Jul 272020

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Narrated by: Cynthia Farrell, Deacon Lee
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 05-14-19
Language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

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.

With Christina Lauren’s “uniquely hilarious and touching voice” (Entertainment Weekly), The Unhoneymooners is a fun and charming romance that is perfect for anyone who has ever felt unlucky in love.

I had planned to listen to this audiobook last year when it was released but I got sidetracked by other books. A while back I decided to put it at the top of my list and I’m glad I did.

At the wedding of Amy and Dane, the only two people who didn’t get food poisoning were Amy’s twin sister Olive and Dane’s brother Ethan, who had a mutual dislike for each other.  Since Amy had won a free honeymoon, she talks Olive into going in her place, and Ethan ends up going too. At first they try to talk to each other as little as possible but since they are supposed to be married they have to do some activities together. Slowly their walls start coming down and they “might” be enjoying each other’s company, just a little.

I enjoyed the back and forth banter between Olive and Ethan. They did a lot of activities and I enjoyed reading about how they reacted to each other.

This was a good book that kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I will say that not everyone was who they pretended to be and things got very interesting.

Although I thought the book was funny at times, I didn’t think it was “hilarious”. I enjoyed this book from the beginning and recommend it to anyone who likes a little drama and/or romance.

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  16 Responses to “The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren”

  1. Glad you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful evening, Vicki.

  2. Sounds light and fun. I’ve read a few light-hearted books this summer but some were just a bit much for me.

    • I thought this book was very good and it didn’t over do any of the situations, but I know what you mean, some books are over the top!

  3. Sounds fun!! Back in the day I had a job that required an hour drive out on a lonely freeway each way every day. I listened to lots and lots of books and loved it.

    • I tried audiobooks in 2014 and only listened to 7 of them before I gave up. For some reason I just couldn’t get into them. Then in 2017 I tried again and the very first audiobook I tried, something clicked and I’ve been listening to them since. Now most of the books I “read” are audio’s. I love them, you can listen while driving, cooking, cleaning, sitting outside with your dog etc.

  4. Vicki, I’m glad you had a chance to listen to this audio book and that you enjoyed it.
    It sounds like it could be a funny audio book!

  5. Adding it to my audio wish list – you can’t beat good banter!

  6. Sounds like a light hearted banter is good for the soul right now. Thanks for the post.

  7. I read this one early this year and thought it was funny and touching. Really liked it. In fact, your review makes me think I might reread it before long. I’ve been doing a lot of rereading of books that were A+ in my opinion.

  8. This sounds like a cute book and a fast read. I cannot imagine going on someone else’s honeymoon with someone I don’t like! 🙂

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