Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

42201431Olive 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 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.

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Source: NetGalley and Gallery Books          Rating: 4/5 stars

Olive and Ami are the most nonidentical, identical twins in the history of ever!  While they may look startlingly alike, that is where the similarities end.  Ami is calm, cool, collected, poised, elegant, confident, organized, and utterly prepared while Olive is most decidedly, none of those things.  While Olive has generally accepted her role as the other twin, there are times when the differences between she and Ami are achingly obvious.  Ami’s wedding would be one of those times.

As the wedding day wears on, Olive manages to put out all fires, except three: 1) the best man is an ass and she can’t completely avoid him as maid of honor; 2) the groom is a complete idiot, but the heart wants what the heart wants and; 3) the bad shellfish that causes everyone except Olive and the best man (UGH!) to become gravely ill.  Thinking she’ll spend the next week or so caring for her twin and their extended family, Olive shocked to find her twin has other plans.  With an all-inclusive and totally non-refundable honeymoon in Hawaii waiting to be claimed, Ami convinces Olive that not only will she go on Ami’s honeymoon, but she’ll do so with the (UGH!) best man, Ethan. 

One lousy plane ride later . . . .

Hawaii sure has a way of softening a person’s heart and as soon as Olive gets a good look at her surroundings, she begins to soften towards Ethan.  Softening means talking and talking could just lead to liking if Olive isn’t careful.  What’s more, if she and Ethan begin to like each other, they may really like each other and that always leads to sexy times and possible complications.  But, sexy times with Ethan could be delightful so Olive begins talking and liking 😊

Ten days in paradise do wonders for Ethan and Olive and what they each discover is a grave miscommunication early in their relationship, an ongoing miscommunication between Olive’s sister and her new husband, and a rock and a hard place.  Both Olive and Ethan must decide what to do about Ami and her husband and what each feel’s is right may cause a crashing and burning of their burgeoning relationship.  To bad what happens and is discovered in paradise can’t simply stay in paradise.

The Bottom Line:  This is a great little rom-com that is fairly predictable, but entertaining enough that you won’t care.  Olive is feisty and fiery and her bantering and bickering with Ethan is often quite funny.  As Olive and Ethan begin to work out their issues (in bed!) the story takes a sweeter turn that is tinged with foreboding.  Olive and Ethan have not had an easy relationship from the very beginning so when their respective worlds blow up thanks to other people’s issues, it is quite a sad turn of events.   However, as this is a stand-alone read, there is an HEA and getting to that happy ending is well worth all the drama and nonsense.

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