The Plot (from Goodreads):
A chronic yes-woman finally admits to what—and who—she really wants in this unforgettable and heartfelt romantic comedy, by the author of The Layover.
Liv Bakersfield is used to living her life in “shoulds.” Be fit. Be financially responsible. Be your best self. An overworked graphic designer, she’s stretched so thin that she’s about to miss yet another vacation with her beloved group of college friends. But when Liv finally decides to start saying no, it feels good…good enough to leap straight into quitting her job and hopping on a plane to join them in South Africa.
Amid the exotic landscape and unforgettable sights, Liv expects sun and safari animals and an easy time with her best friends. But such close proximity makes everything more complicated, especially with the emotionally unavailable Lucas Deiss. Their friendship is the only thing in her life that’s still solid, and she vows to do anything she can to keep the group together. But once they get back to L.A., Liv discovers that her leap of faith has become a freefall, sending her crashing into Deiss’s arms. With the trust of the people she loves most on the line, Liv must decide between doing what she should … and risking everything for what she shouldn’t want.
Thank you to Putnam Books for a gifted copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lacie Waldon is the queen of travel romance! I adored The Layover, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on From The Jump. She just makes me want to jump on a plane as soon as possible! I love to travel, but I haven’t been to Belize (The Layover) or South Africa (From The Jump). Both of these books certainly made me want to move these locations up my list of dream destinations.
Let’s start with this cover. How absolutely gorgeous is this?? I don’t know who Lacie’s cover artist is, but they do an amazing job. When a book is as gorgeous as this, I will absolutely judge it by its cover.
From The Jump featured some of my favorite tropes, including forced proximity and friends-to-lovers. I adore a good friends-to-lovers story, and Liv and Lucas were the perfect characters for the job. Liv’s entire friend group was so relatable. I thought their personalities meshed perfectly, and I could see myself wanting to be part of their crowd. I was so happy when Liv stopped holding back from her friendships.
If you’re looking for some wanderlust, well-developed friendships, and a flirty friends-to-lovers romance, make sure you pick this one up.
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