An Ex for Christmas

Lauren Layne
An Ex for Christmas
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Publisher
Loveswept
Release Date
November 2017
Series
Book 5 of Love Unexpectedly
Genre
Contemporary Romance

SUMMARY
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.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Dec 02, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
53 people found the following review helpful
I love this friends-to-lovers story! Lauren Layne really excels in this type of storyline (there's another book of hers with this same trope), as the change in the main characters' relationship was done in a believable way. That they were best friends was also portrayed quite well.

Kelly was so oblivious to Mark's regard for her that it's funny to watch. I have to commend Mark on his patience as he waits for Kelly to wake up to the fact that the man she was looking for is right in front of her! Mark is the silent, quiet, patient type, something not quite seen often in the heroes of books I've read before. He's like the "wind beneath her wings" (I've always wanted to write that!) as he supports her and was always there for her, always looking out for her. (dreamy sigh and more dreamy sighs!)

Another thing that I love is that Kelly is not that skinny heroine always portrayed in books. She's got a bit of weight on her, and as a woman, she might have been a bit concerned about the extra pounds she gained during the holidays (perfectly okay and perfectly normal!), but I love how Mark told her not to sweat it. He wouldn't tolerate any body talk since what she is is perfectly fine to him. Now, wouldn't we love to have more of people like that in our lives? I definitely would!

One thing though: I would've loved to read more from Mark's point of view! We do get a chapter of that toward the end, but I'd love more insights from his end and thought the story might have more depth if we could have his views interspersed with that of Kelly's throughout the story.

There's somewhat of a magical feel to this story, especially with the presence of the woman who told Kelly's fortune, yet it leaves me with this question at the end: Who is that woman?!

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and it will really put you in the mood for the holidays!
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