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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 Oliv 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.


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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 Oliv 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.

30 review for The Unhoneymooners

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chaima ✨ شيماء

    me, normally: the concept of romantic love is nothing but a marketing scheme for greeting card companies, a lie sold by the government, a- me, after reading this book: [through an oversized megaphone] CAN SOME ROMANTIC SHIT HAPPEN TO ME ALREADY DAMN

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    I can treat this trip like an actual vacation on a tropical island. Yes, it’s with my nemesis, but still, I’ll take it. Guys, I don't think it's working out. I'm trying so hard to get on the Christina Lauren fanwagon, but there are just lots of little things that aren't floating my boat. The Unhoneymooners is not bad at all. It's quite funny and enjoyable for the most part, actually. It's just... well, I'll start with the first thing I noticed. This is only the second Christina Lauren book I have tried, with the othe I can treat this trip like an actual vacation on a tropical island. Yes, it’s with my nemesis, but still, I’ll take it. Guys, I don't think it's working out. I'm trying so hard to get on the Christina Lauren fanwagon, but there are just lots of little things that aren't floating my boat. The Unhoneymooners is not bad at all. It's quite funny and enjoyable for the most part, actually. It's just... well, I'll start with the first thing I noticed. This is only the second Christina Lauren book I have tried, with the other being Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, and yet right away I realized that the characters were virtually identical. Both Olive and Hazel are klutzy, embarrassing heroines who don't know when to stop talking, each with notably amazing boobs. Ethan and Josh are both aloof, cynical guys who supposedly view their respective heroines with disdain until they, um, don't anymore. And they are both - I'm quoting here - boob men (curious - does this boob thing come up in all their books?). Boob joking aside, Olive and Ethan could just as easily be Josh and Hazel. They read like the same couple. Also, I see a lot of reviewers talking about this promised "enemies-to-lovers" romance, but I'm just not that convinced. I am a sucker for the love/hate relationship thing, I'll be honest. I don't know why. Add it to my list of issues. But whether it's Jardan or Spuffy or the good old Fitzbeth, I'm all for a bit of "I hate you, let's fuck" angst. Olive and Ethan, though, are not enemies. Sure, she calls him her "nemesis" and declares how awful it's going to be going to Maui with him, blah blah, but it seems pretty clear to me from the beginning that they really love bickering with each other. They don't hate each other! They're not enemies! Their first conversation makes them seem like an old married couple bitching at each other. In fact, I find it weird how Olive basically fabricates some faux-hatred at the start, but is later very easily forgiving when, in my opinion, Ethan was completely in the wrong. So far this has definitely sounded more negative, but it is a fun, easy read. I like how both Olive and Hazel are unwilling to apologize for who they are and the way their bodies look. I like the back-and-forth between Olive and Ethan: “Ethan, I’m a terrible liar.” “Really? You hid it so well.” “It’s never been my strength, okay? Those of us who aren’t summoned by the Dark Mark consider honesty to be a virtue.” I also really liked the single perspective of this story. Seeing as almost every romance novel these days has multiple perspectives, I must be in the minority on this one, but I actually find it much easier to enjoy a romance and fall in love with the object of the MC's affections if I'm reading a single perspective. Getting inside the other person's head dampens some of the tension for me. Oh, and I also liked the super hot massage scene. For obvious reasons. Hell, I don't even know at this point. It's not like I'm not having a bit of mindless fun with these books, but with so little time to read, do I really want to keep spending it with 3-star reads? Huh. Maybe I'll try one more. Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A humorous enemies-turn-lovers romance fills out the first half of The Unhoneymooners. It's engaging, funny, and sexy. But the co-written aspect of this novel makes itself known as the storyline morphs into a more dramatic second half with several climaxes related to career, trust, family, and relationships. In my opinion, this reading experience felt like two different books were placed under the same cover, and I quite liked the fun one more. However, overall, The Unhoneymooners is indeed enjoyable and will surely satisfy A humorous enemies-turn-lovers romance fills out the first half of The Unhoneymooners. It's engaging, funny, and sexy. But the co-written aspect of this novel makes itself known as the storyline morphs into a more dramatic second half with several climaxes related to career, trust, family, and relationships. In my opinion, this reading experience felt like two different books were placed under the same cover, and I quite liked the fun one more. However, overall, The Unhoneymooners is indeed enjoyable and will surely satisfy Christina and Lauren's many fans. Check it out. Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of The Unhoneymooners. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Christina Lauren Publisher: Gallery Books: Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books Genres: Romance Pub Date: May 14, 2019

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    ARC provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review. “That’s the point of luck: it happens when and where it happens.” This is my favorite Christina Lauren book since Roomies! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too in love with Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating or My Favorite Half-Night Stand, but this felt like the famous duo was back and resecured that special place in my swoon-worthy romance heart. This was so funny, this was so heartwarming, and since I’m leaving in a few weeks for Hawaii, the setting was pretty perfectreview. ARC provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review. “That’s the point of luck: it happens when and where it happens.” This is my favorite Christina Lauren book since Roomies! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too in love with Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating or My Favorite Half-Night Stand, but this felt like the famous duo was back and resecured that special place in my swoon-worthy romance heart. This was so funny, this was so heartwarming, and since I’m leaving in a few weeks for Hawaii, the setting was pretty perfect for me, too! This is a hate to love, enemies to lovers, fake dating romance that features two characters who are forced to be around each other because their siblings are marrying each other. ➽ Olive Torres - Biracial (white and Mexican), twin of the bride, has been unlucky her entire life. ➽ Ethan Thomas - Brother of the groom, and Olive’s archnemesis. “I want to say something sassy, but the only coherent thought that comes to mind is how insulting it is that eyelashes like his were wasted on Satan’s Errand Boy, so I just give a perfunctory nod and turn down the hall.” And these two had a very rocky, and very confusing, first meeting. But they are trying their best to put their differences aside for this wedding, even if they are antagonizing each other every single chance they get. But the wedding takes an unexpected turn when everyone gets sick from the seafood buffet that was served, except for Olive and Ethan, since neither of them ate from it. Their siblings insist that they take their Hawaii honeymoon, instead of letting the trip go to waste! And they both decide to, because once they get to Maui, they won’t have to see each other except for sleeping. That is, until Olive's boss and Ethan’s ex fiancé happen to be at the same resort, and they are forced to play the part of happy newlyweds, because Olive doesn’t want to get caught using their sibling’s honeymoon by the resort and be forced to pay for it out of their own pocket, and Ethan doesn’t want his ex to see him single. And honestly? It was just the perfect fake dating setup, let’s be real. “The problem with lying about relationships is that humans are fickle, fickle creatures.” And I truly believe the banter in this book is the best that these authors have ever crafted. It’s smart, witty, and truly hilarious. I also just loved Olive and Ethan as characters so much, and I easily shipped them together; maybe harder than any Christina Lauren characters. The setting was perfect, the plot was genius, and this was just an overall really easy book to escape into and love. But I am very curious to see how plus-sized reviewers are going to feel about the representation in this book. This is not my lane, so please know that while reading this paragraph, but this book puts a huge emphasis on how Olive thinks Ethan fat-shamed and body-shamed her. She constantly talks about her body, her curves, her stress baking and eating, and how things look on her body, and even tears clothing that’s too small for her, while always kind of comparing herself to her thin twin sister. Like, I was 100% sure Olive was plus-sized through the entire start of this book, but then, once they arrive in Hawaii, it seems like the only big and curvy thing about her is her breasts, which are obviously perfect! And then, at the end of this book it starts feeling like she and her thin sister are identical in bodies, too, and she also gets compared to Selena Gomez. Like, I just didn’t understand. It was like they wanted to have a plus-sized main character, but they didn’t want to actually go there or hire any beta readers. Like, again, this isn’t my lane, and I’m obviously not saying that thin people can’t have body dysmorphia or just have unhealthy relationships with food and their bodies, but the way this read personally felt bad to me. I just honestly think this book could be really triggering because of the emphasis it has on Oliva’s relationship with food and her inner monologue about her thoughts about her body, while also painting a very hazy picture of her actual body. Also, there is a very small conversation between Olive’s family members questioning if a family member is queer, and… it was really badly done. "Because lesbians use those strap-on things" and apparently have short haircuts. And I completely understand it was supposed to be funny because older generations “don’t get it” or whatever, but it wasn’t cute; it was offensive and poorly done. And the mom saying she wishes she was born a lesbian, like… gag me with any spoon you can find. Like, it was so minuscule, and I have no idea why it was even part of the book or why editors thought it was a good thing to keep included, but it just made me side eye and put a bad taste in my mouth. Okay, I know those last two paragraphs seem bad, and they are, I’m not making light of them whatsoever! But I will say that if you took those two elements out, this is a really good book. Like, the best I’ve read from Christina Lauren in years. It was laugh out loud funny, it was romantic and swoon worthy, and I really shipped this enemies to lovers dynamic. I never wanted to leave Olive, Ethan, or Hawaii, and I think this is just going to be the ultimate beach read of 2019. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication. Content and trigger warnings for talk of cheating (not the main characters), A LOT of talk about food and bodies that I think could be potentially triggering, and the brief but questionable conversation about sexuality that I mentioned above.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    *3.5 stars* There’s no getting around it, so I’m just going to get it over with and put it out there. The Unhoneymooners is not my favorite of the dynamic duo’s rom-coms. Truth be told, this is the only Christina Lauren to date that has earned less than four stars from this reader. And believe me, as someone who’s been a longtime fan of their work, it would be so much easier to gloss over the things that bothered me, as opposed to confessing this didn’t work for me in its entirety, but it is what it is. So, hear me *3.5 stars* There’s no getting around it, so I’m just going to get it over with and put it out there. The Unhoneymooners is not my favorite of the dynamic duo’s rom-coms. Truth be told, this is the only Christina Lauren to date that has earned less than four stars from this reader. And believe me, as someone who’s been a longtime fan of their work, it would be so much easier to gloss over the things that bothered me, as opposed to confessing this didn’t work for me in its entirety, but it is what it is. So, hear me out. Or not. Your choice. Was the journey fun and light? For sure. Were the coauthors successful in pulling out the laughs? You bet. Even more importantly, were there swoon-worthy moments capable of rousing my inner giddy and giggly gal? Of course. Was it up to snuff with some of the duo's other novels? Nope. This time around, Christina Lauren brings readers to the Twin Cities for a wedding paid for entirely with sweepstakes and giveaways wins. In hindsight, maybe partaking in a free seafood buffet isn’t the best idea. Food poisoning, anyone? How about everyone? Well, except for the two people who opted for the chicken plate instead. When optimistic Ami and her new groom find they can’t peel themselves off the bathroom floor, let alone think about heading to Maui for their all expenses paid honeymoon, they enlist their siblings to take their places—aka the pessimistic twin sister Olive and her “nemesis” Ethan. While there are some hilarious one-liners and dialogue—total laugh out loud moments—exchanged between the “enemies”, it takes reading half of the novel (around 200 pages) before anything couply transpires between Olive and Ethan. In the meantime, readers are fed a steady diet of faux hatred and convenient situations. Running into one person you know from home, okay I’ll bite. Maybe I’ll even refrain from rolling my eyes. But two, when you’re an eleven-hour flight away on a tropical island? Come on ladies, dig a little deeper next time. There were so many other ways the situations and feelings inspired by those “chance encounters” could have been introduced into the storyline. Just saying. With the epilogue being the exception, the entirety of the story is told from Olive’s perspective, which is a bit of departure for the duo (Roomies being the only other, I think?) and kind of a downer. Even more so considering the co-authors attempted to sell this whole “nemesis” idea. Seeing their rivaling thoughts firsthand would have fed into the fun. Instead, readers are privy only to Olive’s thoughts, while facial expressions and dialogue have to suffice for Ethan. The perfect breeding ground for misinterpretations and assumptions. And the borderline simplistic idea—by some standards—that the crux of the entire novel relies on. In some respects, this enemies-to-lovers storyline presents as disjointed and weak. The pacing itself is consistently inconsistent. Slow to progress at points, yet too much all at once in others. It screamed for more storyline development and actions driven by emotion, as opposed to enlisting those things simply to get the characters where they needed to be for things to "work". When Olive and Ethan return home, after ten days in paradise, there are a host of issues for the pessimist to contend with: finding a career that feeds her passion, realigning her outlook on life, appreciation for her family and a desire for love. The authors utilize Olive and Ami’s large extended family here, but there are no standout moments that hit home or provide any emotional value, instead conjuring those feelings of convenience once again. Not to mention, I imagine it would be a tad overwhelming for anyone to attempt to tackle their entire outlook on life in such a short timeframe (100-ish pages?). Look who the pessimist is now. *wink* All of that complaining aside, turning the pages was effortless. Sure, there were a few times when it felt like I was simply going through the motions, but for the most part, The Unhoneymooners was delightfully fun. Not quite special enough to knock Josh and Hazel—the quirky couple who garnered hordes of fans with their infamous guide to not dating—from the throne, but entertaining enough. For me, it was Olive and Ethan’s perfectly imperfect ending that proved the journey worthy. Bonus points to the writing duo for offering readers a much-needed glimpse of life from Ethan’s adoring eyes. *A HUGE thank you to Gallery for sending my gorgeous copy. This colorful cover and the possibility of what was to come brightened my day. The review copy in no way altered my opinions.

  6. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    never in my life have i read a book that had the same sense of humour as me - until now. this is honestly one of the funniest books i have ever read. i was giggling like a dweeb pretty much throughout the entire thing. gosh, its such a depressing thought to know i will never be as funny as olive and ethan. the charming humour aside, this might be the best execution of the enemies-to-lovers trope since ‘the hating game.’ is everything in the story convenient? sure. is it super emotionally compelling? n never in my life have i read a book that had the same sense of humour as me - until now. this is honestly one of the funniest books i have ever read. i was giggling like a dweeb pretty much throughout the entire thing. gosh, its such a depressing thought to know i will never be as funny as olive and ethan. the charming humour aside, this might be the best execution of the enemies-to-lovers trope since ‘the hating game.’ is everything in the story convenient? sure. is it super emotionally compelling? not really. but it absolutely nails the fact that relationships dont work unless you know your partner on a friendship level. and i love the natural connection that developed between olive and ethan. my only complaint would be that the ending is a little rushed. there is a massive shift in story dynamic when olive and ethan return from their trip (almost feels like an entirely seperate story) and it just feels like it ends too soon. i think there are some things that could have been explored more and i honestly wouldnt have minded a longer book. oh well. still a fantastic story overall! ↠ 4.5 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    4.5 stars. This is my new favorite Christina Lauren book. I'm OBSESSED. I do wish the plus-size rep had been a little more... definitive? But other than that I ate this UP. If you're looking for something to fill in the Hating Game sized, enemies-to-lovers hole in your heart, look no further. THEY EVEN GO PAINTBALLING. Fuck, I loved this.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰

    “It sounds dangerous.” This makes him laugh. “Dangerous, like we’d end up either naked or dead?” This was such a cute rom-com filled with glorious belly-aching laugh out loud moments. I finished it in one sitting, and the pages just flew by! It really does play out like a movie, and you can practically see it on the widescreen while you are reading. Completely a feel good book with all the fluffy romance and sexy tidbits you'd want in one. _______________ The Story The Unhoneymooners follows Olive Torres during a honeymoon that she_______________ “It sounds dangerous.” This makes him laugh. “Dangerous, like we’d end up either naked or dead?” This was such a cute rom-com filled with glorious belly-aching laugh out loud moments. I finished it in one sitting, and the pages just flew by! It really does play out like a movie, and you can practically see it on the widescreen while you are reading. Completely a feel good book with all the fluffy romance and sexy tidbits you'd want in one. _______________ The Story The Unhoneymooners follows Olive Torres during a honeymoon that she goes on falsely identifying as her twin sister Ami, who just got married. After a bad case of food poisoning at Ami's wedding, the only two unaffected people are Olive and Ami's husbands brother, Ethan. Ethan and Olive have supposedly hated each other from the moment they met each other, so they both agree to disagree and go on the honeymoon together. What starts as a fake marriage and an excuse for a free holiday soon turns into many misadventures, misencounters and misunderstandings. Soon, Olive and Ethan start to realize that they have immense chemistry between them and maybe they were wrong from the start... Firstly, I want to call it and say that the enemies to lovers trope is going to swoop 2019 away from me like a storm. There is honestly very little that can go wrong with the trope and this book was evidently showed how electric it can be. It truly was such an easy and fast-paced read that had little bouts of sexual tension that made it unputdownable. This was really hard to rate for me. Without giving too much away, the first 65% of the book felt like a 4 -5 star read, full with funny and lovable characters that all had their own charm. However, after that mark something felt so unbalanced and I disliked the way some issues were dealt with alongside some dynamics. Yes, it was unrealistic and the story arcs that were created have been done before, but that still did not take away from how effortless it felt to sink into Olive and Ethan's story. I'm glad the story had no obvious insta-love aspects but during the last quarter there were some cringey lines that felt uncomfortably close. The Romance All this book really left me with was a strong desire to go pick up more Christina Lauren books. Not very many romance contemporaries can do that for me, so that was really refreshing. The romance between Olive and Ethan was electric, it sparked and flew off the page. I could feel their hate but I could also feel how slowly they dissolved into each others company. I really enjoyed that Olive is a strong woman that learns her self-worth and sticks up for her curves throughout the story. So all in all the romance was charming. Once the book neared the second half, I could feel my rating drop slightly. I was initially going to give this 4 stars but knew that wouldnt be true to what I thought of the story as a whole. During the end, I started being very cautious about the way that Olive and Ethan solved their problems. With no spoilers, they didn't really solve their problems. Then when a couple chapters passed, there was a massive reveal that I felt needed a bigger reaction from Ethan. With that being said, I loved the family dynamic and the friendship involved with Olive and her relatives. It didn't feel like it was a filler, it felt like it belonged and made the story all the more delightful. But still, I need more girls to stand up for girls this 2019. I really enjoyed this story and definitely will read more of the authors' works.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "When I signed up for this honeymoon, I had no idea it would involve so much nudity." Raise your glass to another winner from Christina Lauren! *clink* This writing duo features my go-to gals when it comes to romantic comedies. Seriously, I can't remember the last time an author consistently made me chortle so hard or forced me to sustain multiple gut busters in a row. Last time I checked, we could all use a few more good vibes all over the world, and if you're looking for another feel good time, this** "When I signed up for this honeymoon, I had no idea it would involve so much nudity." Raise your glass to another winner from Christina Lauren! *clink* This writing duo features my go-to gals when it comes to romantic comedies. Seriously, I can't remember the last time an author consistently made me chortle so hard or forced me to sustain multiple gut busters in a row. Last time I checked, we could all use a few more good vibes all over the world, and if you're looking for another feel good time, this is your stop. Get off the TBR bus right now; hurry or you'll miss it! I immediately connected with Olive and her plight to fight the system that forces prejudice against the curvy girl. Seriously, a female lead who not only inhales cheese curds at the fair and makes no apologies for it, but also holds anyone accountable who tries to fat shame her? This girl is my hero. Olive and Ethan are the "unlikeliest couple" ever, which means of course they have to get together, because this is my all time favorite trope. Let's give a standing ovation for the enemies-to-lovers plot! Ethan is a seemingly OCD/stuffy know-it-all, who honestly came off as a standard dick in the beginning. But Chelsea, isn't there some underlying reason why he's coming across as such a shallow turd muncher you ask? Obviously, but we'll get there in due time. This pair contains the only two people at Olive's sister's wedding who didn't come down with an unfortunate, fancy case of food poisoning. Sister Amy insists that Olive take the non-refundable, all inclusive honeymoon to Hawaii, while brother Dane insists that Ethan takes it. Even though Olive and Ethan despise each other, they are both stubborn as an ox and refuse to let the other have all the fun, so they agree to commit fraud and enjoy a free vacation while spending as little time as possible around each other. We all know how this story goes, and I think one of the reasons I pick up these books is for the familiarity and predictability they provide. Even if everything in my life is going haywire, I can count on these two people going through the motions to hit me right in the feels where I need it most. I'm sure you can guess how 99% of this book will turn out, but what I can't emphasize enough is just how laugh-out-loud hilarious it was journeying alongside of Ethan and Olive. The shower changing scene, anyone? While the plot seemed a little less zany and more believable than Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, I felt the snappy dialogue and witty humor was most on point with that previous story than some of their others. *side note, you can say it's unbelievable that twins would end up dating or marrying brothers, but I had a ballet teacher who married her identical twin's brother in law. Hope your marriage is still going strong Miss Jamie, and if not, I apologize for bringing it up here.* The reason I went with a 4 star instead of a 5 star rating is a bit complex, and I'll try to unpack it below, complete with spoiler tags. While I understand that this is fiction, I felt conflicted about how the book ended. Once Olive and Ethan return from the "honeymoon" and insert themselves into real life mode, they have some issues that they have to deal with involving family members on both sides. On the one hand, I love how we see Olive grow as a person, taking ownership for her shortcomings and choices in life, and becoming ok with who she is and finding who she wants to be in her professional career. This portion felt deeper than in previous "fluffy" novels, which perhaps raised my expectations on how the ending would handle her and Ethan's "disagreement". (view spoiler)[After everything Olive goes through in trying to start a discussion involving Dane's unacceptable behavior, I was really disappointed that, after Ethan was such an ass LITERALLY until the last possible second, how quickly Olive took him back and how little everyone seemed to think the way he acted was ok. For me, his behavior was the last in a major list of red flags, and I think an ending on par with CoHo's "It Ends With Us" where each character finds themselves without getting back together would have been more effective. (hide spoiler)] Obviously, this is just personal preference, and a small blot in an otherwise delicious, steamy, feel good romp. Highly recommended for anyone who needs a good laugh and a story you can fly through in record time. *I received a review copy via the publisher.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    4.5 stars - I stayed up later than was probably wise reading this and I have no regrets (yet.. ask me in the morning). Enemies to lovers. Fake dating. Misunderstanding that isn’t completely irrational. Bickering couple. Protagonist that’s a bit bitter but trying her best. Thanks I love it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)

    Loved this sexy, sweet and snarky book! It's the perfect escape read! 😍 Admittedly I'm a Christina Lauren fan! I'd been looking forward to this book with its Hispanic representation and it didn't disappoint. Curvy women, laugh out loud hilarious family members and the amazing, never let you down extended family that is as close (if not closer) as the one living under your roof. It reminded me so much of my family growing up - everyone knowing each other's business, constantly making fun of each Loved this sexy, sweet and snarky book! It's the perfect escape read! 😍 Admittedly I'm a Christina Lauren fan! I'd been looking forward to this book with its Hispanic representation and it didn't disappoint. Curvy women, laugh out loud hilarious family members and the amazing, never let you down extended family that is as close (if not closer) as the one living under your roof. It reminded me so much of my family growing up - everyone knowing each other's business, constantly making fun of each other and above all else, having each other's back no matter what! It took me a bit to get into the book initially which surprised me. I wasn't as into the first part detailing the wedding. Olive's twin sister Ami is getting married and everything is supposed to be perfect. Ami seems to have it all - perfect luck, perfect life, perfect love. Olive on the other hand seems to have the worst luck - she lost her job, her roommate and her apartment. Things start to look up for Olive (and me as the reader!) when she and the best man, Ethan are the only two guests left standing after food poisoning ravages everyone at the wedding. Ami persuades her sister to go on her free honeymoon to Hawaii, so that the prize doesn't go to waste. The groom makes the same offer to his best man and brother, Ethan. Only problem is - Ethan and Olive hate each other. Is an all exclusive, all expenses paid trip to Hawaii worth spending 10 days with someone you utterly despise? With these two - count me in! I adored the constant back and forth banter between Olive and Ethan. They were hilarious and the underlying sexual tension was palpable. I laughed out loud, smiled so much my cheeks hurt and was left feeling all bubbly inside as I went through the pages of this book. In short, Christina Lauren have done it again - all hail my rom-com queens! ❤️ 👑 ❤️ Thank you to the duo known as Christina Lauren, Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an arc of this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    3.5 stars Fun Escape! When all but two weddings guests contract food poisoning at a wedding in Minnesota, they help out the bride and groom by going on their honeymoon for them. It just so happens that the two guests are the bride's twin sister, Ollie, and the groom’s brother, Ethan. Of course, Ollie and Ethan hate each other. Of course, both are extremely attractive people. Of course, under all of the hatred they really do like each other. When forced to share a hotel room for 10 days, the in 3.5 stars Fun Escape! When all but two weddings guests contract food poisoning at a wedding in Minnesota, they help out the bride and groom by going on their honeymoon for them. It just so happens that the two guests are the bride's twin sister, Ollie, and the groom’s brother, Ethan. Of course, Ollie and Ethan hate each other. Of course, both are extremely attractive people. Of course, under all of the hatred they really do like each other. When forced to share a hotel room for 10 days, the inevitable happens: they fall in love. But there are complications that threaten to tear them apart. While the romance between Ethan and Ollie plays a large role, this book is really more about Ollie learning to embrace life and stop focusing on the bad. She is smart, bristly and extremely protective of both herself and her sister. She feels like she attracts bad luck and as a resultdoesn't trust when good things happen to her. She undergoes quite the transformation, which was nice to read! The Unhoneymooners checks off all of the boxes I have come to expect from Christina Lauren books: A plucky protagonist, fun quirky plot, hot sexual tension, and of course, plenty of romance. This wasn’t my favorite CL novel but it did the job! It felt a little safe and formulaic-- I like when CL pushes the boundaries and goes in an unexpected direction, but I still found The Unhoneymooners a satisfying read! I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    Ah. The classic enemies-to-lovers trope. AKA --› my Achilles heel. Christina Lauren's standalone rom/coms have just been improving. I always know I'm going to love it, that I'm going to adore these characters. That they're going to make me laugh and probably make me cry. This was no exception. Olive has always had shitty luck. But when all the guest at her twin sister's wedding end up horribly sick with food poisoning, for once Olive is the lucky one. With the bride and groom sick and none refundable Ah. The classic enemies-to-lovers trope. AKA --› my Achilles heel. Christina Lauren's standalone rom/coms have just been improving. I always know I'm going to love it, that I'm going to adore these characters. That they're going to make me laugh and probably make me cry. This was no exception. Olive has always had shitty luck. But when all the guest at her twin sister's wedding end up horribly sick with food poisoning, for once Olive is the lucky one. With the bride and groom sick and none refundable honeymoon tickets, Olive and the grooms brother Ethan, the only other person not affected by the food poisoning, are tasked with enjoying the free vacation. The only problem is that she and Ethan do not get along. At. All. They plan to stay far away from eachother and enjoy their time in Hawaii separately, but that's put to the test when all the activities booked for them are for a couple on honeymoon. Throw in the unexpected pop-up of a new boss and an ex when you're supposed to be pretending to be recently married, and what you have is a shit storm. I really love the fake relationship trope. It's always a winner (okay not always but most of the time). This book reminded me a lot of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne (I recommend that book wholeheartedly). And Ethan reminded me a lot of the MC of THG, Joshua Templeman (can I get whoop whoop 🙌). The chemistry between Olive and Ethan was off the charts and their banter was top notch 👌. I came to really care about them and the character growth was also really beautiful to read . I could really see this book as a movie. It was charming and addictive and I didn't want to blink while reading. ARC received in exchange for an honest review. ______ 16 January, 2019 YASS GIMME THAT ENEMIES-TO-LOVERS TROPE

  14. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    4.5 stars, rounded up. So there I was, feeling a bit of withdrawal since it had been more than two months since I'd read a Christina Lauren book (I read four of their books in 2018, and one in 2017). Then, like a bolt out of the blue, I saw that NetGalley was offering advance copies of their newest book, The Unhoneymooners , and I literally pulled my car over into the first parking lot I saw and submitted my request. (True story. And I kept to my no NetGalley requests while driving rule.)

  15. 4 out of 5

    honey (myonna reads)

    first read may 18: this book made me cry because they are so cute that i started to feel lonely so 5 stars i guess second read jun 16: lol cried AGAIN, i am pathetic

  16. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Gah you want a steamy,summer romance? Look no further!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kaceey

    Oh, this was just downright charming! I actually caught myself laughing out loud so many times! Olive and her sister Ami are identical twins who couldn’t be more different! Where Ami is confident, Olive is most comfortable under the radar. Where Ami is sleek and thin, Olive is a ‘curvy girl” Where good luck always seems to sway Ami’s way - well, you get the picture. Ami is getting married! She’s managed to finance her entire wedding with winnings from numerous raffles and giveaways! Oh, this was just downright charming! I actually caught myself laughing out loud so many times! Olive and her sister Ami are identical twins who couldn’t be more different! Where Ami is confident, Olive is most comfortable under the radar. Where Ami is sleek and thin, Olive is a ‘curvy girl” Where good luck always seems to sway Ami’s way - well, you get the picture. Ami is getting married! She’s managed to finance her entire wedding with winnings from numerous raffles and giveaways! Rather industrious on her part, but perhaps not the most glamorous or picture perfect. (The bridesmaids’ dresses are a lovely lime green!) But hey, it’s all free. Including the enormous, seafood buffet that not surprisingly leaves everyone hugging the nearest toilet! When Ami and her new husband find themselves unable to take their honeymoon, they encourage their siblings to go instead. Twin Olive can certainly pass for Ami. And Ethan will do his best to take on his younger brothers’ identity. And off they go…Maui, here we come! Sounds incredible right! A free 10 day trip to tropical, exotic sandy beaches! Here’s the hitch in the plan. Turns out Olive and Ethan don’t get along. I mean...not even a little bit! But come on, who can pass up a free trip! I think I smiled from beginning to end. Their bumbling antics kept me giggling throughout! The duo known as Christina Lauren have done it again! They’ve written a delightfully engaging read that will have you zipping through the pages to see what predicament the two “honeymooners” have now found themselves in. This book played like a movie in my mind! Hollywood...are you reading this? Absolutely loved it! A buddy read with Susanne that left us both smiling!💕 Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery Threshold Pocket Books and Christina Lauren for an ARC to read and review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Warda

    THIS STORY MADE ME SO DARN HAPPY! ————————— pre-reading preview. This sounds disastrous and hilarious.

  19. 5 out of 5

    emma

    CALLED IT review to come / 2.5ish stars ---------- i am probably not going to like this book but by god i won't let that stop me

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barbie

    My thoughts in a nutshell The Unhoneymooners is all around Booktube. Everyone is reading it and love it. I was curious, is it worth the hype? My short answer is no. The story is about… Skip over this point if you don't like the sneak peek. Ami and Dane are getting married. At the wedding, every guest gets indigestion, including the bride and the groom. They can't go on a honeymoon, but the travel isn't refundable. Finally, Ami's twin sister Olive and Dane's brother Ethen take the nonrefundable honeymoonabout…Skip My thoughts in a nutshell The Unhoneymooners is all around Booktube. Everyone is reading it and love it. I was curious, is it worth the hype? My short answer is no. The story is about… Skip over this point if you don't like the sneak peek. Ami and Dane are getting married. At the wedding, every guest gets indigestion, including the bride and the groom. They can't go on a honeymoon, but the travel isn't refundable. Finally, Ami's twin sister Olive and Dane's brother Ethen take the nonrefundable honeymoon trip to Hawaii. They hate each other and the problems just accumulate. What impressed me This book is a perfect summer choice. Incredibly light, very easy to read. Just look at the cover, it's so summery. I liked the whole plot. Everyone knows what will happen in the end, but it is still enjoyable. The characters were likable, but there's nothing extra. Every contemporary, chick-lit book are the same. You know these characters, in here they have a different name and lived in a different place. It's totally okay, and I adore this type of novels. The writing style was refreshing. It is my first read by the duo but definitely not the last. The little 'twist' was great, I loved the solution what Ami made. The ending was kinda cute, exactly as I imagined. What I don't like The hate to love trope was fast for me. I think there was too much coincidence. It was a bit forced. I wanted more funny scenes. I thought I would laugh more, but no, I didn't even smile. Make a conclusion Overall. It is a pretty decent read. I don't agree with the hype, but I still recommend it because it is fun. I gave it 3 stars. If you can, read it on the beach!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tucker

    Many thanks to Rachel at Gallery Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review “That’s the point of luck: it happens when and where it happens.” *Clapping* Me: Yes, hello! Thank you for having me tonight. Can you all hear me alright? Great. Me: *pulls out a copy of The Unhoneymooners* Tonight, we will be reading the entirety of the Unhoneymooners. No, don't leave. I see you in the back row. Don't try to leave. The doors have already been locked. You will sit in this room until you hear every single glorious word. Me: *Eye twitches* Me: Every. Single. Word. Okay, mreview Many thanks to Rachel at Gallery Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review “That’s the point of luck: it happens when and where it happens.” *Clapping* Me: Yes, hello! Thank you for having me tonight. Can you all hear me alright? Great. Me: *pulls out a copy of The Unhoneymooners* Tonight, we will be reading the entirety of the Unhoneymooners. No, don't leave. I see you in the back row. Don't try to leave. The doors have already been locked. You will sit in this room until you hear every single glorious word. Me: *Eye twitches* Me: Every. Single. Word. Okay, maybe I wouldn't actually do that (yes, i would) but I would do anything (legal) to show and share my love for this book. I don't know how I will be able to write this review. It's simply not possible to put such strong emotion into words. So, what's this book about? Ami and Dane are getting married. Unfortunately, at the wedding party, almost everyone gets sick with food poisoning. Almost everyone. Ethan and Olive are the only ones affected by this sickness. Obviously, Ami and Dane can't go on their honeymoon but the honeymoon, which was won as part of a raffle isn't refundable and the dates are firmly fixed. Ami doesn't want the prize to go to waste and so she asks Ami to go in her place. Dane asks Ethan to go in his place. Unfortunately, Ethan and Olive hate each other. But both of them don't want to upset there siblings and so they agree to go. For the whole honeymoon, they both have to pretend to be married. Hijinks ensue and it's funny, sexy and a f*cking great time. Characters ♠ Olive - Olive is a cynic. She hates everyone. Okay, not everyone. She is one of those people that puts up a shield, constantly pushing people away. It's not because she is rude but because she is afraid. She is afraid to open herself up to others because she doesn't want to get hurt. I totally understand because I am like that too. Over the past year, I have pushed all my friends away because I am afraid that they will hurt my like my therapist. (F*ck you, Ms. E***) ♠ Ethan - HOLLLYYY SH****TTT. Forget Henry from Red, White and Royal Blue. Ethan is my new senpai. I mean he's hot, funny and when you get to know him, open and emotional. Fdjgjsfjujsasgs. That's everything I want in a man! Bye, Henry. ♠ Ami - At first, Ami is just that b*tch. That b*tch that is pretty and popular and good at every single g*dd*mn thing. I mean towards the end things get better with her but as a person I give her three stars. She is right smack-dab in the middle of the good person meter. Sorry, Ami. ♠ Dane - F**K THAT M*TH*RF**K*NG P**C* *F M*TH*RF**K*NG SH*T. I HATE HIMSO G*DD*MN MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway, now that I'm done ranting about the above mentioned sh*t, we can move on to my favorite part of this book: The Romance! This is a romance. Obviously. I have said it before and I will say it again. I am not a huge fan of romance. Mainly because it's usually cheesy and poorly done. Maybe it's because of hormones or medication or some other bodily sh*t but lately I have just been a teary emotional mess and so romance is right up my alley. Fortunately, my 350+ book collection has a ton of romance. That said, I am so glad that out of the many romances on my shelves that I picked this one. It was so well done and funny. Enemies-to-lovers romance is my favorite kind. It shows that change is possible. It shows that even the worst relationships can evolve into something greater. Something more beautiful. Like when an ugly caterpillar goes into its cocoon and comes out as a colorful butterfly. Afterall, we do change each other. Even in a non-romantic relationship, us humans change each other, shape each other and build each other up. Romance is so much more than kisses. It's about love and connection. Now, there is a reason this is called a rom-com. I can't remember the last time that a book legitimately made me giggle out loud, let alone actually laugh. This book was so blunt and honest. The wording and timing was perfect. There was so much stuff said and done that you don't usually see in a book yet somehow fit perfectly and made the book so much more enjoyable. That combined with the fact that Ethan and Ami were wrapped in a web of their own lies and their hatred for each other. Oh, it was absolute perfection! Overall, a hilarious rom-com that I highly recommend. It will keep you laughing or crying or maybe even both. Bottom Line: 5 Stars Age Rating [ R ] TW: Mild Sexual Harassment Cover: 4/5 ~ Characters: 5/5 ~ Plot: 5/5 ~ Audio: 4/5 | Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Buy this book | Reddit

  22. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓾𝓷. 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓪𝓷𝓭. 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓢𝓷𝓪𝓻𝓴. 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓮𝔁𝓾𝓪𝓵 𝓽𝓮𝓷𝓼𝓲𝓸𝓷. Christina Lauren can do no wrong! This was another homerun from this amazing writing duel. Olive’s twin sister Amy is getting married. The wedding goes off without a hitch and it should because Amy has given Olive a to do list over 75 items long. BUT The perfect day is hijacked by the seafood buffet that makes every single guest sick, with the exception of Olive and Ethan the groom’s brother. Bride Amy is sick as can be, but does not 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓾𝓷. 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓪𝓷𝓭. 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓢𝓷𝓪𝓻𝓴. 𝓣𝓱𝓮 𝓼𝓮𝔁𝓾𝓪𝓵 𝓽𝓮𝓷𝓼𝓲𝓸𝓷. Christina Lauren can do no wrong! This was another homerun from this amazing writing duel. Olive’s twin sister Amy is getting married. The wedding goes off without a hitch and it should because Amy has given Olive a to do list over 75 items long. BUT The perfect day is hijacked by the seafood buffet that makes every single guest sick, with the exception of Olive and Ethan the groom’s brother. Bride Amy is sick as can be, but does not want her honeymoon to go to waste, so she convinces her sister to take her place. The problem Olive’s plus one will be Ethan and the two of them have never got along. Well that might be putting it mildly the two pretty much can’t stand the sight of one another. BUT how can Olive resist 10 days in Maui? Loved this book from cover to cover. The sun. The sand. The sexual tension. Olive was a fabulous character smart, snarky, and sassy. Enemies to lovers is one of my absolute favorite tropes and I loved how it played out in this story. The banter between Olive and Ethan was perfection. The story is told from Olive’s perspective. I generally like getting the mail POV as well in romances, but I thought this was really impactful in this book. We got to know Ethan as Olive did. Ethan was a great guy and I think I might have fallen in love with him right along with Olive. There are a few times during this book he said the absolute right thing at the perfect time. I said awww out loud a few times. I also found myself laughing out loud quite a bit. I love humor in my romances. BUT this book add a bit of a more serious side in parts. I thought this balance everything out well and I loved the resolution to the issues in this book. There was one part of this book that had me standing up cheering! You’ll know what I’m talking about if you have read this book! If you are a Christina Lauren fan you will love this book! If you have not read them yet, what are you waiting for? This was a romcom done perfectly. The perfect blend of sass, Snark, swoon, and sizzle. A cast of engaging well developd characters and I really loved how important family was in this book. Well I’ve said a lot, I could go on anon, but I won’t, I will spare you all! Just read it! it’s fantastic! 🎧🎧🎧 Cynthia Farrell did an amazing job with her audiobook narration. She gave a perfect voice to both Olive and Ethan. I want to give her big props on her male voices. Deacon Lee came in and narrated the epilogue, he’s one of my favorites so of course I think he did a fab job! *** Big thanks to Gallery and Simon & Schuster Audio for my copy of this book ***

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    5 Sweet, Endearing, Laugh-out-Loud Stars! Christina Lauren: You Make Me Smile! Are you in the mood for a book that will make your heart soar and will have you laughing almost from the get go? One that will have you breaking into a smile with all of the humorous sarcastic back and forth comments, but won’t make you “cover your eyes?” (lol). If so, “The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren is for you! I thought it was Pure Perfection! Olive and Ami are identical twins. Ami is about to ge 5 Sweet, Endearing, Laugh-out-Loud Stars! Christina Lauren: You Make Me Smile! Are you in the mood for a book that will make your heart soar and will have you laughing almost from the get go? One that will have you breaking into a smile with all of the humorous sarcastic back and forth comments, but won’t make you “cover your eyes?” (lol). If so, “The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren is for you! I thought it was Pure Perfection! Olive and Ami are identical twins. Ami is about to get married to Dane and has planned everything to the T. The best part of course is that Ami has gotten everything for free - she wins internet contests and is simply lucky in life. Olive however is extremely unlucky. Bad things happen to her constantly - she’s like a magnet. Worst of all, Olive is going to have to spend her sister’s wedding with Dane’s older brother Ethan, who treats Olive like a bug who got stuck on the bottom of his shoe. Then it happens. Just when Olive thought she was the one with the bad luck: everyone except she and Ethan get shellfish poisoning at the wedding and she and Ethan are forced to go on the honeymoon planned for Ami and Dane. The catch? They have to pretend that they are the Honeymooners. Maybe Olive isn’t so unlucky after all. Olive is a gal who has never given herself a chance. What she needed was a little push. Looks like she got one. And he’s quite cute too! While I wouldn’t call myself a believer, these books sure make me want to. After reading Christina Lauren and other rom coms, I break into smiles in public, laugh more often and dance alone in my kitchen. What better response is there? I can attest to the fact that my book buddy Kaceey and I laughed a lot during this one and that is the best medicine possible. So glad we read this one together Kaceey and that we have added women’s fiction and rom coms to our repertoire. Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery Books and Christina Lauren for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Published on Goodreads on 2.18.19. *Will be published on Amazon and Twitter on publication date. Excerpt to be published on Instagram.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    Holy shit I loved this so much. Christina Lauren is one of my favorite authors and I was absolutely STOKED when Gallery Books sent me an ARC of their latest romance The Unhoneymooners. I think I honestly have a new favorite from them. This one or Autoboyography is my favorite book from this author now, ahhh. This is an adorable rom-com that follows this girl named Olive who is chronically unlucky, and her twin sister Ami who is absurdly lucky. Ami is marrying this guy named Dane and Olive can't stand Da Holy shit I loved this so much. Christina Lauren is one of my favorite authors and I was absolutely STOKED when Gallery Books sent me an ARC of their latest romance The Unhoneymooners. I think I honestly have a new favorite from them. This one or Autoboyography is my favorite book from this author now, ahhh. This is an adorable rom-com that follows this girl named Olive who is chronically unlucky, and her twin sister Ami who is absurdly lucky. Ami is marrying this guy named Dane and Olive can't stand Dane's brother Ethan. At Ami and Dane's wedding, the entire wedding party gets food poisoning except for Olive and Ethan who didn't eat the fish, so Ami tells Olive to take her nonrefundable honeymoon trip to Hawaii and Dane tells his brother Ethan to take the trip: so Ethan and Olive take the trip to Hawaii together. This romance has a lot of my favorite romance tropes: hate to love, slow burn romance, fake dating/fake marriage, it really has it all. I am absolute trash for the fake dating trope I just love it so much and this book does it sooooo well. It's been along time since a romance novel has made me so giddy. I just adore the hell out of Olive and Ethan both, and this book reminded me of one of my all time favorite romances: The Hating Game because their banter is so on point. Like for real, this is one of the funniest fucking books I've ever read, I giggled out loud many times, and I devoured this story is two sittings. I could not put it down. Their chemistry is so contagious, I was grinning form ear to ear the entire time I was reading this. This story would make for the perfect rom-com beachy movie. I could picture it all in my head so vividly. I love Olive's mexican family which reminded me so much of my own. I love her relationship with her twin sister Ami, they were totally adorbs. I also loved how her parents have been separated for so long but never divorced, and her gay cousin Diego. The closeness of their family and the way they supported each other through everything just reminded me so much of my own family and it was just really sweet. Also, Olive's unlucky streak was entertaining as hell and she has some really great stories about unlucky things that have happened to her I was cackling. I tend to be more of a pessimistic person too like Olive so I found her general attitude towards life really relatable. Ethan is my favorite kind of male love interest: he's strong but soft and he seems so rough around the edges but once you get to know him he's a total softy, and he's a cute drunk and he wants to see the best in people and he respects women and he's crazy passionate about his nerdy job and I just adored the shit out of him. I just loved this so so so so much. I've found a new all time favorite romance/OTP/book. I just want to run around recommending this book to everyone and I want to reread it immediately upon finishing it which is always a good sign. Don't skip this one in May! Book 1 of the Contemporary-a-thon is complete!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cristina | CristiinaReads

    ➳Christina Lauren have brought another romance filled with enemies to lovers type of ambiance, that will sometimes have you questioning whether Olive and Ethan are meant to be... ➳When it comes down to anything that it written by Christina, there is no denying that I will do anything to get my hands on anything written by them. Maybe it's because the novel was hyped up, and also maybe because I am not the biggest fan of enemies to lovers kind of romance, but I was not the biggest fan of this novel. ➳Christina Lauren have brought another romance filled with enemies to lovers type of ambiance, that will sometimes have you questioning whether Olive and Ethan are meant to be... ➳When it comes down to anything that it written by Christina, there is no denying that I will do anything to get my hands on anything written by them. Maybe it's because the novel was hyped up, and also maybe because I am not the biggest fan of enemies to lovers kind of romance, but I was not the biggest fan of this novel. Which does indeed disappoint me because I wish I could have given it a five stars review. This review in general is still positive because the story in general is one that did catch my eye and did make me laugh every so often. Olive is yet again another character that has that quirky side to her that had me connected to her as an individual. ➳With Ethan however... I am not sure just yet how I feel about him. Listening to his brother to get the "best" of him? And deny the attraction he has towards Olive? Hmmm... I guess that makes the story a little bit better, but in reality I would have punched him in the face for denying his one true love, especially with someone such as Olive. I guess this makes the overall point of view and also change of plot in the story, but I don't like there being internal denial on a character. Ethan is described as a mysterious individual but I don't see him that way. Whatever way I think of him, I will keep it to myself because I still have not been able to grasp my true opinion. ➳This novel overall has it's potential of love and admiration. I give full pledge honors to Olive for that, because without her latina spark I would not have been able to thoroughly enjoy this novel. Thank you so much to Gallery Books for sending this beauty over, looking forward to reading more reviews on this novel. ➳ARC galley kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review... ➳Follow Me On: Blog ♕ Instagram ♕ Facebook ♕ Twitter

  26. 4 out of 5

    Riley

    this was super fun and typical christina lauren rom-com style the chemistry was A+ and i loved all the awkward situations the characters got themselves into. i will say there was questionable fat rep. you can't just give a character huge tits and call it a day. and there was some annoying drama added in at the end BUT overall I did really enjoy this and it reads super quick!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    “The problem with lying about relationships is that humans are fickle, fickle creatures.” Sometimes a fun & heartwarming romance novel, even one with a few problems, is exactly what I need. Honestly, this is around a 3 1/2 but I’m not even going to pretend it didn't make me so exceptionally happy I might have melted my cold dead heart. This was my first dude read in a while with Chaima, and I'm so glad it was a good one. After lead character Olive’s sister Ami and her fiance Dane are poisoned by shelfish, along w “The problem with lying about relationships is that humans are fickle, fickle creatures.” Sometimes a fun & heartwarming romance novel, even one with a few problems, is exactly what I need. Honestly, this is around a 3 1/2 but I’m not even going to pretend it didn't make me so exceptionally happy I might have melted my cold dead heart. This was my first dude read in a while with Chaima, and I'm so glad it was a good one. After lead character Olive’s sister Ami and her fiance Dane are poisoned by shelfish, along with the rest of their wedding party, Olive is dragged into taking their tickets to a Hawaii honeymoon. There’s only one problem: this involves faking a relationship with her enemy Ethan, Dane’s brother. This biggest problem with the narrative of this novel is that Olive’s character arc feels weak. Olive losing her job because of the lying honestly sucked to read. It really does feel like 1. an overreaction and 2. something that results directly from a stupid decision. And it goes very against the fake dating trope, to me, for someone to get fired because of their fake dating. Because her lack of love for her job is not established very seriously until late in the book, the “payoff” of her career decision doesn’t feel earned. Due to the structure, we also don’t get a lot of insight into who Olive is outside of Ami and Ethan, so a line where Ami says she’s made a lot of changes falls a bit flat. It’s not that I don’t see where the authors are going with this arc — Olive is unsatisfied in life but doesn’t fully register it yet. It’s just that it doesn’t translate. I also feel the narrative doesn’t know how to handle her being plus size, or maybe doesn’t know whether she is plus size; a bunch of this book is built on a misunderstanding Olive had about Ethan’s perceptions of her body, and I wanted the narrative to delve into that just a bit more The biggest complaint I have here, however, is some of the handling of the Dane storyline. SPOILERS AHEAD: First of all, Dane’s characterization bugged me just a tiny bit; the book sort of treats him like a subplot until the end and then makes it the main plot. The fact that Ethan doesn’t immediately fucking panic upon the realization that Ami actually didn’t know Dane was cheating for two years feels… honestly, out of character? Ethan is not an asshole, and he is not an idiot, and I can understand being in denial, but his on-page reaction is mostly dismissive, which is just not in character. Were Ethan’s reaction to the Dane situation shifted more towards anger and denial, his character would feel both more consistent and more forgivable. But that’s not to say that there aren’t enough pros to make this feel like a worthwhile romance. It takes a lot to write really good banter and this book did it, consistently, without ever feeling cringey. I think this is honestly Christina Lauren’s main talent as a writing duo and I’m here for it; Ethan and Olive have such a good and fun dynamic right off the bat with just a few one-liners. The banter isn’t necessarily hilarious, just really entertaining and really sweet, and I ended up pretty damn invested in these two characters getting together. Fake dating is so so entertaining and I think I’ve mostly only read it in fanfiction before? (Yes, I read fanfiction, you couldn’t tell that from the everything about me?) Like, honestly, it’s a romance, I’m living for that cheesy tense goodness. You know what I’m about, son. Olive and Ami are also both biracial (Mexican and white) and the relationship between them felt really well-written and well-drawn to me. I deeply appreciated the emphasis on solidarity between women, and that though there is conflict between the sisters, they remain close, and their relationship is given deep narrative weight. Oh, um. This book has exactly one explicit sex scene, in which Ethan eats Olive out. I actually don’t read a lot of m/f romance novels because I had never read a romance novel in my life till last year and also, I’m gay, but cis women actually getting to orgasm and have sexual pleasure is still not very normalized and this book breaks that. Feminism! Anyway, I guess my point is that despite a few problems, I really enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good romance novel. Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    You know when you are talking with a bunch of people and you're totally cracking each other up and having a great time, but then there is that one killjoy who tries to make it all serious and stuff? Yeah, sure. They probably are. Soooooo, who invited you exactly? That is this book. It is super funny and crazy and cute... .for a while. You know when you are talking with a bunch of people and you're totally cracking each other up and having a great time, but then there is that one killjoy who tries to make it all serious and stuff? Yeah, sure. They probably are. Soooooo, who invited you exactly? That is this book. It is super funny and crazy and cute... .for a while. Again, thanks, um... are you related to us or something? Why are you in your nightgown? The story is about a wedding-from-hell that ends up sending the best man and maid of honor on the honeymoon. They hate each other, but want the free Hawaiian vacation. I gotta admit, I'd go to Hawaii with my arch nemesis. It just so happens that my arch nemesis is Chris Hemsworth, so that's convenient. No, I'm not lying. They end up having a great time and falling for each other. Not a spoiler. If you didn't know that, you need to do more reading, or watch any movie or television show. There are tons of hilarious circumstances that happen. Are they realistic? No. But, that's okay because it is fun. I don't need realism if I'm laughing and enjoying the ride. But then they go home. And, suddenly the book turns into an angsty drama with a bunch of bullshit stuff happening that isn't funny at all. Oh my God! Why would you announce that while we are playing Yahtzee? Just roll the damn dice! So the second half of the book lost all of its humor. I was bummed because my hopes were really high. Oh well. *sigh* Yes. Yes we are.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    4.5 Stars Thanks Gallery Books for the advanced reading copy! Another book to add to my Superior Enemies to Lovers shelf! The night I picked this up, I ended up reading 250 pages all in one sitting and staying up until 7 AM. The plot of this is SOOOO addicting and seeing Ethan and Olive's shenanigans unfold and their combative personalities play out was so entertaining and hilarious. Christina Lauren have this unmatched writing style where everything they say is fun and funny without being/>Thanks 4.5 Stars Thanks Gallery Books for the advanced reading copy! Another book to add to my Superior Enemies to Lovers shelf! The night I picked this up, I ended up reading 250 pages all in one sitting and staying up until 7 AM. The plot of this is SOOOO addicting and seeing Ethan and Olive's shenanigans unfold and their combative personalities play out was so entertaining and hilarious. Christina Lauren have this unmatched writing style where everything they say is fun and funny without being cheesy or unrealistic. Her characters reflect this writing style and are always so two dimensional with hilarious dialogue and such messy lives that still make you envy them and put yourself in their shoes because they end up in such unglamourous yet adorable relationships. I giggled and laughed and cried multiple times while reading this, which partially may be because I was on my period, but also it was just the perfect read for someone who loves really candid characters and witty dialogue. The ~island adventure~ part of this book, which I would have rated 5 stars, immediately got a bit glossed over for the last half of the book to be about family drama, which was still fine but clearly I prefer the angst and sexiness lol. Despite my gripe about the family drama, I really liked that Olive was Mexican, and accordingly, her big family was very present and supportive. On the note of representation, Olive was also described as being "curvy," which was mentioned a couple times. The issues I had with this were all so minor and could almost be posed as just a list of personal preferences that I wish were in the book, but they still culminated enough to make me feel like this book wasn't quite a 5 star read. For it to have reached that 5-star quality, I would have liked . . . 1. Olive and Ethan's closeness to not have been spurred by a "make my ex-girlfriend jealous when she sees us" trope 2. The conflict in the last half of the book to be spread out more evenly throughout the entire book; it seemed like the first half was fun and games and the last half was really heavy on the emotion. 3. More sexiness. The only sex scene was skipped over and I'm disappointed Christina Lauren didn't deliver on the steamy side of this book. 4. Ethan to not defend a shitty person? idk, I know it's supposed to be one of his character flaws, but it made him slightly less attractive. Basically, the reason I marked .5 off is because I'm selfish and I wanted this book to be the way I was expecting to be lol. Nevertheless, it still ranks up there with Josh & Hazel and Sweet Filthy Boy, which I loved! And once again, the more I read by Christina Lauren, the more I'm convinced that they can do no wrong.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Holly B

    A fun and delightful escape read! Just what I needed.... After a few emotional reads, this proved to be just what I needed for a bit of an escape to Maui with two sweet, witty characters. I fell in love with them and wanted to continue reading their story every night when I was unwinding from a stress filled day. I'm a huge fan of stories themes involving vacation spots, weddings, twins and frenemies to romance! Nothing is complicated here, just a free vacay for me. What is not to love? A A fun and delightful escape read! Just what I needed.... After a few emotional reads, this proved to be just what I needed for a bit of an escape to Maui with two sweet, witty characters. I fell in love with them and wanted to continue reading their story every night when I was unwinding from a stress filled day. I'm a huge fan of stories themes involving vacation spots, weddings, twins and frenemies to romance! Nothing is complicated here, just a free vacay for me. What is not to love? A vacation that has mishaps that made me smile, some sweet heat and cocktails, and a huge smile when I closed the book. Looking for a light, fun, FIVE star sweet romance?  Loved this one. Out May 14,2019. Thanks Gallery for my review copy!    

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