The Unhoneymooners

Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners is one of the best enemies to lovers fake dating romances I’ve read in a long time. I hadn’t read anything by Christina Lauren, but after this, I’ll definitely pick up a few!

The Unhoneymooners CoverOlive 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. Goodreads

I received an eARC of The Unhoneymooners from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Unhoneymooners needs trigger warnings for cheating in a relationship, internalized fatphobia, assumed fatphobia, explicit sex, lying to an employer, and loss of employment.

I loved that every time the main character said something about what she thought the hero thought of her body, which was usually fat-antagonistic, he shut that down and made it clear how attracted he was to her. These comments get a lot less common as the course of the book goes on. Even if he thought she was always angry, which wasn’t honestly incorrect when it came to him. I also loved that Ami got to call Olive out on her bullshit. It was glorious.

I also liked that all of their relationship conflict felt real, aside from the fake dating and the honeymoon for their siblings. I won’t spoil it by telling you the details, but it didn’t feel like a contrived reason for a breakup.

I loved this book and hope you will, too. You can pick up a copy on Amazon, Indiebound, The Book Depository or The Ripped Bodice.


Title: The Unhoneymooners

Author: Christina Lauren

Publisher: Gallery Books

Length: 432 Pages

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Rating: Recommended

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Representation: Biracial white and Mexican heroine, plus-sized heroine

Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Fake Dating


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