The Epilogue Saved this Book! The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren [Audiobook Review]

Posted June 7, 2019 by Zeee in Reviews7 Comments

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The Epilogue Saved this Book! The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren [Audiobook Review]The Unhoneymooners written by Christina Lauren
Narrated by Cynthia Farrell, Deacon Lee
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
Source: Los Angeles Public Library
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hours, 7 minutes
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
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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.


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My Thoughts

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.

 

Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Rereadability
One Star
Cover
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Narration
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall: 3.5

 

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Do you love reading romances that aren’t steamy? What are your favorites?

 


About Christina Lauren

Author Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings.

The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 31+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)


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7 responses to “The Epilogue Saved this Book! The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren [Audiobook Review]

  1. I read it (finally, I finished something!) but I did not really like it. I felt like it was all over the place. I do not remember the epilogue either. Hahaha and the sexy times were just… not there? I know I told you I dont want to read a lot of sexy times, but come on. This one was just meh. huehuehue.. I need another one.

    • Yup. This wasn’t their best. I was annoyed by the hero but I think the epilogue saved it from being a 2-star read.

  2. Sharlene Wegner

    I read this recently. I put it down a few times & picked it back up. I ended up giving it 4 stars, but never wrote a review. To be honest, I don’t remember the epilogue. Hmmmm. I usually do better with remembering details when I read cover to cover, with no other books or too much time in between. I really couldn’t believe the behavior of the groom. I also didn’t love either sister from the start, so I think that’s why it took me awhile to get into it. And I agree, not much in the way of sexy times. I so loved some of their other books, Dating You/Hating You, Roomies, and Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. Those are all candidates for multiple rereads. My Favorite Half-Night Stand was a good one, too.

    • I LOVED Roomies and Josh & Hazel but I had a hard time getting into Dating You/Hating You. I think the new CL books are a hit or miss for me. But I also haven’t read a lot of their newer books.

  3. I totally agree! This book was a disappointment in many ways. I expected it to be a lot steamier! But what really ruined it for me was Ethan’s behavior about Dane. I did not like how he handled it, I did not like his grand gesture, and I did not like how easily Olive forgave him because she was a “better, more forgiving person”. At that point I didn’t even enjoy the epilogue that much. I was just happy to see Ami in a better relationship! 
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  4. See, I’m like you. I want the sexy times. And from the Christina Lauren duo, I expect that after the Beautiful series. So that’s why I’m on the fence about this one. Not sure if I’ll enjoy it, even if everyone else says they loved it. I’ve got it on hold from the library for the digital audiobook when it comes available. I like when they do both perspectives, so didn’t realize this one wasn’t that way like a lot of their books are. Thanks for the review, it will save me from feeling so bad if I don’t enjoy it as much as everyone else.
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