor and best man, who happen to be sworn enemies?

Olive and Ethan put aside their differences (even though they’re not even sure what those actually are) for a free vacation in paradise.
What are the odds that Olive, who accepted a job offer while waiting to board the plane, would run into her future boss who just so happens to be staying at the same resort?
And that Ethan’s ex-girlfriend would be there too, with her new fiancee who looks like a greasier Norman Reedus?

Of course hilarity ensues as Olive and Ethan pretend to be newlyweds to keep up appearances and are stuck spending way more time together than planned.  Between paintball, snuba, and a trip up the coast; the two get to know each other and realize they’re not sure why exactly they’ve hated each other for three years.

Has Olive’s luck finally turned around …or is her bad luck waiting on her back home in Minnesota?

This was my first Christina Lauren novel.  I’ve heard so much about the writing duo and there was something about this book description that lured me in even though I’m not the biggest reader of contemporary romance.  I was not disappointed!

The Unhoneymooners is the perfect romantic comedy with great humor, likeable characters, and charming tropes that aren’t eye roll inducing.  The relationship doesn’t feel forced, the banter between Olive and Ethan feels natural, and the situations they find themselves in are entertaining as hell.  I needed a cozy read on a freezing cold day indoors and this was compulsively readable!

I recommend The Unhoneymooners to readers who enjoy contemporary fiction/romance and comedy.
(Also, why hasn’t anyone in Hollywood filmed this particular rom com yet?)

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