In a Holidaze
Author: Christina Lauren
What I’m Talking About
After Christina Lauren’s last book, The Honey-Don’t List, missed the mark for me I was antsy about diving into their new release, In a Holidaze. But I was worried for nothing as I really enjoyed the story and the characters this time around.
In a Holidaze is focused on a group of family and friends who have known each other for decades. The adults are a group of friends from college who make up the parents and “uncles”. The grown-up “kids” are the children of the adults ranging from 18 to mid to late twenties. Then there’s kids, twins of under the age of 10.
Mae, the main character is the daughter of divorced parents (who still come to the “family” vacation cabin together). The group gets together for major holidays like Christmas and spend a week together. They have tons of traditions they stick to every year even if those traditions are not as fun, and are more like things they do just because they’ve always been done.
After the week is over Mae, her parents, and her younger brother are leaving the cabin to go back home when they are in a car wreck which resets time, for Mae. She figures the universe is granting her the wish she made before the wreck. She wished the universe would show her what happiness looks like.
Mae has had a crush on Andrew for years but only Benny her honorary uncle knows about her feelings. After a few resets, she decides to go for it and finally tell Andrew how she feels. They start a heated courtship only to hit the breaks when Mae finally comes clean about her Groundhog Day situation and the fact that she kissed his younger brother Theo on the first time around.
In a Holidaze is a fun, emotionally filled holiday read featuring fun characters and an interesting story focuses on letting go, being yourself, and finding happiness. The romance is heated but tame when it comes to the love scenes making this read more like Women’s Fiction than a true romance.
My Rating: B, Liked It
About the Book:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.
But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.
The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.
Release Date: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance; Women’s Fiction
Format(s): paperback (336 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Edelweiss
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Other books by this author:
Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren (Wild Seasons #1)
Sweet Filthy Morning After by Christina Lauren (Wild Seasons #1.5)
Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren (Wild Seasons #2)
Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren (Wild Seasons #3)
Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren (Wild Seasons #4)
Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren (Standalone) – Audiobook Review
Roomies by Christina Lauren (Standalone)
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren (Standalone)
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren (Standalone) – Audiobook Review
Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren (Standalone) – Audiobook Review