BOOK REVIEW: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Title: The Unhoneymooners
Author: Christina Lauren
Publication: May 14, 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Comedic Literature, Romance
Pages: 434

SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

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.


I first saw this book on Bookstagram.  I was immediately drawn in by the cover.  The title also drew me in….Unhoneymooners.  I quickly went to Amazon and added it to my wish list to price watch and when it dropped to 3.99 I quickly bought it and made a mental note to read it soon.  So when one night my book light died and I couldn’t read the book I wanted to, I decide to start it.

Olive has always been unlucky. Her tales are wild of bad luck things that have happened to her.  Her sister not so much.  Her sister was able to pay for her entire wedding with things that she has won from different contests.  So when a bad batch of seafood knocks the entire wedding party down except Olive who is allergic and her new brother-in-law Ethan (because he doesn’t like buffets), Olive is told to take her sister’s honeymoon with Ethan because it is non-refundable.  The only thing is, is that she can’t stand Ethan…..or so she thought. Honestly, guys, I read this book in two nights.  The first night I got to 25% then the next night I read the last 75% in one night.  I didn’t want to put it down.  I wanted to find out what happened next.  The antics of Olive and Ethan are hilarious.  I spent the whole book giggling away with their easy banter. 

I really liked the character of Olive.  She was spunky and very brave but I do have to admit that she had very bad luck.  That is until she met Ethan.  When she met him it seemed like all of that changed.  I appreciated that they “hated” each other based on a misunderstanding.  It is something that could really happen in real life. Thinking someone hates you but in reality, they don’t.  Olives twin sister’s relationship with her husband was not sunshine and roses.  She didn’t get her happily ever after.  That is something that is not always shown in romances.  I loved that the sisters had a large overbearing family.  It showed them that they were loved.   I have already added several of this author’s books to my wish list!  I can’t wait to read more by her.


Pick up your copy of The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or check your local bookstore. Also make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished. Check out more from author Christina Lauren on her website HERE.

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