Title: The Unhoneymooners
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publishing Date: May 14th 2019
Age Category & Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Chick Lit
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.
T/CW: cheating, sex
I picked this book up without knowing anything except for the fact that a lot of my mutuals have been giving this 5/5 stars. I’m not usually the one to pick up a book because of the hype. In fact, I always get too intimidated I just procrastinate or even sometimes avoid them. But I am so glad I trusted the hype on this one. The Unhoneymooners brought my interest back in reading adult romance. I was so entertained reading this book, I have taken down very few notes. I CANNOT THINK STRAIGHT so please bear with me!
A TRIP TO HAWAII, NOT-SO HONEYMOON, FAMILY DYNAMICS, LUCK VS. WILL
The Unhoneymooners is about Olive and Ethan, two enemies whose twin sister and brother just got married but ended up taking the honeymoon that was supposed to be for them instead. Christina Lauren’s writing is one of those that has the power to keep me awake and make me feel alive and alert. Alive for the vivid setting and the entertaining plot. Alert for all the puns I knew that were waiting for me in each chapter, and the steamy scenes I was so eager to get.
CLo’s writing literally took me to Maui, Hawaii. I could Imagine the place easily and what it felt like to actually be there. I was transported into that paradise. Aside from the puns, the plot itself didn’t bore me. In fact, I didn’t expect that it would turn into something more serious. I love that there was a balance between hilariousness and seriousness in this book. What surprised me the most is the family dynamics. Olive came from a broken family. But what made this lovable is the fact that despite them having a broken family, it felt like it isn’t. When a family member is going through a rough time, you can expect the whole
army fam to come barging in your door, invading your privacy and all that, just to keep you company, support you, comfort you, and/or offer their advice or solutions. How big and happy and supportive the Torres family is made my heart swell.
A huge part of The Unhoneymooners talks about luck. Olive believes that she is unlucky while her twin sister Ami is the lucky one. And it is not without basis. We literally see Ami win and get lucky in everything and Olive lose and get unlucky in almost everything. At first, The Unhoneymooners seemed like a book that wants you to believe that some people are just born either lucky or unlucky – which I couldn’t buy. But it slowly turned into a discussion about “luck vs. will” and I loved that.
LAUGH-OUT-LOUD, STEAMY ROMANCE, THE FAVE ENEMIES-TO-LOVERS & FAKE DATING TROPE
I had two major moods while reading:
I have never imagined a book as hilarious, as serious and as steamy as this could exist and it was just a dream come true. I had heart eyes and a toothy grin on my face most of the time. I just kept on laughing. I was surprised as to how a book could make me laugh so hard, I was laughing even in the dark in a room where other people were sleeping. In other words and in Tagalog: tawa ako nang tawa para akong g@go.
I instantly loved Ethan and Olive. Olive appeared to be a pessimist at first. People think she just rely everything on
luck her unluckiness but they don’t see that she is trying to actually take matters in her hands. People misunderstood her. I easily connected to her, I was rooting for her all throughout and loved seeing her learn and discover more about herself. Ethan appeared to be a boy-trouble at first but he wasn’t. He is a soft, hilarious, romantic man. There was a time I got really disappointed in him. But I still loved him and wish I have someone like him in my life. The sexual tension between them was soooo real. It was steamy (!!!) I was swept and kept on wanting more. The journey they took from being enemies to faking their marriage for the honeymoon until they became lovers was such a beautiful ride full of banter, laughter, sexual tension, challenges and love.
The Unhoneymooners is more than just about going to a paradise with your enemy and pretending to be on a honeymoon. It is also about sticking with your family through thick and thin, and believing in yourself enough to believe in the power of your will over than luck. I think I will forever find books that are as romantic, as steamy and as hilarious as The Unhoneymooners when I am feeling sad. I am looking forward to reading more adult rom-coms from CLo and other authors out there. I highly recommend this especially if you are into the tropes I mentioned and/or just wants to read something fun!
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 30+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)
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