The Unhoneymooners Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime - even love - in this witty and swoon-worthy romance from the New York Times best-selling duo who “hilariously depict modern dating” (Us Weekly) and authors of Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating and Roomies.
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.
With Christina Lauren’s “uniquely hilarious and touching voice” (Entertainment Weekly), The Unhoneymooners is a fun and charming romance that is perfect for anyone who has ever felt unlucky in love.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 7 minutes|
|Narrator||Cynthia Farrell, Deacon Lee|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 14, 2019|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #792 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#11 in Humorous Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#19 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
#36 in Humorous Fiction (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2020
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Cute. Appealing. Flirty. Sweet. Adorable. A lighthearted romance with all the feels. Their arguing makes this couple real. Ethan is lovable. The supportive extended family is like a hug.
I love this author. Such a way with dialogue and encapsulating the story.
Written in present tense. I hate present tense. It makes me feel as though I have to hop along the driveway with them. But moving on, it only distracted me a few times so I consider it superbly crafted that I was able to get lost in the movie rather than the sentence structure.
“I don’t know how it happens, but one minute I’m struggling to swim faster and the next Ethan’s hand is around mine, helping me move toward a small cluster of gray-dotted o’ili. It’s so quiet down here; I’ve honestly never felt this sort of weightless, silent calm, and certainly never in his presence. Soon, Ethan and I are swimming completely in sync, our feet kicking lazily behind us. He points to things he sees; I do the same. There are no words, no verbal jabs. There is no desire to smack him or poke his eyes out—there is only the confusing truth that holding his hand down here isn’t just tolerable, it’s nice.”
I received a copy of this from NetGalley. I also purchased a copy to share.
When it come to characters, an element I love is close families. Olive’s family may annoy her at times, but at the end of the day, they are the family that supports and loves each other. Something I appreciated about Olive, was that she is still growing. She’s hilarious, and I totally related to her. I always joke that I have the worst luck. Also, I have an affection for bad liars, it really makes for some great comedy! Ethan, Ethan, Ethan. I really wish I had gotten more from him, but I think that is mostly due to it all being in Olive’s perspective. He does give some amazing apologies, so that is a definite plus in the pros column.
Plotwise, this is a damn rollercoaster, and I loved it! You’d think with so many things happening, it would be overwhelming, but the authors did a beautiful job of weaving all of the elements together. I was engrossed in this story and stayed up until 4am to finish it. Yeah, not smart, but it just couldn’t be avoided. I just needed to know what happened! So, I read this book in one sitting, and would definitely recommend it to my fellow romance readers!
Special thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for the free eARC in exchange for an honest review!
I just tried to find something I like about this book and all I could come up with was the cover is fun.
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I do love the enemies to lovers stories, they make me laugh so much.
Do not get me wrong the story is well written, however at some point gives me some feelings of "The Hating Game" and that pissed me off so much.
This is the story of Olive and Ethan, whose goes on the honeymoon trip that their siblings suppose to take and due to a food poisoning at the wedding they could not go. So they go to Maui one of the islands in Hawaii. So since Olive is the twin sister of the bride she just took her identity and goes to the holidays.
Well these are the things that I did not like from this story is that Olive is just Lucy from the Hating Game and Ethan is just Joshua.
And why they are always perfect, he is a total nerd and perfect body as well her why she has to be perfect all the time?
I wish I can find a romance book where the main characters are not body perfect. I know that there is something that attract people but really? She looks amazing all the time and he has the perfect abs etc.
I know that this is controversial but I never met a nerd that actually is fit.
Other thing that pissed me off if that THERE IS A SCENE THAT IS THE SAME AS THE HATING GAME, REALLY? You are in a beautiful island and you go to a paintball battle? De verdad?
Summarizing is a easy read? It is. I had fun. I do love the latino family
Synopsis: Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, 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.
🌕 This book achieved one thing; it made me want a holiday to Hawaii. The way the author was able to describe the resort made me wonder if she had this idea while there herself, or just lived vicariously through photos she saw on holiday websites and Pinterest.
🌕 I love a yellow cover, and not just because it reminds me of summer. Yellow covers make me happy, they look great on my bookshelf and finger prints don't show up on them. What's not to love?
🌕 I would have liked the narrative told from both Ethan & Olive's perspectives respectively, especially since earlier on he was accused of fat shaming. I didn't feel like the explanations given by Ethan really explained why Olive felt fatshamed, so he always stayed a little bit of a villain in my head.
🌑 The ending was very predictable, but, I didn't hate that. In fact, it gave me closure.
🌜4* read. I can’t really fault the book, but, it isn’t quite 5*. I enjoyed it sure, but did it blow me away and leave me thinking about it hours later, no.
I didn't hate the book, it was actually quite enjoyable (and the audio was really good!). There were all the tropes that usually make a great romance novel - haters to lovers, forced proximity, fake relationship/marriage. But there was also another aspect which I wasn't a fan of - the insight into Amy's marriage and how much the last part of the book was focused on that. I would have probably enjoyed it more if it were just about Olive and Ethan's relationship and how it developed on their pretend honeymoon and after. Obviously, there's also the aspect of Olive losing her job because she lied to her boss, whom she met in the resort in Hawaii. I liked that she did not immediately get her job back when her boss showed up in the restaurant she worked at.
And, in the end, I kind of didn't want Olive and Ethan to get together. What really upset me was how he never believed her when she was concerned about his brother. In the end, Amy got divorced and exposed him, but Olive's relationship with Ethan meant that constant proximity to the person who hurt them the most - I didn't quite like that, but I guess the authors tried to explore the complexity of adultery in marriage and its effects on the people around them. Did it work? Not for me - what we got was a story of a cheater who got exposed. I also would have appreciated a heads up about this aspect of the plot - I assumed this would be very cheerful and breezy, but when Olive and Ethan got back, things got really heavy really fast, which was the reason I ended up giving the book a lower rating.
Here are some other things I enjoyed: Olive and Amy's support network and their family always being there for them; their friendship; the endless banter between Olive and Ethan, but also how their relationship progressed.
More things I didn't like: that we didn't get parts told from Ethan's POV (aside from epilogue). It would have been so much better to read his side of the story too and his thoughts on Olive, but in the book we were only privy to her thoughts and opinions. I'd prefer a dual POV story.