Review: THE UNHONEYMOONERS by Christina Lauren

Review:  THE UNHONEYMOONERS by Christina LaurenThe Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Also by this author: My Favorite Half-Night Stand, Twice in a Blue Moon
Published by Gallery Books on May 14, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Pages: 432
Source: Netgalley

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.








I’m late to the Christina Lauren bandwagon.  The Unhoneymooners is only the second novel I’ve read from this popular writing duo (My Favorite Half-Night Stand was the first).  After absolutely loving both of my first two reads, however, I can happily say that I’m firmly on the bandwagon and that I now need to go back and read every Christina Lauren novel that has been written.  I love these reads so much because they’re just sexy, sassy, and so much fun!

Those who know me know that romance isn’t my go-to genre.  That said, however, I do enjoy a well written enemies-to-lovers story and that’s what we have here with The Unhoneymooners, with a side of the fake relationship trope thrown in for good measure.  The story focuses on Olive, who has got to be the unluckiest woman in the world.  When we first meet her, she has just lost her job, her roommate, and is in the process of losing her apartment as well.  To top it all off, her twin sister Amy has fitted her in the ugliest possible bridesmaid dress for her wedding.

Where Olive has no luck, Amy apparently has ALL the luck and has won everything for her wedding, including the aforementioned hideous bridesmaid dress and an all-expenses paid honeymoon trip to Maui, from a variety of internet contests she had entered.  Olive is way overdue for some good luck, and when food poisoning strikes at the wedding and Olive is one of the only ones to come away unscathed due to a seafood allergy, she thinks her time has come when Amy begs her to go on the honeymoon trip in her place so the free trip doesn’t go to waste.  There’s a catch though, of course.  Olive has to go with the groom’s brother, Ethan, her arch-nemesis, and they have to pretend to be Amy and her new husband so as not to be caught committing fraud.  What a dilemma for Olive.  Is a free trip worth having to spend time with the person she hates most in the world?  But it’s Maui (!) so Olive reluctantly agrees to go.

The sparks fly immediately and this is where Christina Lauren’s novels suck me in. I loved the sarcastic banter between Olive and Ethan as they both navigate this strange fake relationship territory.  They volleyed barbs at each other left and right, but even though Olive swears she loathes Ethan with every fiber of her being, I could still sense some sizzling chemistry lurking beneath the surface.  For that reason, it was just so much fun to get to know each of them better as they’re finally getting to know each other better and setting aside assumptions they had made early on when they first met.

All of that sarcastic banter, coupled with their fake relationship escapades as they tried not to blow their own cover as fake honeymooners, made for a quick and hilarious read.  I literally laughed out loud several time along the way and was left with a smile on my face long after I finished reading.

Sexy and fun, The Unhoneymooners is the ideal read to put in your beach bag this summer.


Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.


About Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The #1 international bestselling coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 30 languages, have received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, won both the Seal of Excellence and Book of the Year from RT Magazine, named Amazon and Audible Romance of the Year, a Lambda Literary Award finalist and been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. They have been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Washington Post, Time, Entertainment Weekly, People, O Magazine and more. Their third YA novel, Autoboyography was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, followed by Roomies, Love and Other Words, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, and the Publisher’s Weekly starred My Favorite Half-Night Stand, out in December.

31 replies
  1. verushka
    verushka says:

    Your review made me smile! this book looks like SO much fun! Just the sort of summer read you’d love to get lost in!

  2. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    This sounds like so much fun! Like you, straight romance isn’t my go-to genre, though I do occasionally like it intertwining other stories. Thank you for sharing:))

  3. Angela
    Angela says:

    I’m even later to the Christina Lauren bandwagon, but I’m promising myself that this will be the first book I read from them! It sounds so fun!

  4. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books says:

    After being on the fence about My Favorite Half-Night Stand (good, but not my favorite by them), I was thrilled by how much I loved The Unhoneymooners. I’m not typically a fan of fake relationships or enemies to lovers so it’s a huge testament to CLo that they still managed to make me fall in love with these characters and their story. I just adored Olive and Ethan. And their banter was priceless. 🙂 Great review, Suzanne!

  5. Lindsi
    Lindsi says:

    I started this one a few hours ago, and I’m already smiling! I’m not always a huge fan of hate-to-love, and I’m not going to judge this one until I know why he hates or, or least has her thinking he does. He seemed confused by her theory, so I’m unsure where they actually stand. Also, the reception after the wedding…UGH. JUST. NO. It reminded me of the bridal shop scene in Bridesmaids, a million times worse. I’m happy you enjoyed this one!

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

  6. Sam@wlabb
    Sam@wlabb says:

    This was another CLo hit for me. They just write great rom-coms, andI like great rom-coms. It was fun being in Maui with these two, and both grew, in different ways, but the end result for each was positive. I loved both Ethan and Olive, but Olive’s family also stole the show for me

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, Olive’s family was a lot of fun. If they featured any of those characters in a future book, I’d totally read it.

  7. Teresa Mary Rose
    Teresa Mary Rose says:

    This sounds like so much fun! I am a sucker for enemies to lovers and fake relationships! I enjoyed the few Christina Lauren books I have read and I deff need to give this one a go. Great review!

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