I find myself smiling … and realize that staying firmly on Team I Hate Ethan Thomas is going to be more work than it may be worth.
Published: Expected May 14, 2019
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 432 (Paperback)
Series: N/A – Standalone
The problem with lying about relationships is that humans are fickle, fickle creatures.
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.
Hey friends! I’m so excited to be sharing this new review with you all because not only is it for one of the most buzzed about books of the Summer, but because this is my first Christina Lauren book!
I need to give a big thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the authors for giving me the opportunity to read and review this early. I knew the moment I saw this on NetGalley I had to request it because A) all of my favorite bloggers were talking about this one and B) the cover for this was too pretty not to be good!
I’m a sucker for a good enemies-to-lovers story, as I think most of my friends and followers are as well, so I like all the tropes that are present in this novel. It also kind of has that forced proximity feel as well, considering they’re on a vacation together, alone. There was so many moments for hilarity, sexiness, and tropical adventures and this book delivered all the things I was hoping for except one; sexiness. Let’s discuss, shall we?
First and foremost, I loved almost every single aspect of this book. It had me laughing out loud at some points and simultaneously crying at others. I thought the pacing was nice, which I was honestly a little worried about considering the bulk of this story takes place on an island during a vacation. The writing was witty, meaningful when it needed to be, and I felt completely sucked into the story and it felt very real to me, which is important when reading contemporary books like this one.
Also, I have a supreme love of asshole heroes who turn decent and that is exactly what Ethan Thomas is. He was so snarky and funny and handsome and I can’t even express how much I adored him throughout this book. Olive I liked, (I thought she was kind of ‘stupid’ and annoying at times, although funny) but Ethan I loved. I also really appreciated the relationship that Olive shared with her sister. Being an older sister myself, I could really relate to their relationship and their bond; my sister and I are not twins, but I feel that connectedness with her the same way Olive felt with Ami. It was probably my favorite aspect of the story, especially because of the non-romance plot that is happening and the way it tests their sisterhood and relationship.
What I disliked about this was the actual romance scenes. They started out so so good, and in the end it was all fade to black. Literally. I like my romance books to have really steamy, sexy portions and I can’t even hide my disappointment with the lack of this. I think that had this book been a touch more on the ~romantic~ side, it could have been favorite material.
Overall this book was a hilarious romp through a tropical island between two unlikely lovers and I really really enjoyed it. I can see why the book community is raving about this and if you’re interested in a more PG-13 romcom then I think you’ll really enjoy this one!
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