Enemies to Lovers Excellence: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren Review

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Published: May 14th, 2019 by Gallery Books

Genre: Adult | Fiction | Romance

Recommended to: those who love enemies to lovers romance

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About The Unhoneymooners

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.

RATING: ★★★★★

I haven’t laughed this much while reading a book in such a long time.

Like literally laughing out loud and not just in my head. The Unhoneymooners was that funny for me.

Technically, this isn’t my first Christina Lauren book. I tried Beautiful Bastard but unfortunately, it wasn’t for me. But when I saw the great reviews for this, I just couldn’t resist. Enemies to lovers? We all know I’m trash for it.

What I loved most about this book is how the characters were not really mean towards each other. I love good enemies to lovers romance but when one of them is abusive towards the other, that’s where I draw the line. Ethan and Olive hated each other’s guts which resulted in this awesome and witty banter. It’s what made this book so good for me. I loved both of their characters and they were perfect for each other. I got so invested in their relationship that I breathed a huge sigh of relief when everything went well in the end.

This book, although one I would consider a light read, also had some drama. However, it didn’t seem unnecessary or cliche. I admit I was very frustrated but instead of putting me off, it made them seem real. Their actions made sense and if I were in their shoes, I would definitely do the same.

But the best thing about this book is the epilogue. I really, really wanted to hug Christina and Lauren for it. My common complaint about romance novels is that after the conflict gets resolved, it always ends abruptly. I mean, after all that suffering, we deserve to be happier for a bit longer. 😫 The epilogue of this book was just sooooo sweet. It was written in Ethan’s POV which was nice and unexpected. Seriously, after reading it, my heart was just so full.

To anyone who loves sweet and funny enemies to lovers romance, this is definitely worth the shot.

“I can appreciate my body in a bikini and still want to set fire to the patriarchy.” 

  • you love enemies to lovers romance
  • you just want to laugh and be happy
  • you like flawed characters
  • you are looking for a swoon-worthy book boyfriend
  • honestly, just read this


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