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. 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.
I was able to find another romance book I wanted to try! So many people recommended this one and so many people seemed to love it. It has the next level of the fake dating trope, fake marriage. The same awesomeness, just amplified a little. Plus, here’s some hate-to-love thrown in there! It sounded like a really sweet book and I wanted to give it a shot.
This book was so fluffy. The cover completely the captures the brightness of this story. It practically gleams off the page. The characters are adorable, the settings are fantastic, and the book managed to throw in some emotional depth too!
I was expecting this book to be steamier than it was, only because that’s what I’ve gotten from the other romance novels that I’ve read. So, the distinct lack was a little jarring for me. Nevertheless, I didn’t miss them really. The relationship stands on its own. It was adorable. It kept me reading and it was easy to fall in love with both Olive and Ethan with all their quirks.
There were a few things that felt off to me. Olive’s emotional development felt a bit all over the place. Some emotional development didn’t really stick the landing for me. The romantic aspect felt a little unsteady here and there. I feel like the book tried to throw too much into the story and there wasn’t enough room to flesh everything out. Though, I did love all the aspects. I think they all added something to the story and I enjoyed reading about all of them. I just think it got a little crowded and aspects didn’t have room to breath. I would have liked to see more . Delve really deep into Olive’s pessimism, how it effects her life, and how she comes to realize it. But there’s so much drama happening all the time. Little fights pop up between her and Ethan that I didn’t feel were necessary and sort of skewed where they said they were in their relationship.
Though, despite my problems with Olive’s character, I did really, really like her. She felt so down to earth. She’s real. She feels like a real person and the book is not afraid to showcase her flaws. I found it really awesome to see.
This was actually my first Christina Lauren book! And I only recently found out they’re two people haha. Their writing is so light and fluffy and bright. I enjoy their style a whole lot and I can see why they are so popular. I definitely want to check out their other books!
Overall, this book was really good and really solid. I enjoyed it. I’d even be interested in reading a spinoff about some of the side characters!
Thank you for reading!