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Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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.

A fake relationship, enemies to lovers, holiday romance? Yes, please! I wanted to see what all the fuss was about since this book is so wildly popular and I’m happy to say I enjoyed it very much. The banter between the MCs is fun and I loved the characters. They kept me laughing, especially Olive, but the supporting cast as well.

They’ve been enemies for years and are often subjected to one another’s presence, since their siblings dated for years and are now engaged. Ami wins everything and has made a sport of winning contests, while Olive has nothing but bad luck. She’s currently out of work so things aren’t stellar but she’s excited for her twin’s wedding, despite the fact that she’ll be dealing with the groom’s annoying brother. Even Ethan’s presence can’t spoil the special day. When a catering mishap gives everyone else food poisoning, Olive and Ethan are fine after avoiding the seafood dish at the reception.

The newlyweds are too sick to travel but the arrangements can’t be postponed, so they insist Olive and Ethan should enjoy the free trip to Maui. They’re both thrilled and quickly agree, until learning it means they’ll be going together. They both want the trip and decide not to let the other’s presence ruin it, stubbornly agreeing to a truce of sorts in exchange for a free trip to paradise. Seems simple, right? But throw in a job offer and one clingy ex and now things are getting complicated. Ethan is the last person Olive wants to ask a favor of, but she’s in quite a bind when a job opportunity puts her in a strange position.

Ethan isn’t thrilled but helping her out is easy enough, so he doesn’t feel bad asking for a favor of his own when his annoying ex turns up. As the days pass, they realize the other isn’t that bad and form a tentative friendship which gradually turns into more. There are no surprises here but it’s a light and entertaining read, a perfect palate cleanser after something dark or heavy. This was my first book by the authors, but won’t be the last.

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