Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Genre: Humor, Romance
Trope: Enemies turned Lovers
Olive is the queen of bad luck. Her sister, Ami, (who is also her identical twin) is the queen of good luck. She wins everything and is always entering to win all the giveaways that pop up on her social media feed.
As luck would have it, Ami is getting married to the perfect guy and Olive is stuck dealing with his best man, Ethan – her worst nightmare. Ami obsessively entered to win (and won) almost everything at their wedding. But, when the free seafood Ami wins causes the entire wedding party to get sick, Olive and Ethan end up the only ones unscathed. Here’s the catch – the free, all-inclusive honeymoon can’t go to waste!
Olive is forced to go in a vacation where she has to come to terms with many of the things she’s been running away from in life. Is she really unlucky or is that the excuse she’s been using to never risk being hurt by really being vulnerable? Does she really hate Ethan or was her hatred of him a misconception that was never cleared up?
The Unhoneymooners was such a fun read! I found myself laughing aloud quite a few times. There’s just something so comical about reading someone else’s misery (if you can call a free vacation misery).
There was this sense of unapologetic acceptance of self in both Olive and Ethan that I really appreciated. There was never a moment where either of them had to conform to become or behave like someone the other person wanted. It was very much “Here I am: Take it or leave it” and I think we need to see more of that.
Unlike other Christina Lauren books, The Unhoneymooners followed the perspective of Olive only (usually, they show multiple perspectives). I actually liked that we only saw Olive’s perspective. I think this particular story would have lost some of the spark if we had known what Ethan’s perspective on everything was. Also, the fact that they were mostly always together would have made it kind of hard to show both perspectives in a meaningful way like they were able to in other novels.
For those of you that don’t know, Christina Lauren is the pen name for authors Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. I think it’s worth noting that the change in writing is pretty noticeable and drastic. It wasn’t a turn off for me, but it was clear that the first half of the book was fun, flirty, and more humorous while the second half was more serious and focused on major plot ends.
There were some really good one-liners and some thoughtful moments here. I definitely think there was way too much for Olive to unpack in only 200+ pages, but Christina Lauren did a good job in showing the meaningfulness of her journey in finding herself in her career, in her personal/family life, and in this new relationship.
Have you read The Unhoneymooners or any other Christina Lauren books? Comment and let me know your thoughts!