The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Tuesday, May 14, 2019


by Christina Lauren
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Gallery
Publication Date: April 30th 2019
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷

I've had mixed luck with Christina Lauren's past couple of books, but I wanted to try The Unhoneymooners because I loved the sound of the set-up and I'm not one who can resist a good hate-to-love romance. The Unhoneymooners was super cute and charming! It's the kind of book that left me smiling long after I finished the last page.

I think the primary reason The Unhoneymooners worked for me was the setting. I love reading about books with vacation feels set on fun islands. At Olive's twin sister's wedding, everyone but Olive and Ethan, the groom's brother, suffer from food poisoning. As a last resort, Olive's sister, Ami, asks Olive to go on their planned honeymoon with Ethan. The only problem? Olive and Ethan don't exactly get along and of course, you know that means it's a boatload of fun awaiting us readers. Olive was a sweet character. She has been down on her luck lately when it comes to her career, her love life, and basically everything. She was vulnerable, but at the same time, the girl could be very stubborn. She could be very funny and charming too, and I liked getting to know all the facets of her personality - I loved her love for science, especially. Ethan was an equally sweet character. I liked how unproblematic and normal he seemed to be. He was smart, although a little too trusting of his skeevy brother. He was a good guy though who seemed to care for his family a lot. There wasn't anything I didn't like about him.

As I mentioned, Olive and Ethan don't get along. These two actively disliked each other for reasons that we don't find out until further into the book. They try to make the surprise honeymoon work though and tried to remain as respectful of each other as they could. With any enemies-to-lovers romance, the thing that I mostly look forward to is the unlimited banter and Christina Lauren delivered on some solid back-and-forth quips. It was really fun watching these two dance around each other. Their chemistry was at the forefront of this book and I couldn't wait for them to get it on - lol! So you can imagine my disappointment when there was not one sex scene! I still liked the romance, especially the cute scenes of Olive and Ethan talking and getting to know each other, but I could have done with some steamy, especially with that sunny location. I will definitely admit to liking the first half of the book a lot more than the second half after Olive and Ethan return home, but I think that was bound to happen. Their relationship wasn't magically rainbows and sunshine after they returned and they had some things to work through. Besides the romance, I really liked Olive's bond with her family, especially her twin sister. I would really love for Ami to get her book too. She deserves her HEA too!

The Unhoneymooners is the perfect summer read! I definitely recommend this Christina Lauren book if you're looking for something charming and wholesome!

What are some summer romances on your reading list?
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