This post was updated on December 3, 2022
Thanks to TikTok, The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren is having a moment. There is something to be said about a beachy book with the tropes of enemies to lovers. In terms of steaminess, this book is fairly tamed with a chaste love scene.
Back to the recommendations, I got you covered if you finished reading The Unhoneymooners and wish to read a few look-a-like books. Here are three books whose trope is enemies to lovers while being set in a tropical location.
Shipped by Angie Hockman
Location: Cruiseship in the Galapagos Island
Character Note: The MCs work in a corporate office for Cruiseship.
Trope: Enemies to Lovers
The Unhoneymooners meets The Hating Game in this witty, clever, and swoonworthy novel following a workaholic marketing manager who is forced to go on a cruise with her arch-nemesis when they’re up for the same promotion.
Between taking night classes for her MBA and her demanding day job at a cruise line, marketing manager Henley Evans barely has time for herself, let alone family, friends, or dating. But when she’s short-listed for the promotion of her dreams, all her sacrifices finally seem worth it.
The only problem? Graeme Crawford-Collins, the remote social media manager and the bane of her existence, is also up for the position. Although they’ve never met in person, their epic email battles are the stuff of office legend.
Their boss tasks each of them with drafting a proposal on how to boost bookings in the Galápagos – best proposal wins the promotion. There’s just one catch: They have to go on a company cruise to the Galápagos Islands…together. But when the two meet on the ship, Henley is shocked to discover that the real Graeme is nothing like she imagined. As they explore the Islands together, she soon finds the line between loathing and liking thinner than a postcard.
With her career dreams in her sights and a growing attraction to the competition, Henley begins questioning her life choices. Because what’s the point of working all the time if you never actually live?
Perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Sally Thorne, Shipped is a fresh and engaging rom-com that celebrates the power of second chances and the magic of new beginnings.
Tune in to my podcast interview with Angie Hockman. In this interview, we chat about her book research, her inspiration and she shares some go-to recommendations, including The Layover by Lacie Waldon.
The Layover by Lacie Waldon
Location: Layover in Belize
Character Note: The MC’s work as Flight Attendants
Trope: Enemies to Lovers, there is a loose love triangle. The Heroine is engaged for the first half of the book.
The Unhoneymooners meets The Hating Game in this breezy debut romantic comedy about life – and love – 30,000 feet above the ground.
After 10 years as a flight attendant, Ava Greene is poised to hang up her wings and finally put down roots. She’s got one trip left before she bids her old life farewell, and she plans to enjoy every second of it. But then, she discovers that former pilot Jack Stone – the absurdly gorgeous, ridiculously cocky man she’s held a secret grudge against for year – is on her flight. And he has the nerve to flirt with her, as if he doesn’t remember the role he played in the most humiliating night of her life. Good thing she never has to see him again after they land….
But when their plane encounters mechanical problems, what should have been a quick stop at the Belize airport suddenly becomes a weekend layover. Getting stuck on a three-hour flight with her nemesis was bad enough. Being stranded with him at a luxury resort in paradise? Even with the sultry breeze and white sand to distract her, it will take all the rum punch in the country to drown out his larger-than-life presence.
Yet the more time Ava spends with him under the hot Caribbean sun, the more she begins to second-guess everything she thought she knew about him…and everything she thought she wanted from her life. And all too soon, she might have to choose between keeping her feet on the ground and her head in the clouds….
If you want to know what Lacie Waldon reads and recommends, tune into our podcast interview.
This book is available on Kindle Unlimited.
What could be more fun than spending a week in Hawaii right before the holidays?
I’ll tell you. Inviting the grumpiest stranger I’ve ever met to join me.
She is Tenley Shay, the voice behind TJ ON PAR, a podcast for Practical Adult Relationships, who spends her days touting her disapproval of love and the practicality of remaining a single bell for life.
When I, as my Love Guru persona, publish an article about spending a week at a couple’s retreat at my favorite Hawaiian resort, she’s quick to pass on her cynicism. So, I’m calling her bluff and inviting her on an all-expense paid trip to the Kamana Wanalaya Resort for a little R&R before the holidays.
I’ll donate to her podcast if I can’t get her to fall in love.
But once we finally meet and are coupled for the week, I find myself attracted to her feisty antics and twisted sense of humor. Now I think I might be in way over my head.
Can I ask the world’s biggest relationship cynic to risk everything, forget about her thoughts on love and take a real chance with me?
Now I want to know what are some of your go-to book recommendations when it comes to beachy enemies to lovers romance.