Title: In a Holidaze
Author: Christina Lauren
ARC provided by Gallery Books through NetGalley.
I haven’t been this in love with a Christina Lauren book in a long time. In a Holidaze is the perfect holiday romance story and had everything I could have wanted and more: family, Christmas magic, romance, angst, childhood friends-to-lovers, mistletoe kisses. This book gave me all the warm and fuzzy feelings!
In a Holidaze differs from other CLo (and most contemporary romance) books in that it asks readers to suspend belief regarding the time travel aspect. The Groundhog Day-esque plotline is excellently utilized, in my opinion, and the best way to enjoy the book is to just go with it and accept the holiday magic at work.
This has to be one of my favorite books by this amazing writing duo. CLo write what they do best: playful banter, a charming romance, the classic childhood friends-to-lovers trope, and a cozy setting. The setting was one of the best aspects of the book and an instant mood booster. I wanted nothing more than to be with these characters in a cabin in the snowy woods during the Christmas holidays, with those I love most.
I don’t want to spoil too much about the romance, but I will say that it was beautifully written and absolutely melted my heart. My two favorite Christina Lauren books are also childhood-to-lover stories so I’m beginning to believe that this is where they really excel with their romances. The romantic lead is such a wonderful dream boat and I’m really hoping for some holiday magic for myself this year and for a real-life version of him to appear (I’m speaking this into existence!!).
My one and only issue was the ending, which I found to be…unexpected. I wouldn’t necessary label it as bad, it just wasn’t really where I thought the direction of the ending of the book would take us. It clearly didn’t effect my enjoyment of the book, however.
I read this book in about three hours so that should really say something about how much I loved it. In a Holidaze is the perfect heartwarming, romantic story for the holidays. Pick this up and let yourself believe in holiday magic and love.