This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Gallery Books
Released on May 14, 2019
This author duo rarely, if ever, disappoints me, so of course, I snatched this one up on Net Galley as soon as it showed up. And I wasn’t disappointed not even the littlest bit. Enemies to lovers? If you like those kinds of books, you won’t be disappointed either. When her twin sister, Ami’s, wedding ends up a fiasco, Olive is on the receiving end of a free trip to Maui. Problem? Her nemesis, in the form of the brother of the groom, Ethen, gets the other half of the trip. The other half of the hotel room as well. And the kicker is, they have to pretend to be married. What could possibly go wrong?
Olive has been out of work for a couple of months and has put off her almost desperate search for a job to do all the myriad of things that a maid of honor must do for a sister that is pretty much a bridezilla. Her family is huge, Mexican-American, and very loving. Well, except for her parents that haven’t spoken in years, but are still married. Ethan is handsome and almost stoic in his quest to ignore/use sarcasm against Olive. Olive is just as snarky right back at him. For her part, Olive just thinks that he’s disgusted with her curvy figure and the fact she sometimes indulges in snack food. Never mind that she’s not fat or disgusting. That’s her theory and she’s sticking to it. As readers, we don’t find out if she’s right until much later. When no one can go on the wedding trip, she is forced by her sister to take it so all is not lost since it’s non-refundable. When Ethan goes as well, things do get interesting. And at times so outright funny that I was laughing out loud.
I really enjoyed the characters, not only the two main ones, but also several of the others as well. Olive’s family has members that are memorable, her cousin Diego in particular, he’s gay and more a best friend than anything to her. Ami and her new husband Dane, have big parts to play in addition to other various family members and even some people met in Hawaii. The authors take peripheral characters and flesh them out amazingly well. There is of course a villain in this story and I am going to leave it at that!
This could have been just a rom-com, but I felt it was a bit deeper than that. There are problems with some characters and some heartache and that just made the story more. Even the interactions of all of Olive’s wonderful family members added a lot to the story. I could see some of them getting their own story at some point. Here’s hoping anyway.
These writers are quite the rom-com/contemporary author genius’s for sure. I see their names on a book and I want to read it. I’m still working my way through their body of work, but I will get through them all someday. And that’s because they are such good writers. They may be a duo, but their work is seamless. No way to tell who wrote what scene and that’s important. I think anyway.
Bottom line? If you haven’t started reading books by these authors, I think you are missing out. Was this my favorite of all their stories? Not necessarily, but it left me with a smile and I enjoyed the whole thing. And that’s all one can hope for in a romantic comedy, isn’t it? Highly recommended to adult romance readers-especially those that enjoy a fun read.