The Unhoneymooners

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 fianc is somet

  • Title: The Unhoneymooners
  • Author: Christina Lauren
  • ISBN: Olive Torres, Ethan Thomas
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  • Page: 247
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 fianc 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 Oliv 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 fianc 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 Get A Copy KoboOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBound Paperback, 400 pages Published May 14th 2019 by Gallery Books More Details Edition Language English Characters Olive Torres, Ethan Thomas setting Minnesota United States Maui, Hawaii United States Other Editions 11 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Unhoneymooners, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Is this book appropriate enough for teen readers like 3 months ago See all 5 answers AB I would say no Although the sex isn t graphic, it s explicit enough Also the book deals with adult themes than YA themes It may be hard for a I would say no Although the sex isn t graphic, it s explicit enough Also the book deals with adult themes than YA themes It may be hard for a teen to relate The main character is in her early 30s less flag See 2 questions about The Unhoneymooners Lists with This Book Most Anticipated Romance Novels of 2019 837 books 3,019 voters Most Anticipated Romance Books of 2019 575 books 1,659 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 4.03 Rating details 33,517 ratings 5,968 reviews All LanguagesDeutsch 2 English 5645 Espa ol 29 Fran ais 3 Italiano 2 Nederlands 3 Portugu s 9 P 1 Sloven ina 2 Svenska 1 T rk e 2 esky, e tina 7 1 4 More filters Sort order Apr 04, 2019 Chaima rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves romance, fiction, 2019 releases, contemporary, adult, read in 2019 me, normally the concept of romantic love is nothing but a marketing scheme for greeting card companies, a lie sold by the government, a me, after reading this book through an oversized megaphone CAN SOME ROMANTIC SHIT HAPPEN TO ME ALREADY DAMN flag 788 likesLike see review View all 26 comments Mar 24, 2019 Emily May rated it liked it Shelves arc, romance, 2019 I can treat this trip like an actual vacation on a tropical island.Yes, it s with my nemesis, but still, I ll take it. Guys, I don t think it s working out I m trying so hard to get on the Christina Lauren fanwagon, but there are just lots of little things that aren t floating my boat The Unhoneymooners is not bad at all It s quite funny and enjoyable for the most part, actually It s just well, I ll start with the first thing I noticed This is only the second Christina Lauren book I ha I can treat this trip like an actual vacation on a tropical island.Yes, it s with my nemesis, but still, I ll take it. Guys, I don t think it s working out I m trying so hard to get on the Christina Lauren fanwagon, but there are just lots of little things that aren t floating my boat The Unhoneymooners is not bad at all It s quite funny and enjoyable for the most part, actually It s just well, I ll start with the first thing I noticed This is only the second Christina Lauren book I have tried, with the other being Josh and Hazel s Guide to Not Dating, and yet right away I realized that the characters were virtually identical Both Olive and Hazel are klutzy, embarrassing heroines who don t know when to stop talking, each with notably amazing boobs Ethan and Josh are both aloof, cynical guys who supposedly view their respective heroines with disdain until they, um, don t any And they are both I m quoting here boob men curious does this boob thing come up in all their books.Boob joking aside, Olive and Ethan could just as easily be Josh and Hazel They read like the same couple Also, I see a lot of reviewers talking about this promised enemies to lovers romance, but I m just not that convinced I am a sucker for the love hate relationship thing, I ll be honest I don t know why Add it to my list of issues But whether it s Jardan or Spuffy or the good old Fitzbeth, I m all for a bit of I hate you, let s fuck angst Olive and Ethan, though, are not enemies Sure, she calls him her nemesis and declares how awful it s going to be going to Maui with him, blah blah, but it seems pretty clear to me from the beginning that they really love bickering with each other They don t hate each other They re not enemies Their first conversation makes them seem like an old married couple bitching at each other In fact, I find it weird how Olive basically fabricates some faux hatred at the start, but is later very easily forgiving when, in my opinion, Ethan was completely in the wrong.So far this has definitely sounded negative, but it is a fun, easy read I like how both Olive and Hazel are unwilling to apologize for who they are and the way their bodies look I like the back and forth between Olive and Ethan Ethan, I m a terrible liar Really You hid it so well It s never been my strength, okay Those of us who aren t summoned by the Dark Mark consider honesty to be a virtue I also really liked the single perspective of this story Seeing as almost every romance novel these days has multiple perspectives, I must be in the minority on this one, but I actually find it much easier to enjoy a romance and fall in love with the object of the MC s affections if I m reading a single perspective Getting inside the other person s head dampens some of the tension for me.Oh, and I also liked the super hot massage scene For obvious reasons.Hell, I don t even know at this point It s not like I m not having a bit of mindless fun with these books, but with so little time to read, do I really want to keep spending it with 3 star reads Huh Maybe I ll try one Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube flag 534 likesLike see review View all 66 comments Jan 30, 2019 Jennifer rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves arc gallery books, adult contemporary romance, adult content, co authors, i met the author, stand alone novel A humorous enemies turn lovers romance fills out the first half of The Unhoneymooners It s engaging, funny, and sexy But the co written aspect of this novel makes itself known as the storyline morphs into a dramatic second half with several climaxes related to career, trust, family, and relationships In my opinion, this reading experience felt like two different books were placed under the same cover, and I quite liked the fun one However, overall, The Unhoneymooners is indeed enjo A humorous enemies turn lovers romance fills out the first half of The Unhoneymooners It s engaging, funny, and sexy But the co written aspect of this novel makes itself known as the storyline morphs into a dramatic second half with several climaxes related to career, trust, family, and relationships In my opinion, this reading experience felt like two different books were placed under the same cover, and I quite liked the fun one However, overall, The Unhoneymooners is indeed enjoyable and will surely satisfy Christina and Lauren s many fans Check it out.Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader s copy ARC of The Unhoneymooners This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating reviewing.Source NetGalleyAuthor Christina LaurenPublisher Gallery Books Gallery, Threshold, Pocket BooksGenres Romance Pub Date May 14, 2019 flag 398 likesLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Melanie rated it really liked it Recommended to Melanie by Gabby Shelves romance, contemporary, read in 2019, arc, adult ARC provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review. That s the point of luck it happens when and where it happens This is my favorite Christina Lauren book since Roomies I ll be honest, I wasn t too in love with Josh and Hazel s Guide to Not Dating or My Favorite Half Night Stand, but this felt like the famous duo was back and resecured that special place in my swoon worthy romance heart This was so funny, this was so heartwarming, and since I m leaving in a few weeks for Haw ARC provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review. That s the point of luck it happens when and where it happens This is my favorite Christina Lauren book since Roomies I ll be honest, I wasn t too in love with Josh and Hazel s Guide to Not Dating or My Favorite Half Night Stand, but this felt like the famous duo was back and resecured that special place in my swoon worthy romance heart This was so funny, this was so heartwarming, and since I m leaving in a few weeks for Hawaii, the setting was pretty perfect for me, too This is a hate to love, enemies to lovers, fake dating romance that features two characters who are forced to be around each other because their siblings are marrying each other Olive Torres Biracial white and Mexican , twin of the bride, has been unlucky her entire life Ethan Thomas Brother of the groom, and Olive s archnemesis I want to say something sassy, but the only coherent thought that comes to mind is how insulting it is that eyelashes like his were wasted on Satan s Errand Boy, so I just give a perfunctory nod and turn down the hall And these two had a very rocky, and very confusing, first meeting But they are trying their best to put their differences aside for this wedding, even if they are antagonizing each other every single chance they get But the wedding takes an unexpected turn when everyone gets sick from the seafood buffet that was served, except for Olive and Ethan, since neither of them ate from it Their siblings insist that they take their Hawaii honeymoon, instead of letting the trip go to waste And they both decide to, because once they get to Maui, they won t have to see each other except for sleeping That is, until Olive s boss and Ethan s ex fianc happen to be at the same resort, and they are forced to play the part of happy newlyweds, because Olive doesn t want to get caught using their sibling s honeymoon by the resort and be forced to pay for it out of their own pocket, and Ethan doesn t want his ex to see him single And honestly It was just the perfect fake dating setup, let s be real The problem with lying about relationships is that humans are fickle, fickle creatures And I truly believe the banter in this book is the best that these authors have ever crafted It s smart, witty, and truly hilarious I also just loved Olive and Ethan as characters so much, and I easily shipped them together maybe harder than any Christina Lauren characters The setting was perfect, the plot was genius, and this was just an overall really easy book to escape into and love But I am very curious to see how plus sized reviewers are going to feel about the representation in this book This is not my lane, so please know that while reading this paragraph, but this book puts a huge emphasis on how Olive thinks Ethan fat shamed and body shamed her She constantly talks about her body, her curves, her stress baking and eating, and how things look on her body, and even tears clothing that s too small for her, while always kind of comparing herself to her thin twin sister Like, I was 100% sure Olive was plus sized through the entire start of this book, but then, once they arrive in Hawaii, it seems like the only big and curvy thing about her is her breasts, which are obviously perfect And then, at the end of this book it starts feeling like she and her thin sister are identical in bodies, too, and she also gets compared to Selena Gomez Like, I just didn t understand It was like they wanted to have a plus sized main character, but they didn t want to actually go there or hire any beta readers Like, again, this isn t my lane, and I m obviously not saying that thin people can t have body dysmorphia or just have unhealthy relationships with food and their bodies, but the way this read personally felt bad to me I just honestly think this book could be really triggering because of the emphasis it has on Oliva s relationship with food and her inner monologue about her thoughts about her body, while also painting a very hazy picture of her actual body.Also, there is a very small conversation between Olive s family members questioning if a family member is queer, and it was really badly done Because lesbians use those strap on things and apparently have short haircuts And I completely understand it was supposed to be funny because older generations don t get it or whatever, but it wasn t cute it was offensive and poorly done And the mom saying she wishes she was born a lesbian, like gag me with any spoon you can find Like, it was so minuscule, and I have no idea why it was even part of the book or why editors thought it was a good thing to keep included, but it just made me side eye and put a bad taste in my mouth Okay, I know those last two paragraphs seem bad, and they are, I m not making light of them whatsoever But I will say that if you took those two elements out, this is a really good book Like, the best I ve read from Christina Lauren in years It was laugh out loud funny, it was romantic and swoon worthy, and I really shipped this enemies to lovers dynamic I never wanted to leave Olive, Ethan, or Hawaii, and I think this is just going to be the ultimate beach read of 2019 Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.Content and trigger warnings for talk of cheating not the main characters , A LOT of talk about food and bodies that I think could be potentially triggering, and the brief but questionable conversation about sexuality that I mentioned above flag 385 likesLike see review View all 33 comments May 06, 2019 Melissa rated it liked it Shelves 2019, romance, cute banter, hilarious 3.5 stars There s no getting around it, so I m just going to get it over with and put it out there The Unhoneymooners is not my favorite of the dynamic duo s rom coms Truth be told, this is the only Christina Lauren to date that has earned less than four stars from this reader And believe me, as someone who s been a longtime fan of their work, it would be so much easier to gloss over the things that bothered me, as opposed to confessing this didn t work for me in its entirety, but it is what 3.5 stars There s no getting around it, so I m just going to get it over with and put it out there The Unhoneymooners is not my favorite of the dynamic duo s rom coms Truth be told, this is the only Christina Lauren to date that has earned less than four stars from this reader And believe me, as someone who s been a longtime fan of their work, it would be so much easier to gloss over the things that bothered me, as opposed to confessing this didn t work for me in its entirety, but it is what it is So, hear me out Or not Your choice.Was the journey fun and light For sure.Were the coauthors successful in pulling out the laughs You bet.Even importantly, were there swoon worthy moments capable of rousing my inner giddy and giggly gal Of course.Was it up to snuff with some of the duo s other novels Nope.This time around, Christina Lauren brings readers to the Twin Cities for a wedding paid for entirely with sweepstakes and giveaways wins In hindsight, maybe partaking in a free seafood buffet isn t the best idea Food poisoning, anyone How about everyone Well, except for the two people who opted for the chicken plate instead When optimistic Ami and her new groom find they can t peel themselves off the bathroom floor, let alone think about heading to Maui for their all expenses paid honeymoon, they enlist their siblings to take their places aka the pessimistic twin sister Olive and her nemesis Ethan While there are some hilarious one liners and dialogue total laugh out loud moments exchanged between the enemies , it takes reading half of the novel around 200 pages before anything couply transpires between Olive and Ethan In the meantime, readers are fed a steady diet of faux hatred and convenient situations Running into one person you know from home, okay I ll bite Maybe I ll even refrain from rolling my eyes But two, when you re an eleven hour flight away on a tropical island Come on ladies, dig a little deeper next time There were so many other ways the situations and feelings inspired by those chance encounters could have been introduced into the storyline Just saying.With the epilogue being the exception, the entirety of the story is told from Olive s perspective, which is a bit of departure for the duo Roomies being the only other, I think and kind of a downer Even so considering the co authors attempted to sell this whole nemesis idea Seeing their rivaling thoughts firsthand would have fed into the fun Instead, readers are privy only to Olive s thoughts, while facial expressions and dialogue have to suffice for Ethan The perfect breeding ground for misinterpretations and assumptions And the borderline simplistic idea by some standards that the crux of the entire novel relies on In some respects, this enemies to lovers storyline presents as disjointed and weak The pacing itself is consistently inconsistent Slow to progress at points, yet too much all at once in others It screamed for storyline development and actions driven by emotion, as opposed to enlisting those things simply to get the characters where they needed to be for things to work.When Olive and Ethan return home, after ten days in paradise, there are a host of issues for the pessimist to contend with finding a career that feeds her passion, realigning her outlook on life, appreciation for her family and a desire for love The authors utilize Olive and Ami s large extended family here, but there are no standout moments that hit home or provide any emotional value, instead conjuring those feelings of convenience once again Not to mention, I imagine it would be a tad overwhelming for anyone to attempt to tackle their entire outlook on life in such a short timeframe 100 ish pages Look who the pessimist is now wink All of that complaining aside, turning the pages was effortless Sure, there were a few times when it felt like I was simply going through the motions, but for the most part, The Unhoneymooners was delightfully fun Not quite special enough to knock Josh and Hazel the quirky couple who garnered hordes of fans with their infamous guide to not dating from the throne, but entertaining enough For me, it was Olive and Ethan s perfectly imperfect ending that proved the journey worthy Bonus points to the writing duo for offering readers a much needed glimpse of life from Ethan s adoring eyes A HUGE thank you to Gallery for sending my gorgeous copy This colorful cover and the possibility of what was to come brightened my day The review copy in no way altered my opinions. flag 260 likesLike see review View all 54 comments Jul 19, 2019 jessica rated it it was amazing never in my life have i read a book that had the same sense of humour as me until now this is honestly one of the funniest books i have ever read i was giggling like a dweeb pretty much throughout the entire thing gosh, its such a depressing thought to know i will never be as funny as olive and ethan the charming humour aside, this might be the best execution of the enemies to lovers trope since the hating game is everything in the story convenient sure is it super emotionally compell never in my life have i read a book that had the same sense of humour as me until now this is honestly one of the funniest books i have ever read i was giggling like a dweeb pretty much throughout the entire thing gosh, its such a depressing thought to know i will never be as funny as olive and ethan the charming humour aside, this might be the best execution of the enemies to lovers trope since the hating game is everything in the story convenient sure is it super emotionally compelling not really but it absolutely nails the fact that relationships dont work unless you know your partner on a friendship level and i love the natural connection that developed between olive and ethan only complaint would be that the ending is a little rushed there is a massive shift in story dynamic when olive and ethan return from their trip almost feels like an entirely seperate story and it just feels like it ends too soon i think there are some things that could have been explored and i honestly wouldnt have minded a longer book oh well still a fantastic story overall 4.5 stars flag 246 likesLike see review View all 10 comments May 14, 2019 Chelsea chelseadolling reads rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 2 apr may jun 4.5 stars This is my new favorite Christina Lauren book I m OBSESSED I do wish the plus size rep had been a little definitive But other than that I ate this UP If you re looking for something to fill in the Hating Game sized, enemies to lovers hole in your heart, look no further THEY EVEN GO PAINTBALLING Fuck, I loved this flag 240 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Mar 10, 2019 Alex Comets and Comments rated it liked it Shelves guilty pleasures, romance, unpopular opinion, upcoming, contemporary romance, standalone, angst with a capital a, cute and cuddly, sexual tension, arc It sounds dangerous This makes him laugh Dangerous, like we d end up either naked or dead This was such a cute rom com filled with glorious belly aching laugh out loud moments I finished it in one sitting, and the pages just flew by It really does play out like a movie, and you can practically see it on the widescreen while you are reading Completely a feel good book with all the fluffy romance and sexy tidbits you d want in one _______________ The Story The Unhoneymooners follows Ol It sounds dangerous This makes him laugh Dangerous, like we d end up either naked or dead This was such a cute rom com filled with glorious belly aching laugh out loud moments I finished it in one sitting, and the pages just flew by It really does play out like a movie, and you can practically see it on the widescreen while you are reading Completely a feel good book with all the fluffy romance and sexy tidbits you d want in one _______________ The Story The Unhoneymooners follows Olive Torres during a honeymoon that she goes on falsely identifying as her twin sister Ami, who just got married After a bad case of food poisoning at Ami s wedding, the only two unaffected people are Olive and Ami s husbands brother, Ethan Ethan and Olive have supposedly hated each other from the moment they met each other, so they both agree to disagree and go on the honeymoon together What starts as a fake marriage and an excuse for a free holiday soon turns into many misadventures, misencounters and misunderstandings Soon, Olive and Ethan start to realize that they have immense chemistry between them and maybe they were wrong from the start Firstly, I want to call it and say that the enemies to lovers trope is going to swoop 2019 away from me like a storm There is honestly very little that can go wrong with the trope and this book was evidently showed how electric it can be It truly was such an easy and fast paced read that had little bouts of sexual tension that made it unputdownable This was really hard to rate for me Without giving too much away, the first 65% of the book felt like a 4 5 star read, full with funny and lovable characters that all had their own charm However, after that mark something felt so unbalanced and I disliked the way some issues were dealt with alongside some dynamics Yes, it was unrealistic and the story arcs that were created have been done before, but that still did not take away from how effortless it felt to sink into Olive and Ethan s story I m glad the story had no obvious insta love aspects but during the last quarter there were some cringey lines that felt uncomfortably close The Romance All this book really left me with was a strong desire to go pick up Christina Lauren books Not very many romance contemporaries can do that for me, so that was really refreshing The romance between Olive and Ethan was electric, it sparked and flew off the page I could feel their hate but I could also feel how slowly they dissolved into each others company I really enjoyed that Olive is a strong woman that learns her self worth and sticks up for her curves throughout the story So all in all the romance was charming Once the book neared the second half, I could feel my rating drop slightly I was initially going to give this 4 stars but knew that wouldnt be true to what I thought of the story as a whole During the end, I started being very cautious about the way that Olive and Ethan solved their problems With no spoilers, they didn t really solve their problems Then when a couple chapters passed, there was a massive reveal that I felt needed a bigger reaction from Ethan With that being said, I loved the family dynamic and the friendship involved with Olive and her relatives It didn t feel like it was a filler, it felt like it belonged and made the story all the delightful But still, I need girls to stand up for girls this 2019 I really enjoyed this story and definitely will read of the authors works flag 236 likesLike see review View all 80 comments Jan 22, 2019 Chelsea Humphrey rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommended to Chelsea by Simon Schuster Shelves from publisher, netgalley When I signed up for this honeymoon, I had no idea it would involve so much nudity Raise your glass to another winner from Christina Lauren clink This writing duo features my go to gals when it comes to romantic comedies Seriously, I can t remember the last time an author consistently made me chortle so hard or forced me to sustain multiple gut busters in a row Last time I checked, we could all use a few good vibes all over the world, and if you re looking for another feel good time, When I signed up for this honeymoon, I had no idea it would involve so much nudity Raise your glass to another winner from Christina Lauren clink This writing duo features my go to gals when it comes to romantic comedies Seriously, I can t remember the last time an author consistently made me chortle so hard or forced me to sustain multiple gut busters in a row Last time I checked, we could all use a few good vibes all over the world, and if you re looking for another feel good time, this is your stop Get off the TBR bus right now hurry or you ll miss it I immediately connected with Olive and her plight to fight the system that forces prejudice against the curvy girl Seriously, a female lead who not only inhales cheese curds at the fair and makes no apologies for it, but also holds anyone accountable who tries to fat shame her This girl is my hero Olive and Ethan are the unlikeliest couple ever, which means of course they have to get together, because this is my all time favorite trope Let s give a standing ovation for the enemies to lovers plot Ethan is a seemingly OCD stuffy know it all, who honestly came off as a standard dick in the beginning But Chelsea, isn t there some underlying reason why he s coming across as such a shallow turd muncher you ask Obviously, but we ll get there in due time This pair contains the only two people at Olive s sister s wedding who didn t come down with an unfortunate, fancy case of food poisoning Sister Amy insists that Olive take the non refundable, all inclusive honeymoon to Hawaii, while brother Dane insists that Ethan takes it Even though Olive and Ethan despise each other, they are both stubborn as an ox and refuse to let the other have all the fun, so they agree to commit fraud and enjoy a free vacation while spending as little time as possible around each other We all know how this story goes, and I think one of the reasons I pick up these books is for the familiarity and predictability they provide Even if everything in my life is going haywire, I can count on these two people going through the motions to hit me right in the feels where I need it most I m sure you can guess how 99% of this book will turn out, but what I can t emphasize enough is just how laugh out loud hilarious it was journeying alongside of Ethan and Olive The shower changing scene, anyone While the plot seemed a little less zany and believable than Josh and Hazel s Guide to Not Dating, I felt the snappy dialogue and witty humor was most on point with that previous story than some of their others side note, you can say it s unbelievable that twins would end up dating or marrying brothers, but I had a ballet teacher who married her identical twin s brother in law Hope your marriage is still going strong Miss Jamie, and if not, I apologize for bringing it up here The reason I went with a 4 star instead of a 5 star rating is a bit complex, and I ll try to unpack it below, complete with spoiler tags While I understand that this is fiction, I felt conflicted about how the book ended Once Olive and Ethan return from the honeymoon and insert themselves into real life mode, they have some issues that they have to deal with involving family members on both sides On the one hand, I love how we see Olive grow as a person, taking ownership for her shortcomings and choices in life, and becoming ok with who she is and finding who she wants to be in her professional career This portion felt deeper than in previous fluffy novels, which perhaps raised my expectations on how the ending would handle her and Ethan s disagreement view spoiler After everything Olive goes through in trying to start a discussion involving Dane s unacceptable behavior, I was really disappointed that, after Ethan was such an ass LITERALLY until the last possible second, how quickly Olive took him back and how little everyone seemed to think the way he acted was ok For me, his behavior was the last in a major list of red flags, and I think an ending on par with CoHo s It Ends With Us where each character finds themselves without getting back together would have been effective hide spoiler Obviously, this is just personal preference, and a small blot in an otherwise delicious, steamy, feel good romp Highly recommended for anyone who needs a good laugh and a story you can fly through in record time I received a review copy via the publisher. flag 208 likesLike see review View all 28 comments Jun 19, 2019 Samantha rated it really liked it Shelves romance books i may want to try 4.5 stars I stayed up later than was probably wise reading this and I have no regrets yet ask me in the morning Enemies to lovers Fake dating Misunderstanding that isn t completely irrational Bickering couple Protagonist that s a bit bitter but trying her best Thanks I love it flag 192 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 28, 2019 BernLuvsBooks Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, netgalley, adult reads Loved this sexy, sweet and snarky book It s the perfect escape read Admittedly I m a Christina Lauren fan I d been looking forward to this book with its Hispanic representation and it didn t disappoint Curvy women, laugh out loud hilarious family members and the amazing, never let you down extended family that is as close if not closer as the one living under your roof It reminded me so much of my family growing up everyone knowing each other s business, constantly making fun of eac Loved this sexy, sweet and snarky book It s the perfect escape read Admittedly I m a Christina Lauren fan I d been looking forward to this book with its Hispanic representation and it didn t disappoint Curvy women, laugh out loud hilarious family members and the amazing, never let you down extended family that is as close if not closer as the one living under your roof It reminded me so much of my family growing up everyone knowing each other s business, constantly making fun of each other and above all else, having each other s back no matter what It took me a bit to get into the book initially which surprised me I wasn t as into the first part detailing the wedding Olive s twin sister Ami is getting married and everything is supposed to be perfect Ami seems to have it all perfect luck, perfect life, perfect love Olive on the other hand seems to have the worst luck she lost her job, her roommate and her apartment Things start to look up for Olive and me as the reader when she and the best man, Ethan are the only two guests left standing after food poisoning ravages everyone at the wedding Ami persuades her sister to go on her free honeymoon to Hawaii, so that the prize doesn t go to waste The groom makes the same offer to his best man and brother, Ethan Only problem is Ethan and Olive hate each other Is an all exclusive, all expenses paid trip to Hawaii worth spending 10 days with someone you utterly despise With these two count me in I adored the constant back and forth banter between Olive and Ethan They were hilarious and the underlying sexual tension was palpable I laughed out loud, smiled so much my cheeks hurt and was left feeling all bubbly inside as I went through the pages of this book In short, Christina Lauren have done it again all hail my rom com queens Thank you to the duo known as Christina Lauren, Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an arc of this book. flag 179 likesLike see review View all 33 comments Mar 05, 2019 Meredith rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley 3.5 stars Fun Escape When all but two weddings guests contract food poisoning at a wedding in Minnesota, they help out the bride and groom by going on their honeymoon for them It just so happens that the two guests are the bride s twin sister, Ollie, and the groom s brother, Ethan Of course, Ollie and Ethan hate each other Of course, both are extremely attractive people Of course, under all of the hatred they really do like each other When forced to share a hotel room for 10 days, the in 3.5 stars Fun Escape When all but two weddings guests contract food poisoning at a wedding in Minnesota, they help out the bride and groom by going on their honeymoon for them It just so happens that the two guests are the bride s twin sister, Ollie, and the groom s brother, Ethan Of course, Ollie and Ethan hate each other Of course, both are extremely attractive people Of course, under all of the hatred they really do like each other When forced to share a hotel room for 10 days, the inevitable happens they fall in love But there are complications that threaten to tear them apart While the romance between Ethan and Ollie plays a large role, this book is really about Ollie learning to embrace life and stop focusing on the bad She is smart, bristly and extremely protective of both herself and her sister She feels like she attracts bad luck and as a resultdoesn t trust when good things happen to her She undergoes quite the transformation, which was nice to read The Unhoneymooners checks off all of the boxes I have come to expect from Christina Lauren books A plucky protagonist, fun quirky plot, hot sexual tension, and of course, plenty of romance This wasn t my favorite CL novel but it did the job It felt a little safe and formulaic I like when CL pushes the boundaries and goes in an unexpected direction, but I still found The Unhoneymooners a satisfying read I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books in exchange for an honest review flag 176 likesLike see review View all 57 comments Jan 30, 2019 Larry H rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley 4.5 stars, rounded up.So there I was, feeling a bit of withdrawal since it had been than two months since I d read a Christina Lauren book I read four of their books in 2018, and one in 2017 Then, like a bolt out of the blue, I saw that NetGalley was offering advance copies of their newest book, The Unhoneymooners , and I literally pulled my car over into the first parking lot I saw and submitted my request True story And I kept to my no NetGalley requests while driving rule Of cour 4.5 stars, rounded up.So there I was, feeling a bit of withdrawal since it had been than two months since I d read a Christina Lauren book I read four of their books in 2018, and one in 2017 Then, like a bolt out of the blue, I saw that NetGalley was offering advance copies of their newest book, The Unhoneymooners , and I literally pulled my car over into the first parking lot I saw and submitted my request True story And I kept to my no NetGalley requests while driving rule Of course, I was granted access to the title, and one day later I devoured the book and will kind of patiently wait for their next one A long, long time ago I went to a book signing of John Grisham s for The Pelican Brief I told him how much I liked the book and he said, Man, Larry, I just finished this one Slow down But once again, Christina Lauren doesn t disappoint, but gives me all the feels and leaves me giddy.Olive and Ami are identical twins As far as Olive is concerned, Ami has always been the lucky one, while Olive has recently been laid off from her job and had to move back in with her family when her roommate moved out Plus, Olive s biggest achievement is getting stuck in an arcade claw machine when she was younger.Ami is also lucky in love she s about to marry Dane, who may be a little too frat bro y for Olive s taste, but Olive is happy that her sister is happy Ami has been able to put on her entire wedding and reception through contests and drawings which explains the ridiculous, Skittle green bridesmaid s dresses , but she s given Olive a number of tasks on the big day, most of which include interacting with Ethan, Dane s older brother and Olive s nemesis since their first meeting took an ugly turn a few years ago Too tall, too fit, too classically pretty Never friendly, never trustworthy, never any fun He puts on an innocent smile innocent on the surface a flash of teeth, a dimple, but in his eyes, it s all black souled When Ethan and Olive are virtually the only two people not to contract food poisoning at the reception, Ami and Dane have a free honeymoon in Maui that is use it or lose it Olive is certainly not going to let Ethan enjoy Maui by himself, so she agrees to go They both figure there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful scenery and lose the other But when they realize they ll need to pretend to be giddy honeymooners for 10 days, it seems like a small price to pay for paradise, right When unexpected encounters with people from both of their lives force them to tear into their acting roles with greater passion, Olive starts to realize that she doesn t mind spending time with Ethan and pretending to be married to him Maybe he s not as bad as she thought he was and maybe she can t get enough of being with him But what is real and what is an act What will happen when they leave paradise and go home to Minnesota Will they fall back into their antagonistic relationship The thing about Christina Lauren s books other than terrific characters you root for, great emotions, humor, and hot sex is that even though you probably can predict most of what will happen, you get so hooked on the story, and you re so charmed by it, that it doesn t really matter Their books get me every time like I said earlier, I get a little giddy, a little emotional, and I just want.If you re a fan of rom coms, or just want a lighter book to divert you from brooding thrillers, Christina Lauren s books are just the ticket Their book Love and Other Words made my list of the best books I read last year, while Roomies, My Favorite Half Night Stand , and Josh and Hazel s Guide to Not Dating were not far behind Plus, Autoboyography , one of their few YA books, is utterly AMAZING NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making this available See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at You can follow me on Instagram at flag 142 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Jan 16, 2019 A rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves rom com, four stars, adult, laughing for days, read in 2019, warm and fuzzies, cute sy, 2019 release Ah The classic enemies to lovers trope AKA my Achilles heel Christina Lauren s standalone rom coms have just been improving I always know I m going to love it, that I m going to adore these characters That they re going to make me laugh and probably make me cry This was no exception Olive has always had shitty luck But when all the guest at her twin sister s wedding end up horribly sick with food poisoning, for once Olive is the lucky one With the bride and groom sick and none refun Ah The classic enemies to lovers trope AKA my Achilles heel Christina Lauren s standalone rom coms have just been improving I always know I m going to love it, that I m going to adore these characters That they re going to make me laugh and probably make me cry This was no exception Olive has always had shitty luck But when all the guest at her twin sister s wedding end up horribly sick with food poisoning, for once Olive is the lucky one With the bride and groom sick and none refundable honeymoon tickets, Olive and the grooms brother Ethan, the only other person not affected by the food poisoning, are tasked with enjoying the free vacation The only problem is that she and Ethan do not get along At All They plan to stay far away from eachother and enjoy their time in Hawaii separately, but that s put to the test when all the activities booked for them are for a couple on honeymoon Throw in the unexpected pop up of a new boss and an ex when you re supposed to be pretending to be recently married, and what you have is a shit storm I really love the fake relationship trope It s always a winner okay not always but most of the time.This book reminded me a lot of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne I recommend that book wholeheartedly And Ethan reminded me a lot of the MC of THG, Joshua Templeman can I get whoop whoop The chemistry between Olive and Ethan was off the charts and their banter was top notch I came to really care about them and the character growth was also really beautiful to read.I could really see this book as a movie It was charming and addictive and I didn t want to blink while reading ARC received in exchange for an honest review.______ 16 January, 2019YASS GIMME THAT ENEMIES TO LOVERS TROPE flag 141 likesLike see review View all 16 comments May 06, 2019 Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 favorites, adult romance chick lit Gah you want a steamy,summer romance Look no further flag 124 likesLike see review View all 3 comments May 18, 2019 honey myonna reads rated it it was amazing Shelves 5 star reads, spring faves 2019, fake dating, re reads, read in 2019, all time fave, hate to love, smut first read may 18 this book made me cry because they are so cute that i started to feel lonely so 5 stars i guesssecond read jun 16 lol cried AGAIN, i am pathetic flag 126 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Feb 21, 2019 Kaceey rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves buddy read, top reads for 2019, netgalley Oh, this was just downright charming I actually caught myself laughing out loud so many times Olive and her sister Ami are identical twins who couldn t be different Where Ami is confident, Olive is most comfortable under the radar Where Ami is sleek and thin, Olive is a curvy girl Where good luck always seems to sway Ami s way well, you get the picture.Ami is getting married She s managed to finance her entire wedding with winnings from numerous raffles and giveaways Rather industr Oh, this was just downright charming I actually caught myself laughing out loud so many times Olive and her sister Ami are identical twins who couldn t be different Where Ami is confident, Olive is most comfortable under the radar Where Ami is sleek and thin, Olive is a curvy girl Where good luck always seems to sway Ami s way well, you get the picture.Ami is getting married She s managed to finance her entire wedding with winnings from numerous raffles and giveaways Rather industrious on her part, but perhaps not the most glamorous or picture perfect The bridesmaids dresses are a lovely lime green But hey, it s all free Including the enormous, seafood buffet that not surprisingly leaves everyone hugging the nearest toilet When Ami and her new husband find themselves unable to take their honeymoon, they encourage their siblings to go instead Twin Olive can certainly pass for Ami And Ethan will do his best to take on his younger brothers identity And off they go Maui, here we come Sounds incredible right A free 10 day trip to tropical, exotic sandy beaches Here s the hitch in the plan Turns out Olive and Ethan don t get along I meannot even a little bit But come on, who can pass up a free trip I think I smiled from beginning to end Their bumbling antics kept me giggling throughout The duo known as Christina Lauren have done it again They ve written a delightfully engaging read that will have you zipping through the pages to see what predicament the two honeymooners have now found themselves in.This book played like a movie in my mind Hollywoodare you reading this Absolutely loved it A buddy read with Susanne that left us both smiling Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery Threshold Pocket Books and Christina Lauren for an ARC to read and review flag 122 likesLike see review View all 62 comments Jan 15, 2019 Warda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves reread worthy, i fell in love THIS STORY MADE ME SO DARN HAPPY pre reading preview.This sounds disastrous and hilarious flag 118 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jun 06, 2019 Barbie rated it liked it review of another edition My thoughts in a nutshell The Unhoneymooners is all around Booktube Everyone is reading it and love it I was curious, is it worth the hype My short answer is no The story is about Skip over this point if you don t like the sneak peek Ami and Dane are getting married At the wedding, every guest gets indigestion, including the bride and the groom They can t go on a honeymoon, but the travel isn t refundable Finally, Ami s twin sister Olive and Dane s brother Ethen take the nonrefundable My thoughts in a nutshell The Unhoneymooners is all around Booktube Everyone is reading it and love it I was curious, is it worth the hype My short answer is no The story is about Skip over this point if you don t like the sneak peek Ami and Dane are getting married At the wedding, every guest gets indigestion, including the bride and the groom They can t go on a honeymoon, but the travel isn t refundable Finally, Ami s twin sister Olive and Dane s brother Ethen take the nonrefundable honeymoon trip to Hawaii They hate each other and the problems just accumulate What impressed me This book is a perfect summer choice Incredibly light, very easy to read Just look at the cover, it s so summery.I liked the whole plot Everyone knows what will happen in the end, but it is still enjoyable.The characters were likable, but there s nothing extra Every contemporary, chick lit book are the same You know these characters, in here they have a different name and lived in a different place It s totally okay, and I adore this type of novels.The writing style was refreshing It is my first read by the duo but definitely not the last.The little twist was great, I loved the solution what Ami made The ending was kinda cute, exactly as I imagined.What I don t like The hate to love trope was fast for me I think there was too much coincidence It was a bit forced I wanted funny scenes I thought I would laugh , but no, I didn t even smile Make a conclusion Overall It is a pretty decent read I don t agree with the hype, but I still recommend it because it is fun I gave it 3 stars If you can, read it on the beach flag 149 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Aug 08, 2019 emma rated it it was ok Recommended to emma by Tucker Shelves unpopular opinion, to review, chick lit, eh, non ya, 2 and a half stars CALLED ITreview to come 2.5ish stars i am probably not going to like this book but by god i won t let that stop me flag 115 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Sofia can t wait to read your review i was also low key pretty disappointed as it just did not live up to the hype Aug 26, 2019 02 23PM emma Sofia wrote can t wait to read your review i was also low key pretty disappointed as it just did not live up to the hype how i feel about every Sofia wrote can t wait to read your review i was also low key pretty disappointed as it just did not live up to the hype how i feel about every christina lauren book Aug 27, 2019 07 08AM May 19, 2019 Berit rated it it was amazing Shelves audio review, audiobooks, arc physical, book besties Christina Lauren can do no wrong This was another homerun from this amazing writing duel Olive s twin sister Amy is getting married The wedding goes off without a hitch and it should because Amy has given Olive a to do list over 75 items long BUT The perfect day is hijacked by the seafood buffet that makes every single guest sick, with the exception of Olive and Ethan the groom s brother Bride Amy is sick as can be, but does not want her hon Christina Lauren can do no wrong This was another homerun from this amazing writing duel Olive s twin sister Amy is getting married The wedding goes off without a hitch and it should because Amy has given Olive a to do list over 75 items long BUT The perfect day is hijacked by the seafood buffet that makes every single guest sick, with the exception of Olive and Ethan the groom s brother Bride Amy is sick as can be, but does not want her honeymoon to go to waste, so she convinces her sister to take her place The problem Olive s plus one will be Ethan and the two of them have never got along Well that might be putting it mildly the two pretty much can t stand the sight of one another BUT how can Olive resist 10 days in Maui Loved this book from cover to cover The sun The sand The sexual tension Olive was a fabulous character smart, snarky, and sassy Enemies to lovers is one of my absolute favorite tropes and I loved how it played out in this story The banter between Olive and Ethan was perfection The story is told from Olive s perspective I generally like getting the mail POV as well in romances, but I thought this was really impactful in this book We got to know Ethan as Olive did Ethan was a great guy and I think I might have fallen in love with him right along with Olive There are a few times during this book he said the absolute right thing at the perfect time I said awww out loud a few times I also found myself laughing out loud quite a bit I love humor in my romances BUT this book add a bit of a serious side in parts I thought this balance everything out well and I loved the resolution to the issues in this book There was one part of this book that had me standing up cheering You ll know what I m talking about if you have read this book If you are a Christina Lauren fan you will love this book If you have not read them yet, what are you waiting for This was a romcom done perfectly The perfect blend of sass, Snark, swoon, and sizzle A cast of engaging well developd characters and I really loved how important family was in this book Well I ve said a lot, I could go on anon, but I won t, I will spare you all Just read it it s fantastic Cynthia Farrell did an amazing job with her audiobook narration She gave a perfect voice to both Olive and Ethan I want to give her big props on her male voices Deacon Lee came in and narrated the epilogue, he s one of my favorites so of course I think he did a fab job Big thanks to Gallery and Simon Schuster Audio for my copy of this book flag 106 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Feb 18, 2019 Susanne Strong rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 five star reads, buddy read, netgalley, favorite authors, rom com 5 Sweet, Endearing, Laugh out Loud Stars Christina Lauren You Make Me Smile Are you in the mood for a book that will make your heart soar and will have you laughing almost from the get go One that will have you breaking into a smile with all of the humorous sarcastic back and forth comments, but won t make you cover your eyes lol If so, The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren is for you I thought it was Pure Perfection Olive and Ami are identical twins Ami is about to get married to 5 Sweet, Endearing, Laugh out Loud Stars Christina Lauren You Make Me Smile Are you in the mood for a book that will make your heart soar and will have you laughing almost from the get go One that will have you breaking into a smile with all of the humorous sarcastic back and forth comments, but won t make you cover your eyes lol If so, The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren is for you I thought it was Pure Perfection Olive and Ami are identical twins Ami is about to get married to Dane and has planned everything to the T The best part of course is that Ami has gotten everything for free she wins internet contests and is simply lucky in life Olive however is extremely unlucky Bad things happen to her constantly she s like a magnet Worst of all, Olive is going to have to spend her sister s wedding with Dane s older brother Ethan, who treats Olive like a bug who got stuck on the bottom of his shoe Then it happens Just when Olive thought she was the one with the bad luck everyone except she and Ethan get shellfish poisoning at the wedding and she and Ethan are forced to go on the honeymoon planned for Ami and Dane The catch They have to pretend that they are the Honeymooners Maybe Olive isn t so unlucky after all.Olive is a gal who has never given herself a chance What she needed was a little push Looks like she got one And he s quite cute too While I wouldn t call myself a believer, these books sure make me want to After reading Christina Lauren and other rom coms, I break into smiles in public, laugh often and dance alone in my kitchen What better response is there I can attest to the fact that my book buddy Kaceey and I laughed a lot during this one and that is the best medicine possible So glad we read this one together Kaceey and that we have added women s fiction and rom coms to our repertoire Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery Books and Christina Lauren for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review Published on on 2.18.19 Will be published on and Twitter on publication date.Excerpt to be published on Instagram flag 106 likesLike see review View all 53 comments Nov 21, 2018 Cristina CristiinaReads rated it really liked it Shelves arc books Christina Lauren have brought another romance filled with enemies to lovers type of ambiance, that will sometimes have you questioning whether Olive and Ethan are meant to be When it comes down to anything that it written by Christina, there is no denying that I will do anything to get my hands on anything written by them Maybe it s because the novel was hyped up, and also maybe because I am not the biggest fan of enemies to lovers kind of romance, but I was not the biggest fan of this n Christina Lauren have brought another romance filled with enemies to lovers type of ambiance, that will sometimes have you questioning whether Olive and Ethan are meant to be When it comes down to anything that it written by Christina, there is no denying that I will do anything to get my hands on anything written by them Maybe it s because the novel was hyped up, and also maybe because I am not the biggest fan of enemies to lovers kind of romance, but I was not the biggest fan of this novel Which does indeed disappoint me because I wish I could have given it a five stars review This review in general is still positive because the story in general is one that did catch my eye and did make me laugh every so often Olive is yet again another character that has that quirky side to her that had me connected to her as an individual With Ethan however I am not sure just yet how I feel about him Listening to his brother to get the best of him And deny the attraction he has towards Olive Hmmm I guess that makes the story a little bit better, but in reality I would have punched him in the face for denying his one true love, especially with someone such as Olive I guess this makes the overall point of view and also change of plot in the story, but I don t like there being internal denial on a character Ethan is described as a mysterious individual but I don t see him that way Whatever way I think of him, I will keep it to myself because I still have not been able to grasp my true opinion This novel overall has it s potential of love and admiration I give full pledge honors to Olive for that, because without her latina spark I would not have been able to thoroughly enjoy this novel Thank you so much to Gallery Books for sending this beauty over, looking forward to reading reviews on this novel ARC galley kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review Follow Me On Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter flag 102 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Feb 12, 2019 Gabby rated it it was amazing Shelves all time favorites, arc or won or received, cover lust, inspirational, read in 2019, reviewed, 5 star books, contemporary, favorites, romance2019 Holy shit I loved this so much Christina Lauren is one of my favorite authors and I was absolutely STOKED when Gallery Books sent me an ARC of their latest romance The Unhoneymooners I think I honestly have a new favorite from them This one or Autoboyography is my favorite book from this author now, ahhh.This is an adorable rom com that follows this girl named Olive who is chronically unlucky, and her twin sister Ami who is absurdly lucky Ami is marrying this guy named Dane and Olive can t s Holy shit I loved this so much Christina Lauren is one of my favorite authors and I was absolutely STOKED when Gallery Books sent me an ARC of their latest romance The Unhoneymooners I think I honestly have a new favorite from them This one or Autoboyography is my favorite book from this author now, ahhh.This is an adorable rom com that follows this girl named Olive who is chronically unlucky, and her twin sister Ami who is absurdly lucky Ami is marrying this guy named Dane and Olive can t stand Dane s brother Ethan At Ami and Dane s wedding, the entire wedding party gets food poisoning except for Olive and Ethan who didn t eat the fish, so Ami tells Olive to take her nonrefundable honeymoon trip to Hawaii and Dane tells his brother Ethan to take the trip so Ethan and Olive take the trip to Hawaii together This romance has a lot of my favorite romance tropes hate to love, slow burn romance, fake dating fake marriage, it really has it all I am absolute trash for the fake dating trope I just love it so much and this book does it sooooo well.It s been along time since a romance novel has made me so giddy I just adore the hell out of Olive and Ethan both, and this book reminded me of one of my all time favorite romances The Hating Game because their banter is so on point. Like for real, this is one of the funniest fucking books I ve ever read, I giggled out loud many times, and I devoured this story is two sittings I could not put it down Their chemistry is so contagious, I was grinning form ear to ear the entire time I was reading this This story would make for the perfect rom com beachy movie I could picture it all in my head so vividly.I love Olive s mexican family which reminded me so much of my own I love her relationship with her twin sister Ami, they were totally adorbs I also loved how her parents have been separated for so long but never divorced, and her gay cousin Diego The closeness of their family and the way they supported each other through everything just reminded me so much of my own family and it was just really sweet Also, Olive s unlucky streak was entertaining as hell and she has some really great stories about unlucky things that have happened to her I was cackling I tend to be of a pessimistic person too like Olive so I found her general attitude towards life really relatable Ethan is my favorite kind of male love interest he s strong but soft and he seems so rough around the edges but once you get to know him he s a total softy, and he s a cute drunk and he wants to see the best in people and he respects women and he s crazy passionate about his nerdy job and I just adored the shit out of him I just loved this so so so so much I ve found a new all time favorite romance OTP book I just want to run around recommending this book to everyone and I want to reread it immediately upon finishing it which is always a good sign Don t skip this one in May Book 1 of the Contemporary a thon is complete flag 108 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 18, 2019 Elise TheBookishActress rated it really liked it Shelves books read 2019, elise s to buy list, 4 star, elise underrated list, genre romance, books released 2019 The problem with lying about relationships is that humans are fickle, fickle creatures Sometimes a fun heartwarming romance novel, even one with a few problems, is exactly what I need Honestly, this is around a 3 1 2 but I m not even going to pretend it didn t make me so exceptionally happy I might have melted my cold dead heart This was my first dude read in a while with Chaima, and I m so glad it was a good one After lead character Olive s sister Ami and her fiance Dane are pois The problem with lying about relationships is that humans are fickle, fickle creatures Sometimes a fun heartwarming romance novel, even one with a few problems, is exactly what I need Honestly, this is around a 3 1 2 but I m not even going to pretend it didn t make me so exceptionally happy I might have melted my cold dead heart This was my first dude read in a while with Chaima, and I m so glad it was a good one After lead character Olive s sister Ami and her fiance Dane are poisoned by shelfish, along with the rest of their wedding party, Olive is dragged into taking their tickets to a Hawaii honeymoon There s only one problem this involves faking a relationship with her enemy Ethan, Dane s brother This biggest problem with the narrative of this novel is that Olive s character arc feels weak Olive losing her job because of the lying honestly sucked to read It really does feel like 1 an overreaction and 2 something that results directly from a stupid decision And it goes very against the fake dating trope, to me, for someone to get fired because of their fake dating Because her lack of love for her job is not established very seriously until late in the book, the payoff of her career decision doesn t feel earned Due to the structure, we also don t get a lot of insight into who Olive is outside of Ami and Ethan, so a line where Ami says she s made a lot of changes falls a bit flat It s not that I don t see where the authors are going with this arc Olive is unsatisfied in life but doesn t fully register it yet It s just that it doesn t translate I also feel the narrative doesn t know how to handle her being plus size, or maybe doesn t know whether she is plus size a bunch of this book is built on a misunderstanding Olive had about Ethan s perceptions of her body, and I wanted the narrative to delve into that just a bit The biggest complaint I have here, however, is some of the handling of the Dane storyline SPOILERS AHEAD First of all, Dane s characterization bugged me just a tiny bit the book sort of treats him like a subplot until the end and then makes it the main plot The fact that Ethan doesn t immediately fucking panic upon the realization that Ami actually didn t know Dane was cheating for two years feels honestly, out of character Ethan is not an asshole, and he is not an idiot, and I can understand being in denial, but his on page reaction is mostly dismissive, which is just not in character Were Ethan s reaction to the Dane situation shifted towards anger and denial, his character would feel both consistent and forgivable But that s not to say that there aren t enough pros to make this feel like a worthwhile romance It takes a lot to write really good banter and this book did it, consistently, without ever feeling cringey I think this is honestly Christina Lauren s main talent as a writing duo and I m here for it Ethan and Olive have such a good and fun dynamic right off the bat with just a few one liners The banter isn t necessarily hilarious, just really entertaining and really sweet, and I ended up pretty damn invested in these two characters getting together Fake dating is so so entertaining and I think I ve mostly only read it in fanfiction before Yes, I read fanfiction, you couldn t tell that from the everything about me Like, honestly, it s a romance, I m living for that cheesy tense goodness You know what I m about, son Olive and Ami are also both biracial Mexican and white and the relationship between them felt really well written and well drawn to me I deeply appreciated the emphasis on solidarity between women, and that though there is conflict between the sisters, they remain close, and their relationship is given deep narrative weight Oh, um This book has exactly one explicit sex scene, in which Ethan eats Olive out I actually don t read a lot of m f romance novels because I had never read a romance novel in my life till last year and also, I m gay, but cis women actually getting to orgasm and have sexual pleasure is still not very normalized and this book breaks that Feminism Anyway, I guess my point is that despite a few problems, I really enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a good romance novel Blog Twitter Instagram Youtube flag 98 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jun 03, 2019 Riley rated it really liked it Shelves smutathon this was super fun and typical christina lauren rom com stylethe chemistry was A and i loved all the awkward situations the characters got themselves into.i will say there was questionable fat rep you can t just give a character huge tits and call it a day and there was some annoying drama added in at the end BUT overall I did really enjoy this and it reads super quick flag 97 likesLike see review Apr 30, 2019 Tucker rated it it was amazing Recommends it for Every living being Bacteria, humans, etc We don t discriminate here Recommended to Tucker by Gallery Books Shelves contemporary, review copy physical, owned physical, reviewed, romance, humor, books, all time favs, 2019 favorites Many thanks to Rachel at Gallery Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review That s the point of luck it happens when and where it happens Clapping Me Yes, hello Thank you for having me tonight Can you all hear me alright Great.Me pulls out a copy of The Unhoneymooners Tonight, we will be reading the entirety of the Unhoneymooners No, don t leave I see you in the back row Don t try to leave The doors have already been locked You will sit in this room until you Many thanks to Rachel at Gallery Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review That s the point of luck it happens when and where it happens Clapping Me Yes, hello Thank you for having me tonight Can you all hear me alright Great.Me pulls out a copy of The Unhoneymooners Tonight, we will be reading the entirety of the Unhoneymooners No, don t leave I see you in the back row Don t try to leave The doors have already been locked You will sit in this room until you hear every single glorious word.Me Eye twitches Me Every Single Word.Okay, maybe I wouldn t actually do that yes, i would but I would do anything legal to show and share my love for this book I don t know how I will be able to write this review It s simply not possible to put such strong emotion into words So, what s this book about Ami and Dane are getting married Unfortunately, at the wedding party, almost everyone gets sick with food poisoning Almost everyone Ethan and Olive are the only ones affected by this sickness Obviously, Ami and Dane can t go on their honeymoon but the honeymoon, which was won as part of a raffle isn t refundable and the dates are firmly fixed Ami doesn t want the prize to go to waste and so she asks Ami to go in her place Dane asks Ethan to go in his place Unfortunately, Ethan and Olive hate each other But both of them don t want to upset there siblings and so they agree to go For the whole honeymoon, they both have to pretend to be married Hijinks ensue and it s funny, sexy and a f cking great time.Characters Olive Olive is a cynic She hates everyone Okay, not everyone She is one of those people that puts up a shield, constantly pushing people away It s not because she is rude but because she is afraid She is afraid to open herself up to others because she doesn t want to get hurt I totally understand because I am like that too Over the past year, I have pushed all my friends away because I am afraid that they will hurt my like my therapist F ck you, Ms E Ethan HOLLLYYY SH TTT Forget Henry from Red, White and Royal Blue Ethan is my new senpai I mean he s hot, funny and when you get to know him, open and emotional Fdjgjsfjujsasgs That s everything I want in a man Bye, Henry Ami At first, Ami is just that b tch That b tch that is pretty and popular and good at every single g dd mn thing I mean towards the end things get better with her but as a person I give her three stars She is right smack dab in the middle of the good person meter Sorry, Ami Dane F K THAT M TH RF K NG P C F M TH RF K NG SH T I HATE HIMSO G DD MN MUCH Anyway, now that I m done ranting about the above mentioned sh t, we can move on to my favorite part of this book The Romance This is a romance Obviously I have said it before and I will say it again I am not a huge fan of romance Mainly because it s usually cheesy and poorly done Maybe it s because of hormones or medication or some other bodily sh t but lately I have just been a teary emotional mess and so romance is right up my alley Fortunately, my 350 book collection has a ton of romance That said, I am so glad that out of the many romances on my shelves that I picked this one It was so well done and funny Enemies to lovers romance is my favorite kind It shows that change is possible It shows that even the worst relationships can evolve into something greater Something beautiful Like when an ugly caterpillar goes into its cocoon and comes out as a colorful butterfly Afterall, we do change each other Even in a non romantic relationship, us humans change each other, shape each other and build each other up Romance is so much than kisses It s about love and connection.Now, there is a reason this is called a rom com I can t remember the last time that a book legitimately made me giggle out loud, let alone actually laugh This book was so blunt and honest The wording and timing was perfect There was so much stuff said and done that you don t usually see in a book yet somehow fit perfectly and made the book so much enjoyable That combined with the fact that Ethan and Ami were wrapped in a web of their own lies and their hatred for each other Oh, it was absolute perfection Overall, a hilarious rom com that I highly recommend It will keep you laughing or crying or maybe even both.Bottom Line 5 StarsAge Rating R TW Mild Sexual HarassmentCover 4 5 Characters 5 5 Plot 5 5 Audio 4 5 Blog Twitch Pinterest Buy this book Reddit flag 94 likesLike see review View all 10 comments May 22, 2019 Jilly rated it liked it Shelves romance, contemporary fiction You know when you are talking with a bunch of people and you re totally cracking each other up and having a great time, but then there is that one killjoy who tries to make it all serious and stuff Yeah, sure They probably are Soooooo, who invited you exactly That is this book It is super funny and crazy and cuter a while.Again, thanks, um are you related to us or something Why are you in your nightgown The story is about a wedding from hell that ends up sending the best man and ma You know when you are talking with a bunch of people and you re totally cracking each other up and having a great time, but then there is that one killjoy who tries to make it all serious and stuff Yeah, sure They probably are Soooooo, who invited you exactly That is this book It is super funny and crazy and cuter a while.Again, thanks, um are you related to us or something Why are you in your nightgown The story is about a wedding from hell that ends up sending the best man and maid of honor on the honeymoon They hate each other, but want the free Hawaiian vacation I gotta admit, I d go to Hawaii with my arch nemesis It just so happens that my arch nemesis is Chris Hemsworth, so that s convenient No, I m not lying.They end up having a great time and falling for each other Not a spoiler If you didn t know that, you need to do reading, or watch any movie or television show There are tons of hilarious circumstances that happen Are they realistic No But, that s okay because it is fun I don t need realism if I m laughing and enjoying the ride.But then they go home And, suddenly the book turns into an angsty drama with a bunch of bullshit stuff happening that isn t funny at all.Oh my God Why would you announce that while we are playing Yahtzee Just roll the damn dice So the second half of the book lost all of its humor I was bummed because my hopes were really high Oh well sigh Yes Yes we are flag 92 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Feb 21, 2019 Whitney Atkinson rated it it was amazing Shelves romance, sent from pub, favs of 2019, read in 2019, superior enemies to lovers, healthy romance 4.5 Stars Thanks Gallery Books for the advanced reading copy Another book to add to my Superior Enemies to Lovers shelf The night I picked this up, I ended up reading 250 pages all in one sitting and staying up until 7 AM The plot of this is SOOOO addicting and seeing Ethan and Olive s shenanigans unfold and their combative personalities play out was so entertaining and hilarious Christina Lauren have this unmatched writing style where everything they say is fun and funny without being cheesy 4.5 Stars Thanks Gallery Books for the advanced reading copy Another book to add to my Superior Enemies to Lovers shelf The night I picked this up, I ended up reading 250 pages all in one sitting and staying up until 7 AM The plot of this is SOOOO addicting and seeing Ethan and Olive s shenanigans unfold and their combative personalities play out was so entertaining and hilarious Christina Lauren have this unmatched writing style where everything they say is fun and funny without being cheesy or unrealistic Her characters reflect this writing style and are always so two dimensional with hilarious dialogue and such messy lives that still make you envy them and put yourself in their shoes because they end up in such unglamourous yet adorable relationships I giggled and laughed and cried multiple times while reading this, which partially may be because I was on my period, but also it was just the perfect read for someone who loves really candid characters and witty dialogue The island adventure part of this book, which I would have rated 5 stars, immediately got a bit glossed over for the last half of the book to be about family drama, which was still fine but clearly I prefer the angst and sexiness lol Despite my gripe about the family drama, I really liked that Olive was Mexican, and accordingly, her big family was very present and supportive On the note of representation, Olive was also described as being curvy, which was mentioned a couple times.The issues I had with this were all so minor and could almost be posed as just a list of personal preferences that I wish were in the book, but they still culminated enough to make me feel like this book wasn t quite a 5 star read For it to have reached that 5 star quality, I would have liked 1 Olive and Ethan s closeness to not have been spurred by a make my ex girlfriend jealous when she sees us trope2 The conflict in the last half of the book to be spread out evenly throughout the entire book it seemed like the first half was fun and games and the last half was really heavy on the emotion.3 More sexiness The only sex scene was skipped over and I m disappointed Christina Lauren didn t deliver on the steamy side of this book.4 Ethan to not defend a shitty person idk, I know it s supposed to be one of his character flaws, but it made him slightly less attractive.Basically, the reason I marked.5 off is because I m selfish and I wanted this book to be the way I was expecting to be lol Nevertheless, it still ranks up there with Josh Hazel and Sweet Filthy Boy, which I loved And once again, the I read by Christina Lauren, the I m convinced that they can do no wrong flag 89 likesLike see review View all 5 comments May 06, 2019 Holly B rated it it was amazing Shelves rom com, enjoyed the characters, enjoyed the setting, read in 2019, 2019 favorites shelf, net galley A fun and delightful escape read Just what I needed After a few emotional reads, this proved to be just what I needed for a bit of an escape to Maui with two sweet, witty characters I fell in love with them and wanted to continue reading their story every night when I was unwinding from a stress filled day.I m a huge fan of stories themes involving vacation spots, weddings, twins and frenemies to romance Nothing is complicated here, just a free vacay for me.What is not to love A vacatio A fun and delightful escape read Just what I needed After a few emotional reads, this proved to be just what I needed for a bit of an escape to Maui with two sweet, witty characters I fell in love with them and wanted to continue reading their story every night when I was unwinding from a stress filled day.I m a huge fan of stories themes involving vacation spots, weddings, twins and frenemies to romance Nothing is complicated here, just a free vacay for me.What is not to love A vacation that has mishaps that made me smile, some sweet heat and cocktails, and a huge smile when I closed the book.Looking for a light, fun, FIVE star sweet romance Loved this one.Out May 14,2019 Thanks Gallery for my review copy flag 86 likesLike see review View all 32 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity All Grown Up Book August 16th Chapters 17 End Pages 325 395 10 26 Aug 20, 2019 04 58PM All Grown Up Book August 15th Chapters 13 16 pages 259 324 5 16 Aug 16, 2019 10 52AM YA Buddy Readers The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren Restarting August 1st 2019 50 47 Aug 15, 2019 11 05AM All Grown Up Book August 14th Chapters 10 12 pages 198 258 5 12 Aug 14, 2019 07 36PM All Grown Up Book August 12th Chapters 5 7 pages 73 138 Discussion 9 17 Aug 14, 2019 01 45AM All Grown Up Book August 13th Chapters 8 9 pages 139 197 6 13 Aug 13, 2019 07 42PM All Grown Up Book August Read Breakdown 6 49 Aug 12, 2019 06 24PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers also enjoyed 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