MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope you’re having a beautiful day, whether you celebrate or not. 🙂
I had to finish reading, writing and scheduling this book review all last night before the holiday ended (because… just look at the title) so if you’re on WordPress today, scrolling through blogs and dodging your family’s 100 questions, I hope I can entertain you for a short moment.
Boyfriend and I are either out stuffing our faces at some buffet or back at home snuggled up on the couch by now. ❤ Sending love and hugs to all!!!
Title: An Ex For Christmas
Author: Lauren Layne
Original Publication Date: November 07, 2017
Genre(s): Romance, Holiday
Goodreads Synopsis: “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.”
Our main character, Kelly, is a superstitious Gemini, just like I am… I could relate to her so, so well– especially during her most frustrating moments. I knew, from get-go, An Ex For Christmas was going to be *it* for me!
At the very end, the author says that “Hallmark Christmas movies are the best thing in the world” and I immediately perked up. I was totally imagining Mark and Kelly’s Christmas love story as one the entire way through. That obviously means there’s some predictability but, that didn’t make following along and shouting at the characters any less fun.
The length was absolutely perfect, the pacing couldn’t have been better, and there were so many little details that swept me off my feet. The side characters had tiny parts but, none were at all pointless– of course, Rigby, the dog was my favorite.
Seriously, I found every single thing I was looking for in a Christmas romance! There was descriptive cooking and eating, snow falling and snowball fights, mentions of beautiful trees and decorations, cozying up in front of all the best seasonal films, and… in the center of it all, the most magical and true kind of love. My heart swelled with joy countless times and my eyes watered once or twice because of it.
There were some explicit scenes and I gotta say, I really didn’t mind. They came at all the right times, adding heat and passion, without going overboard or becoming unnecessary. They were extremely well-written, too, just like the rest of the book; even if there were a few mistakes and typos that actually confused me.
I only didn’t give it a full 5 out of 5 stars because there were a few things at the end I, personally, would’ve tweaked. I’m really just being picky though.
Dates Read: December 18-25, 2019
My Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars
“Some things just weren’t meant to be questioned; they simply were.”
“I’m wearing an old ugly sweatshirt and yoga pants, my hair in a wet bun. But the way he looks at me makes me feel like I’m wearing satin pajamas and perfume, with silky tresses.”
“The night air is so full of Christmas cheer, I wouldn’t be surprised if Rudolph shot across the sky. It’s everything I look forward to every year, and yet as I walk blindly through the crowd, all I can think is that I wish it would start snowing again. And that the snowflakes would disguise my tears.”