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The Unhoneymooners

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  552,809 ratings  ·  55,941 reviews
Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, 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 Oliv ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Gallery Books
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AB I would say no. Although the sex isn't graphic, it's explicit enough. Also the book deals with more adult themes than YA themes. It may be hard for a …moreI would say no. Although the sex isn't graphic, it's explicit enough. Also the book deals with more adult themes than YA themes. It may be hard for a teen to relate. The main character is in her early 30s.(less)
Jenna Schering The hating game is similar, and SO good, though a little more graphic sexually.

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Here are two true statements about me:
1) While I have never actually liked a Christina Lauren book, I really want to, and I keep trying to.
2) I love The Hating Game. (Update: I no longer love The Hating Game. But let's pretend for the sake of me not having to update this review that I do._

Here is a statement about this book I believe to be true:
1) It is just a worse The Hating Game.

To be fair, most Christina Lauren books are just a worse The Hating Game. (In my opinion, that is. Because for reas
Emily May
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, romance, arc
I can treat this trip like an actual vacation on a tropical island.
Yes, it’s with my nemesis, but still, I’ll take it.

Guys, I don't think it's working out. I'm trying so hard to get on the Christina Lauren fanwagon, but there are just lots of little things that aren't floating my boat.

The Unhoneymooners is not bad at all. It's quite funny and enjoyable for the most part, actually. It's just... well, I'll start with the first thing I noticed. This is only the second Christina Lauren book I
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Going into The Unhoneymooners, I expected this to be a light, fun rom-com based on all the gushing reviews out there. After all, I enjoy a good love/hate relationship as much as the next gal. Instead, coming out of it, I'm left wondering if I read the same book everyone else did.

The initial pages were bubbly and charming as events unfold that lead to Olive and Ethan going to Maui together. Then, bam! The awkward train arrives, and my enjoyment of this book completely falls apart. You guys, I don
chai ♡
me, normally: the concept of romantic love is nothing but a marketing scheme for greeting card companies, a lie sold by the government, a-

me, after reading this book: [through an oversized megaphone] CAN SOME ROMANTIC SHIT HAPPEN TO ME ALREADY DAMN
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was cute as heck!!
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
never in my life have i read a book that had the same sense of humour as me - until now. this is honestly one of the funniest books i have ever read. i was giggling like a dweeb pretty much throughout the entire thing. gosh, its such a depressing thought to know i will never be as funny as olive and ethan.

the charming humour aside, this might be the best execution of the enemies-to-lovers trope since ‘the hating game.’ is everything in the story convenient? sure. is it super emotionally compell
A humorous enemies-turn-lovers romance fills out the first half of The Unhoneymooners. It's engaging, funny, and sexy. But the co-written aspect of this novel makes itself known as the storyline morphs into a more dramatic second half with several climaxes related to career, trust, family, and relationships. In my opinion, this reading experience felt like two different books were placed under the same cover, and I quite liked the fun one more. However, overall, The Unhoneymooners is indeed enjo ...more
Dilek VT
Total waste of time…

* A couple with no chemistry or no connection whatsoever.
* A hatred for two and a half years for no reason at all - or a stupid one that is not understandable.
* A story that is not even funny at all other than a few good jokes but they cannot save this book.
* A boring and lame relationship that never feels like romance. It doesn't make you feel.
* A heroine who is quirky and a hero to hate! They make a couple like cartoon characters.

Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it

ARC provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review.

“That’s the point of luck: it happens when and where it happens.”

This is my favorite Christina Lauren book since Roomies! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too in love with Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating or My Favorite Half-Night Stand, but this felt like the famous duo was back and resecured that special place in my swoon-worthy romance heart. This was so funny, this was so heartwarming, and since I’m leaving in a few weeks
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
There’s no getting around it, so I’m just going to get it over with and put it out there. The Unhoneymooners is not my favorite of the dynamic duo’s rom-coms. Truth be told, this is the only Christina Lauren to date that has earned less than four stars from this reader. And believe me, as someone who’s been a longtime fan of their work, it would be so much easier to gloss over the things that bothered me, as opposed to confessing this didn’t work for me in its entirety, but it is what it is. So, ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This is my new favorite Christina Lauren book. I'm OBSESSED. I do wish the plus-size rep had been a little more... definitive? But other than that I ate this UP. If you're looking for something to fill in the Hating Game sized, enemies-to-lovers hole in your heart, look no further. THEY EVEN GO PAINTBALLING. Fuck, I loved this. ...more
So, I just reread this book and it was just as great the second time and I noticed more things that I love about it. Yes, I read this book twice within one year and yes it still makes me smile and giggle and feel all the warm fuzzies. I adore Olive and Ethan so much and I'm a huge fan of the trope when a pessimistic person gets paired with an optimist, and I think I love this book especially because Olive is more of a pessimist, realist personality whereas Ethan is the optimist. I feel like it's ...more
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“It sounds dangerous.” This makes him laugh. “Dangerous, like we’d end up either naked or dead?”



This was such a cute rom-com filled with glorious belly-aching laugh out loud moments. I finished it in one sitting, and the pages just flew by! It really does play out like a movie, and you can practically see it on the widescreen while you are reading. Completely a feel good book with all the fluffy romance and sexy tidbits you'd want in one.


The Story

The Unhoneymooners foll
Chelsea Humphrey
"When I signed up for this honeymoon, I had no idea it would involve so much nudity."

Raise your glass to another winner from Christina Lauren! *clink* This writing duo features my go-to gals when it comes to romantic comedies. Seriously, I can't remember the last time an author consistently made me chortle so hard or forced me to sustain multiple gut busters in a row. Last time I checked, we could all use a few more good vibes all over the world, and if you're looking for another feel good time,
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I'm not a big romance reader because, as soon as it becomes toxic, I become uninterested... I also get secondhand embarrassment way too easily.

I'm all for enemy to lover as a trope as long as it makes sense. I did feel like it was a stretch here but my main issues was that I couldn't forgive one of the characters for their decisions so I couldn't root for the romance :/

↠ 5 stars

Have you ever read a book so romantic it hurts? This left me with an ache in my chest that I can only attribute to Olive and Ethan. Good job guys, now all I want to do is fly to Hawaii and try to recreate your whirlwind romance. The Unhoneymooners takes fake dating, and says, "Lets level this all the way up to fake marriage, except they hate each other" and I love it so much. After Olive's twin sister's entire wedding party comes down with food poisoning, she and the brother of the groo
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars - I stayed up later than was probably wise reading this and I have no regrets (yet.. ask me in the morning).

Enemies to lovers. Fake dating. Misunderstanding that isn’t completely irrational. Bickering couple. Protagonist that’s a bit bitter but trying her best. Thanks I love it.
✨    jami   ✨
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
man idk if I just don't like romances in general or if I just find straight horny people to be incredibly boring or what it is but these hyped up romance novels keep letting me down

The first half wasn't bad - it follows Olive, who's twin sister Ami is getting married. When everyone falls sick after the wedding from eating shellfish, everyone except Olive and Ethan, Ami's new husband's brother. Olive and Ethan don't like each other but in the interest of getting free shit they decide to pretend t
✨ A ✨
the love interest straight up gaslighting our mc for half the book was a big no from me

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
16 January, 2019
myo (myonna reads)
first read may 18: this book made me cry because they are so cute that i started to feel lonely so 5 stars i guess

second read jun 16: lol cried AGAIN, i am pathetic
Zoe (Marauders version)
I am convinced that authors write adorable romance books like this to make sure that we all die single.
Meredith (Slowly Catching Up)
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

Fun Escape!

When all but two weddings guests contract food poisoning at a wedding in Minnesota, they help out the bride and groom by going on their honeymoon for them. It just so happens that the two guests are the bride's twin sister, Ollie, and the groom’s brother, Ethan. Of course, Ollie and Ethan hate each other. Of course, both are extremely attractive people. Of course, under all of the hatred they really do like each other. When forced to share a hotel room for 10 days, the
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, adult-reads
Loved this sexy, sweet and snarky book! It's the perfect escape read! 😍

Admittedly I'm a Christina Lauren fan! I'd been looking forward to this book with its Hispanic representation and it didn't disappoint. Curvy women, laugh out loud hilarious family members and the amazing, never let you down extended family that is as close (if not closer) as the one living under your roof. It reminded me so much of my family growing up - everyone knowing each other's business, constantly making fun of e
Jaye Berry
Feb 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
When I die I want Christina Lauren to lower me into my grave so they can let me down one last time.
Larry H
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars, rounded up.

So there I was, feeling a bit of withdrawal since it had been more than two months since I'd read a Christina Lauren book (I read four of their books in 2018, and one in 2017). Then, like a bolt out of the blue, I saw that NetGalley was offering advance copies of their newest book, The Unhoneymooners , and I literally pulled my car over into the first parking lot I saw and submitted my request. (True story. And I kept to my no NetGalley requests while driving rule.)

Of co
Question: What are the steps to write an enemies to lovers contemporary romance so that it instantly becomes a bestseller?

➡️ Develop a heroine who is smokin' hot but doesn't know it.
➡️ Develop a hero who is freakin' handsome and he knows it + don't forget the abs!!
➡️ They meet each other and hate each other for no reason but they still think the other one is hot.
➡️ The first chapter is about "how they hate the other one but has the MC mentioned that they are hot?"
➡️ Throw them in
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Rachel at Gallery Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

“That’s the point of luck: it happens when and where it happens.”

Me: Yes, hello! Thank you for having me tonight. Can you all hear me alright? Great.
Me: *pulls out a copy of The Unhoneymooners* Tonight, we will be reading the entirety of the Unhoneymooners. No, don't leave. I see you in the back row. Don't try to leave. The doors have already been locked. You will sit in this room u
chan ☆
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
the hating game meets forgetting sarah marshall

This was the PERFECT beachy summer read. You've got an enemies-to-lovers & fake-dating thing. You've got lots of wit and a whole lot of humor. And unlike most Christina Lauren books, you get a really satisfying conclusion.

The Unhoneymooners is about Olive and Ethan who, due to some unlucky circumstances, are forced to go on a honeymoon together. Even though they hate each other. While in paradise, they come face to face with their own relationship a
Oct 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I breezed through this fun flirty steamy cute book in a day! 😍🤗 The banter and drama were perfect. The chemistry between these two was just great! 👍 I didn’t want to put it down- which definitely equals 5 stars from me!! 🤩
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced eighteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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