The Unhoneymooners

The Unhoneymooners

by Christina Lauren

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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

Starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews * Publishers Weekly * Library Journal

Named a “Must-Read” by TODAY, Us Weekly, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Goodreads, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, Southern Living, Book Riot, Woman’s Day, The Toronto Star, and more!

For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime—maybe even love—in this romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling authors of Roomies.

Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister Ami is an eternal champion . . . she even managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a slew of contests. Unfortunately for Olive, the only thing worse than constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas.

Olive braces herself for wedding hell, determined to put on a brave face, but when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. Suddenly there’s a free honeymoon up for grabs, and Olive will be damned if Ethan gets to enjoy paradise solo.

Agreeing to a temporary truce, the pair head for Maui. After all, ten days of bliss is worth having to assume the role of loving newlyweds, right? But the weird thing is . . . Olive doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, the more she pretends to be the luckiest woman alive, the more it feels like she might be.

With Christina Lauren’s “uniquely hilarious and touching voice” (Entertainment Weekly), The Unhoneymooners is a romance for anyone who has ever felt unlucky in love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501128035
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 177
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners/besties Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful and the Wild Seasons series, The Unhoneymooners, My Favorite Half-Night Stand, Love and Other Words, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, Dating You / Hating You, Roomies, The House, and Autoboyography. You can find them online at ChristinaLaurenBooks.com, @ChristinaLauren on Instagram, or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.

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The Unhoneymooners 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
DragonNimbus 6 days ago
I was sitting in the car, reading The Unhoneymooners, waiting for my son, and laughing my head off. This book is so funny, and romantic. I was also reading late winter in Ohio so the Hawaiian backdrop was delicious. Olive and Ami are identical twins but very different people. Ami is so lucky she's able to put on her wedding for a mere $1,000 thanks to sweepstakes and raffle prizes that allowed her to have an excellent venue, a wedding planner and a fabulous seafood buffet. Olive is not so lucky. If anything can go wrong it will, from the "Skittle green" (free) bridesmaid's dress to having to supervise the groom's brother/ best man who she hates. The one thing that did go right was Olive's allergy to seafood - it saved her from the horrible illness the entire wedding party and guests contracted from the elegant buffet. Groom Dale becomes very ill with the bride and guests following soon after, but the despised brother, Ethan, has a serious aversion to buffets so is also unscathed. Olive and Ethan find themselves on a (free) flight to Hawaii for an all -expenses- paid honeymoon since the bride and groom can't leave the bathroom for a few weeks. Not only will Olive have to pretend to be newly-wedded to Ethan, but she'll have to keep up the pretense for 10 days. Ethan is VERY handsome, if a little grumpy, and through their forced companionship she gets to know him a lot better and discovers he's not so bad and they actually have more in common than she thought. You can imagine what happens next, but what makes this novel unique is the witty, well-constructed dialog and well developed plot. There are many laugh-out-loud moments and lots of pop culture references (which I love!), but there's also poignant drama as Olive comes to terms with what she learns about herself, as well as sordid details of her sister's new marriage. The Unhoneymooners was a terrific read - very entertaining and lots of fun. It will be a PERFECT beach read, or fireside read, or anywhere read. I plan on checking the other books by this talented writing team as soon as possible..
BookAngel_Emma 7 days ago
Wow I honestly don’t know where to start, the warm and fuzzies are still coursing through my body with this one. The Unhoneymooners not only takes a look at luck and how we consider ourselves lucky or unlucky but also how the way in which people view us can have an effect, whether positive or negative, on our identities. A little like a self-fulfilling prophecy but via external influences as opposed to internal. The Unhoneymooners could be used as a cautionary tale to not believe what others tell you about a person but to judge them solely on your own interactions with them. Unfortunately, this doesn’t really work for Olive and Ethan; because of some subtle suggestions via someone close to each of them, Olive and Ethan’s behaviour to each other only serves to re-enforce the outside information they have been supplied. That is until they are the only two people left standing at their sibling’s wedding. Top tip, do not read about the wedding when you are eating, LOL. Leading to Ethan and Olivia taking the place of their siblings on a dream destination wedding. Pretending to be a married couple makes some so very hilarious situations for Olive and Ethan especially taking into account Olive’s lack of lying finesse and some unexpected companions. I adored everything about Olive and Ethan even when they were pretending to hate each other their snarky banter was so much fun to follow. Their transition into a relationship was seamless and natural; unfortunately there are issues outside of their control that interfere with the foundation they have been building. The Unhoneymooners also has a strong focus on identity within the narrative, and Olive’s character growth via self-reflection alongside all the revelations that take place was inspirational. I am a firm believer in everything happening for a reason, the good, the bad and the ugly – all allowing the person to become self-aware enough to find their path to happiness.
NhaughtyV 7 days ago
Some stories are just flat out fun to read, and The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren is one of those! An entertaining romance for fans of enemies to lovers!
Anonymous 8 days ago
A fun read, enjoyed the story.
thisismyeverybody 8 days ago
Loaded with crisp dialogue that found me wishing for Christina Lauren’s gift of gab when doling out my own comebacks! The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren had me laughing out loud at the two main characters (Olive and Ethan) as they find themselves thrown together by bad fortune… or perhaps good fortune after all? Is it a little predictable? Sure… But, you don’t care! You just keep turning the pages happily as the characters find themselves in one funny circumstance after another. It is sort of like how every once in awhile I want a Twizzler. You know, those red long strings that I am convinced are made out of spare rubber tires? I can’t really explain why I have one occasionally, but I do. They are just fun. Well, that is what this book is. It’s my ”Book Twizzler”! I just loved their snappy repartee! Reminded me of my fave classic black and white film pairings where the focus was on the characters’ rat-a-tat dialogue prior to a good (but not super-explicit) romp in the sack. It is a perfect choice for a fun read on the beach, by the pool, or wherever you like to grab some book T.I.M.E.! ✨✨A big thank you to Christina Lauren, Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster) and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in my review are my own.
Anonymous 9 days ago
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mweinreich 10 days ago
Whenever you feel the urge to read a romantic fun story, you can always amble over to the aisle where they keep the Christina Lauren Books. These ladies always seem to get romance and comedy right and their latest book is no exception to that. A wonderful wedding, and an all expense paid honeymoon to Maui, and yes, love is in the air as we begin this story of Olive and Ami, twin identical sisters, who while they look exactly alike have the most diverse personalities. Ami is a contest participator winning everything from bridesmaids dresses to a trip to Hawaii for she and her new husband. Problem is at her "free" seafood buffet at her reception, that table of seafood became a table of horrors as all who imbibed became violently ill including the new bride Ami and her new husband, Dane. The only two people not to be ill were Olive and Olive's sworn nemesis Ethan, who is Dane's brother. Needless to say these two hate one another with a passion but are finally convinced by Ami and Dane that one does not let a vacation in paradise go to waste. Off Olive and Ethan go to Maui, at each other's throats, dreading the next seven days spent together. As you could probably guess, they come to an understanding, one that is reached as lies, innuendo and totally misunderstandings had previously happened between them. They make efforts to get to know each other, learning that what they thought about one another was not necessarily what reality was. All come together in this charming book that sparks the notion that you can hate the one you love. If you are looking for a book to while away the hours while enjoying a sweetly told story that has people who thought they were connected find out they weren't and those who felt disconnected from each other find that they have made something special between them, then this might be the one for you. Cute, funny, sassy and totally one to add when in the mood for a little bit of charm thrown together with a sprinkle of lovable characters. This book is a recipe for fun. Thank you to Christina Lauren, Gallery Books and Netgalley for a copy of this book.
mweinreich 10 days ago
Whenever you feel the urge to read a romantic fun story, you can always amble over to the aisle where they keep the Christina Lauren Books. These ladies always seem to get romance and comedy right and their latest book is no exception to that. A wonderful wedding, and an all expense paid honeymoon to Maui, and yes, love is in the air as we begin this story of Olive and Ami, twin identical sisters, who while they look exactly alike have the most diverse personalities. Ami is a contest participator winning everything from bridesmaids dresses to a trip to Hawaii for she and her new husband. Problem is at her "free" seafood buffet at her reception, that table of seafood became a table of horrors as all who imbibed became violently ill including the new bride Ami and her new husband, Dane. The only two people not to be ill were Olive and Olive's sworn nemesis Ethan, who is Dane's brother. Needless to say these two hate one another with a passion but are finally convinced by Ami and Dane that one does not let a vacation in paradise go to waste. Off Olive and Ethan go to Maui, at each other's throats, dreading the next seven days spent together. As you could probably guess, they come to an understanding, one that is reached as lies, innuendo and totally misunderstandings had previously happened between them. They make efforts to get to know each other, learning that what they thought about one another was not necessarily what reality was. All come together in this charming book that sparks the notion that you can hate the one you love. If you are looking for a book to while away the hours while enjoying a sweetly told story that has people who thought they were connected find out they weren't and those who felt disconnected from each other find that they have made something special between them, then this might be the one for you. Cute, funny, sassy and totally one to add when in the mood for a little bit of charm thrown together with a sprinkle of lovable characters. This book is a recipe for fun. Thank you to Christina Lauren, Gallery Books and Netgalley for a copy of this book.
Anonymous 13 days ago
I will never get enough with this amazing duo’s mindset and incredible ability to create award-worthy stories that take you, not just along for the ride, but makes you a part of the ride. Any word will be inadequate to express of how much I loved Ethan & Olive’s magnificent love. What I love the most about Christina & Lauren is that, even though they mostly write rom-coms, their stories always have a lesson for you to learn and are full with characteristics and situations that you can easily relate to and find in yourself too. They know how to make a fictional story have a substance of reality in it. The minute that I saw this mind-blowing cover – I mean, JUST LOOK AT IT!!! – and I read the blurb, I knew that I had to read this book and I would absolutely loooooove it. And I wasn’t wrong AT ALL! Ethan & Olive are a (book) couple that everyone needs in their lives. They have intensity, eternal passion, the sparks between them are just borderline dangerous, and their love story gives the classic romances we all know and love a marathon for their money. The unconventional way they end up falling in love – actually, ADMITTING that they are in love with each other – is pulled out of FAIRYTALES 101. I guarantee you, that after reading their story, you would start dreaming something like that to happen to you too. Who wouldn’t, really? Finding your soulmate in your enemy while you are in a fake honeymoon in Maui? Oh C,MON! That’s just perfect! From the very start these two -and of course the rest of the cast (except probably Dane) – stole my heart. The way they were reacting to each other was making my heart burst and as they were progressing into their story, their interactions were becoming more and more beautiful. Their banter and arguments were simply hilarious. I was laughing my brains out!! Their name game was entertaining AF and so damn adorable. Everything about them was straight up soul-fulfilling. And then, the magic duo went ahead and created a solid 30% that not only took my breath away but, also, woke up every cell in my body that could produce and experience intense feelings and created an unforgettable emotional tornado. I laughed, I teared up, I hurt, I loved. The Unhoneymooners easily gets a place for one of the best 2019 books. The only thing that, in my opinion, would make this book skyrocket is if there was Ethan’s POV too. Its absence was incredibly present. I could feel it all over me. With every minute it was passing, I craved more and more a way into his thoughts, feelings, brain and most importantly, HEART. That’s the only reason I put a 4.5 and not a perfect 5. Otherwise, this book is a Perfect 5 for sure! Whoever has read Christina Lauren knows that, after reading one of their books, the recommendation words are not even needed. That goes by default. They are scarred on the duo’s names. I can’t wait for the next CL project and mayybeeeeee a spin off of this couple? Eh, Christina & Lauren?
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Anonymous 18 days ago
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Cassandre Wilson 20 days ago
With summer quickly approaching, I'm really into fun, lighter reads these days, and I knew I wouldn't be disappointed with anything by Christina Lauren. From the cover and the title (I find it really clever!) to the premise, I was hooked right from the beginning. The Unhoneymooners just came out on May 14, and if you're looking for that summer read that will hook you right from the beginning, and give you an array of emotions to play with, look no further. Synopsis 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. My musings This was the perfect book to read in the middle of a crazy week at work. I love the enemies-to-lovers trope (especially when there's witty, intelligent banter to go with it), and I enjoyed that the reason they didn't get along at the beginning of their relationship was properly explained and believable. I wish we got a little bit of Ethan's perspective, just because I would love to see what he thought of Olive's (sometimes too) negative outlook on life. I would also have liked to see how he described her, physically, because she was really self-deprecating (which I understand, trust me), and I would have liked to know, selfishly, whether she was an actual curvy girl or whether she had just put on some weight because she was unemployed and stress eating. Olive and Ami's family was hilarious to have pop in every once in a while. I don't have a giant, close family like theirs, but I pictured it perfectly and was kind of envious! My only critique would be of Dane. I know we weren't supposed to like him, being the antagonist and all, but the way he was portrayed and described really made me wonder how Ami didn't see it coming and why anyone liked him to begin with. I wish we got a better look at him without Olive's bias, just for observation purposes. If you love Christina Lauren, you'll love this one, too. It's a great summer read! 4.5 STARS This review will appear on my blog, The Modest Reader, on June 10 at 7 am at https://themodestreader.com/2019/06/10/the-unhoneymooners
Anonymous 23 days ago
Enjoyed the wit and the characters immensely. A very fun book!
kgagnon 23 days ago
4.5 Delightful Stars! I absolutely loved this hilarious, heartfelt enemies-to-lovers romance! This slow burn, rom-com is filled with witty banter, awkward and hilarious situations, and a sweet and sexy storyline with lots of heart. Olive and Ethan meet when Olive's twin sister begins dating Ethan's brother. They have a misunderstanding that leads to several years of them not getting along. Now they are on a free, dream vacation when their sister and brother, along with the rest of the wedding party, falls ill. Their trip starts off rocky, but I loved how Olive and Ethan slowly begin to reconcile their flawed history. When they get home, their close knit and quirky family cause more hilarity, complications, and drama that had me laughing out loud, swooning, and cheering for Olive and Ethan's HEA. I am a huge fan of a great grand gesture and I loved this one so much! This is the first time I've read this duo's work, and I can't wait to read more from them!
Anonymous 27 days ago
This book made me laugh out loud! A great story with substance. More than a romance novel.
eclecticbookwrm 28 days ago
Honestly my favorite Christina Lauren yet. This book was beyond adorable. That chemistry between Olive and Ethan. The family dynamics and relationship between Olive and Ami is so special. I loved everything about it. I actually haven't read very many Christina Lauren books yet, but after this one, I am definitely diving into their backlist ASAP.
Christine_QueenofBooks 29 days ago
I LIKE Christina Lauren. Their books are fun and enjoyable. I was thrilled to get an e-arc of The Unhoneymooners. And then I just...did not read it. I started it multiple times...and put it down. I motivated myself to read it pub. week and instead found myself texting whoever would listen about how I just WASN'T feeling it. So imagine my surprise when I found myself suddenly LOVING it while on a budget flight. Loving it while I snuck breaks at work to find out what would happen next. Grinning my fool head off as I followed Olive and Ethan. Sadly, that was not to last. After a delightful middle, I was right back to mehhh territory. I think it's because I just didn't care for the main character, Olive. She has this idea that her sister is "always winning" while she has the worst luck & "tends to assume the sky is falling." But like, it's not? She has a best friend in her twin, and an amazing support system in her extended family. She's been unemployed, but has good work experience and skills she can draw upon. If she has health problems, we're not privy to them. In other words: Her life really isn't that hard, but she has an attitude. Call me unempathetic but I just *couldn't* relate to her for much of the book. Generally, I'd think that okay, but I didn't love the plot's climax and resolution either. Funny enough, I think I was rooting for Olive by the time I got 70% in, so then I was frustrated for her rather than with her! Three stars because I really did enjoy the middle, and I wanted to know what happened. There were a couple turns of phrase that I just loved, too. (But sadly, this was my least favorite Christina Lauren thus far.) Thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for an e-arc of this title in exchange for honest review.
kstokes 3 months ago
This is a great enemies to lovers story. I have always enjoyed Christina Lauren’s books but the last few seem so much better to me. The characters in this book seem relatable and I haven’t quite figured out why that is, but it is. There is some great humor in this story and several references to Harry Potter which just make it that much better! Do yourself a favor and read this! #TheUnhoneymooners
Anonymous 3 months ago
I absolutely devoured this book and it was another winner from Christina Lauren! Enemies to lovers, with humor and heart, vivid characters, and some almost outrageous (soap opera-worthy) plot points. Many laugh out loud moments.
Theresa B 3 months ago
Ethan's brother is marrying Olive's sister. Ethan and Olive hate each other. When the entire wedding party gets sick from seafood poisoning at the wedding buffet and Ethan and Olive are the last two standing, their siblings offer them their non-refundable honeymoon. They have to pretend they are married! This is hilarious and so well written. You can feel the chemistry and sexual tension. I had a crush on Ethan - which is always a sign that it's a really good romance! There are laugh out loud funny parts. This is THE PERFECT fun, light, summer read!!
Anonymous 3 months ago
This was such a cute story. It was sexy, funny, and light hearted. I admired how the climatic point of the book resulted from the main character standing her ground rather than the opposite.
taramichelle 3 months ago
I’ve been a huge fan of Christina Lauren’s since reading Dating You/Hating You and The Unhoneymooners absolutely lived up to my expectations. The authors do banter, tension, and realistic characters so well. I also loved the hate-to-love romance in this one. There were some intriguing subplots as well that I thought added a lot to the book. There was one I wasn’t a huge of but that’s entirely personal preference (I never like plots/subplots that revolve around cheating). Overall, it was a highly enjoyable read. I read The Unhoneymooners in one sitting because I didn’t want to put it down! If you’re looking for a cute, lighthearted read that’s going to make you laugh out loud, definitely check this one out. This was one of my favorite rom-coms that I’ve read so far this year! *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Anonymous 3 months ago
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thereadingchick 3 months ago
The Unhoneymooners has got it all going on! Humor, attraction, great dialog, and my favorite trope of enemies to lovers, what’s not to like? The exchanges between Olive and Ethan are really clever and outright funny. Olive is kind of a beautiful mess, but that mess is mostly in her own head. Written mostly from her POV, we get to see how her adorableness contrasts with how she views herself. That dichotomy really made me root for Olive! Not only didn’t I view her the same way she viewed herself, but could see a little bit of her in me, in her insecurity and self consciousness. I think a lot of readers will identify with her character and that will make her HEA even more sweet to read. Ethan was a little harder to grasp, but I think that was because we were seeing through Olive’s eyes, and those eyes were a bit clouded. Once they cleared a little, Ethan was as good as it gets. Handsome, charming, and not as full of himself as Olive first believed. What won me over though was how funny they were together. The dialog in this novel was what made it work. Christina Lauren’s self deprecating humor struck a chord and I really did laugh out loud quite a bit! If you are looking for a fast, fun, vacation bound book then you must give The Honeymooners a try out. If your own vacation is lacking that sizzle and spark -this novel will fire you right up! Plus give you a good laugh as well. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❣️
Kristy_K 3 months ago
I adored my first book by Christina Lauren (My Favorite Half-Night Stand), but struggled I little with The Unhoneymooners. The story started out slow for me and a lot of the time Olive annoyed me. It was clear that her strong dislike of Ethan (and his apparent reciprocation of the feeling) came from misunderstandings and lack of communication. I never felt anything for them individually or as a couple. The chemistry seemed lacking. The story mostly focuses on Olive and Ethan during their “honeymoon,” a trip her sister won but was unable to attend due to food poisoning at her wedding. There were multiple side characters, but they are fleeting and thus slightly underdeveloped. I wish we could have seen a little more characterization and dimension of Dane and Ami, not only because they are the siblings of our main characters but also because parts of the story hinge on them. However, with the bright cover and enemies-to-lovers trope (one of my favorite), this is a good beach read that you can escape into for a little while. I received an advanced copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.