For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime—maybe even love—in this romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling authors of Roomies.
Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister Ami is an eternal champion . . . she even managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a slew of contests. Unfortunately for Olive, the only thing worse than constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas.
Olive braces herself for wedding hell, determined to put on a brave face, but when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. Suddenly there’s a free honeymoon up for grabs, and Olive will be damned if Ethan gets to enjoy paradise solo.
Agreeing to a temporary truce, the pair head for Maui. After all, ten days of bliss is worth having to assume the role of loving newlyweds, right? But the weird thing is . . . Olive doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, the more she pretends to be the luckiest woman alive, the more it feels like she might be.
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Fly Girl’s Review:
I really hate buffets so this one caught my attention right away. But for anyone who feels they are unlucky, as if everything in the world is working against them, this is the book for you. I love the shenanigans that happen to Olive and Ethan. They are funny, witty, and plentiful.
The best part is when Olive has to come to terms and fesses up to her new boss of her lie and how heartbreaking it is because she got the guy, but still has things to work out. I’m glad that they continued the story after she got Ethan because it shows that love does not fix all things. It only gives you strength to face the rest of the dilemmas in life. They also demonstrate how not facing issues in life can hurt your loved ones and create remorseful situations for yourself–just like in real life (IRL). So Olive presses on and works through her lies to bring herself to the other side. Some of you may think…”Great she just spoiled it for me.” The fact that she comes out on the other side and there is an HEA isn’t the spoiler because the book is really about how she deals with the issues lying creates in their lives. That’s the real meat of the story. That is the part the writing team put their heart into. We all want to see an HEA–even expect it from them, so no spoilers here folks.
Finally, one of the things I love about this writing duo is that they give a ton of emotion but somehow balance it with comedy at just the right stage. The comedy keeps you from tears even though you feel them behind the eyes. This makes their stories heart warming to me–And of course they give me a HEA every time. I listened to this on Audible and the narrator was hilarious with the different voices. I recommend it either read or listened to. There is enough detail in the book that the voice in your head will do the talking for you. Keep on reading or listening my passengers and as always if you have something to add, disagree with, or agree with, feel free to leave a comment!!
4.5 of 5 Propellers
Connect with Christina Lauren
Yes, there are two of us! Lauren (on the left) and Christina (on the right).
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The #1 international bestselling coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 30 languages, have received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, won both the Seal of Excellence and Book of the Year from RT Magazine, named Amazon and Audible Romance of the Year, a Lambda Literary Award finalist and been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. They have been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Washington Post, Time, Entertainment Weekly, People, O Magazine and more. Their third YA novel, Autoboyography was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, followed by Roomies, Love and Other Words, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, and the Publisher’s Weekly starred My Favorite Half-Night Stand, out in December.
Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.
Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. These days you can find her at her desk, writing or watching BTS videos. She grew up in Utah and is absolutely not old enough to be the mom of a 17 year old (right??), thinks she’s the luckiest person in the world to write books with her best friend, and is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter.