Lacie Waldon | The Layover

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The Book: 

The Layover by Lacie Waldon
Published June 15th 2021 by Putnam
Date read: June 18, 2021

The Characters: 


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

After ten years as a flight attendant, Ava Greene is poised to hang up her wings and finally put down roots. She’s got one trip left before she bids her old life farewell, and she plans to enjoy every second of it. But then she discovers that former pilot Jack Stone — the absurdly gorgeous, ridiculously cocky man she’s held a secret grudge against for years — is on her flight. And he has the nerve to flirt with her, as if he doesn’t remember the role he played in the most humiliating night of her life. Good thing she never has to see him again after they land….

But when their plane encounters mechanical problems, what should have been a quick stop at the Belize airport suddenly becomes a weekend layover. Getting stuck on a three-hour flight with her nemesis was bad enough. Being stranded with him at a luxury resort in paradise? Even with the sultry breeze and white sand to distract her, it will take all the rum punch in the country to drown out his larger-than-life presence.

Yet the more time Ava spends with him under the hot Caribbean sun, the more she begins to second-guess everything she thought she knew about him… and everything she thought she wanted from her life. And all too soon, she might have to choose between keeping her feet on the ground and her head in the clouds….

The Review: 

Thank you to Putnam for sending me a free finished copy in exchange for an honest review.

I LOVED this book. I’ve been so in the mood for light, fun, summery reads lately, and The Layover definitely fit the bill. I’m really impressed that it’s a debut, and it goes to show that writing what you know really works. Like Ava, Lacie is also a flight attendant. I really love books about flight attendants, probably because it’s a career path I wish I’d taken. I love everything about airports, flying, and obviously travel, so of course I also love to read about it. Enemies to lovers is my favorite trope, too, so all in all this book was just right up my alley.

Jack and Ava were so good together, even in their “enemies” scenes. The banter was top-notch, and I loved the food competitions. Who else really wants to try seafood nachos after reading this?

The scene with the bioluminescent algae brought me so much nostalgia–I also drunk skinny-dipped in bioluminescent algae in paradise once! I mean, how else are you supposed to fully enjoy the experience? I definitely need to add Belize to my travel bucket list after reading this book.

Make sure to add this one to your summer reads list, either by the pool or at the beach! Or, you know, indoors protected by air conditioning.

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