Review : Excess Baggage by Laura Barnard


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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?

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Reviewed by Donna on Behalf of KFF

~ Four Stars ~ 

Fifteen years ago, Erica Bennett and Jack Lawson met on holiday whilst with their families. It soon became apparent that their caravans were next door to each other. Their families became friends and the two had a bit of a teenage romance. Erica was fifteen years old and Jack was sixteen. The holiday ended and with all holiday romances there is a promise to keep in touch. They did for a little while and it would seem they grew up and lost touch.

Erica is in what she felt was a dead-end relationship. Possibly of convenience as her beau gives her a lot of support when Erica has been helping her mother through her breast cancer. Erica’s friends suggest a week long deserved break to Luna Island and off they go. What she doesn’t bank on is an older more handsome version of the guy she fell for, none other than Jack across the hotel lobby. To say she is shocked is an understatement. The attraction is still as strong as ever but they are much older and possibly wiser and a lot of things have changed through their adult lives not forgetting Jack broke Erica’s heart all those years ago. They have a week to find out exactly if it’s just a fleeting romance or if they are each other’s one that got away.

“You always knew how to make an entrance.”

“Oh my God, I can’t believe I did that!”

The side characters are an interesting bunch and as the story unfolds we are sent on a journey which makes you feel like you’re there or at least wish you were there. This story has everything from sadness, to hilarity mixed with steamy scenes. I could not stop laughing at some of the calamitous scenes we were subjected to by Erica. The poor woman did get herself into some compromising situations. The waterpark had me roaring. There was the side to this read that had you feeling it was impossible for Erica and Jack to have anything more than a holiday romance, due to them living in two different cities. Evelyn was the serious one out of the bunch of friends and Brooke was so funny and flirty.

This read is a light-hearted easy entertaining from start to finish. The story had fluidity but also thrills and surprises on the way. Certain situations I never saw coming and made me feel like it wasn’t all a simple brief romance because as the title does suggest there was excess baggage!

“We both know after this week we have to go back to our own lives and that means living in different postcodes. It would never work.”

I will say at times I found they acted like teenagers but then having read the whole book, and on reflection, I suppose when you’re with a group, holidaying with copious amounts of alcohol without everyday stresses and strains it’s to be expected to let loose especially mixed with memories that brought out that side, it didn’t make the story any less enjoyable. It was great when the story flitted back to how they met all those years ago. It looks like we are going to get a story of a couple of the side characters which I look forward to. The author has written a beautiful story and I recommend everyone puts this on their holiday reading list.


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