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In a Holidaze

RATING: ★★★★★
TITLE: In a Holidaze
AUTHOR: Christina Lauren
RELEASE DATE: October 6, 2020
PUBLISHER: Gallery Books
GENRE(S): Contemporary Romance, Holiday, Fantasy, Time Loop, Friends to Lovers, RomCom

Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for my DRC of this book in exchange for my honest review.


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.

It truly is Christmas in July! This book was such a wonderfully fun experience.

After 26 years spending Christmas at the same cabin in Utah with hers and two other families, their lives all intertwined together, Maelyn Jones is driving away from one of the most awkward, terrible situations ever. Not only could this be the last Christmas they all spend together, but she is really dealing with some ‘who am I and what it is I want from life’ type feelings. All of a sudden, their car crashes and she wakes up back on the plane on December 20th, on her way to the cabin in Utah…

Watching Mae comes to terms with what the heck is happening in her time loop Christmas was so entertaining. Luckily, she has one real ally, her older uncle figure, Benny. He was truly a gem in this book and I adored him so much. He helps Mae maneuver through this strange occurrence to the best of his ability.

But, the thing that I loved most in this book was the romance. While everyone has always assumed Mae and Theo would wind up together, Mae has only ever had eyes for Theo’s older brother, Andrew. Unrequited love is a killer, but not when you have lived the same couple of days over and over again and you throw caution to the wind. Mae decides to take her life into her own hands and go for what she has always wanted. But, will that have it’s own repercussions?

The ONLY thing that I didn’t appreciate about this book was the fact that it is advertised as a girl who much choose between two brothers and that totally colored my idea of where this book was going to go and who I was silently rooting for.


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