Release Date: Nov 7, 2017
Heat Level: Hot
Publisher: Random House
An Ex For Christmas is the perfect way to jumpstart the holiday season. Fans of the friend- to-lovers trope are in for a treat with this deliciously funny romantic holiday story.
On her way Upstate New York to her hometown, Kelly Byrne meets a woman she believes to be a psychic who warns her that she has already met her true love. Kelly believes in horoscopes, palm and tarot card readings so this is right up her alley. As soon as she arrives, she tells her best friend and neighbor, Mark, about her plan to find each of her ex and see if the sparks will fly before Christmas.
Mark Blakely has always watched men come in and out of Kelly’s life. He is none too pleased that she has created a list full of ex-boyfriends to track down during the Christmas holiday. He has been in love with Kelly for years but he held himself back. Watching his best friend look for love with someone else is almost impossible for him but he is her best friend and wants what is best for her. As they spend the two weeks together, feelings are tested for the both of them.
This book makes me giddy. This is perfect as a Hallmark Movie. Oh my, how I would love it. I read the author’s dedication and the back and it is an ode to one because she is right, Hallmark Christmas movies are the best thing in the world!
I honestly thought that this would be such a formulaic hokey story which in some way it is. However, Ms. Layne knows how to work the story with just a few minor twists that makes it just the perfect unique story. Each one of the men that Kelly meets leads her closer to her real true love. When Mark and Kelly finally come together it is so sweet. I love how it all ended with references to a certain movie.
My only complaint is that Kelly took too long to figure it out. The signs were basically right in her face but she just ignored it. When she did possibly try to slip the notion of her and Mark in her thoughts, she was already onto her next thought and worrying about whatever Ex was coming around. It got old quickly.
So if you are looking for a great Christmas story that warms your heart, look no further. Kelly is totally a Christmas fanatic so there is plenty of references to movies, songs and just plain old Christmas spirit to bring you joy this holiday season!