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.
Synopsis from Goodreads
I've been seeing this book a lot on Instagram and different bookstore emails and decided to pick it up. I've been in the mood for romances (June is the month for love apparently), so this was perfect timing. The premise sounded perfect for a fun almost-summer read and I couldn't wait to fall into Olive and Ethan's story.
The best part of this book is definitely the excellent dialogue between Olive and Ethan; is there anything better than two quick and witty people who hate each other stuck on a honeymoon together? Obviously we're eventually going to get to the root of why they don't get along, but the journey getting there is really fun. Olive and Ethan are hilarious sparring partners and many of their exchanges made me grin.
More Sexy Couple Time!
Personally, there just wasn't enough time with Ethan and Olive as a couple. It takes them a while to get together -- which makes sense and adds to the sexual tension -- but when they are finally together, it's such a small blip before they are back with family and friends. I would've liked more time of just them so that when they have a disagreement, it's more heartbreaking that they don't agree. As it stands, their fight is fairly rushed and I didn't feel the same anxiety I would expect to when invested in a relationship.
Epilogue was Cute, but...
So I loved reading this from Ethan’s POV, because his was a voice I really wanted to hear in this story. However...this last chapter was largely recapping the two years in between, instead of actually storytelling. I found myself pulled from the story as we moved into “over the last few years, this, this and this had happened”. That said, I still really enjoyed the ending because we did finally get Ethan’s voice and I love a happy ending! It’s cute to know how they’re continuing to be the adorable, bickering couple while also opening up to new experiences.
Overall, this was a cute story and I had a fun time reading it. There were a few drawbacks for me, but I still think this is a great summer love story. And I'm happy that I finally picked up a Christina Lauren book because it's introduced me to their writing and all their other books that have been added to my TBR! I'd recommend The Unhoneymooners to anyone who enjoys romance, has enjoyed another Christina Lauren book, or is looking for a funny summer novel to enjoy!
FINAL RATING: 3/5
Hi, I'm Alexandra! I love reading (largely YA fiction, but sometimes I'll read "adult" books), playing board games, Nutella, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix with my husband.
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