G. Bianco, 2019
Writing duo Christina Lauren know how to write a good romance book. With over a dozen books published and thousands of readers worldwide, it shouldn’t be a surprise that their enemies-to-lovers story, The Unhoneymooners, is such a hit!
Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in pretty much everything. However, her identical twin sister, Ami, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her love life is something out of a rom-com and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests. Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man. 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.
Everything you could want from a romance book is in this story! I completely devoured this book and I still wanted more! It was just the right amount of cheesy and I found myself giggling almost the entire time at the awkward situations and sarcastic jabs between the characters. It was a quintessential enemies-to-lovers story that was witty, funny, and heartwarming.
While some people may find this book too cliche, I found it to be endearing and fun! Not only do we see romance, we also see Olive trying to figure her life out and stop comparing herself to her twin sister. She must also learn to not be so cynical and take agency in her own life and not base everything on luck and fate. By taking matters into her own hands and finding her truth, Olive finds true happiness and learns to live herself a little more.
This is a light and breezy read that will satisfy any romance mood. Anyone who loves a good love story should immediately grab a copy of The Unhoneymooners and be prepared to fall in love with it like I did. You won’t be disappointed!
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