REVIEW – THE UNHONEYMOONERS by Christina Lauren

SYNOPSIS

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.

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

Being with Ethan increasingly feels like spoiling myself with a perfect new pair of shoes or an extravagant dinner out. I just remain unconvinced that I deserve this daily …or that it can last.

”THE UNHONEYMOONERS” is an enemies-to-loversromantic comedy that is light in the steam department but makes up for it with numerous laugh out loud moments. I have to admit that it took me a while to get into this story. I wasn’t feeling the chemistry between Olive and Ethan. I didn’t even really like them in the beginning. Olive was a pessimist and always had a black cloud hanging over her. She believed she was the twin whose life was consistently plagued by bad luck, while her sister, Ami, was her polar opposite who led a charmed life. Ethan starts off having no personality. It seemed like he felt ambivalence towards Olive.

When Dane and Ami’s entire wedding party and guests, except for Ethan and Olive, contract a violent case of food poisoning, the two end up going on their siblings’ romantic honeymoon to Maui. Ami won the honeymoon trip through a contest and urges Olive to go in her place otherwise the trip goes to waste as there is no option to postpone it to a later date.

Ethan and Olive end up going together but must pretend to be their siblings who are on their honeymoon. It is awkward at first and the story seemed to drag until things start to spark between them. After spending so much time with each other, Olive is starting to doubt that her first impressions of Ethan were accurate. She’s surprised to realize that he’s not the judgmental douche she always thought he was and that he actually has been attracted to her and deep down she’s buried the same feelings for him.

They learn a lot about each other during their stay. They actually have a lot in common and enjoy going on different adventures together. But Olive can’t ever accept that her life can be this good and is wondering when it’s all going to blow up in her face.

Will they be able to continue what they started in Maui when it’s time to go back to Minnesota? Or do they go back to being indifferent and merely tolerating each other’s company when they’re at family functions?

Here are my overall ratings:

Hero: 4
Heroine: 4
Plot: 4
Angst: 4
Steam: 3.5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 4

THE UNHONEYMOONERS is currently available!

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2UW0g4b

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