I read a blogpost article a few weeks ago stating how there is a Christina Lauren book for every mood you might have. Let me just say how spot-on that analysis is, and as a fan of Christina Lauren books, I can easily create my own what’s-your-mood-today reading list based on their many novels I have already consumed. I can’t help it. Their novels are addicting.
In the mood for infuriating yet incredibly sexy and charming characters? I’d stay start with Beautiful Bastard and free fall into the world of what is a beautiful, Beautiful series. Love swoony men of different descents? Try the Wild Seasons series. Something heartwarming and funny? You would never go wrong with Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. Maybe you’re up for a forbidden romance with a bit of a competitive workplace dynamic? There is Hating You/Dating You. Really, so many good stories to choose from.
Well, The Unhoneymooners I would recommend for when you are in the mood for an enemies to lovers storyline. A good mix of charm, romance, wit, humor, and heartbreak more than enough to keep you entertained from start to finish. If you have read some of my previous posts, I am a sucker for romance novels. But it’s usually not just the idea of love and romance I enjoy in these novels. To be honest, I crave the character development. How characters change over time (for better or for worse) make the stories, I guess, more believable, more true to life.
Yes, the initial plot which takes us to the title — The Unhoneymooners — is too much of a stretch to happen in real life, but the feelings, thoughts, and interactions between Ethan and Olive which we witness throughout the novel convey very possible emotions. At one point, I empathize with Olive’s dwindling self-confidence, as she continues to be compared with her perfect twin sister, Ami. But all that is balanced with the presence of their nosy yet ridiculously loving family –something to be envious of. Well, I believe nothing is insurmountable with a good support system, so I have to mention the family which helps our leads get through their struggles.
I also enjoyed seeing Olive transform — from one riddled with self-doubt and bad fortune to a fighter and a hard worker taking from the world what she deserves. You have to read through her introspection to really witness her empowerment and transformation.
As for Ethan (I am not really fond of him, sorry), apart from being hot and attractive, I would give him points for being sincere in his relationships and for looking out for his family. Though I cannot say I am happy about his actions when the plot’s chaotic, climactic issue came about — something I cannot reveal in detail as it will spoil the storyline. But yeah, though it might have taken a bad, fake honeymoon to figure it out, these two actually fit.
I give this book 3.5 stars. I considered giving it a 4, but I’m not quite taken with Ethan. Don’t get me wrong, I can easily rate other Christina Lauren novels a high 4.5 or a perfect 5 just by how enchanting the male leads are (ahem, Will Sumner and Niall Stella), but I have to take into account other important factors such as the story imagery, how the characters mesh together, plot pacing and progression, among others.
One thing is for sure though. If you are a fan of Christina Lauren, you’ll breeze through this one like most of the others. I guarantee it. So, enjoy the ride.
- Title: The Unhoneymooners
- Author: Christina Lauren
- Year published: 2019
- Publisher: Gallery Books
- Total number of pages: 416
- ISBN-13: 978-1-501-12803-5