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The Unhoneymooners

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Staff Review: "The Unhoneymooners" by Christina Lauren


Olive is the maid of honor at her twin sister's wedding and is standing up opposite Ethan, someone she could care less for. Ethan is her new brother-in-law's brother, and Olive think that it was just bad luck that paired them together. Was it fate, luck or their opposite personalities that caused Olive and Ethan to be the only ones that didn't fall ill at the reception? And so our story is underway!  

Olive's twin sister, Amy, won a honeymoon for herself to Hawaii and is now so sick that she and her new husband cannot go. The only option is for Amy and Ethan (the only other healthy person they know) to enjoy the trip in their stead. Olive begrudgingly agrees and so does Ethan. They both play the part of newlyweds to get a free vacation but slip into white lies about being married as they run into people that they know. What happens in Hawaii leads to shocking revelations about one another that shatters their previous perceptions of what they thought they knew about one another. Cue all the romance (and confusion) one would expect from a story like this!

This was just the romantic, easy type of read that I wanted it to be. It had everything from enemies-turned-lovers, family dynamics, and consequences of little white lies. I especially liked that this story took place in Minneapolis and many of the places mentioned I had been to! I listened to the audiobook, however, and the narrator didn't do their research on how to pronounce certain establishments. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an easy-breezy, yet highly entertaining contemporary romance. How do Olive and Ethan fare in the end? Read the book to find out!

Audience: adults | Genre: contemporary fiction

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