The Unhoneymooners is the latest release from Christina Lauren. I discovered this writing duo back in March when I read Roomies, so I was eager to read another book by them. And I was not disappointed. Set in the beautiful and romantic destination of Hawaii, The Unhoneymooners has all the elements of a fun rom com read.
Olive and Ethan don’t like each other but they are forced to get along at the wedding of Olive’s twin sister Amy to Ethan’s brother, Dane. Olive has always felt unlucky compared to Amy who always wins competitions. But when the whole wedding party is struck down with food poisoning, Olive’s luck is about to change. With her sister not able to take the honeymoon that she won, she asks Olive to go in her place to a gorgeous resort in Hawaii. The only catch is that Ethan also escaped food poisoning and Dane insists that he go too.
So, the premise is set for two sworn enemies to go on a romantic, fake honeymoon together. They have to pretend to like each other so they don’t lose their free holiday. But things get complicated when Olive runs into her new boss-to-be and Ethan runs into his ex-girlfriend and her fiance. Can they survive pretending to like each other and these other challenges?
As you would expect from this type of book, it’s fun, romantic and not to be taken too seriously. I mean, what are the chances of Olive running into her new boss in Hawaii as well as Ethan running into his ex? Not very high I would say. But it’s best not to dwell on these improbable details and just enjoy the ride. This reminded me a lot of a cross between the movies Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Proposal. I love a romance set in a pretty location, plus the fun trope of sworn enemies learning to get along.
Olive is also from a large, very close Mexican-American family. I liked the whole dynamic with her family. It’s always great to see diversity in characters. There were also a few twists and turns that added some further intrigue to the plot. The character Ethan took me a little longer to warm to, but I didn’t mind him in the end. This book may have been predictable, but sometimes that’s what you need in a story. Sometimes it’s not about the destination, it’s how you get there.
Verdict: A sexy, fun, romantic read set in the beautiful location of Hawaii. The perfect read for anyone who just wants a non-taxing, entertaining book.
Have you read any books by Christina Lauren? Which book do you recommend?