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Book Review: The Unhoneymooners By Christina Lauren

Last Updated on August 20, 2023 by Louisa

When you’re in the mood for something lighthearted and fun, then a romantic comedy is always a good choice.

I first came to read The Unhoneymooners after it was raved about online, and who doesn’t love a fake relationship romance?

It was listed as the Best Romance on Amazon in 2019, as well as nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award in the same year.

On paper, it sounded great. But what was the reality? Here’s my honest book review for The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren….

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The Unhoneymooners By Christina Lauren Review

The Unhoneymooners is a romantic comedy novel written by Christina Lauren.

The story follows Olive Torres, who is forced to go on her sister’s honeymoon with her nemesis, Ethan Thomas, after everyone else at the wedding falls ill due to food poisoning.

Not wanting to let a trip to Maui go to waste, or be enjoyed by her nemesis, Olive tags along. Only they must pretend to be the honeymoon couple in order to receive all the perks…

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An enjoyable read that’s well written, lighthearted and fun. It would be the ideal book to read on a beach or if you’re looking for something to inspire wanderlust in you.


What I liked…

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren is a marvelously written romantic comedy that features an enemies-turned-lovers plot.

The humor in the book is on point that had me laughing out loud at times. What I loved about this book is how well the premise of enemies-turned-lovers was executed.

The chemistry between Olive and Ethan was undeniable and had me entertained throughout the book.

The story is a quick and enjoyable read, and I found it difficult to put down.

The Unhoneymooners is a feel-good book that can be enjoyed by anyone wanting a light read with a dash of romance.

It’s a well-written and humorous book that will leave you with a smile on your face.

What Could Have Been Better:

Despite the book’s strong points, The Unhoneymooners’s plotline could be sometimes predictable.

I found some conflicts between Olive and Ethan to be forced or unnecessary, making the characters feel slightly underdeveloped.

It’s also not steamy at all, so if you want a romance book that has some heat, then this isn’t for you. It’s more about the budding relationship and the building of trust than it is about steam.

What It’s Similar To:

The book that immediately springs to mind is The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, which is another enemies to lovers, fake relationship romance about two nemesis’s being forced together in a forced proximity setting.

Read more: Books Like The Unhoneymooners

The Unhoneymooners Trigger Warnings

There are no trigger warnings in The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren.

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Where to find it?

You can find The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren in most major bookstores. Or you can purchase a copy from any of these links.

The Verdict: Would I Recommend It?

I would recommend The Unhoneymooners to anyone looking for a light, enjoyable read with a heartwarming romance.

It’s not the most unique story out there, and at times it does feel a little predictable, but I felt the execution was flawless and it will leave you with a smile on your face.

Have Your Say…

Now you know what I think, it’s time to let the society know what you think. Have you read The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren?

Share your opinion in the comments.

The Details:

  • Pub Date: May 14 2019
  • ISBN: 1501128035
  • Page Count: 416
  • Publisher: Gallery Books

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About Louisa Smith

Editor/Founder - Epic Book Society

Louisa is the Founder, Editor, and Head Honcho of Epic Book Society. She was born and raised in the United Kingdom and graduated from the University for the Creative Arts with a degree in Journalism. Louisa began her writing career at the age of 7 when her poetry was published in an anthology of poems to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. Upon graduating university, she spent several years working as a journalist writing about books before transitioning to become a Primary School Teacher. Louisa loves all genres of books, but her favorites are Sci-Fi, Romance, Fantasy, and Young Adult Fiction. Read more Louisa's story here.

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