Book Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Title: The Unhoneymooners

Author: Christina Lauren

Pages: 395

Format: paperback

Genre: adult contemporary, romance

Publication Date: May 14, 2019


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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.

  • Twin Relationship – So this part of the book I really enjoyed. A lot of times when I read twin relationships, it’s always one twin basically can’t live without the other. It’s a major trope, and I HATE it! Luckily, this book didn’t have that trope, so a major plus for me.
  • Love Interest – Honestly, I thought Ethan was awesome. He was so funny, and enjoyable to really get to know his character. I find a common thing in these types of adult contemp./romance books is the man is super strong, doesn’t really show and weaknesses. It doesn’t bother me all that much, but during the book Ethan showed time and time again he wasn’t some jerky guy that had no fears, no true personality. He completely didn’t show any of those traits. I hope in future books author’s start to write men like how Ethan is.
  • Pacing Was Excellent/ Ending Not Rushed – What’s really common in these adult contemporary books is that the ending’s are very, very rushed. This book though?, no rushed ending. Actually the ending was a pretty long ending, not dragged out but it definitely was longer than I expected. I thought the whole book was paced perfectly, and that made every moment with the two of them even more amazing for the reader to see and experience the true love these characters shared.
  • Lack of Setting Description – Pretty self explanatory, but this was really the only problem I had with this book. I thought since we were in Hawaii, we would get a really nice description of it, but it was a little lack luster compared to what I was hoping for.

Does this book sound of any interest to you guys? I think it’s a perfect summer read, and I’ll definitely be recommending it to people in the future.

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9 thoughts on “Book Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

  1. Great review! You make this book sound really great and now I’m even more eager to read it this summer! The only thing which is quite disappointing is, like you said, that we don’t get a really detailed description of Hawaii, I was really looking forward to that aspect!


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