In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: so it’s a Monday… why am I drinking, you ask? Cause I have like 8 reviews to write. So, I poured me 3 stiff vodka sodas, turned on Supernatural, and here we are.
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.
Drunk Overview: this is basically groundhog’s day meets christmas meets hallmark. Seriously, that’s it.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: I am so happy I read this. I needed it badly. I’m not usually one for romance novels but this kicked one of my many 2020 reading slumps in the ass.
Characters: so our leading lady, Maelyn, always goes to this cabin with her folks and their best friends for Christmas. She grew up with the kids and she fell madly in love with the oldest Andrew but totally screwed it by making out with the younger, Theo. M is great, I love that she overthinks things… cause I feel that. So hard. Especially when it comes to the dudes. The boys are also fun and [lay their parts well. My favorites are the parents. All the “adults” are amazing. I quote it because the characters are technically adults but still. Anyway, love them.
Plot: look, I just think romance books plots need to be the simplest. And this was the simplest. So pure and I loved it.
World Building: so no world building for a contemporary but I will say this is set in Park City, Utah and I’ll tell you Ginny is gonna die when she reads this.
What to pair it with: cranberry martini
Rating: 3.5/5 shots
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,