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The Honeymooner

(Paradise Bay #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,220 ratings  ·  302 reviews
From bestselling author Melanie Summers comes the wickedly funny, ridiculously romantic spinoff of her highly-acclaimed Crown Jewels Series…

Twenty-nine-year-old workaholic Libby Dewitt lives by the motto ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.’ She’s finally about to start her dream life with her steady-as-a-rock fiancé, Richard Tomy. Together, they’re the perfect powe
Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Indigo Group (first published August 1st 2018)
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Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
3.5 stars
This was a witty and humorous read that's absolutely perfect for the summer or as reading material while on vacation. It gave me all of the vibes of being on vacation and I know for certain it would be a perfect addition for a day at the beach.

Both of these characters were vastly different but at the same time worked well together. It brings truth to the statement of opposites attracting. Their dialogue was often humorous and there was even a couple of moments that had me laughing out
Tracie Banister
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Since I discovered her work last year, Melanie Summers has become one of my favorite RomCom authors and I awaited the release of The Honeymooner with unabashed excitement. I am happy to say that the book lived up to all of my expectations. Reading this story was the next best thing to going on a vacation because the author's vivid descriptions transported me to a tropical paradise where I got to experience island life and fall in love, with both the place and the hunky hero, right along with the ...more
Anna Luce
May 21, 2019 marked it as dnf
DNF 20%

I am so tired of reading this phrase: "I'm not that kind of girl"

Most books that are categorised as chick-lit (a term that I am not to keen on but alas it exists) use lots of cliches and tropes, which is fine, since I usually read them for the characters and the humour rather than the story. Here, the characters were far too stereotyped for my liking: she is hard-working no-nonsense, he is laid-back...The whole opposite-attracts can work if you present readers with likeable characters but
This was cute. A solid romcom book.

Here are some of my thoughts:
• Libby was a little irritating in the beginning with her being denial about Richard who left her at the altar. However, when got her head sorted, I liked her better. This book also in general became progressively better as Libby learned a new way of living. She became more likable as she became more open to experiences and to choosing what her heart wants and not what her mind/job tells her. I was proud of her for recognizing tha
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Paradise Bay

While I enjoy reading this books , some funny moments here and there - I was quite impatient following Libby denial phase stretching long after the half of booked
After that all went fast , the make up with Harrison as well the conflict
I wish the part where Libby in denial could be shorten and give both main character a proper epilogue with the resort running properly 2 or three kids around them
Well don’t blame me, I’m just hopelessly romantic that’s why I’m reading romanc
Apr 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
🎁 FREE on Amazon today (4/10/2019)! 🎁

Twenty-nine-year-old workaholic Libby Dewitt lives by the motto ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.’ She’s finally about to start her dream life with her steady-as-a-rock fiancé, Richard Tomy. Together, they’re the perfect power couple—right down to the fact that he’s agreed to use their honeymoon to help further her career in mergers and acquisitions. But ten minutes before the wedding, her dreams dissolve via text message.

Devastated and humiliat
Elle's Book Blog
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Chick Lit | Romantic Comedy

I was in the mood for a beachy read and this book kept showing up on my amazon feed, so I thought I’d give it a try. Being the first book I’ve read from the author I’ll admit I was a little nervous because I didn’t know if I’d enjoy it or connect with the characters. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised and found this to be a charming and funny novel. The characters were wonderful; character growth is important in novels like these ones, and seeing Libby go from a wor
When people talk about light, fluffy romance, this is the kind of story they mean. There isn't much substance; the characters aren't deeply developed, the conflict is predictable, and the rom-com factor is limited. This book is blurbed as "wickedly funny." In my opinion, it doesn't even approach that. It's amusing in a Sophie Kinsella way, but not as well done. It's just . . . fluff. Like eating cotton candy.

The audiobook narrators Matthew Lloyd Davies and Esther Wane were good. Davies pulled o
Mary Ellen
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so happy my booksta friend Melissa told me to read this book. I was looking for a romcom where the girl gets left at the alter or dumped by her fiance, only to discover herself and find true love. (So if anyone has any recommendations for similar stories let me know!)

Anyways this was cute, sweet and fun. It was also refreshing to see the main character save the man rather than the other way around. I also love it when the girl chases the guy!

This was definitely a romantic and cute 5 star r
Kaitlyn Davis
A super fun rom com! I really enjoyed it :)
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Thank you to Netgalley for my free ecopy for review. This was a fun rom-com that is a quick read. Libby is an acquisitions specialist for a company that takes over resorts. She is highly organized and plans a trip to a resort in order to scope it out for a takeover. Since she is so organized and methodical with everything in her life, she plans this work trip to coincide with her honeymoon. When her groom leaves her at the altar her perfectly organized life plans are a mess. Since her groom comp ...more
Rida Quraishi
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh god! This was soooo good! I have no idea why this book isn't on every reader's wall currently because it deserves aaallll the hype that it can get!

It was extremely funny and light and everything nice! ❤️ I listened to this on audiobook and had such a fun time with the two narrators!
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, beach-read
I'd received an ARC from NetGalley for Whisked Away and realized that it was the 2nd book in a series. So I had to quickly find and read book #1, The Honeymooner, before starting it. This was a fun and well-written little romance with alternating narrative perspectives of Libby and Harrison. It was fast-paced, and okay yeah, mostly predictable, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment. Perfect light summer read. I'm interested now to read book #2, which centers around Harrison's little sister E ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a good book. Libby was dumped by her fiance in a text message minutes before she was supposed to walk down the isle. She ends up going on what would have been their honeymoon. She meets Harrison while here. They fall for each other hard and fast. However, with her job things got messy. Thankfully in the end it all worked out.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This was my first read by this best-selling author, now I’m obsessed and want to read all her books. The whole jilted bride plot-line was done with a great deal of originality. The fact that she felt like she lost her “rock” in life and was in such denial made her an extremely relatable character.

Libby was such a fun main character to follow. She was type A all the way and being left at the alter was exactly what she needed to let loose and let go. I don’t have much to say about Harrison exce
Dec 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Ive read " the honeymooners " it was okay it could be better ,, i gave it 2.75 out of 5 ...more
Addie Thompson
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I just kind of loved this one. Partly because the world is falling apart and it is easy and happy and what we all want love to be. But also because it was well structured and beautifully told.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free ebook copy of this book from the author but was under no obligation to post a review

Absolutely entertaining and all around great book!

After becoming a fan of Melanie Summers books because of the Crown Jewels series, I became a member of her VIP readers club, who means I get to read and review her new releases. So when I received a copy of The Honeymooner, I was very excited. Not only is it a spinoff of Crown Jewels, but it is another rom-com, so I was pretty much guaranteed a w
NOTE: With the release of Book 2 today, Whisked Away, Book 1 is FREE for a very limited time!


This is one of my edits, out now, and it's sooooo much fun! The perfect pool/beach read, make sure to grab this rom-com ASAP!

Note: This title is currently part of Kindle Unlimited and is only available on Amazon.
Caitlin Reads
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC!

This book was hilarious! I really enjoyed the character of Libby and the chemistry between her and Harrison was off the charts. This was a great summer read that was light and refreshing. Harrison brought out the best in Libby and this is definitely a book I would read again. I am looking forward to reading more from Melanie Summers in the future!
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cannot wait to read book 2!!! Loved everything about this book!!
Ashleigh Lau
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A hilarious and entertaining book set in the beautiful islands of Benavente in the Caribbean.

Libby Dewitt, an organised and professional business analyst who has her whole life and future planned ahead of her. That's until her boyfriend of 6 years leaves her at the alter via a text message saying he is sorry. While still in denial and shock, Libby has a plan for everything to go right and her perfect life plan can come together once again. She decided to spend her honeymoon alone doubling it up
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just loved this light and airy read! It literally made me want to be on vacation somewhere tropical rather than sitting in stuffy 99-degree weather in New England. It’s balances both wit and humor and had me laughing out loud several times, especially when she considered hyphenating her new last name “Dewitt-Tomy.” 😂
Libby is dumped by her fiancé, Richard, just before she is set to walk down the aisle and what’s worse... it was via text message (who does that?!). And just because she is too or
Kristen Lewendon
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So, I’ve had this book on my shelf for what feels like an eternity. That bright, brilliant cover always asking, “what about me?” but other commitments kept me from cracking it open to find out if it would live up to its promise. The last many books I’ve read have either been big angsty emotional rollercoasters or left me feeling unsatisfied in some way. It was finally time to learn if Paradise Bay was going to be as much fun as it sounded. It was. It was actually even better than I’d hoped it wo ...more
Becky Claxon
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by this author, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I like how light and funny the book is. Libby was uptight, by the book, planner to the nth degree that finally let loose a little at the resort. Of course I felt bad for her for getting stood up at the alter because she is too boring. She was delusional to think her ex-fiancée is going to come back to her—but why would you want him back! I can see why she was so grounded after hearing all about her mother. She is a real piece of ...more
Katie Robinson
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 ⭐️s

This book was so cute! I absolutely loved it.
I felt so awful for Libby at the beginning of the book; getting left at the altar like that (and that text message) would be a complete nightmare. Although she appears uptight, you could sense that she just needed a push to break out of her shell. Watching her slowly let go and have some fun once she was on the island was so endearing. Harrison was great hero - trying so hard to take care of everyone around him, but also a lot of fun. Exactl
Dirty Dayna
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 The blood was everywhere Stars
This is a hilarious story about Libby and the way she lives her perfectly scheduled life. I picked this up on amazon as a freebie in a short sale and then forgot about it for a long time until I got a copy from the publisher/author.. why am I so stupid this book was laugh out loud comedy. It was crazy real. This book is EXACTLY what happens when you just stop planning .. I oddly read this on my honeymoon and it was great. I discovered the author from her Crown
Sunny (Kindles & Wine Book Blog)
This was another great romantic comedy by Melanie Summers. The first book of the Paradise Bay series was awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed the unconventional love story of Libby and Harrison. They couldn't be more opposite, they couldn't have more different goals, they couldn't be more attracted to the other. Such a great combination. LOL!

While I loved so much about The Honeymooner, I especially loved the changes in each of the characters as their happily ever after evolved. I can't wait to see more
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
** I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. **

Disclaimer: The publication date for this on Netgalley lists August 7, 2019, but all the editions on Goodreads list August 2018 for the publication. So, this is either a previously released book that has a future publication date for the US, or the publication dates on Goodreads are incorrect. Who knows...

Anyways... 3.5 stars rounded down to 3 only because I didn't like it quite enough to round up instead. This was a ve
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
4 ⭐s for humor, 2 ⭐s for originaity and being predictable. Bride gilted by groom, left at the alter. Brides goes on honeymoon/work vacation alone. Bride (not) makes a fool of herself with the "bartender" who ends up being the owner of the resort with whom she had demanded a meeting to orchestrate a hostile takeover. Blah, Blah, Blah.. Groom (not) hints her down and wants her back, she sends him packing (YAY!). Resort owner and jilted bride fall in love and live (presumibly) happily ever after. A ...more
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Melanie Summers also writes under the name M.J. Summers

Melanie Summers resides in Edmonton, Canada, with her husband, three sporty nerd children, their adorable no-eyed dog, and one tiny puppy with a cute little brown nose. When she's not writing novels, she loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and

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