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A Toast to the Good Times

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  787 ratings  ·  68 reviews
It’s the eve before Christmas Eve, and all that twenty-three-year-old Landry has on the agenda for the holiday is moping in the bar that he left everything behind to open.

And he’s got plenty to mope about.

He found his girlfriend treating herself to a little holiday delight with his best friend;
He hasn’t seen his family in over a year- since he alienated them all and ended
Published November 19th 2012
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Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Okay, so, what are we toasting to tonight?"
"To remembering the moments worth never forgetting."

I really enjoyed this book! I loved Landry! This book was all from his pov, which made it that much better!

Landry has been living in Boston for the last year with his roommate Mila. He has been estranged from his family from New Jersey and working at his bar. The day before Christmas Eve, he and Mila decide to celebrate together. One thing leads to another and he realizes she has feelings for him. Be
Michael Burhans
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Just what I expected here again. A wonderful, can't put it down story of loss, love, redemption and the like told with style. Richly drawn characters with depth, people with both great strengths, and deep flaws like most real people. I had been planning on not reading this until X-mas eve due to its story-line but it kept shouting, "READ ME!" from my Kindle. Steph and Liz have written a masterpiece feel good holiday read. I'd love to see this made into a movie actually.
A. Bookzilla.
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've been waiting for this! Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt (I already wrote just how much I adore her writing) should write ALL!BOOKS!EVER together. I dare say I liked it even more than Lengths for one simple reason: it's all from Landry's POV and this is so rare in YA/NA fiction that you can't help but savor every single word of it like it's something precious. (But rest assured that Deo is still my favorite between the two characters.)

I just loved being in Landry's head. I was so sad for how
Jolene Perry
I adore Steph and Liz writing together.
This was a fab mix of family drama, love story, and hot guy you sorta wanted to share the love story with ;-)
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: desiree
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Rating: Top Shelf:  Slap a bow on it; this is your holiday book!

It's like Campbell and Reinhardt tapped into my head and wrote down everything that I would find humorous, thoughtful, and romantic.  The character names are original.  The conflicts are realistic and understandable, and the HEA is a Christmas miracle.  This book made me feel all warm and happy... or maybe that was the recommended Hot Toddy.
“So, what are we drinking to?” She looked up from und
Madison Seidler
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I was so excited when Steph offered to give me an ARC of this last week. I am SUCH a fan of her and Liz’s writing, so literally the second this showed up in my email, I downloaded and started reading. I wasn’t more than 5 pages in and could I would devour this. I was instantly reminded why I love their collaborative work and their style of writing.

I immediately fell in love with Landry and Mila – separately and together. I was cheering for them from th
Jennifer Kyle
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
4 Glasses of Mila's Ho-Ho-Ho Punch!

This story is told from the male character's point of view and takes place during the Christmas season. Who doesn't love a Christmas story?

Landry Murphy is a lady’s man and kinda of a jerk. He basically likes any girl who is in front of him at that moment. He is pretty miserable about his best friend and his girlfriend's betrayal.

Landry is CLUELESS about a lot of things, from his falling out with his family over his grandfather's inheritance to his irresistibly
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Once again Liz and Steph knocked my socks off! The writing of this book was flawless and you'd never know it was written by two different people. I love Christmas stories to begin with and this didn't disappoint! Landry is determined and stubborn as they come and Mila is smart, sassy and fiercely independent...I loved the friendship these two had that slowly developed into more once Landry pulled his head out of his rear! The supporting characters were great as well and it was nice to see them a ...more
Marla Mei
This book truly has potential. It's almost there. I was so close to liking it that much. Landry is such a refreshing narrator. I've always had a soft spot for male POVs. Mila is a relatable character.
It's just the blurb failed to hit the point of what I thought it was actually gearing at. The blurb has got me thinking that this book will focus more on Landry's self-discovery and reuniting with his family. Well, we only got half of that. So I am one part quite disappointed and also one part satis
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5-3 stars. It took me over a year to finish this book... The Hero, Landry, was difficult to love in my opinion. He is very Selfish and childish, and his actions throughout the book made me want to junk punch him. Even when he "saw the error in his ways" I wasn't a believer.
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous festive story, with some super hot moments!
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-2013
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

You know how you hear all of those cliché marketing buzzwords like “a hidden gem” or “surprise find” or something along those lines? Every single one of them could apply to this book. I had never heard of this title before it made its way to my inbox, but boy am I glad it did.

"But I think it’s been fairly well established that I’m an unbelievable wanker in every way."

A Toast To the Good Times is the story of Landry Murphy, (self-proclaimed) residen
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 stars

I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

A call from his sister sends Landry Murphy home for the Christmas holidays to face his family who has not seen or spoken to in a year due to disagreement about what he wanted to do with the inheritance money left to him from his grandfather. Returning home is a turning point for Landry has the chance to own up to his mistakes, and to make amends with his family especially with his father.

I initially wasn’t too sure abou
Liezel Felix

I have to admit that this is the first I’ve read from these writers and now I am asking myself “Why haven’t I’ve read their work sooner?” I thought this was an easy read that could be finished in just a couple of hours. Despite it being on the shorter side, I thought that it was just terrific.

Told in the hero’s point of view, I was immediately pulled into Landry’s world. I felt sorry for the guy having to spend Christmas without his family. He hasn’t seen them since he moved away from home and n
Nov 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, 4-stars

A Toast to the Good Times is a warm, heart-felt romance novel by Stephanie Campbell and Liz Reinhardt. Told from Landry's perspective, A Toast to the Good Times is about a boy who finds himself back home for the holidays after not speaking to his family for a year. This novel is about about realizing what's important in life: love, family, and forgiveness. It's about owning up to your past mistakes, not taking t
Tracey Ramey
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I pretty much love everything these ladies write together and on their own. I've read them all, multiple times. There is just something about their books that is comfortable and cozy. They usually add a little steam just to keep me on my toes. This book did not disappoint.

First of all, let me say that Landry is lovable. So lovable I honestly wish he was real. Not so I could steal him away but just so I could look at him all day and listen to him talk. I would become an alcoholic just to sit at t
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
You know those books that you buy and have every intention to read them immediatley, then find yourself a year later still waiting to read said book. A Toast to the Good Times is one of those books. Steph and Liz are authors that I don't even have to think before buying, and unfortunately I just never got around to reading their book.....until now.

Landry, owns and runs a bar, estranged from family after they posted his bail after getting into a fist fight with his Dad. When I began reading how h
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
3.5 stars!

This was a fun get-you-in-the-holiday-spirit read. I liked this book better than Lengths which was Steph and Liz's first co-written book. Landry is somewhat of a grinch - he had a fallout with his family about a year ago and never resolved anything. He actually left his home town in New Jersey and moved to Boston right after the fallout. The plan was to move there with his best friend and girlfriend but as luck would have it, he actually caught the two cheating on him. Things weren't g
Autumn Review
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, review
What can I say about this book? Hmmm....I'll start with: I loved Mila! She completely made this book for me. Second: I adore the writing style of both authors. Lastly: It was simply a lovely holiday read. It signifies everything that the holidays should represent; forgiveness, family, love, and hope.

I tend to get pretty swoony over the male characters in books. Shocking, right? And I DID like Landry in the end. However, I had a bit of trouble warming up to him at first. I think that was intenti
Chai Tea
This was new to me when reading NA: the entire story was told from the guy's POV. Most of the time, it's the girl. Or in some cases, from both. Or in some other cases, a companion novel written from the guy's POV. This one, it's from his and I don't think this is a companion novel. It's totally a standalone.

I enjoyed this plus it was a quick read AND HOT. Although I'm not entirely happy with Landry and his confused mind when it comes to relationships, he did manage to win me over in the end. Hi
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I couldn't help but feel sorry for Landry because by gosh nothing seemed to be going right and he knew exactly what he was doing wrong each time. Just when I thought oh finally things are going to start swinging his way NOPE! It's really a story about seeing what is right in front of you. Seems Landry's life past and present all comes together in a matter a few days. At the end of those few days he sees clearly what he wants and tries with all he has to get it. You will have to read to see if it ...more
Nov 19, 2012 added it
A Toast To The Good Times was just the read I was looking for this holiday season. Why? Because it's a story with romance, a whole lot of family, and quite a few misunderstandings.

This book is a quick read and the story takes place over the course of a few days.

The characters are so interesting and endearing. Even though Landry acts like a f***-up most of the time, I couldn't help but love him. And Mila grabbed my attention from the very beginning, because how cool is it that she works at a libr
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good little holiday read...

Landry has run away from home and all the responsibilities tied to his family. All he wanted to was to be his own man in his own place, but the way he went about it caused a rift and he hasnt seen or spoke to any of his family in a year. His sister calls begging him to come home. It couldn't come at a better time, he's just royally screwed up with him platonic roommate (maybe not so platonic now) Mila.

His trip home is a turning point. He begins to understand the famil
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Two of my favourite authors, Steph Campbell and Liz Reinhardt have teamed up again to co-author another book. These two women make a fantastic writing team. The flow through the chapters is seamless. You would never know two individuals with their own distinct flair for stories co-wrote this.
A Toast to the Good Times is a great holiday read. With all the sexiness of a miserable Landry who wants uncomplicated and chic geek Mila who is all heart, we find out if there is anything for them to toast
Nov 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I seriously don't understand how so many can like this book as much as they do..

The male character are a complete clueless and selfish ashole during the entire book..and when I finally believe that's he really has changed (view spoiler)...No just NO he should not even be thinking about that or the fact that even though he wanted Mila he couldn't s
Jackie  Kiwibooknerd
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-reads
When my fave authors release books, I will always put aside what I am currently reading to start on their books as I always know they are not "chancer" books and that I will love what I read....

When I bought this book last night, I immediately began reading it and once again was not disappointed. It was a great story and the characters were awesome. It was fun to see how they both matured through the story as they learnt great life lessons.

I also loved that it was set at Christmas time, as its n
3. something stars.
I liked the book. And I even liked Landon, although he was a major jerk and incredibly self-centered at times. But I liked that he wasn't a typical perfect love interest and he had his flaws but tried to redeem himself. And even when he tried to make up for past mistakes, he still wasn't perfect and I liked that, cuz come on, this is the real world and those perfect male characters that we love don't exist. That being said, the book was short and it wasn't quite what I was exp
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars. I can't believe I finished this book. I understand that it's all about Landry having some earth shattering, mind blowing epiphanies about family, love, and life in general, but I didn't need to spend as much time reading about how much of a screw up he is. Honestly, I think 75% of this book dwells on his past screw ups all the way up to present day. I kept thinking to myself "why is he such an idiot?" over and over. The short part of the book where he seems to figure things out a litt ...more
Jeanie V.
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
There's something about Landry that I just really loved. I liked his honesty about who he is, how he acts and how he feels, even if he doesn't actually express it the way he should. He has made a lot of mistakes and continues to make mistakes, and because he isn't perfect, he is, and that's what I found so appealing about him. Landry and Mila make a great couple, balancing each other out and I really loved how the ending turned out. Really adorable ending.
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good book- Loved reading from Landry's Pov- what a super sweet and slightly broken man- I'd take him in a heartbeat. Go Mila, for snagging that man, she seen the good even when he didn't. Very sweet story about family, love, forgiveness and everything else that comes along with it. Landry just might be a new book hero in my eyes, for seeing the wrong in himself and trying to change it. Yummy- I'm all in and a definite fan!!!
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