Happy release day to Laura Barnard’s Excess Baggage! A perfect summer romance, to read at the side of the pool, the beach or just your backyard!
Stuck in a dead-end relationship, Erica Bennett finds herself daydreaming of her first holiday romance. She was fifteen, it was exciting, new and full of possibilities…and Jack Lawson was hot as hell. That kind of thing leaves a mark.
So when her friends suggest a girls holiday to Luna Island, it’s exactly what she needs to take her mind off things. What she doesn’t expect is to spot Jack – a much older, hotter version of him – across the hotel lobby.
Their attraction is still there and it isn’t long before sparks fly, but fifteen years is a long time. They aren’t the same people they were back then and besides, it’s only a week, right?
Is it a second chance at something real or will their excess baggage ruin their shot at love after they leave Luna Island?
I just have to open this review with saying that I had some serious Laugh Out Loud moments, it was really funny! I’m not one to easily laugh out loud while reading stories, but with this story I did. It definitely had some Bridget Jones vibes going on when it comes to the British humour. I loved it!
Overall, I really liked reading this book and it went perfectly with the sunny weather that we’ve had in the Netherlands lately! The story takes part on a sunny island, so it’s best to read it while the sun shines, at the side of the pool, with a big chilling drink in your hand. You’ll need it. For several different reasons, believe me (the heat doesn’t only come from the sun in this one, winkwink).
I loved all the different characters in the story (I totally adored Erica’s awkwardness). All, except one: Evelyn. She is the one who wants to take care of Erica after her first heartbreak ever. So, she’s not the one to shy away from protecting Erica’s heart when the cause of its first experience with breaking enters the same hotel they stay at. Evelyn kind of annoyed me because she was a little too much in my opinion. Erica is a grown up woman and since Evelyn isn’t her mother, it’s not really any of her business if Erica chooses to take the chance to get her heart broken again by Jack. But maybe that’s just the ‘strong, independent woman’ in me speaking.
I think there could’ve been more to the story. Maybe a little bit more about the dealing with the heartbreak and all that Evelyn has done for Erica while her heart was healing. Maybe I’d understand Evelyn a little more then. Now I mostly had to fill in the blank myself. Also, the ending was a little rushed and random in my opinion. Just like every other loverman in any other romance, Jack has a secret of his own. But when he tells Erica, at the end, it doesn’t really seem to bother her that he had kept it from her, although it’s kind of a big deal. At least, it would be to me …
Although I don’t think this story will stick with me for very long, I actually enjoyed it while reading. It was a lovely summer romance and I surely recommend you taking it with you on holiday, to the beach or nowhere and just read it on your couch and think yourself staying in a fancy, sunny resort with a hottie by your side. Perfect, right?
*I received an electronical copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*