The Unhoneymooners

The Unhoneymooners

by Christina Lauren

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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: 9781501128042
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 27
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners/besties Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York TimesUSA TODAY, and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful and the Wild Seasons series, The UnhoneymoonersMy Favorite Half-Night StandLove 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, @ChristinaLauren on Instagram, or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.

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The Unhoneymooners 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Christine_QueenofBooks 1 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 2 days 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 days 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 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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.
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thereadingchick 5 days 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 6 days 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.
SandraHoover 6 days ago
What an utterly charming, heartfelt story . . . with lots of snark, sizzle, and pop! Loved it! The Unhoneymooners is a witty enemies to lovers romance featuring Olive, twin sister of the bride, and Ethan, brother to the groom - sworn enemies although neither seem to understand why. When everyone in the wedding party falls ill (except for the two of them), Olive and Ethan find themselves on the honeymoon (or unhoneymoon) of a lifetime . . . together! Talk about an odd couple! Olive is just one brick shy of being a jinx - if it weren't for bad luck, she'd have no luck at all. Ethan is a numbers guy - organized, optimistic, and drop-dead gorgeous. What will the two of them do together for ten glorious days in Hawaii? What ensues is a hilarious comedy of errors as everything that can go wrong does. And while it might be clear to readers where this story will eventually end, it was a blast getting there. The Unhoneymooners is Rom-Com done-right. But more than that, this story has a hidden depth and message I wasn't expecting and didn't see coming. What starts off as a seemingly simple plot of slapstick style comedy turns serious as the plot line takes a few unexpected twists and turns, leaving some characters, as well as this reader, wondering exactly what will happen as it all plays out. I loved Olive's spunk and wit, but even more - her journey of self-discovery and acceptance. The writing, as always, is flawless as these authors deliver yet again. Prepare to laugh out loud, get the warm & fuzzy feelings, and really embrace the heat as they bring it! Another Must Read by the masters of Rom-Com! You don't want to miss this one!
Ejaygirl 7 days ago
Olive Torres couldn’t be more opposite of her identical twin, Ami, who seems to be the one gifted with all the luck. Olive...not so much. It’s the occasion of Ami’s wedding to Dane Thomas and Olive isn’t looking forward to her pairing with the groom’s best man and brother, Ethan. Their first meeting didn’t go so well and it was just downhill since. What begins as a 24-hour tolerance turns into a 10-day honeymoon vacation when the entire wedding party suffers from food poisoning (bad shellfish) and Olive & Ethan replace the bride and groom on their non-refundable Maui trip. She’s allergic to shellfish and he won’t eat food on a buffet so they avoided illness. This is their start to what becomes a hilarious and unplanned romantic getaway in Hawaii. I count on this writing team to craft interesting and often quirky characters that you love to love. They’ve done it again with Olive Torres and her equally fascinating twin sister, Ami. The events leading up to the wedding (almost free because of Ami’s skill at coupon collecting and luck with contest entries) had me in stitches. Olive and Ethan’s duplicity in having to pose as the newlyweds created some sticky moments while in Hawaii that served up some funny and often awkward situations, too. All of this created a foundation for these two to bond and explore each other in ways they wouldn’t and couldn’t have at home. The romance kind of sneaks up on you, which made that even better when it finally develops. Lest you think this is all laughs and frolics, the story does take a serious turn when they return home and face some unforeseen consequences and issues that test them individually and as a couple. I loved Cynthia Farrell, the narrator who handled the entire book, told from Olive’s point of view, until Deacon Lee (one of my favorites) closed with Ethan’s narrative in the epilogue. She does humor really well and handled the transition to serious effectively. I continue to be impressed with the narrator selections for this team’s books. I started listening to this book in the early evening and kept adjusting my stopping point agreement until I realized I only had an hour to go and finished it in the wee hours. There was just no way to put it down. I loved Olive but needed some warming up to Ethan, just as she did so I was obviously immersed in the story. It’s a delightful tale with some strong themes around family, loyalty and being true to yourself. The authors continue to be auto reads for me. (Thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)
Book_Grams 7 days ago
Christina Lauren does it again! This is the fourth book I’ve read by this witty writing duo and, you guessed it, the fourth book I’ve loved. Olive Torres has always considered herself to be unlucky. It’s her twin sister Ami’s wedding day and Olive is down on her luck again. She’s just been laid off from her pharmaceutical job, she’s wearing a horrid green bridesmaid dress, and to top it all off, she’s forced to interact with the groom’s brother and best man, the swoon worthy Ethan Thomas. In an unfortunate twist of events, everyone at the wedding comes down with food poisoning...everyone except for Olive and Ethan, that is. Since her sister’s Hawaiian honeymoon package is non-refundable, Olive and Ethan agree to a ceasefire so that they can claim the trip, posing as newlyweds for 10 days in Maui. I absolutely adored this enemies to lovers story. The banter between Olive and Ethan had me laughing out loud non-stop. Their constant bickering was hilarious, the angst was palpable and their chemistry was off the charts. Olive and Ethan are such relatable characters and I was rooting for them from beginning to end. This book is a must read romantic comedy! Also, bonus points to the authors for the Harry Potter references! Thank you to Netgalley, Gallery Books, and Christina Lauren for this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
JujubeeD 7 days ago
I ♡ this, hard! Enemies to lovers along with forced proximity tropes are my fav. Olive and Ethan are imperfectly perfect, vulnerable characters. Just my cuppa. And their story was just what I was hoping for. Who doesn't enjoy well written snark? Their quick-witted banter kept me happily moving along in their journey. I know , I know, its almost cliché in a review, but damn it, some of that back-and-forth argument logic had me chortling out loud, people! sb a new acronym IMHO. Ethan turns out to be a homebody with food quirks, a math nerd, and on the mend of a broken heart. It took a bit of reading time to find out his side of hateship, but I love a good onion peel. He also volleyed his fair share of snide remarks right back to Olive's court! The way they toyed with each other's name throughout the story #justadorbes Olive's personal introspection and growth was touching. She and Ethan learn a thing or two about each other AND themselves along the way ;) I think bikinis and hotel massage packages also helped the getting-to-know-you stage. The real plus for me? Christina Lauren's characters don't have all the answers, the authors really made Olive and Ethan work through all the obstacles thrown at them. A few plot twists made me laugh, but a few real life issues had me unexpectedly take pause...could they really work it all out? I love when I'm not sure about the outcome, right? It's what my reading heart craves! Great pacing throughout makes this an easy, fun, and engaging read. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Momma_Becky 7 days ago
Another hilarious romantic comedy from the dynamic duo that is Christina Lauren, this one in the form of an enemies to lovers story that is anything but typical. Olive and Ethan are firmly in the love to hate you category, but it's impossible for them to avoid each other when his brother is marrying her sister. While I felt like the story was a bit longer than it needed to be, the quips and banter between this pair, plus the crazy situations they find themselves in, keep the momentum going at a steady pace. The chemistry between Ethan and Olive is crazy good even when they're still hating on each other, and I love how the romance kind of sneaks up on them. There is a bit of angst, but overall, the story is just what a good romantic comedy should be - lighthearted and loads of fun.
bookchelle 7 days ago
Nothing can ever prepare me for how much I appreciate and love stories from Christina Lauren. I should know by now that I will always enjoy their characters and the stories they tell. For The Unhoneymooners, that was definitely the case of instant love. I am not always a fan of Hate to Love, but mixed with The Taming of the Shrew, I knew I was in for a treat. Olive and Ethan’s story is uniquely hilarious, but also sincere and heartfelt. I identified with Olive so much. I know I may have said this before, but that is the genius of Christina and Lauren’s writing. With every character they write, I always find pieces of myself in them. And because of that, I relate to their stories so much. Olive has my heart. Her bravada as well as her vulnerabilities are my own, and everything she said she felt? I also felt. Ethan was someone that I found easy to like. Despite Olive’s view of him, he was fun to get to know. I liked his tenacity and loyalty, but above all? I love how he complimented Olive. We all look for that in our leading men, and he was a great example of that. I inhaled this story. As soon as I started, I couldn’t put it down. It got to the point where I lost sleep, ignored people, and sacrificed anything just to be able to stay in this world. If that doesn’t say something about a story, I don’t know what does. I highly suggest reading The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. Go to your preferred book purchasing source and pick up your copy today! *Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.*
paulalala09 7 days ago
The Unhoneymooners is the absolute best summer/vacation/staycation book I have read yet. It is funny, ironic, engaging, and just plan terrific. The push and pull of the main characters, Olive and Ethan, is so well written and so well played by the authors. Everything you think can go wrong does go wrong and just when you think it is all solved, more disaster happens to Olive and Ethan. At many points, I could not stop laughing (or crying a little.) I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Christine Combs 7 days ago
This was exactly the book I needed to read yesterday. It was such a fantastic read. I loved the characters and I loved the storyline. There were romance and so much humor and quick wit. I could somewhat predict a lot of the story, but I laughed so hard and even shed some tears over this book. It's an easy read, but you really feel so into these characters and the storyline. I highly recommend this book. Probably my favorite from the author so far! (Featured a review on it here)
ljtljtljt 7 days ago
The Unhoneymooners is a fun and flirty read by coauthors Christina Lauren. This story primarily takes place on the Hawaiian island of Maui, and the sights and sounds of the tropics are described perfectly. Through the marriage of their respective siblings, Olive Torres and Ethan Thomas are now in-laws. They were attracted to each other the first time they met, however, Ethan's brother purposely created an animosity between them. Overtime, this friction evolved into pure hatred. For the first time ever, Olive is lucky. She did not eat from the seafood buffet that caused everyone at her sister's wedding to get food poisoning. Coincidentally, Ethan did not eat from the buffet as well. As a result, the nonrefundable honeymoon is up for grabs. Since Olive is her sister's identical twin, and Ethan is able to pass for his brother, they call a temporary cease fire and go on vacation together. Pretending to be a loving couple proves to be quite difficult at times, yet as Olive and Ethan truly get to know each other, their hostilities dissipate and they fall madly in love. This is an nicely written novel, and Olive and Ethan are interesting, complex and genuine. Olive's extended family is a real hoot, and the way they support each other through thick and thin is beyond heartwarming. Ethan turns out to be a really nice guy, and I really liked how his self-confidence influenced those around him. If you enjoy a story with a lot energy and some funny moments, then pick up a copy of Unhoneymooners. This book may be enjoyed as a standalone. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
JustNicole 7 days ago
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren was definitely fun to read! This story of Olive and Ethan taking a “honeymoon” meant for Olive’s twin sister and her husband, Dane, is a twisted story of lies and guilty feelings for not being truthful. It is an enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy that I would recommend reading. I enjoyed the descriptive writing. I didn’t like the cheating and the excessive obsession with Olive being “unlucky” and how she was deceptive, yet feeling guilty…but overall I really liked this one! This isn’t my favorite book from Christina Lauren, but I still wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it because overall I really enjoyed it! 4 stars!
Anonymous 8 days ago
4.5/5 stars Love, love, love this book! The Unhoneymooners is now one of my favorite Christina Lauren books, and also one of my top 5 romance novels. This book follows Olive Torres, the "unlucky" twin, and her nemesis, Ethan Thomas. Due to an unfortunate, case of food poisoning, Olive and Ethan must go on their sibling's honeymoon in their stead. As the tropical vacation begins, havoc and "bad luck" ensue, and Olive finds herself having dinner with her new boss, his wife, and Ethan, her pretend husband. Of course, over the progression of the book Ethan and Olive fall for each other, but it’s not without misunderstandings and bickering. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There is so many shenanigans and chaos spirals that it’s hard not to enjoy. But also, what’s with romance novels and paintballing?
Anonymous 8 days ago
Love, love, love this book! I tore through it in a single day. This is a romantic comedy full of delicious wit and delightful chemistry. It has just enough complexity to feel real and relatable while still feeling as light and enjoyable as the Maui vacation you win via sweepstakes. If you are looking for your next great romantic comedy, I highly recommend The Unhoneymooners. Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the opportunity to read it.
Ireadergosum 8 days ago
Okay. I LOVE CHRISTINA LAUREN BOOKS! While I love some of their books more than others, I consistently know I will get a creative romance read no matter what. This book didn’t remind me of any other book I’ve read, which is saying something since I’ve read hundreds of romance books. When it come to characters, an element I love is close families. Olive’s family may annoy her at times, but at the end of the day, they are the family that supports and loves each other. Something I appreciated about Olive, was that she is still growing. She’s hilarious, and I totally related to her. I always joke that I have the worst luck. Also, I have an affection for bad liars, it really makes for some great comedy! Ethan, Ethan, Ethan. I really wish I had gotten more from him, but I think that is mostly due to it all being in Olive’s perspective. He does give some amazing apologies, so that is a definite plus in the pros column. Plotwise, this is a damn rollercoaster, and I loved it! You’d think with so many things happening, it would be overwhelming, but the authors did a beautiful job of weaving all of the elements together. I was engrossed in this story and stayed up until 4am to finish it. Yeah, not smart, but it just couldn’t be avoided. I just needed to know what happened! So, I read this book in one sitting, and would definitely recommend it to my fellow romance readers! Special thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for the free eARC in exchange for an honest review!
carvanz 8 days ago
This was such a fun, relaxing read. I loved Ethan and Olive and all their crazy. Olive has the worse luck ever. Her sister does not. But when the tables turn and Olive’s sister and brand new brother-in-law are laid low from food poisoning, it’s possible her luck has changed. With a new job lined up and her relationship with Ethan moving from enemies to something more, things are looking up. Now if they can hold it together once the honeymoon is over. I absolutely adored this heroine, which is rare for me as I’m all about the hero. Olive had such a great, quirky outlook at life, even if it did seem a bit Eeyore-ish at times, a condition she eventually realizes and corrects. She’s the type of person I’d totally hang out with and love every minute of it. Her inner thoughts had me grinning and laughing as well as shaking my head at some of her antics. I would reread this book all over again because of her. We don’t get a look into Ethan’s thoughts until the epilogue and I really missed having it. It wasn’t easy to tell what he was thinking and his actions didn’t always speak louder than words. As the story unfolds and we are given information from him I grew to love him. He’s not an alpha hero, but something, dare I say…better? He’s the type of man you’d want in your life always. He’s just a regular guy with regular reactions and some insecurities as well as being fallible. In the end, with that epilogue, I was sold completely. This is such an entertaining read, a little lengthy but never boggy and with some drama that didn’t consume the whole story. The chemistry between these two was felt but not sizzling and I’d consider this a bit lite on the smexy times. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful book and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys a light hearted, low angst, enemies-to-lovers romance.
miareese 8 days ago
4.5 stars This book was hot and hilarious. The duo that makes up Christina Lauren always does such a good job of writing relationships that have a great balance of banter, tension, intimacy, and in this case, maybe a little bit of hate. Aside from featuring such a well-rounded relationship, there were scenes in this book that actually made me laugh out loud. (There's one that includes the back of a packed bus and an inhuman shriek... I still can't think about it and not laugh.) I got sucked into Olive and Ethan's story right from the beginning, and even though I just finished, I kind of already want to re-read it... This book would make the perfect rom-com.
etoile1996 8 days ago
you have to love the inscrutable hero in the unhoneymooners. poor ethan is much maligned and really doesn't deserve all the bad feelings olive torres has been sending his way. from the get-go it's pretty clear that she's bad at reading body language and social cues, and prone to thinking the worst and making huge assumptions about what people think. this is the root of her problems. one she learns when she's on an impromptu honeymoon with ethan and realizes that all the things she assumed about him are dead wrong. lest you think olive is some horrible shrew, she's actually not. she's funny and engaging and the kind of heroine you root for. she's got a problem with verbal diarrhea at the most inopportune times. and have i said she's funny. the chemistry and interplay between her and ethan is fantastic. and how the black moment turns on both her being right about this one thing, but no one believes her because of her propensity to think the worst of everything is pretty brilliantly done. i enjoyed this story, it's kind of a given because it's easy to enjoy a christina lauren story. these authors have a way of creating characters with heart and humor. **the unhoneymooners will publish on may 14, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/gallery, threshold, pocket books (gallery books) in exchange for my honest review.