Hi All! It’s Becky, again. I have been a big fan of the writing team Christina Lauren ever since I read their first book Beautiful Bastard all the way back in 2013. I will basically read anything these two put out and I was so excited to get their newest book The Unhoneymooners. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it as enjoyable as their other books.
Title: The Unhoneymooners
Author: Christina Lauren
Note: I listened to the audio book.
Other books reviewed by this author: My Favorite Half-Night Stand, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, Love and Other Words, Roomies, Autoboyography
Summary: Olive is the most unlucky person in the world. She lost her job the day after her roommate moved out, she can’t stay in a relationship, and she can’t find a new job but things might be changing. Olive’s twin sister is getting married and when the entire wedding party is taken down by food poisoning Olive inherits an incredible Hawaiian honeymoon. The only catch is that Olive has to take a guest with the same last name as the groom. Olive’s Hawaiian getaway will be tarnished by the presence of her sister’s new brother-in-law, Ethan, a man that she can’t stand. However, as their ten days in paradise pass the two begin to find out that feelings of dislike can quickly turn to love.
Review: I hate to say it but I was a little disappointed by this book. The premise is fun and the overall plot is fine but it just didn’t feel like a Christina Lauren book. I never really warmed up to Olive who never got to the awesome levels of other female leads in Christina Lauren’s books. She just kind of went through life without any real sass or direction. She felt like an average female lead in a romance book but as a fan of Christina Lauren I expect more. The same can be said for Olive’s foil/possible love, Ethan. He was perfectly fine but he just wasn’t swoony, there was no charm or humor with him. Ethan is a basic male lead in a romance but he is definitely not a Will Sumner or Calvin Mcloughlin. I could have handled so-so main characters if their relationship was awesome but, for me, their romance just felt rushed. Their sniping at each other turning to love just happened a little too quickly for it to be satisfying. I will keep reading their book (I all ready have their next one on order through Overdrive) but The Unhoneymooners isn’t one that I will revisit in the future.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5