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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Review: An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

Okay so I liked the plot but the heroine made my left eye twitch like mad.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: November 7, 2017

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.

What’s it About? Mark has been in love with his best friend Kelly for years but Kelly has been mostly clueless about his feelings. When a psychic tells Kelly that she’s already met the love of her life, she sets about looking up her ex-boyfriends, never even thinking that Mr. Right might be her best friend. Meanwhile Mark is finally ready to move on from his unrequited love for Kelly until suddenly the sparks start to fly and Mark may finally have his chance.

Overall reaction to the story? I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either. An Ex for Christmas is one of those super sweet romances that you’d probably see on Hallmark. Except in my opinion, this story is written better and has more charm (FYI I’m not a fan of those Hallmark movies). I loved Mark but found Kelly to be annoying and ridiculous which made parts of the story difficult to enjoy. There were some definite Love Actually and What’s Your Number vibes which was cute and that’s exactly how I would describe this holiday romance too: Cute.

Mark is the type of guy that I’d do anything for. He’s a great friend with a sense of humor and accepts people for who they are. He’s a bit dorky but that’s part of his appeal. I liked this guy’s attitude about almost everything. He was in love with Kelly but at the same time he didn’t put off the pathetic friend zoned guy vibes. I do think that he was a little too patient with Kelly but then again, I didn’t care for her too much and thought Mark deserved someone that was more mature.

Kelly on the other hand was difficult to like. She was a woman-child to me and took her superstitions to a level that had me rolling my eyes at her constantly. That wasn’t cute or charming, it was ridiculous and made her seem like a flake, hiding behind her superstitions in order to avoid making adult choices. She wasn’t a very good friend to Mark either, again because she hid behind psychic predictions, “magic” eight balls, and tarot cards to avoid reality. To me there’s a difference between believing in the spiritual/supernatural/etc and just using it for your own convenience and Kelly definitely used it only when it was convenient to her. That just made her childish and she brought down my enjoyment of the story.

As friends Mark and Kelly worked really well, they spent time together, put each other first above significant others, and they had such a great level of confidence in each other. I liked that easy vibe that they had and the humor that was always in abundance. As a couple they weren’t as believable, there were a lot of conflicts and setbacks that didn’t give them a chance to just be a normal couple for a few moments. I honestly thought they were better as friends but only because I didn’t really get a feel for them as a romantic couple.

Click It or Skip It? It wasn't my cup of tea just because of the heroine but if you like Hallmark holiday movies then this book is something I'd recommend to you.

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