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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – Book Review

Goodreads synopsis: Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, 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.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of years and HAVEN’T read any of Christina Lauren‘s books…well, this is a good place to start. I can honestly say that these authors bring me out of a book slump every.single.time. The Unhoneymooners is their newest book and reading it felt like a vacation. The main characters Olive and Ethan are clever, stubborn and witty, the best combo for a enemies-to-lovers plot. Their constant banter and bickering was hilarious and flirty, giving off Dating You, Hating You (also by Christina Lauren) and The Hating Game vibes. AKA: sexy and fun.

“When I signed up for this honeymoon, I had no idea it would involve so much nudity.”

The drama that awaits after “the honeymoon” was an interesting way to expose character flaws and give the opportunity for character development and growth. Some of the loose ends were tied up a little quickly, a little too neatly, but whatever-I enjoyed the whole book and need more of this genre in my life. It brought me out of a reading slump and made me excited to read-I haven’t felt like in a while.

HUGE thanks to Gallery Books and NetGalley for my ARC. I am eternally grateful to authors who make reading an exciting experience. The Unhoneymooners will hit shelves on May 14, 2019 so do yourself a favor and please read it.

Happy Reading!

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