Book Review: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Publication Date: May 14, 2019 by Gallery Books

ISBN: 9781501128035

432 pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Thank you to Gallery Books and Netgalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.

imageedit_1_9869929391Olive 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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I cannot and will not stop reading romance for as long as I live. It has quickly become one of my favorite genres to read. It’s hard for me to pick up anything else. When I got accepted to read this on Netgalley I almost cried. I have been seeing so many rave reviews, and it had such good ratings. I downloaded it and read it immediately!

Olive and Ethan are obviously in a hate to love relationship. They bond over their free fake honeymoon that Olive’s sister, Ami, was supposed to take with her new husband, Dane *barf.* I’m so happy that this exists. It’s a book that I would read whether I was into romance novels or not. The synopsis is just perfect.

I honestly relate to Olive in the sense that we have the worst luck. It’s not enough to ruin your life, but it’s enough to make you go crazy. This book entered my life at the perfect time. It gave me a fictional character to connect with. I thought that the job she wanted was actually quite interesting, but not worth it when your boss is a total jerk. I felt bad for her toward the end of the book.

Ethan is almost my fictional true love, but Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings pushes him into second place. Pike from Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas is my third true love. Anyway, Ethan is just a trooper, but also very annoying sometimes. I don’t want to spoil, but he believes his dumb brother about something specific, and I wanted to SCREAM the entire time. He does help Olive along the way, and she helps him. He does hurt her a couple of times, but he makes up for it. I feel like his character could have gone two different ways, and I am happy with how they developed him.

The writing of this novel was pretty good. It was actually quite basic, but I thought it was really witty. I actually laughed out loud quite a few times. It takes a lot to get me to feel actual physical emotion while reading a novel. I tried hard not to show it while I was in the break room at work. The moral of the story is: DON’T LIE. It’s just not worth it. Thank you, and goodnight.

My only gripe is that is probably too long for what it is. There is some unnecessary drama that was supposed to keep the story going. It felt like they could have went about it a different way. I still really enjoyed it though, and it’s definitely a page turner.

I highly recommend it, and I will definitely buy it when it comes out. The cover is beautiful.


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Book Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid *Minor Spoilers*

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Published: June 7th, 2016 by Washington Square Press

ISBN: 9781476776903 (Paperback)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Emma Blair, a simple girl who’s parents own their own bookstore, marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse, in her twenties. They end up traveling the world together, but it all comes to a halt when she notices the kind of life her sister, Marie, lives. On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse takes a trip in a helicopter that ends up disappearing somewhere over the Pacific.

Emma quits her job and moves back home, taking over the bookstore. While she’s back, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, at a music store. Sparks ignite, and they end up getting engaged. Emma feels like everything is starting to fall into place. That is until she receives a call from Jesse, and now she’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. Now she has to figure out who she really loves.

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I have now read two books, and a novella by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This is probably my least favorite of the three, but it was still an entertaining book. I gave it four stars for goodness sake. I don’t read romance, and I think that is why I didn’t enjoy it as much. I will say that TJR’s writing has improved since this novel.

This book had me turning pages, and I finished over half the book in one sitting. It just roped me in from the beginning. The story is definitely intriguing. The issue for me was the characters. The only person I enjoyed was Sam. He was Emma’s friend from high school that she ended up being engaged to. I just felt that he had the most raw emotion out of all of them. He genuinely cared for Emma in high school, her twenties, and her thirties. He accepted her for her. I understand why he was upset about how Emma pretty much led both of them on after Jesse returned.

Emma made me so upset throughout the entire story, but I was satisfied with her choice in the end. I’m glad she wasn’t a total ditz.

Jesse is probably one of my most hated fictional human beings. He only wanted Emma for certain reasons. He didn’t love her for who she became in her thirties. He wanted to think that she would eventually go back to who she was. I just wanted to slap him every time he appeared in the story.

One little detail that made me happy was that her parents owned a book store. Obviously, I love books with my whole heart, and details like that make me giddy. Stepping into a book store is one of the best feelings in the world. It’s comforting, and relaxing. I loved that even after Emma’s parents let Emma run the store, they still wanted to come in a see customers that they have interacted with for years. If I ever ran a bookstore I would do the same thing. Connecting with another person is a wonderful feeling. I’m glad TJR could provide all of this in a three hundred page novel. It’s little, but it makes a worlds difference.

Some other tender side notes is that Emma’s nieces were deaf. I hardly read anything that involves that. Emma’s friend, Olive, is bisexual, and I think TJR handled it well.  The book didn’t focus on either of these details, but as a reader I didn’t feel left out. I thought that it was there without being a big deal, and I loved that.

I will, no doubt, end up reading all of TJR’s books. I will enjoy more than others, but that won’t stop her from being one of my favorite authors. She is a beautiful writer, and the characters are always so flawed. It helps readers relate to them better. I recommend this novel, because it is extremely fun to read. If you are interested, go ahead and give this a go!


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