An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne Book Review

Updated: Jan 24, 2021

An Ex for Christmas

by Lauren Layne

Published by Loveswept

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.


Steamy Rom-Com Sweet & Fun

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne is a short and sweet romantic comedy, that centers around superstitious, horoscope believing Kelly Byrne, who encounters a stranger on her way home upstate for Christmas, telling her she will find the love of her life by Christmas, and it is someone she already knows. So Kelly makes a list of her ex-boyfriends, expecting to find her "one". What she doesn't expect, is the feelings she starts to develop for her best friend for the last ten years, Mark Blakely, and if she caves to the sudden sexual tension between them, will it destroy the most important relationship to her, their friendship?

So, confession time.

I hate Hallmark movies.

Please don't throw your cyber trash at me.

I just can't get over bad acting, despite them being romances that, hell, I love. Lauren Layne can always be counted on for a fun and light romance, and this cute friends-to-lovers story hits all the points in what you would want for a) a romance, and b) a Christmas story. I got all the feels reading this, and I won't lie, shed a tear or two. Was it predictable? Sure! But I couldn't put it down. Lauren Layne has a way of tugging on your heartstrings for sure.

The characters were so freaking adorable in this book! Kelly is one of those sweetheart, perky types, who loves her family and friends with everything she has. Mark kinda reminds me of my husband in his personality. I love how thinks Kelly's beliefs in superstition is ridiculous, but tolerates them (unless it's getting in the way ..._ Openly admits he is unromantic (although, obviously, he is with the right person), and his dry sense of humor plays really well with Kelly's extroverted personality. They were a really well written pair.

If you are a lover of annual Hallmark Christmas movies ( or if you are not, like myself ), you will love An Ex for Christmas. It's short, so you don't have to invest a lot of time into it, its super adorable, the chemistry is hot, its entertaining ... you won't go wrong with this little Christmas love story.