Release date: May 15, 2019
Genre: Romantic Comedy
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.
When I get my hands on a copy of a new CL book I immediately drop everything else and start it, no matter what! It’s rare for me to do this, so that should tell you something about how much I love their books. I’ve been working my way through their backlist and though I haven’t read them all (yet) I don’t think I’ve ever rated their books lower than a 4 either and this one gets all the love from me, it’s absolute perfection.
The enemies to lovers trope is one of my favorites, there’s something about the angry, angsty chemistry and buildup to the romance that always works well for me and this was a total love/hate tale. Olive was extremely likable right from the beginning and although I wasn’t sure what to make of Ethan initially I quickly found myself a new book boyfriend. He wasn’t quite Josh for me but he was damn close! There was plenty of witty banter between the two and several mishaps that had me cracking up, paradise isn’t perfect for these two but they’ll both be damned if they don’t have the best possible trip, it is free after all!
As you’re planning your summer vacation go ahead and plan on bringing this book along with, it’s an ideal beach read and if you’re not sipping a cocktail poolside while reading it, you’ll be wishing you were!
The Unhoneymooners in three words: Hilarious, Delightful and Saucy
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.