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Fairly standard rom-com type novel, where the conflict arises mainly from misunderstanding and miscommunication. It's fine, and entertaining enough, I read it all on one Sunday afternoon; but I'm definitely going to forget all about it in another 2 weeks.
This was a hilarious read, and I loved it even more that the characters lived in the Twin Cities and I could picture the places they mentioned in my mind. Made it tie in for me.
This was a hoot! I found a new favorite writing team along with believable, hilarious, and sweet contemporary romance. I loved the characters and the hate at first sight build up to head over heels falling in love. Witty dialogue and a good narrator made this super easy and fun to read, perfect to curl up with on a rainy day and imagine Hawaii.
Not my favorite Christian Lauren, but still fun. Made me yearn for a trip to Hawaii... maybe I was just too jealous of the characters to enjoy it.
Two sparring in-laws pose as a romantic couple to keep a honeymoon package.
Way too simplistic prose and the plot was not deep at all. Was not enjoyable and it is surprising that people enjoyed this book.
This is a light hearted little romance with some fun moments and the classic trope of enemies-to-lovers. I lost interest at the very end, but up until the 'epiologue' I was excited to read it.
If you are looking for a that will make you laugh and feel all the things then look no further! Because this is it!
Olive and Ami are identical twins. Olive is at one of the lowest points in her life, while Ami has just planned the wedding of her dreams all for free. Olive has always been a bit pessimistic and since that attitude attracts bad things she has to spend the wedding the grooms brother Ethan, who treats her terribly and she hates. But just when she thought she has it bad everyone at the wedding except her and Ethan get sick from the food. The plus side is they have the opportunity to take the honeymoon in Maui. The catch pretending it’s their honeymoon.
Of course shenanigans ensue and we end up with quite a love story!
RATING: 3.5 STARS
2019; Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster Canada
Okay, Christina and Lauren, you got me. The pretty cover and diverse heroine drew me in but oh my, oh my, Ethan is the reason you kept me reading/listening.
This is the typical rom-com where boy and girl do not like one another, and are put in the same room and come to love another - after some hilarity ensues. This may sound like a jab, but it's really not! I enjoyed the predictable story with it's own endearing characters and brand of humour. It takes a lot for me to get into rom-com novels, and even more to enjoy it. I rated it a 3.5 stars and not a solid 4 because it is not one I would reread, but is one I would recommend to other readers. I have to say, I felt a lot like Olive with her unlucky streak. The last few years have not gone as smoothly as I hoped (but then again I can say that for my life), and yet it has not gone as badly as it could. I am down for more Christina Lauren novels!
<i>***I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.***</i>
I DNF another book by this collaboration (*something* half-night stand) after a few pages, managed to finish this one, but I don't need to attempt any more. this struck me as an unsuccessful amalgamation of rom-com clichés, slapstick, cringeworthy PG sex, and the importance of family. BUT, most people seemed to love it, so I'll just say this is not for me.
This was so enjoyable, and perfect for something light and fun for the summer.
A netflix adapation would be greatly appreciated :)
If you are looking for a light, romantic beach read this is a good choice. I enjoyed it for being pure escapism. But I was frustrated by focus on body image which is not uncommon in the chicklit genre but why do female protagonists need to constantly be self concious about how they look? Especially when they are portayed later in the book as looking super hot in a bikini? Why does this need to even be described?
Easy summer read by the author of Josh and Hazel's guide to not dating. Main character is very like able and I enjoyed being able to pick up where I left off each time. A light romantic read with some laugh out loud moments.
It's not as good as Josh and Hazel's Guide to not dating, but it was a nice story about Olive learning to change her point of view. It's a great light read when you too want to arnchair travel away from your life ;)
Review excerpt: "As a romance reader incredibly familiar with Christina Lauren’s backlist, 'The Unhoneymooners' felt off. Maybe my expectations were elsewhere, but this romance seems like a departure from what my Christina Lauren norm. A couple things stuck out: there were no explicit or really any on-the-page sex scenes and there was a huge emotional twist in the plot that I didn’t see coming.
Neither of these things are bad as an element in romance, but it was as if my favorite jeans designer changed their pants pattern. The fit doesn’t feel quite right, despite being super comfy.
I’m trying to reconcile whether I’d have different feelings about this book if were written by someone else."
Fun and hilarious, and a fast read, even at 400 pages, this being a light romcom, and nearly double spaced 😁. Not life changing in any way, but five stars for enjoyability.
This book ending up being a lot better than I thought it would be at the very beginning. I remember specifically updating Goodreads and saying something along the lines of I'm not really that into this. Well, I ended up getting into it. Because as soon as Ethan & Olive got to the airport and the whole airplane fiasco began, it got interesting. From there I just kept wanting to see their relationship blossom. For them to discover the details about each other that they don't know, and that definitely did end up happening and I very much enjoyed it. Also throughout the book, before and during the romance, the banter between them was so enjoyable. One of the "catchphrases" as I would call it that I specially liked is that they kept saying that they liked to annoy each other and that is what makes them spending time together enjoyable, obviously this changes as the romance comes but they still continue to say that.
Another thing I liked was at the very very end. I wouldn't necessarily call it a spoiler because I'm not revealing anything about the plot of the book just more what I liked about the structure of the book, so if you think that's spoilerish, just skip this part. I liked the change in the point of view. I liked getting to see the thoughts of the other main character during all of the events that went down during that whole last portion of the book. It made it enjoyable especially to see what he thought of her (like I said) and how her perceived her, it was just so cute and that is not something my newly black heart likes to admit, but it was.
This book genuinely was mostly good and there really wasn't anything that made me not like it except for one thing. The whole part where nobody chose to believe Olive. Which fine, makes sense because Ethan is Dane's brother and Ami wants to believe her new husband and significant other of a long time, of course nobody wants to think that they have been consistently cheated on since almost the beginning of the relationship, but still PLEASE consider that Olive could have a point. I understand Ami because there could be some initial shock but to really blow up at her sister like that seemed so unnecessary and it just made me mad. Instead of letting her sister explain a little more or even comfort her or anything, she just blew up at her calling out Olive's flaws and why she could in no way be right. Then goes to say that Olive isn't worth it essentially, leaves and then chooses to ignore her for who knows how long. Ethan on the other hand decides that communication isn't key and that was the one moment where I was just like... COME ON, BE A MAN AND TALK TO HER. One of my pet peeves is when people don't listen and he just didn't even take into consideration anything she was saying and immediately assumed it was false. Then went on the break up with her. Like oh my god that is so much overkill. I understand that all of this is to add interesting aspects to the plot, which it did in a sense, but in my opinion what bothered me about all of this is that Ami and Ethan during this part of the book didn't fit into how their characters acted for the whole other part of the book. It's like they became completely different people and that just didn't sit well with me. It's not like I didn't enjoy the plot going that direction but I think it could've been done in a different and better way that kept the characters more of themselves.
So pretty much my one issue with this book is just a personal preference and not a significant flaw in the book, that is why my rating is only down by half a star because I really did enjoy like 90% of this book. It's just that one part that irked me. But after it essentially ended, the book was better for me again. I would recommend it.
Loved loved loved this book. Read it in 2 days; and probably could've finished it quicker but I tried to 'pace' myself. Hilarious. I might even re-read it b/f I have to return it.
Witty, romantic comedy. From enemies to lovers, main characters' lives are complicated by their relationships to their siblings. Great summer read!
Funny, smart, a great storyline, snappy dialogue, some laugh out loud scenes, loving sex. Great fun!
What a fun story. Lots of great laughs and fabulous banter. Maybe not the most swoony of this author duo's work, because let's face it, CL has mastered the art of swoon. But watching this antagonistic couple navigate an unexpected Hawaiian vacation together was romantic comedy gold. Another highlight was Olive's family dynamics - a lovingly intrusive and supportive extended family. Overall, The Unhoneymooners was a great read that was hard to put down.
Two-thirds of a perfect romcom and one-third of a merely good one. This didn't quite stick the landing, but I still enjoyed it a lot.