In Review: An Ex for Christmas (Love Unexpectedly #5) by Lauren Layne

Posted November 16, 2017 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: An Ex for Christmas (Love Unexpectedly #5) by Lauren LayneAn Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne
Series: Love Unexpectedly #5
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Holiday
Publication date: November 7, 2017
Publisher: Loveswept
Format: eARC, 218 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon

When a psychic tells spunky, superstitious Kelly Byrne that she’s already met her true love, she becomes obsessed with the idea of tracking him down before Christmas. Kelly immediately writes up an “Ex List” and starts contacting old boyfriends to figure out which one is the one. When her college sweetheart rolls into town, Kelly convinces herself that they’re meant to be. The trouble is, sparks are flying with someone she’s never given a chance: her best friend, Mark.

Mark Blakely has watched the guys on Kelly’s list break her heart, and he’s not looking forward to watching them do it all over again. Mark’s always been there for her, but the timing’s never worked out for their relationship to be something more. Now, just as Mark is ready to move on, the sexual tension between them is suddenly off the charts. With Christmas morning around the corner, he just hopes Kelly will wake up and realize that everything she wants has been right in front of her all along.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

I just love Lauren Layne’s books and I’m reminded why each time I pick up a new book. An Ex for Christmas is the latest in a long line of her books that I found utterly addictive and charming. It wasn’t my first Christmas romance book of the year, but it’s certainly one of my favorites so far. It’s destined to be a yearly holiday reread.

Oh, Kelly and Mark. I loved them both so very much. Kelly was almost over-the-top with her love for Christmas, but I found her charming and sweet. She was also superstitious and believed in signs, fate and a Magic 8 Ball. I mean, how can I NOT love that? Mark was more grounded and even a bit grumpy at times, but I do love a grumpy hero so I was here for it. They’re the most fun to watch open up. Of course, I’m also a total sucker for a friends first story, so this one basically had my name written all over it from the very start. I was all in as Kelly started revisiting her dreaded exes list to see if maybe one of them could be her true love… all the while trying to ignore the intense chemistry with the man who had been there all along, Mark.

If you’re as addicted to Hallmark Christmas movies as I am, then you need to pick up An Ex for Christmas. It’s basically one of those movies, but in book form. It filled me with so much warm and fuzzy holiday spirit. *heart eyes*

Favorite Quotes

“He looks like a lumberjack version of Clark Kent, Byrne. Other men don’t exactly love their girl being besties with sexy, scruffy Superman.”

“I’m confused. I don’t know whether to treat you like my best friend or my boyfriend.”

About Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne used to work in e-commerce. She wore cute shoes and real-person clothes like an adult.

Then she was like, nope, changed into her pajamas and started writing romance novels.

She believes in sarcasm, weekday happy hours, and happily ever after.

She lives in the Seattle-area with her husband and jumbo Pomeranian.

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