Review - An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne @_laurenlayne @readloveswept

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne
Series: Love Unexpectedly #5
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Date Read: November 25, 2017
Length: 218 pages
Source: NetGalley
She’s making a list—and checking it twice. But is there a nice guy among all her naughty exes? The New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines returns with a charming friends-to-lovers rom-com.

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.
My Review

This was a fun little Christmas romance!  Lauren Layne is one of my go to authors when I am in the mood for a contemporary romance.  When I pick up a Lauren Layne romance, I expect to enjoy myself for a few hours with characters that just seem to fit with each other.  This was a perfect example of her writing and I had a really nice time reading the story.

Kelly and Mark were great.  They have been best friends for the past ten years.  They live right next to each other sharing a backyard and even a dog.  Seriously, they share a dog...I am not sure that it even gets more perfect than sharing a dog.  There is one little problem in that Kelly is convinced that her romantic future is with one of her ex-boyfriends after a conversation with a psychic at the train station.

So this book was a little bit predictable.  I knew that Kelly wasn't going to find her happily ever after with one of her loser ex-boyfriends as soon as Mark entered the story.  They were just so perfect together and I thought that they had a really fun way of relating to each other.  There was some definite chemistry between them as well.

This book was filled with Christmas fun.  Kelly goes all out for Christmas and this is the first year that her parents are out of town for the holiday.  You will get the full holiday experience with this story with tree decorating, holiday movies, a Christmas parade, and even a bit of snow.  I loved the small town holiday setting and thought it added a bit of romance to the story.

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  I thought that this was a well done friends to lovers story with a whole lot of holiday spirit.  I can't wait to read more from Lauren Layne very soon.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.
Love Unexpectedly Series
Book #1 - Blurred Lines - My Review
Book #2 - Good Girl - My Review
Book #3 - Love Story - My Review
Book #4 - Walk of Shame - My Review
Book #5 - An Ex for Christmas - Now Available!

**All of the books in the Love Unexpectedly Series read as stand alone romances.**
About the Author
Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels. Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals. Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook


  1. Oho, this does sound fun. They do sound like a great pair of friends and what a set up with her psychic prediction getting in the way.

  2. I'd read it for her stockings alone, lol

    1. I have seen this same cover on another book. It does scream sexy and Christmas all at the same time.

  3. I am eager to get to this book. I heard great things about it. I am glad you liked it.

  4. I keep hearing great things about this one, and I love friends-to-more stories. I think this would be a win for me. Great review!

  5. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. It looks like fun. I don't usually read holiday-themed books, but I'm thinking I might give it a try this year. We'll see. ;)

    1. I don't seek out Christmas books but if the story sounds good, I will read them.

  6. She is an excellent one. Sounds like a cute set up, too :) I need to get caught up on her soon.

  7. This is sooo on my reading list. Just haven't gotten there yet. And oh my gosh, they share a dog????? How adorable is that?

  8. I am hoping to read this before the holiday. If not it will be first book for HoHoHORAT 2018...LOL

    1. It is a pretty quick read so you might have time to fit it in.


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