The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Romance | Contemporary
Published by Gallery Books
Released May 14, 2019
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You may have already heard of Christina Lauren’s The Unhoneymooners because it is one of the most hyped romance books of 2019 and has been making its way through the book community. It’s no wonder – the book is pretty damn good.
The Unhoneymooners starts with a wedding. The bride, Ami, is obsessed with winning contests and getting things for free, so most of the wedding was won (which doesn’t sound all that bad!). Her maid-of-honor is her identical twin sister Olive.
At the wedding reception, the guests enjoy a seafood buffet, which was provided for free as Ami won the catering in a contest. The only two people who do not partake of the buffet is Olive, and the best man, Ethan, Ami’s new brother-in-law. Turns out that Olive and Ethan are the two luckiest people at the wedding, as everyone who ate the buffet gets violently ill.
Ami’s honeymoon is also something that she won, and it’s non-refundable and non-transferable. Ami convinces Olive to go on the honeymoon posing as her, along with Ethan.
Oh, and I forgot to mention – Olive and Ethan loathe one another.
As you can imagine, their hatred leads to a hate-to-love story with a lot of hijinks. It’s a trope that is often overplayed, but it was done very well in this book. The growing chemistry between Olive and Ethan was realistic and exciting, making the steamy scenes in the book that much better.
The book is told from Olive’s perspective, which is great, but I do wish we had gotten a dual narrative here because Ethan’s thoughts about Olive would have been fun to read.
There is also an interesting sub-plot in this novel concerning Ami and her new husband Dane, but due to not wanting to give away spoilers, I’ll just say that it made the book more interesting.
The Unhoneymooners is an absolutely perfect summer read. It’s hilarious and sweet in equal parts. This was my introduction to Christina Lauren, and I’ll be reading their other books for sure.