The Unhoneymooners

The Unhoneymooners

by Christina Lauren


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Starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews * Publishers Weekly * Library Journal

Named a “Must-Read” by TODAY, Us Weekly, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Goodreads, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, Southern Living, Book Riot, Woman’s Day, The Toronto Star, and more!

For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime—maybe even love—in this romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling authors of Roomies.

Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister Ami is an eternal champion . . . she even managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a slew of contests. Unfortunately for Olive, the only thing worse than constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas.

Olive braces herself for wedding hell, determined to put on a brave face, but when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. Suddenly there’s a free honeymoon up for grabs, and Olive will be damned if Ethan gets to enjoy paradise solo.

Agreeing to a temporary truce, the pair head for Maui. After all, ten days of bliss is worth having to assume the role of loving newlyweds, right? But the weird thing is . . . Olive doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, the more she pretends to be the luckiest woman alive, the more it feels like she might be.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501128035
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 2,115
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 internationally bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Dating You / Hating You, Autoboyography, Love and Other Words, Roomies, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, My Favorite Half-Night Stand, and The Unhoneymooners. You can find them online at, @ChristinaLauren on Instagram, or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.

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The Unhoneymooners 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
Anonymous 24 days ago
I read this in one day because I just couldn't put it down!
MamaHendo 9 months ago
Olive and her twin sister Ami are polar opposites. Where Ami leads a charmed life full of love and luck, Olive has a black cloud of mishaps following her everywhere she goes. Having recently lost a roommate and her job, Olive is facing another daunting scenario - being Maid of Honor at her bridezilla sister's wedding. On the big day Olive is given a to-do list with over 70+ items, the worst of which involves being in charge of keeping the Groom's brother, Ethan, or as Olive refers to him Satan, in line. When a newsworthy catastrophe happens at the reception Olive & Ethan are forced into impersonating their siblings on their honeymoon, a trip (lucky) Ami won. Only one glitch, due to the contest rules if they are caught in their lie all expenses will fall on them. Spending 10 days in Maui doing their own thing would be easy but having to pretend to be a newly-married couple could be mission:impossible for two people who can't stand one another. The hilarious misadventures that begin after Olive and Ethan land in paradise will make it hard for you to put this one down without a smile on your face. After turning the last page I had one thought: what a perfect rom-com movie this would make! Gina Rodriguez as Olive would be the absolute perfect casting. For me, "The Unhoneymooners", written by Christina Lauren (a writing duo whose combined names, Christina Hobbs & Lauren Billings, make up the pen name) is THE perfect guilty beach book of 2019. Be sure to pick yourself up a copy before summer's end.
tsmb02 9 months ago
These two ladies know how to write some of the best banter in Contemporary Romance books! This story is a perfect example and is an enemies to lovers story! Olive Torres is the twin that always has bad luck. Now Olive's twin sister, Amelia "Ami" is getting married to Dean. Ami ended up entering contest and won just about everything for her entire wedding, even the seafood buffet that ends up getting the entire wedding sick except for Olive, (because of her seafood allergy she ate chicken) and the best man, Ethan Thomas, brother of Dean (who will not eat food from a buffet). When everyone is either throwing up or having bathroom issues, Ami and Dean convince Olive and Ethan to go on their Maui, HI honeymoon. Even though these two don't like each other, they agree to go and pretend to be on their honeymoon. As these two spend more time together, they start to realize that they actually do like each other and they are having more fun than they thought. In typical Olive luck, she runs into her new boss and has to lie that she is there on her honeymoon. Her and Ethan also run into his old girlfriend and continue the ruse. Half way through the trip, it starts to feel more like a real all ways! ;) As these two talk more, Olive starts to realize that Ethan's brother may be cheating on his wife and feels like she needs to tell Ami. As these two head back to Minnesota as a couple, things start to fall apart when secrets are opened up. Some hearts end up broken, some hearts end up healed but it will take a huge grand gesture to for Olive and Ethan to find their own happy ending, but thankfully they do. I just adored these characters. They were both so fun and I just loved their banter. I loved the names they kept calling each other! LOL I even adored Olive's crazy family! They all were such a hoot! Read this will not be sorry!
Anonymous 10 days ago
Found myself laughing out loud
Anonymous 3 months ago
Loved loved loved this book!! It had me rolling laughing at some points and on the edge of my seat at other points. I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous 3 months ago
I wanted something fun, funny, light but still grabbed at my heart a bit. This checked all the boxes. Loved it!!!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Had me hooked from start to finish. Fast paced and fun to read. Did not disappoint.
BrittsBookClub 6 months ago
This was one of my favorite reads of 2019 so far! I haven’t ready to many romantic comedy books, but if they’re anything like this one, I think I’ve found myself a new genre and new set of authors to dive into! I rarely find myself actually laughing at books, but there were several times that I found myself giggling in this story. It was hilarious! Not only that, but the dynamic between Ethan and Olive was so great. I loved their back-and-forth snarky remarks to each other. Christine Lauren created such strong characters and personalities in their book. I loved the character growth that we got to see in Olive as she discovered her own flaws and worked throughout the book to make a change. I loved that Olive was a curvier woman who dealt with some body confidence issues, but for the most part loved her body. The body focus in this story is such a realistic issue today and I thought Olive was a great model for how people should look at their own bodies! I can’t wait to pick out my next Christine Lauren book! This would be the perfect summer read, but is also incredibly enjoyable at any time of the year. If you love romantic comedy novels, this one is for you!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Right from the start, you know how the story will end. Yet the characters are so lovable, you want to keep reading to make sure it ends the way you want it to end! All the personalities mesh in the most perfect of ways. Great writing, great storytelling!
TheGrumpyBookReviewer 6 months ago
This book was a breath of fresh air. Hilariously funny, a little bit sad, and deliciously sexy, The Unhoneymooners, by Christina Lauren, kept me entertained from cover to cover. The pen name is actually a combination of the names of co-authors, Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The two are writing partners, best friends, and internationally bestselling authors. Olive’s twin sister, Ami, just got married. Everyone at the reception, including the bride and groom became violently ill by contaminated food. Everyone, that is, except Olive and the groom’s brother, Ethan. Olive and Ethan tolerate each other. Ami insists on Olive taking their non-refundable Maui honeymoon trip to Maui that she won in a sweepstakes. Meanwhile, the groom offers the trip to Ethan. The two decide they can both take the trip, and stay out of each other’s way. Things get interesting, however, when they have to pretend to be married and in love. Will they go from tolerating to enjoying each other, to love? Or will they remain The Unhoneymooners? Read this delightful book and find out. What Makes this Reviewer Grumpy? • Plural vs. singular disagreement; • lots of split infinitives; • coming vs. going; • misplacement of the word “only” within sentences; • missing commas.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This book was an awesome, quick read that made me laugh out loud!
Bookyogi 7 months ago
I absolutely loved Autoboyography, so this was…disappointing. The first half of this book was maybe a 2 star read. It is obvious, formulaic and unoriginal. The hate to love storyline is scripted and lacking any depth; I have seen the exact storyline in many movies and books. It does pick up and change direction late in the second half, but too little, too late.
Caroles_Random_Life 7 months ago
I had fun with this romance! I have seen so many glowing reviews for books written by the writing duo of Christina Lauren over the past couple of years. I have really wanted to give their work a try but for one reason or another, this was actually the first time I actually fit one of their books into my reading schedule. I will be honest in that this was not earth-shattering in any way but I thought it was a fun enjoyable read. Romance with a bit of humor and great banter? Sign me up! This book did have a lot of great elements despite the fact that there really weren't any big surprises in the story. This wasn't the kind of book that had me laughing out loud but I found several sections of the book rather amusing. Olive and Ami are twins. The book opens on Ami's wedding day. Things go poorly at the wedding leaving everyone ill. Since the bride and groom can't go on the honeymoon, the Olive and Ethan, the groom's brother, go in their place. Oh yeah, Olive and Ethan don't exactly get along so it should prove to be an interesting trip. I liked Olive and Ethan and thought that they worked well together. I thought that they had some great chemistry and I enjoyed their banter. It was very eye-opening to learn a bit about their history as they dealt with some of the situations they encountered on their trip. I think that this story was really at its best when the focus was completely on Olive and Ethan without mixing in any of the complications they had to contend with. I thought that there were times where the story got a little unnecessarily complicated. I really would have loved to see these two at the resort without dealing with people from their lives popping up all of the time. I am also not completely sure that I wanted Olive to forgive Ethan at the end of the book. His mistake was a pretty big one and I am not sure that I would have been able to get over it if I were in her shoes. These are really minor things that didn't have a big impact on my enjoyment of the book. I would recommend this book to others. I found myself wanting to take a trip to Hawaii because of some of the descriptions in this story. I had a great time watching Olive and Ethan fall in love and can't wait to read more from this writing duo in the future! I received a digital review copy of this book from Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via NetGalley.
Sam-Bean 7 months ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review, which has not altered my opinion of this book. This is probably one of the cutest romance books I have read in a long while. I’m not exactly one to read a lot of contemporary romance books, and hate-to-love is a trope that is always so hit and miss for me. However, this book was a home run for me, satiating my need for a Hallmark movie. I enjoyed the characters, the plot, and the one-liners. This book follows Olive as she suffers through her twin sister’s wedding subsequent food poisoning. When she and the best man are the only ones who don’t get sick, they end up going on a free honeymoon together. However, they seem to hate each other, so the goal: don’t kill each other and stay apart. That doesn’t end up happening, at all. Our main character, Olive, is really an awesome character who represents more of the normal woman, rather than the model type. She is described as having curves and comes from a large Hispanic family that reminds me of the families I have met. She is super close to her family and they come first over any romance or anything else. While I do wish we had a little more from Ethan’s point of view, it was very interesting as well. He is the very attractive, snarky and sarcastic, brother of her sister’s husband. Awkward? Maybe a touch. Ami was also adorable and I really liked the little bit we got of Olive’s twin sister. The trip itself as quite interesting as well and I loved the small details that helped me visualize where they were at. It sounded like a lot of fun! I highly recommend this story for lovers of romance and, from what I’ve heard, fans of Christina Lauren. This book was a cute and quick read that made me smile and very happy. Highly recommended!! 4.5 out of 5!
rcahill 8 months ago
I selected The Unhoneymooners as a fun one-day read between some heavier material and it was the perfect choice. Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings (together they are Christina Lauren) have crafted a perfect rom-com. There are elements that would lead to a R rating (language and sexual content), but these are not the main elements of the book. My favorite part was the actual -com (you know, as opposed to the rom). The two main characters, Olive and Ethan, are written so well that you can actually hear them exchanging barbs and one-liners. As the story begins, these ‘almost enemies’ are the only two guests not struck down with food poisoning at the wedding of her sister to his brother. No one wants a honeymoon to Maui to go unused, so Olive and Ethan step in and the sparks fly. It is true that the story line includes almost every rom-com trope possible (misunderstandings, false identities, enemies falling in love, a hint of heartbreak, and eventually a happy ending), but even if you see where the plot is headed, you will enjoy the ride. Check out more of my reveiws at
Anonymous 9 months ago
This was a very good story! I really enjoyed this book!
Lisa_Loves_Literature 10 months ago
I was excited for this one. Heard good things, but also had one review that made me wonder if I'd like it. In the end I loved it. I kind of wish we'd had Ethan's point of view the whole way through, but I guess it totally worked this way. I didn't see one of the little twists that we got thrown. I love that when that happens! It was another great book from this author duo. I was worried about the narrator at first, because I think I've had issues with her in the past, but in the end she worked. Then, I've never seen the movie or read the book Fried Green Tomatoes, so I was wondering if what they talk about is really in the book/movie!
seasaltdaydreams 10 months ago
I love Christina Lauren books. There’s something so whimsical and hilarious about them. The Unhoneymooners might be my favorite of theirs yet. The Unhoneymooners follows Olive, the unlucky twin, who after being miraculously spared from a massive bout of food-poisoning at her sister’s wedding, finds herself on her sister’s free honeymoon in Maui. There’s only one problem, she has to share the trip with her sworn enemy, Ethan, the best man. The stringent rules of the all-expenses paid honeymoon require Ethan and Olive to pretend to be married, or be forced to pay the full cost of the vacation. As Olive begins spending more time with Ethan, she realizes that he’s not actually that bad, if fact she discovers that she’s actually a big fan. Olive was such a great character. The book is told in first person from Olive’s perspective. She’s frustratingly believable, both funny and stubborn. I felt so incredibly bad for her at the beginning of the book, but as the story went on, her unlucky stride tended to come in spurts as opposed to the constant stream that seemed to be her life. Ethan annoyed me at the beginning, but I definitely warmed up to him the more Olive did. This book definitely has some swoon-worthy moments between the two of them. My favorite part of the book is Olive and Ami’s big, wonderful family that really looks out for one another. There’s a lot of ups and downs for both characters in the books and whenever anything goes wrong, the entire family shows up with food and love and support and it’s so sweet and comforting. I loved this story and I definitely recommend it to other romance lovers!
Bern425 11 months ago
Sexy, sweet and snarky = the perfect escape read! 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 each other and above all else, having each other's back no matter what! It took me a bit to get into the book initially which surprised me. I wasn't as into the first part detailing the wedding. Olive's twin sister Ami is getting married and everything is supposed to be perfect. Ami seems to have it all - perfect luck, perfect life, perfect love. Olive on the other hand seems to have the worst luck - she lost her job, her roommate and her apartment. Things start to look up for Olive (and me as the reader) when she and the best man, Ethan are the only two guests left standing after food poisoning ravages everyone at the wedding. Ami persuades her sister to go on her free honeymoon to Hawaii, so that the prize doesn't go to waste. The groom makes the same offer to his best man and brother, Ethan. Only problem is - Ethan and Olive hate each other. Is an all exclusive, all expenses paid trip to Hawaii worth spending 10 days with someone you utterly despise? I adored the constant back and forth banter between Olive and Ethan. They were hilarious and the underlying sexual tension was palpable. I laughed out loud, smiled so much my cheeks hurt and was left feeling all bubbly inside as I went through the pages of this book. In short, Christina Lauren have done it again - all hail my rom-com queens! ❤️ ❤️
DragonNimbus More than 1 year ago
I was sitting in the car, reading The Unhoneymooners, waiting for my son, and laughing my head off. This book is so funny, and romantic. I was also reading late winter in Ohio so the Hawaiian backdrop was delicious. Olive and Ami are identical twins but very different people. Ami is so lucky she's able to put on her wedding for a mere $1,000 thanks to sweepstakes and raffle prizes that allowed her to have an excellent venue, a wedding planner and a fabulous seafood buffet. Olive is not so lucky. If anything can go wrong it will, from the "Skittle green" (free) bridesmaid's dress to having to supervise the groom's brother/ best man who she hates. The one thing that did go right was Olive's allergy to seafood - it saved her from the horrible illness the entire wedding party and guests contracted from the elegant buffet. Groom Dale becomes very ill with the bride and guests following soon after, but the despised brother, Ethan, has a serious aversion to buffets so is also unscathed. Olive and Ethan find themselves on a (free) flight to Hawaii for an all -expenses- paid honeymoon since the bride and groom can't leave the bathroom for a few weeks. Not only will Olive have to pretend to be newly-wedded to Ethan, but she'll have to keep up the pretense for 10 days. Ethan is VERY handsome, if a little grumpy, and through their forced companionship she gets to know him a lot better and discovers he's not so bad and they actually have more in common than she thought. You can imagine what happens next, but what makes this novel unique is the witty, well-constructed dialog and well developed plot. There are many laugh-out-loud moments and lots of pop culture references (which I love!), but there's also poignant drama as Olive comes to terms with what she learns about herself, as well as sordid details of her sister's new marriage. The Unhoneymooners was a terrific read - very entertaining and lots of fun. It will be a PERFECT beach read, or fireside read, or anywhere read. I plan on checking the other books by this talented writing team as soon as possible..
BookAngel_Emma More than 1 year ago
Wow I honestly don’t know where to start, the warm and fuzzies are still coursing through my body with this one. The Unhoneymooners not only takes a look at luck and how we consider ourselves lucky or unlucky but also how the way in which people view us can have an effect, whether positive or negative, on our identities. A little like a self-fulfilling prophecy but via external influences as opposed to internal. The Unhoneymooners could be used as a cautionary tale to not believe what others tell you about a person but to judge them solely on your own interactions with them. Unfortunately, this doesn’t really work for Olive and Ethan; because of some subtle suggestions via someone close to each of them, Olive and Ethan’s behaviour to each other only serves to re-enforce the outside information they have been supplied. That is until they are the only two people left standing at their sibling’s wedding. Top tip, do not read about the wedding when you are eating, LOL. Leading to Ethan and Olivia taking the place of their siblings on a dream destination wedding. Pretending to be a married couple makes some so very hilarious situations for Olive and Ethan especially taking into account Olive’s lack of lying finesse and some unexpected companions. I adored everything about Olive and Ethan even when they were pretending to hate each other their snarky banter was so much fun to follow. Their transition into a relationship was seamless and natural; unfortunately there are issues outside of their control that interfere with the foundation they have been building. The Unhoneymooners also has a strong focus on identity within the narrative, and Olive’s character growth via self-reflection alongside all the revelations that take place was inspirational. I am a firm believer in everything happening for a reason, the good, the bad and the ugly – all allowing the person to become self-aware enough to find their path to happiness.
NhaughtyV More than 1 year ago
Some stories are just flat out fun to read, and The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren is one of those! An entertaining romance for fans of enemies to lovers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun read, enjoyed the story.
thisismyeverybody More than 1 year ago
Loaded with crisp dialogue that found me wishing for Christina Lauren’s gift of gab when doling out my own comebacks! The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren had me laughing out loud at the two main characters (Olive and Ethan) as they find themselves thrown together by bad fortune… or perhaps good fortune after all? Is it a little predictable? Sure… But, you don’t care! You just keep turning the pages happily as the characters find themselves in one funny circumstance after another. It is sort of like how every once in awhile I want a Twizzler. You know, those red long strings that I am convinced are made out of spare rubber tires? I can’t really explain why I have one occasionally, but I do. They are just fun. Well, that is what this book is. It’s my ”Book Twizzler”! I just loved their snappy repartee! Reminded me of my fave classic black and white film pairings where the focus was on the characters’ rat-a-tat dialogue prior to a good (but not super-explicit) romp in the sack. It is a perfect choice for a fun read on the beach, by the pool, or wherever you like to grab some book T.I.M.E.! ✨✨A big thank you to Christina Lauren, Gallery Books (Simon & Schuster) and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in my review are my own.
mweinreich More than 1 year ago
Whenever you feel the urge to read a romantic fun story, you can always amble over to the aisle where they keep the Christina Lauren Books. These ladies always seem to get romance and comedy right and their latest book is no exception to that. A wonderful wedding, and an all expense paid honeymoon to Maui, and yes, love is in the air as we begin this story of Olive and Ami, twin identical sisters, who while they look exactly alike have the most diverse personalities. Ami is a contest participator winning everything from bridesmaids dresses to a trip to Hawaii for she and her new husband. Problem is at her "free" seafood buffet at her reception, that table of seafood became a table of horrors as all who imbibed became violently ill including the new bride Ami and her new husband, Dane. The only two people not to be ill were Olive and Olive's sworn nemesis Ethan, who is Dane's brother. Needless to say these two hate one another with a passion but are finally convinced by Ami and Dane that one does not let a vacation in paradise go to waste. Off Olive and Ethan go to Maui, at each other's throats, dreading the next seven days spent together. As you could probably guess, they come to an understanding, one that is reached as lies, innuendo and totally misunderstandings had previously happened between them. They make efforts to get to know each other, learning that what they thought about one another was not necessarily what reality was. All come together in this charming book that sparks the notion that you can hate the one you love. If you are looking for a book to while away the hours while enjoying a sweetly told story that has people who thought they were connected find out they weren't and those who felt disconnected from each other find that they have made something special between them, then this might be the one for you. Cute, funny, sassy and totally one to add when in the mood for a little bit of charm thrown together with a sprinkle of lovable characters. This book is a recipe for fun. Thank you to Christina Lauren, Gallery Books and Netgalley for a copy of this book.