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In a Holidaze

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This was Christmas in June! I am huge fan of these authors and so are many of my library patrons. I can’t wait until this book is in print and I can give it to my many excited readers!
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A Groundhog's Day holiday romance from the skilled romance mind of Christina Lauren that's set in a cozy mountain cabin? Call me intrigued immediately. As I started to read, the background on the characters is unclear and just dives right into the story now. It starts with Mae, who visits a Park City, Utah cabin with her family and longtime family friends. So, immediately a love triangle starts where Mae kisses Theo while she's had a longtime crush on his brother Andrew. After a super embarrassing night and morning (I was legit cringing for her, eesh) and then a massive surprise threatens to change everything. Soon after her mess of things and a horrific car accident, now Mae enters a Groundhog's Day-type of situation where she gets to relive the whole trip to the cabin and get it right. I don't know, I don't get the same vibe and interest as I did while reading "The Honey Don't List," meh there seems to be a lot happening and it's unclear if it is a dream or she's in a coma or something else. Everything seems so odd and out of context, but I can't help but be so curious as to see what happens. The 300+ pages don't feel so long because you get so entrenched in the story and just can't put it down.  

With every injury and wrong turn, Mae gets a fresh chance to relive it. Eventually, she learns that change isn't necessarily a bad thing and to stay true to herself as her reboots buck tradition and allow her to be her true self. In this new alternate timeline, her flirtmance with longtime crush Andrew is so cute, but like I just want to know more details about this time travel thing. Seriously, Andrew and Mae is having me believe in soulmates and fate and aww, it's just precious. Their relationship (and book) starts off slowly and then, whew, things ramp up hot, hot, hot.  (I mean, that closet scene, ahem.) Oh wow, I'm so darn hooked and I cannot stop reading, I just need to finish the story and get resolution about so many things.

I thought this book would end up predictably with the actual reality being the car crash inspiring her to change her life, but no, her final re-done chance was real because she was true to herself, and ahhh that HEA. I loved that super-duper cute happily ever after, awww it's everything. All in all, it was such a cute holiday romance read.
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Okay, seriously - this is now my new favorite book by Christina Lauren.  They have done an outstanding job with this book and I am in love.  I am usually hit or miss with their books, but this one is a winner for sure.  ❤️

This is the story of several friends from college that grew up and promised to spend each Christmas season together along with their growing families.  Some dynamics have changed through time - one couple divorced after 25 years of marriage, but even they still spend this week together with everyone (and minus the new husband for one of them).  The "kids" who are now in their 20s have grown up together so they are very familiar with each other.  Mae, the only female "kid", and her brother Miles are from California.  Andrew and Theo are from Colorado.  Every year all 13 or so of the party meets at Andrew & Theo's parents mountain cabin in Utah for Christmas break.

Mae has known what she wants for half her life - specifically what man she wants in her life.  But Andrew doesn't know it and even worse, everyone naturally assumes that Mae & Theo will eventually get married.  After all, Theo is closer to her age and Theo has been secretly infatuated with Mae for forever (even though Theo is definitely a a player who could ultimately hurt Mae).

As the Christmas week comes to an end, Mae gets in her family's rental car to head to the airport with the disappointment that nothing will ever happen between her and Andrew.  She innocently asks the universe to just please show her what would make her happy.  And so the weirdness begins - it's like she is living the movie "Groundhog Day" over and over.  She relives the week at the cabin until she makes a decision that costs her happiness and then the week starts over.  She begins to feel like she is losing her mind - how can she put an end to this madness and how on earth can she find true happiness?

This book had me laughing so hard I had tears running down my face, but it also had me tear up at the complete sweetness and possibilities of true love.  I highly recommend this book - it was truly an enjoyable read that I did all in one sitting.

I received an ARC in exchange for honest feedback.  The opinions stated above are mine without biases.
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When I pick up a Christina Lauren book, I expect to smile... and smile I did😊 I loved it!  🎄 What did I love? Everything! This is a book that gives you all the good feels. A Christmas book, at this time of year? Yessss please! Honestly it was Christmas time over and over and over again in the book. LOL you will get that after you read it.  Yet this book is good at anytime of the year. 

Mae Jones is many things, a daughter, a sister, a best friend and a time traveler! You heard me right!! Sounds insane? I thought so too but the crazier thing is...it works for this book! I was hoping that Mae would recover from her "condition" and be able to enjoy the holiday! Mae has two besties in life and they happen to be two boys she grew up with that turned out to be total gorgeous guys in her eyes. One more than the other. Is Mae going to get her heart broke? Is there going to be a bit of Christmas magic? Guys grab this one and find out. It is bound to put a smile on your face!

I loved every character in this book -every single one made my heart melt just a bit. This is the perfect book to get lost in!
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UHHHHH!!! THIS IS GREAT!!! I've only read The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren but I tore through that one so quickly and I did the same for this. It's a little strange to be reading it in early June but I'm definitely going to reread it during the holiday season. Thank you for the ARC!
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Dear Christina Lauren,

I love every book you two have ever written, and In A Holidaze is the first one where I didn't even read the synopsis before diving in. I LOVED IT SO MUCH.

What a wild ride to start with no knowledge of what's to come. Magical realism at its finest. LOVED the characters. I was never sure where the story would end up, and I devoured this book.

LOVED
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Cute holiday romance that invokes Groundhog Day.  With a flawed protagonist and a redemption story, a good book to spend an afternoon with.
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I’m Jewish but am a sucker for a romantic holiday setting, even if it’s a Christmas setting. This book was cute and although it had a slightly different premise than Christina Lauren’s usual books, it still was very much their style. The main character bothered me a bit, but grew on me by the end. Some events were a little implausible, but it ultimately all worked and made for a fun, fast read that made me think about some of the ways I approach my life.
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Christina Lauren has done it again! This book was described as Groundhog Day mixed with The Family Stone and that is the perfect description. It was such a cute little Christmas romcom. Set in idyllic Park City, it was filled with everything you'd want to do during the holidays including snow ball fights, shopping, games nights and of course falling in love with the guy you've been in love with since you were 13.
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Ok, now I know why Cristina Lauren is the Queen of romance. I just finished this book and I already want to reread it..

While its not your typical romance, it was SO good! The main character, Mae, was awkward and flawed but also strong-willed and sassy. The romance was top-notch. The groundhog day aspect added a sense of urgency and recklessness to the story - which I thought was awesome. The setting was so well incorporated; I wish I read this book in December with a steaming hot chocolate. (New plan: reread in December after it comes out and I can buy it!!)

Seriously, such a fun read.

Thank you so much to Netgalley and the Publisher for an eARC!!
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Like every Christmas, family friends meet to celebrate the holidays at their Park City, Utah mountain home. But unlike every other Christmas, Mae gets caught in a Groundhog Day-like cycle. To get out, she must take charge of her life to have happiness. Namely, this means acting of her 13-year crush on Andrew. Can their romance last when their start actually had three chances? Or will it all blow up in Mae’s face. 

The romance in Holidaze is just as good as any other Christina Lauren story. What I dislike about it is purely preference. I don’t like when something magical happens inexplicably. In Holidaze, it’s the granting of Mae’s offhand wish and the Groundhog Day-like loop. If it’s going to be fantasy, give me fantasy; if it’s realistic fiction, give me realistic fiction. Don’t give me this in-between stuff.
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In a Holidaze (Kindle) by Christina Lauren..... What a fun "Ground Hog's Day" story.   This is full of fun characters, laughs, some tears, combined family fun at Christmas...and a great love story with a HEA.
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This is a romantic, funny Groundhog's Day meets Christmas Vacation. I enjoyed this comical, poignant and sweet romance.
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I was given E-book in exchange for a review by NetGalley.

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren takes sci-fi and romance together in a clever way. The story centers around Maelyn Jones, her family and family friends always spend Christmas at the cabin but on her way back home, she brings to think about how she’s still stuck in a job she hates, crushing on her best friend’s brother Andrew.

She pleas to the universe to show her what will make her happy and by her pleas, she ends up reliving Christmas week until she gets it right. It is funny, sweet and cute and if you like Christmas books with humor and a some science fiction in the mix, I think you’ll enjoy this book and watching Andrew and Mae get a second chance to get it right and develop into a sweet relationship filled with banter, humor and chemistry? Adorable!

Mae is stuck reliving Christmas week until she gets it right and while it is cute, she is a bit of mess but I like that she gets it together at the end. However the conflict was resolved as fast as it happened? Felt like it could’ve been done a bit better but it is a cute Christmas romance book and it’s got the classic happy ending so I’m sure Christina Lauren fans will love it.

One complaint is that the ebook had some formatting issues because the beginning of each other was a bit off and some letters had different colors but I think that’s just a technical issue on the ebooks.
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absolutely loved it! This is the second novel I've read by this author and I loved it just as much as the first book I read!
So Mae had a terrible moment of drunkenness and made out with her long time family friend Theo. When it blows up on her kinda when her and her family are heading back home after Christmas they are in a wreck and then Mae starts her Christmas Holiday over again for the second time. And then a third time.  She is trying to relive her Christmas over and over but she's also trying to fix everything. And she is eventually guided and confessed her feelings to Andrew her crush since she was 13 years old. The story and the characters are great! I absolutely loved it. There was light hearted humor, with laugh out loud humor and also tender moments where you feel for the characters.  There were the AWW moments and filled full of love! I love the story and the ending was the cherry on top! Definitely recommend!!
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I a a fan of Christina Lauren's books and this one did not disappoint. It is a really sweet, funny, relatable holiday read. 
If your looking for a book, that will make you smile, laugh and just have a good time reading Christina Lauren is an author for you, and this is a book not to be missed!
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for this book.
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I loved this book! 
I loved Mae and Andrew. 
I loved all of their choosen family. 
I felt like I was actually at this cabin in the woods in the dead of winter.
I loved the touch of magical with the 'Groundhog Day' element.
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What happens when you wish something would never end? That is what Maelyn Jones is about to discover. For her entire life, Mae and her family have been spending Christmases with a couple of other families at a delightful Christmas cabin in Utah. Mae knows that this will be the last holiday that they will spend together. And for a book that is said to be Love Actually meets Groundhog Day, Mae’s wish is that this holiday vacation continue to occur year after year. 

Mae’s simple wish leads to a sudden car crash as she is driving away from the cabin. She blacks out. Next thing Mae knows, she is back on the airplane headed to Utah - only to repeat the same holiday week time and again. Truthfully, Mae would rather forget one very specific event of said week, a disastrous kiss that shakes the foundation of perfect memories. 

Unfortunately for Mae, as she is destined to repeat the same fiasco over and over again, she is determined to break this continual loop that is beginning to drive her crazy. While trying to figure out why a simple wish would land her in a time traveling loop, Mae is also realizes that keeping conversations straight is rather dizzying in the varying timelines. 

With a mix of drama and humor, along with a rather Hallmark-like romance, have fun suspending belief as I did in this delightful book by the prolific duo that is none other than Christina Lauren.

Many thanks to Gallery Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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This holiday  book is full of wonderful characters and great friendship.   The main character Mae grew up with Andrew and Theo,  sons of her parent’s best friend.  Mae had a crush on Andrew since she was a teenager but everyone, even Andrew, thought that she was in love with Theo, the younger brother. Mae finally worked up the courage to tell Andrew how she felt and unfortunately for Mae, he did not immediately feel that way.  Will Mae and Andrew’s friendship survive?  

I enjoy the story; it is full of friendship and warmth.  The book reminds me of “Love and Other Words” my favorite Christina Lauren book.  I read this book on June 7, 2020.  It was refreshing to tune out the chaos and heart break happening around the world for just a moment and reading this book helps. Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Book for this ARC.  I look forward to posting my reviews on various sites and purchasing this book upon publication to add to my Christina Lauren’s Kindle  collection
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In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren is an excellent, entertaining, and creative holiday romance that kept me entertained from beginning to end.  I have read several books from this awesome author duo and have enjoyed every one. This book did not disappoint. It can be sometimes hard to create a holiday-themed novel without taking it to the tacky route, and this book definitely kept the Christmas theme fresh, enjoyable, festive, and welcoming. 

 I enjoyed the concept of "Groundhog Day" added into the romance plot, and felt that it added a nice level of complexity to the light, romantic read. I enjoyed Mae and felt empathy for her troubles in life. I enjoyed her personality and her growth throughout her "unique" experiences. I appreciated the chemistry and also the secondary cast of family and characters. I also truly enjoyed the wonderful ending.  

This wonderful romantic, comedic, snowy, and fun novel has most certainly placed me into the Holiday spirit. A wonderful addition to an excellent author portfolio. I look forward to additional books from this amazing double duo!  


5/5 stars  

Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books for this excellent ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.

I am posting this review to my GR and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon and B&N accounts upon publication.
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