Book Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

My Rating: 4/5

The Blurb: 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, 10 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.

The Review: I want to start by stating that this is the first Christina Lauren novel I’ve read so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had heard great things, particularly since the much awaited release of The Unhoneymooners. It seems Bookstagram is smitten with the dynamic duo of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. I, on the other hand, think I need to read more before I’m ready to jump on the Christina Lauren bandwagon.

Still, I give The Unhoneymooners 4/5.

A quick and easy read, with just the right amount of heartwarming romance for someone who is decidedly NOT a ‘rom-com’ kinda girl (although my recent book choices could lead you to believe otherwise). The banter between the two leads, Olive and Ethan, as they attempt to negotiate their love/hate relationship and still keep up the charade of their ‘fake marriage’, was really enjoyable; with Olive reminding me of my ‘snarky’ self and Ethan, of my hubby. The pair together make an adorable couple and I think I fell a little bit for Ethan – sweet, witty homebody Ethan, who has no idea how lovely he really is.

Although written mostly from the point of view of Olive, I enjoyed the little look-see into Ethan’s mind and heart in the Epilogue.

The Unhoneymooners was not as outlandishly funny as I expected from all the hype, but still there were some LOL moments and I did finish the book with a smile on my face.

As with most books that I enjoy, I felt such empathy for the main character, Olive – losing her job; feeling like the unluckiest women alive; having to wear that hideous bridesmaid dress (way back in the early 90’s, I too donned a delightful Kermit green satiny bridesmaid’s dress – although for my best friend’s wedding). But then she gets to go to Hawaii for free with a gorgeous (often shirtless) guy, so that more than makes up for it, don’t you think?

If you’re looking for something you could read in a day, something sexy and fun, The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren would be it. A perfect holiday read.