the unhoneymooners

‘The Unhoneymooners’ Review: A Fun Romance in Paradise

September 20, 2019 5 Comments

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Author: Christina Lauren
Publication Date: 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
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Rating: ★★★

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren | Book Review

STORY | For her entire life, Olive Torres has been the “unlucky” one. The twin of a sister who’s the exact opposite, Olive is about to stand beside her sister, Ami as she says her ‘I Dos’ at a wedding made possible because Ami won it all almost entirely through contests or raffles. But things go from perfect bliss to worse when Ami, her new husband, and the entire wedding party and its guests become ill with food poisoning. Well, all except for two people.

the unhoneymooners

Olive is sparred, and Ethan, the best man, brother of the groom, and the one man Olive cannot tolerate. But Ami begs Olive to go on the honeymoon trip she is unable to take (because obviously, the trip is non-refundable), and just pretend to be her. Sounds doable, but Olive isn’t so keen on the idea (she cannot lie). Then Ethan is also urged to go, and he does… which in turn makes Olive change her mind. After all, she’s not about to let Ethan have all the fun!

As the first book I’ve read by the team Christina Lauren, I’ll be honest and say I didn’t really know quite what to expect. I liked this one, but I don’t think I can say I loved it. Is it fun? Absolutely. But the payoff comes a little too late in my book. The novel begins in a kind of only-in-the-movies (or in this case, a fictional novel) would this scenario happen and morphs into a story that tries to be one part deeper character study.

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REVIEW | Like its cover art, The Unhoneymooners is a fun, frothy and silly little story written by the author duo that is Christina Lauren. With its summer-y vibes and a plot that sounds straight out of a laugh-out-loud romantic-comedy, this is one of those novels that is (or this is my image of the setting) perfect beach reading

I’m all for a novel that digs into something that packs more of an emotional punch (when needed), but I’m not sure this one does it quite right. I’m glad it goes down how it does with the ultimate conclusion (because, really, the dude in question needed to be given the business), but it falls a little flat for me. That said, what is fun about this one is quite fun.

I like Olive and Ethan fine, and in fact feel like Olive is a smart, but sassy heroine unlike anyone I’ve met recently on the pages of a novel. Ethan is likable, but I cannot say I have feelings that are good or bad towards him either way. He does come full circle, which gives him a gold star, but I don’t really love how the whole we-have-to-break-up pages before the end trope goes down.

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Despite what this tirade may sound like, I did enjoy The Unhoneymooners. It takes place in a really pretty setting, and features characters we can root for (along with one or two we loathe – for good reason!), and has a conclusion I suspect any reader will feel happy with. Do I think I’ll go out and purchase all of Christina Lauren’s books? No, but I also will give another of theirs a chance. Hopefully with a story that works a little bit better.

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Content note: The Unhoneymooners is secular fiction, so it’s a hard PG-13 rating. There’s sex, innuendo and other suggestive comments or descriptions. The F-word is used at least a dozen (probably more) time over the 350+ pages (both in and out of context), there’s other uses of profanity like sh*t, etc. The story deals with lying, and being unfaithful as well.

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  • Dini @ dinipandareads September 21, 2019 at 5:11 AM

    Great review, Rissi! Sorry you didn’t enjoy it more. I still haven’t read Unhoneymooners but I am a CLo fan. I have heard some mixed reviews about this one, especially about the characters. I enjoyed Love and Other Words and Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. The latter was a story with more fun and playful banter (Hazel is such a fun character!) but the former was more hard hitting emotionally. I hope you enjoy whichever CLo you decide to read next :)

    • Rissi JC September 28, 2019 at 2:39 PM

      I just picked up Love and Other Words and am really hoping I like that one, Dini! It sounds lovely. Also, I’ve seen so many rave all the good things about ‘Josh and Hazel.’ Thanks so much for letting me know your favorites, and thoughts. I’m curious to see what I think of another of Christina’s books. :)

  • Calvin October 8, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    Does sound like a positive themed book. Only wish it could be better. Nice review.

    • Rissi JC October 14, 2019 at 3:21 PM

      Thank you for reading, Calvin.

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