An Ex for Christmas

Standalone, Not connected to any other books

Best-friends-to-more romance, with a dash of holiday sparkle

Honestly, who knew mistletoe could be so hot?!
— —R. S. Grey, USA Today bestselling author
An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne








available in paperback?

no, e-book only


available as an audiobook? 



a note on foreign-editions

Please check your local e-retailer for Lauren Layne books available in your country. Lauren is not generally notified when a particular title has been become available outside of the US.


“I don’t think this book could have been any better. I loved it. I didn’t want it to end.”

—Obsessive Book Nerd


full description

She’s making a list—and checking it twice. But is there a nice guy among all her naughty exes? The New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines returns with a charming friends-to-lovers rom-com.

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.


Buy:   Kindle  •  iBooks  •  Nook  •  GooglePlay  •  Kobo


“Funny, fresh, and absolutely adorable! One of the most enchanting holiday stories I’ve read.”

—Tawna Fenske, USA Today bestselling author


Excerpt from An Ex for Christmas


“So, my ex list,” I begin, rummaging around in his console for the mini candy canes I stashed there last week. He does a double take, obviously not knowing they were there until just now.

I hold one up, offering it to him.


“To the candy, or to listening to me talk about my plan?” I say, peeling the cellophane off a candy cane and sticking the non-hook end in my mouth.

“Both,” he says, turning his attention back to the road.

I honor his wishes. For about thirty seconds.

“The list is kind of depressingly short,” I say.

He grunts.

“I never realized just how pathetic my love life was. Did you?”

Mark checks his mirror and changes lanes. “Can we not?”

“I didn’t include any of my boyfriends before tenth grade. Do you think I should have?”

He snorts. “What, your prepubescent affair with Kyle Cameron wasn’t one for the ages?”

I ignore this. “I also crossed off anyone that was married—”


“—or anyone that was mean.”

Mark looks over sharply. “Who was mean to you?”

I smile at his protectiveness. “Jeff Downing from eleventh grade was kind of a jerk. Called me fat.”

Mark makes a growling noise. “Who else?”

“Elton Drake. Stockbroker I dated a couple years ago. Yelled a lot.”

“Just bark, right? No bite?”

I pat his arm. “Just bark. And I kicked him to the curb.”

He gives a terse nod. “All right. So, who is on the list? How many people we talking?”


“And you’re going to believe a little old lady that one of them is your soulmate, or some shit like that?”

I study his profile. “Why are you so grumpy about this? You have Sheila. Why shouldn’t I have someone, too?”

Mark scratches his cheek. “I’m not saying I don’t want you to be happy. I just think if you were going to be happy with any of those guys, you would have been. You broke up with them for a reason.”

“Well, to be fair, three of the seven broke up with me.”


I smile at his loyalty. “Totally. Which is why I need to figure out a way to show them what they’re missing. Is it true that guys think women in elf costumes are hot?”

He gives me an incredulous look. “What?”

“You know,” I say, gesturing at midthigh. “Striped socks? Short green skirt? Cute little hat?”

He shakes his head. “Times like this, I deserve an award for having a female best friend.”

“It’s not like I asked you to take me shopping for the outfit. I’m just saying if I volunteered to dress up like an elf at the annual Christmas parade, would that be hot?”

“Quit being weird.”

“That’s not an answer.”

Read More:   Kindle  •  iBooks  •  Nook  •  GooglePlay  •  Kobo


“I love friends-to-lovers, but add in a mysterious stranger, the funniest quest ever, plus the magic of Christmas? An Ex for Christmas is the perfect present for the season!”

—Melanie Moreland, New York Times bestselling author of My Image of You


An Ex for Christmas Pinterest Board

follow Lauren Layne on Pinterest →



“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.”

—Heroes and Heartbreakers




All Standalone Books (not part of a connected series)