12:00 pm EDT, May 13, 2019

‘The Unhoneymooners’ book review: Christina Lauren makes readers feel like the lucky ones

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The Unhoneymooners is the newest romantic comedy from author duo Christina Lauren that you need to check out right this second!

Confession time, I haven’t been able to finish a book in months…about nine months, if we’re being totally honest. This has been particularly devastating for me since I used to read a few books a week before my dry spell. This was why I kind of put off picking up The Unhoneymooners for a while even though I had received it in the mail some time ago.

It’s no secret that I love Christina Lauren, and I didn’t want to feel the crushing guilt of not being able to finish this book. Yet, once I started to read it, I couldn’t put it down. Just like that, CLo broke my book drought and I devoured The Unhoneymooners in under 24 hours!

I attribute this feat to how easily the story pulls the reader in, and how the storyline keeps you cracking up basically non-stop. Not to mention the sexy parts of the story, which blend in beautifully with the comedy and add to it all.

The Unhoneymooners dives right into the event of Ami and Dane’s wedding, but this book isn’t about them (mostly). It’s about their best man and maid of honor, who are also their siblings and also hate each other. Olive is Ami’s twin sister, and Ethan is Dane’s older brother.

Olive has spent her entire life being compared to her sister, which often makes her feel bad about herself. But when Ami’s decision to pay her wedding through various contests with free stuff results in almost everyone at the wedding getting food poisoning, it serves as a kicking point for a stroke of luck for Olive.

Firstly, because Olive didn’t eat the food, she is saved from getting sick. And since her sister can’t go on her honeymoon, Olive is the only person who can go in her place since she looks just like Ami. The only downside to this is that Ethan didn’t eat the food either and wants to go in Dane’s place.

They can both get a free vacation as long as they can put up with each other. From there, the hilarity ensues.

Olive also gets good news when she’s offered a new job right when she’s at the airport getting ready to leave. This means she doesn’t have to worry about her jobless status while she soaks up the sun on her fake honeymoon.

Yet, this also makes things tricky when she runs into her new employer while on the honeymoon. In order to not kicked out of the hotel, Olive and Ethan have to pretend to be married, and she has to lie to her new boss about it. Similarly, they also run into Dane’s ex-girlfriend and keep up the fake marriage charade in front of her too.

This might sound like a disaster, but it actually ends up being a good thing. Well, it is a little bit of a disaster at first. But it also forces Olive and Ethan to actually learn more about each other instead of just throwing banter back and forth.

They also discover that they’re able to have a lot of fun together as they try out the different amenities included in the honeymoon package. There’s some awkward but hilarious moments as they have to pretend to be affectionate with one another to keep up their pretend marriage.

All of these fake endearments end up leading to actual fondness. The more time they spend around each other, the more they realize they’re actually a great pair. They’re both attracted to each other, despite what Olive initially thought, and they’re really well-suited to handle each others quirks.

They’re also put in a bit of an awkward position, as spending more time with each other leads them to learning more about their siblings’ relationship. Things they didn’t really want to get involved in start to enter their own budding relationship, which threatens to end things between them before it gets the chance to get going.

For those that are looking for a romance novel that’s ultra sexy — this isn’t the book for you. However, as a long-time romance novel fan, I had no problem with the way Christina Lauren toned down the bedroom scenes.

You still know that Olive and Ethan are having their fun in the bedroom, but the novel focuses more on their connection outside of it.

With all the comedy, romance, and drama going on in this nove.l The Unhoneymooners is basically impossible to put down. It’s also impossible not to love the characters, which has the reader cheering along with their accomplishments and getting emotional with their downfalls.

This book had me laughing out loud, wanting to punch certain characters, and constantly at the edge of my seat to find out what would happen next.

In my opinion, you can never go wrong with a book by Christina Lauren.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren will be released on May 14! Pre-order now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, or Kobo. And don’t forget to add it to your Goodreads!

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