The Unhoneymooners - book cover
Women's Fiction
  • Publisher : Gallery Books
  • Published : 14 May 2019
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN-10 : 1501128035
  • ISBN-13 : 9781501128035
  • Language : English

The Unhoneymooners


Starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews * Publishers Weekly * Library Journal

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.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Unhoneymooners

"What a joyful, warm, touching book! I laughed so hard I cried more than once, I felt the embrace of Olive's huge, loving, complicated, hilarious family, and my heart soared at the ending. This is the book to read if you want to smile so hard your face hurts." -- Jasmine Guillory, New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal

"Witty and downright hilarious, with just the right amount of heart, The Unhoneymooners is a perfect feel-good romantic comedy. Prepare to laugh and smile from cover to cover." -- Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test

"Heartfelt and funny, this enemies-to-lovers romance shows that the best things in life are all-inclusive and nontransferable as well as free." ― Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Lauren brilliantly wields familiar rom-com tropes-enemies to lovers, fake marriage, even height differences-to craft a delightful romance that will have readers hanging on every word." ― Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Sassy and appealing, writing duo Lauren's ( My Latest Half-Night Stand) latest endeavor is sure to please. A perfect read for beach or poolside, this is one hot summer story not to miss!" ― Library Journal (starred review)

"Lauren's (after Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, 2018) latest is a sexy, hilarious rom-com that offers a look into the bonds of a large Mexican-American family and between twin sisters as well as at whether blood is thicker than water. Readers will laugh out loud… Perfect for fans of Jasmine Guillory and Sally Thorne." ― Booklist

"Lighthearted, laugh-out-loud funny and all too accessible (as the many Torres aunts and cousins keep butting into Ami's and Olive's lives), The Unhoneymooners is delightful. Olive's initial dislike of Ethan, tempered by her slow realization of his good qualities, makes for a charming and enjoyable romance." ― Shelf Awareness

Praise for My Favorite Half-Night Stand

"A funny, sexy page-turner that warns: Keep your friends close and their avatars closer." ― Kirkus Reviews

"This is a messy and sexy look at digital dating that feels fresh and exciting." ― Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"You can never go wrong with a Christina Lauren novel... Yet again, Christina Lauren offer up a delectable, moving take on modern dating with My Favorite Half-Night Stand, reminding us all that when it comes to intoxicating, sexy, playful romance that has its finger on the pulse of contemporary love this duo always swipes right."

Entertainment Weekly

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Readers Top Reviews

Eva S.
Olive Torres thinks she has the worst luck of all. Her twin sister, Amy, on the other side, wins every contest she enters and has even won herself a free wedding and a honeymoon in Hawaii. Olive's eternal nemesis Ethan Thomas is present there as the brother of the groom. When everyone but them catches a bad bug at the wedding reception, they venture out on a two-week all-inclusive holiday to Maui. With one catch - they have to pretend they're newlyweds. I didn't hate the book, it was actually quite enjoyable (and the audio was really good!). There were all the tropes that usually make a great romance novel - haters to lovers, forced proximity, fake relationship/marriage. But there was also another aspect which I wasn't a fan of - the insight into Amy's marriage and how much the last part of the book was focused on that. I would have probably enjoyed it more if it were just about Olive and Ethan's relationship and how it developed on their pretend honeymoon and after. Obviously, there's also the aspect of Olive losing her job because she lied to her boss, whom she met in the resort in Hawaii. I liked that she did not immediately get her job back when her boss showed up in the restaurant she worked at. And, in the end, I kind of didn't want Olive and Ethan to get together. What really upset me was how he never believed her when she was concerned about his brother. In the end, Amy got divorced and exposed him, but Olive's relationship with Ethan meant that constant proximity to the person who hurt them the most - I didn't quite like that, but I guess the authors tried to explore the complexity of adultery in marriage and its effects on the people around them. Did it work? Not for me - what we got was a story of a cheater who got exposed. I also would have appreciated a heads up about this aspect of the plot - I assumed this would be very cheerful and breezy, but when Olive and Ethan got back, things got really heavy really fast, which was the reason I ended up giving the book a lower rating. Here are some other things I enjoyed: Olive and Amy's support network and their family always being there for them; their friendship; the endless banter between Olive and Ethan, but also how their relationship progressed. More things I didn't like: that we didn't get parts told from Ethan's POV (aside from epilogue). It would have been so much better to read his side of the story too and his thoughts on Olive, but in the book we were only privy to her thoughts and opinions. I'd prefer a dual POV story.
By teaandbiscuitsGil
I absolutely adored the Beautiful series. Everything for me was perfect. Strong characters, sexual tension and steamy sex scenes. In comparison, this was not my preference. Fun characters but not laugh out loud, tiny bits of tension that don't lead to anything further and a complete lack of sex in the (couple of only!!) sex scenes. If you like your steaminess to be glossed over then this is the book for you. I liked the main characters but I didn't love them. For me, I think Penny Reid gives better value for money. Sorry, not for me.
deeI Read Ergo Sum
Might have found it funny if I was a 12 year old adolescent. The humor was so juvenile I couldn't even finish the book.

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