The Unhoneymooners is the story of Olive, probably the unluckiest girl in the world. While her twin sister Amy wins prizes and giveaways and is planning her wedding basically for free, Olive has never had any luck in her career, love life or anything. To add to that, she is okay with her soon-to-be brother-in-law, but absolutely cannot stand his brother Ethan. When the buffet in the wedding Amy won for free gives everyone but Olive and Ethan really, really sick, Amy begs her to do this one thing for her: please take her free vacation in Maui, or the whole thing goes to waste. There is only one problem: Ethan is going, too, in place of his brother, and will pretend to be married to Olive. Could this be Olive’s change in luck or is it just another series of unfortunate events waiting to happen?
Well, I thought this was going to be an over-hyped romance book if I ever saw one. The premise is so cheesy. I am particularly not attracted to the cover. But damn, this was so GOOD.
I listened to it in audio, and I do recommend it! The narrator was quite fun to listen to, although I thought Ethan sounded a bit too slow. Easily solvable if you speed it up (I listened at 1.0x).
I loved Olive and Ethan’s chemistry, she is so funny and sweet, and he’s not only the usual charming and handsome – he’s sensitive, honest, emotionally balanced and open for difficult conversations. I could absolutely relate to Olive’s problems, her anxieties and overthinking. They were there for each other (most of the time, at least) and I could live in the parts of the book when they’re really in synch for the rest of my life, they’re SO CUTE. This put a smile on my face. I also loved how this book focuses on family! It was so lovely to see everyone get together to be there and help each other get back on their feet.
It’s a bit of a steamy book, but not much – it doesn’t get top descriptive and it just kind of fades to black. There’s lots of tension, though, which is always delicious in a romance book! Also, fake boyfriend/husband is one of the best tropes ever, so there’s that.
The last 25% of the book stressed the hell out of me and I had some mixed feelings about it, but I don’t think it detracted from my overall experience. Just make sure to listen to that when you’re calm, I suppose.
I think this might be one of those books I’ll actually re-listen to!