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When Expectations Aren't Fully Met: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

I'll be honest, I was expecting a whole lot more from this novel. I've been getting into CLo's books lately and I've been enjoying them a lot! But this book fell a little short for me, sadly.

by Christina Lauren
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: May 14th 2019 by Gallery Books
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Rating: ★★★
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Olive's sister and Ethan's brother are celebrating their wedding when at one point everybody who ate from the free seafood buffet at the wedding start getting sick, except Olive and Ethan, who had special food made for them. Olive's sister insists she goes on the honeymoon to not waste it because it was non-refundable. Olive is very hesitant because she hates Ethan with a passion, but she's definitely up for some vacation time.

I can treat this trip like an actual vacation on a tropical island. Yes, it’s with my nemesis, but still, I’ll take it.

I actually enjoyed this book quite a lot. It's a little bit funny here and there (mostly, I was just smiling, not really laughing). I expected more on the enemies-to-lovers front. There wasn't a real hate behind all the bickering. Olive's reason for hating Ethan is so childish. It's like a "he hates me, so I'll hate him" type of thing. And Ethan doesn't even hate her, he just likes bickering with her, which was what added to the fun, thankfully. 

I want to say something sassy, but the only coherent thought that comes to mind is how insulting it is that eyelashes like his were wasted on Satan's Errand Boy, so I just give a perfunctory nod and turn down the hall.

One of the things I loved the most was the family/friendship dynamic. Olive's family, especially her mom and her friend Diego, were the highlight for me in the story. They are both so fun! I wish Diego gets his own book because I'd totally be into it. 

The story itself is delightful to read. There are just some inconsistencies, and it can get kinda boring at times and repetitive. This is definitely not my fave from the duo, but it's good, nonetheless. If you're looking for something to read super quick and escape to Maui for a while, then you might just like this book.

What's your favorite book from CLo?

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