I feel like I’ve had a fairly rough go of it recently. Lots of books that were promising, that I wanted to like, but flopped for one reason or another. Plus, if you’ve read my review of The Proposal then you can guess I was a little hesitant to read The Unhoneymooners. But I’m so glad I gave it a chance!
I was taking the train up to LA to visit one of my best friends and wanted something fun to read. I’m not normally much of a modern romance reader but I’d heard good things on Goodreads and figured it couldn’t hurt. And if worst came to worst, I’d watch Great British Baking Show on my iPad.
I didn’t need GBBO. In fact, I finished the entire book on the trip up and was sad to be leaving the Unhoneymooners behind. Not because it was particularly stimulating, but because it was so enjoyable.
Olive has a track record for being unlucky. And it wouldn’t probably be too noticeable except that her twin Ami is the queen of luck. At least, Olive thinks so. And Olive is feeling very unlucky that she has to spend time with Ethan; Ami’s fiance’s brother. But Olive loves Ami and puts up with it for the wedding.
A wedding with a seafood reception dinner. Which leaves everyone except Olive and Ethan vomiting violently. Of course, Ami insists the two of them go on the no refund trip to Hawaii and all she has to do is pretend to be her sister, pretend to be married to Ethan, and not kill him.
But it’s a free trip to Hawaii, she can do it. Right? And thus, they become the Unhoneymooners.
The only problem is, Olive can’t lie AT ALL and the like third person they run into at the resort is her brand new boss. And she discovers Ethan might not be the monster she always thought.
Honestly, things were a bit cliche there in the beginning. And it was really annoying that Olive blamed everything on bad luck. BUT the sweet and genuine characters made up for it. And so did the plot, particularly when the pair got home.
All in all, it was perfect for a fun train read. Cute, heartwarming, and a mostly happy ending. So if you want to hang on to summer just a little longer, pick the Unhoneymooners up!
This one helped redeem modern romance fiction for me, so I’ll probably pick another one up soon. Especially because I can’t stop requesting and reading books through Libby. If y’all don’t know what that is, it’s like Kindle Unlimited and Audible combined, but FOR FREE. All you have to do is use your library card to access tons (no really, tons) of titles for free! It does mean you have to return them after a few weeks, but considering how much dough you’re saving it’s totally worth it.
What should I read next?
Here’s what I listened to while driving LA/walking around the Getty Museum gardens:
- Pleaser – Wallows
- Who’s Got Your Love – Cheat Codes
- San Francisco – Galantis
- My Body – Young the Giant
- 2099 – Charli XCX and Troye Sivan
- Cruel – Snakehips
- Trampoline – Shaed
- Lie – Shallou