Title: The Unhoneymooners
Written by Christina Lauren
Read by Cynthia Farrell, Deacon Lee
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hours, 7 minutes
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
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For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime—even love—in this witty and swoonworthy romance from the New York Times bestselling duo who “hilariously depict modern dating” (Us Weekly) and authors of Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating and Roomies.
Olive 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.
I’ve seen The Unhoneymooners on Bookstagram a lot and I finally got the chance to listen to the audiobook! Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed until I listened to the epilogue!
Unfortunately, the epilogue can’t save the book for me. Yes, I have mixed feelings with this book! The Unhoneymooners is an enemies-to-lovers romance. And while that is one of my favorite tropes and I liked Olive and Ethan’s banter and arguments, and yes, I liked the first part of the book.
I was very disappointed by the hero, Ethan. I felt that he was spineless and I couldn’t believe that he didn’t see what his brother was doing! Okay, so I don’t have siblings so I don’t really get the “protecting your sibling” thing – but still! His brother was doing something nasty so I don’t understand why he couldn’t say anything to his brother since he was older. 🤷🏽
The Unhoneymooners felt more like women’s fiction for me complete with almost non-existent sexy times. While that wasn’t the reason that I was disappointed by this book, I was expecting more from the awesome duo!
Sure, I loved the epilogue and I love that it was in Ethan’s POV, but I wish that this book had an alternate POV because I really wanted to delve into Ethan’s mind while he was with Olive in Maui.
Finally, I really did like how Ethan and Olive finally realized that they liked each other. I felt that it was very well done and I liked that it wasn’t too fast, considering that they were stuck together for 10 days.
Let’s talk about the audiobook. The Unhoneymooners is in Olive’s POV (except for the epilogue, which is Ethan’s POV) and is read by Cynthia Farrel. I liked her narration. Her tone and pitch were really great and the pacing was good as well. I also liked the accents that she used when she said a few Spanish words. I also liked the voice she used for Ethan, although the voice she used wasn’t as distinct.
Deacon Lee narrates Ethan’s part in the epilogue and his voice was perfect for what I thought Ethan’s voice would be. The pacing was also good and I didn’t have any problems following the whole book.
If you are a fan of fade-to-black and romance development with awesome banter, then you should read The Unhoneymooners.
Do you love reading romances that aren’t steamy? What are your favorites?