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Nov 7 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Lauren Layne’s An Ex for Christmas (November 7, 2017)

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne
An Ex for Christmas (Love Unexpectedly #5)
Loveswept / November 7, 2017 / $4.99 digital

I loved An Ex for Christmas—it was exactly the pick-me-up read I needed. Not only is it a fantastic feel-good romance, it’s perfect for the holidays, and the full romance package. I teared up, laughed out loud, and rolled around in happiness from the utter omgsocutefunhotperfect-ness of it all.

Even if you don’t read the blurb you know Mark is the hero from the start. I mean, how our heroine Kelly waxes poetic about him, how he’s pretty much perfect, and they already share custody of a dog. I mean really. Then there are the more obvious signs out how he always lets her have her way, he’s there for her, he does not want to hear about her love-quest... and yeah you might think this all sounds ridiculous, but NOPE. Lauren Layne makes it work.

To be honest, while I pretty much trust Lauren Layne to write a book I’ll enjoy across the board, I avoid any book with a blurb that mentions a “feisty heroine.” (I mean, can we just not please, Romanceland?) Add in the superstitious woo-woo fluff-brain girl and generally, you’d see me running screaming. But hang on and stay with me. Not only do I like many others adore the friends-to-lovers trope, Kelly is not silly and irrational. Her personality quirks fit her perfectly and are not at all overbearing. 

An Ex for Christmas is also a story of opposites attract. Mark is so down to earth, gruff, and not surly but more... someone who won’t stand for any bullshit and deals with cold hard facts. He’s an introvert, and growly, but he is there for his friends and deep down he’s so damn sweet. He notices minute details and is a secret caretaker. He and Kelly balance each other perfectly. Kelly makes him step out and have fun. She forces frivolity and fun into his world, and Mark keeps Kelly from going off the deep end. He also feeds her and takes care of everyday tasks. (Yeah. He cooks. Our hero not only cooks, he’s a chef who owns his own restaurant. I want a Mark.)

Pretty much everyone has a “what if” or “the one that got away” person, and An Ex for Christmas is the ideal outcome and reunion of that wistful thought.

I know I’ll be re-reading An Ex for Christmas—not just during the holiday season, but anytime throughout the year. It’s sexy, fun, heartwarming, and an outright delight to read. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

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vriddhee goel
1. vriddhee goel
see my review here https://wordpress.com/post/alittleofallblog.wordpress.com/2163
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2. Carolina Stefani
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