I can appreciate my body in a bikini and still want to set fire to the patriarchy.
Christina Lauren, The Unhoneymooners
I saved this romantic comedy book to read while on vacation, and man, did it deliver for a vacation read.
The Quintessential Romantic Comedy
Olive Torres wouldn’t have any luck if she didn’t have bad luck. She’s lost her job and in danger of losing her apartment when she’s forced to participate in her sister’s wedding, a wedding devised of all the things her sister won through her own supernatural powers of luck, including the hideous bridesmaid dresses.
Ethan Thomas is the groom’s brother. He and Olive despise one another.
Yes, this sets up the story for a delicious enemies to lovers romance.
But this is what I loved about The Unhoneymooners –
It didn’t play by the rules.
Not Your Average Romance
Olive was not skinny and gorgeous. She was smart, voluptuous, and clumsy. Ethan was not the hunky, unbeatable hero. He was afraid of flying and got motion sickness.
This was a romantic comedy that could happen to anyone, and because of that, it was all the more delicious.
Besides the characters, the story never looked a cliche right in the eye and bitchslapped it quite the way Lauren does in this story. As this is my first by Christina Lauren, I’m eager to read more and see if this is a normal occurrence in a Christina Lauren romantic comedy.
So here it is – every time I expected the story to go a certain way, it simply refused, careening off into an unknown direction that left me baffled with giddiness.
A very good example is how the story ends, but as I don’t do spoilers here, I can’t tell you! You need to go read the book! Needless to say, it’s worth every sumptuous word.
If you’re late to the party like I am, Christina Lauren is the nom de plume for writers Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. I invite you to check out their bios, because oh my dog, that explains why their writing is amazing.
They do have a book being adapted for film, but no news on The Unhoneymooners as of this posting on coming to the screen near you. But I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it does!
Have you read The Unhoneymooners?
Tell us what you thought of it in the comments below, but please – no spoilers!