Adult Holiday Romance Review: In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Posted December 23, 2020 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 8 Comments

Adult Holiday Romance Review:  In a Holidaze by Christina LaurenIn a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on October 20, 2020
Genres: Adult Holiday Romance
Pages: 336
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: five-stars
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Synopsis:

One Christmas wish, two brothers, and a lifetime of hope are on the line for hapless Maelyn Jones in In a Holidaze, the quintessential holiday romantic novel by Christina Lauren, the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners..

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.

Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.

My Review:

This was a book I wanted really bad and it showed up as a Book of the Month Club choice for December. I had asked for it from a couple of Secret Santa events I was participating in, but it was on a list among other books, so I didn’t know if I’d get it. I still don’t know because I haven’t received one of those gifts yet. So I gave in and used my monthly credit for it and decided to pick it up and read it instead of another book I’d planned to read because it fit the season and I have been in the mood for holiday books this year. And boy am I glad I decided to fit this one in because I loved it!

The whole Groundhog’s Day movie aspect of repeating the day over and over was perfect, especially with how quickly it restarted the first few times. And then, when everything started going perfectly and I kept waiting for something to happen, the way the story had the reminders for Mae were really spot on. This was such a sweet romance, with a teensy bit of steaminess, and definitely some real emotions, I had tears running down my face for at least one chapter or so.

I will say that I had a bit of confusion about some of the adults in the family once or twice trying to remember who was who, but it wasn’t enough that it caused any issues for the story. Just took me a minute to try to remember who was married to who, etc. This book is one of the reasons that I love Christina Lauren, and will continue to read all their books!

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8 responses to “Adult Holiday Romance Review: In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

  1. The groundhog day aspect was done well, but it was the family and the holiday traditions that won my heart. I adored this book and am glad you enjoyed it too

    • Lisa Mandina

      Agreed, the Groundhog Day aspect wasn’t the best part of it. I loved the characters and family! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      It’s worth a read! You could save it till next Christmas if you need to be in the mood. :-). Thanks for visiting!

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