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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 f 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.... An unexpected tropical layover with her nemesis turns a flight attendant's life upside down in this witty, breezy debut romantic comedy about life -- and love -- 30,000 feet above the ground.


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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 f 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.... An unexpected tropical layover with her nemesis turns a flight attendant's life upside down in this witty, breezy debut romantic comedy about life -- and love -- 30,000 feet above the ground.

30 review for The Layover

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    based on the synopsis, this promises like a fun and exotic forced proximity enemies-to-lovers rom-com. whats not to love about that? however, what the synopsis doesnt mention (and what you find out on page one) is the MC is already in a committed, loving relationship. and heres why i dont like when authors do that. the reader is given information (MC + boyfriend = love). but then, because the MC is separated from her boyfriend, she all of the sudden doesnt love him and we are TOLD (not SHOWN) al based on the synopsis, this promises like a fun and exotic forced proximity enemies-to-lovers rom-com. whats not to love about that? however, what the synopsis doesnt mention (and what you find out on page one) is the MC is already in a committed, loving relationship. and heres why i dont like when authors do that. the reader is given information (MC + boyfriend = love). but then, because the MC is separated from her boyfriend, she all of the sudden doesnt love him and we are TOLD (not SHOWN) all the horrible things about him. all because another guy comes into the picture. its such a cheap and lazy way at justifying cheating/rebounding and i hate when authors do it. so, to me, this would have been infinitely better had the MC been single from the beginning. the story would not have been compromised in any way. but personal preferences aside, this is a cute book. the author is a flight attendant, so the in-depth knowledge about the job makes the story that much more realistic. and the writing is easy-going and matches the atmosphere of the story perfectly. so this is a good book to add to your summer TBR if you like quick and light stories set on the beach. thanks putnam for the ARC. ↠ 2.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    FINALLY, a reason to get ON a plane this SUMMER! This is the book to pack along with your bikini 👙 and beach hat 👒 as you head to the beach 🏖 or perhaps to Belize! 🏝 I wasn’t planning to read this book, as most ROM COM’s with flight attendants are so cliché! Until, I heard that it was written by a flight attendant. (from MY airline!) Okay! Ava Greene has just gotten engaged and is working her last trip. She has managed to score a 24 hour layover in Belize, which is usually only worked by flight a FINALLY, a reason to get ON a plane this SUMMER! This is the book to pack along with your bikini 👙 and beach hat 👒 as you head to the beach 🏖 or perhaps to Belize! 🏝 I wasn’t planning to read this book, as most ROM COM’s with flight attendants are so cliché! Until, I heard that it was written by a flight attendant. (from MY airline!) Okay! Ava Greene has just gotten engaged and is working her last trip. She has managed to score a 24 hour layover in Belize, which is usually only worked by flight attendants who have been with the airline longer than she has. What a way to end her 10 year career! Certainly a lot better than staring at the parking lot, or air conditioning unit at an airport hotel! 🙄 But then she discovers that she will be working the three day trip with her LEAST favorite flight attendant-Jack Stone-a guy who witnessed the MOST humiliating night of her life! Ugh! Over the next three days, she is going to second guess what she THINKS she knows about Jack, AND whether or not she is REALLY ready to clip her wings and start the next chapter of her life-one that won’t include flying. This was a FUN “enemies to lovers” ROM COM with playful banter AND an insiders view into what it is REALLY like to be a flight attendant-although glamorous overnights like these, are few and far between! Best suited for romance readers who are young (20’s and 30’s) or young at heart-and who prefer their romance rated PG! AVAILABLE NOW! 💕💕💕💕💕

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I’m just typing my definitely satisfied review for one of the best romance escapades of this year! It makes you feel good! It makes you smile! It makes you dance! It makes you drink tequila shoots and celebrate your life! It makes you free spirited, joyful, light headed, happy! And finally it makes you review your entire your life from different angle! It’s just about learning who you are, getting rid of your past baggages, sizing your opportunities! Easy to say, risky to apply! Ava Green, 10 y I’m just typing my definitely satisfied review for one of the best romance escapades of this year! It makes you feel good! It makes you smile! It makes you dance! It makes you drink tequila shoots and celebrate your life! It makes you free spirited, joyful, light headed, happy! And finally it makes you review your entire your life from different angle! It’s just about learning who you are, getting rid of your past baggages, sizing your opportunities! Easy to say, risky to apply! Ava Green, 10 years long flight attendant decides to take her last trip before getting engaged and settling in for more stable, neat, secluded life style with his workaholic, strict, uptight, somewhat annoying Alexander the great! ( at least he thinks he’s the best! What a narcissist douche! ) But sharing the work space with her nemesis/ womanizer, hot flight attendant Jack Stone increases her cabin fever. When their layover time extends because of plane’s malfunctioning, they find themselves to spend more quality, entertaining, crazy wild time at luxury resort in Belize . My condolences! ( rolling eyes effect, barely restraining jealousy laugh) As they reluctantly became accomplices for sharpening their matchmaking skills between Gen and Paul, Ava starts to realize she’s misjudging this smartass, flirty, charming nemesis who was the reminder of one of the most humiliating night of her live. She starts to fell more free and light hearted for a long time and the high chemistry pull them each other like magnets. Maybe this layover could give her a chance to rethink her life decisions. She always hated to be like her free spirited parents who never thought to marry, getting responsibilities, making long term plans for their lives. As she tries too hard to choose the opposite path from her parents followed, she realizes she loses more herself and acts like a person she is not. Now this attractive man, the possibility of bonding with real friends, understanding how her job fits her character make her question if she really wants to marry with that Macedonia king ( Alexander blah blah) and resign from her lifestyle. Overall : at the beginning I found Ava a little annoying. She was so biased about misdemeanors of Jack, thinking the worst of him but it helps the author to build perfect enemies to lovers premise. I liked the self discovery and crazy wild vacation theme the author offered us, too. Gen and Paul were adorable as supporting characters. Paul is sweet pie and Gen was a pocketful of sunshine! Interestingly I loved to read Layla’s sequel. Her character intrigued me a lot. She’s the best relationship consultant! Giving my four adventures, road trip, gas station cherry pie stars! I am looking forward to read the future works of the author! Special thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House / G. P. Putnam’s Sons for sharing this amazing digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  4. 4 out of 5

    elisa

    ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review the layover by lacie waldon, while beachy, does not read exactly as advertised. yes, ava greene is working her last trip as a flight attendant after a decade with her airline, and yes, she harbors a deep-seated resentment for her coworker jack stone—based entirely on assumptions and hearsay—who just so happens to be scheduled for her final flight before hanging up the ascot. what the summary fails to announce—for reasons unknown, consid ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review the layover by lacie waldon, while beachy, does not read exactly as advertised. yes, ava greene is working her last trip as a flight attendant after a decade with her airline, and yes, she harbors a deep-seated resentment for her coworker jack stone—based entirely on assumptions and hearsay—who just so happens to be scheduled for her final flight before hanging up the ascot. what the summary fails to announce—for reasons unknown, considering this plot point is in no way a spoiler and becomes immediately obvious one page into the book—is that ava is engaged to be married to a lawyer named alexander while all of this is happening, a fact for which no one but her mother knows. this is bound to become a problem for readers who dislike emotional cheating, or even the mere suggestion of it, and ava remains engaged to her boyfriend of nine months up until around the halfway mark of the layover, well into her romantic development with the real love interest of the novel. the crux of her emotional baggage—that she distrusts due to the romantic betrayals she's suffered in the past—confuses this plot detail. the immediate and intense attraction ava feels for jack both times that she interacts with him over the years (while in two different relationships) makes this characterization feel particularly hypocritical. she spends a large portion of the narrative berating jack for his assumed sexual proclivities, calling him a jackass, a notorious man-whore, a womanizing dirtbag, in and out of her head, to name a few, when she's committed the cardinal relationship sin not once, but twice: indulging in her attraction to another man while in a relationship. her refusal to establish boundaries with jack while working a flight to belize—physical or otherwise—or even to admit to him that she's currently engaged, renders her hatred for the unfaithful a little ridiculous. ironic for reasons readers will soon learn, the first time she meets jack, this is a glimpse at how she acts while she has a boyfriend: "i heard the unplanned lilt of flirtation in my tone and pulled my hand from the lock of hair i'd begun to twirl." ava has an incredibly uncanny ability to shift blame and use others as an excuse for her behavior whenever convenient. in her eyes, the secondhand gossip she's accumulated over the years concerning jack's sex life is reason enough to treat him like trash on and off the clock, despite the fact that she's "never even heard rumors of jack being unfaithful." when she inevitably gives in to his charm, it's not her, a fully cognizant adult capable of calling off the flirtatious dynamic they're creating, who's to blame. it's him for dragging her down to his level. enemies to friends to lovers is one of my all time favorite tropes, but in the layover the irrationality of this hot-and-cold dynamic becomes almost unbearable. though jack engages in light teasing throughout the book in an attempt to reciprocate ava's hostility, his is never as harsh as hers, never as pointed, never as hateful, resulting in an asymmetrical clash that makes ava feel like an unapologetic asshole laying in on an undeserving victim for most of the novel. it's this unfounded superiority—"because i am a better person than he is."—that colors most of her characterization. it's not limited to jack, either. the narrative wants you to believe she's a generous sweetheart, even though she's prone to passing judgment and looking down her nose at others. she also has a terrible tendency to assume the worst of the people in her life: "at least i don't have to tell meredith. she'd probably be secretly pleased, thinking someone as undependable as i am never deserved a man as stable and wonderful as alexander in the first place. there's no question she'd take alexander's side about my job." and, of course, the way she's seen by others lies at odds with her true character: "'i've flown with gen before, and people act like she's crazy. they make jokes about her like she can't hear them. they treat her like the peroxide has fried her brain. not you, though. you haven't made a single snide comment about her behind her back. i doubt you've even thought one.'" this conclusion from another character's mouth arrives at an unfortunate point in the narrative, as we've been privy to ava's innermost thoughts about her coworker gen for the last 260 or so pages. based off of one former flight they worked together years ago, here are a few of ava's very kind feelings on gen: • "i study her, wondering if this is the secret to her personality. could there be enough alcohol in her hair spray that she's always a little drunk?" • "gen's comment might feel more offensive if [...] gen thought anything through before she said it aloud. she doesn't, though. she reminds me of one of those broken faucets that sends water shooting everywhere the moment it's touched." • "[...] there's something pathetic about telling [gen] before i've told anyone else in the world. it's like the lonely cat lady who tells the gas station cashier about her promotion because nobody else sticks around long enough for her to get the words out." this is not to say these thoughts are totally unfounded—i'll get to gen's character in a moment—or that all of ava's inner monologues are mean-spirited. ava is capable of kindness and compassion, in spite of her snap judgments, and against all odds even develops a heart-warming friendship with gen over the course of the novel. i can't entirely fault a character for making observations like these in her head if they're never spoken aloud, but i can fault the narrative for wrongful characterization. she's not a sweet angel incapable of cruelty. her treatment of jack is in no way anomalous or exceptional. she's stubborn and irresponsible. most of all, though, her communication is an utter failure in the face of jack's constant transparency, his willingness to be candid about his past when asked. the result is an aggravating main character who sabotages herself practically the entire novel. the rest of the cast is of a similar caliber. alexander, ava's fiancé, is one of the worst offenders, though this shouldn't be surprising considering the novel needs a reason to ruin their relationship and casting him as the villain provides opportunity for the cleanest break. the problem is that alexander is so flagrantly awful that it becomes hard to believe ava ever saw anything in him to begin with. how she was able to convince herself she loved a man who has never once listened to her, has canceled every trip they've ever planned together, and who talks down to her like she's a live-in barbie doll and not an actual human being for nine months only to then discover practically overnight that she actually loved the idea of him is beyond me. i almost wish alexander had been written with more nuance. he has no redeeming qualities and his relationship with ava is completely unconvincing as a result. i'm bored of the black and white hero/villain dichotomy, particularly in the romance genre. i want to see more grey area, more complexity, more depth. i want to see human beings, not caricatures. other reviews claimed to find the intricacies of stewarding for airplane passengers boring, but i was actually kind of super enthralled to learn about the decorum, the minutiae, the technicalities of life as a flight attendant. i always love reading within niches like these when they're rich with detail. that being said, i do take issue with gen's blatant unprofessionalism. i tried not to let this remove me from the narrative, but whenever she did something outlandish, i found myself jokingly thinking, "what kind of establishment are you people running here?" i don't claim to be an expert on the rules and regulations of life as a flight attendant, especially not after learning that the author is (or was?) one herself. but i know that this career path is still today one of the most competitive and exacting. the expectations are stringent, the dress code precise, and even though many flight companies claim to be above the sexism/misogyny of early airline culture, there are still clandestine practices occurring during the hiring process that could be called discriminatory—things that women are evaluated for, like body type, age, and marital status, some of which the novel even names as relics of the past. i understand gen's character exists as comedic relief, but because casual sexism/misogyny is already so deeply embedded in this novel, i can't suspend my disbelief in order to look past how unrealistic her professional behavior is over the course of the layover. from minor infractions like brazen dress code violations (heavy glitter makeup, extremely short skirts, two high ponytails) to major professional misconduct like poor hygiene, flirting/propositioning coworkers (including pilots) on and off the clock, touching them suggestively while on duty without asking for consent, giving out a coworker's number to a passenger (again, without asking for consent), stealing from flights, making alarming comments about passengers and/or their children, often where they can hear—"'i just don't understand why we're not allowed to slip a little bit of benadryl into [whining children's] juice,' she says, too loudly."—gen has broken just about every code of conduct in the flight attendant rule book. it's just as ava says: "'it's a miracle you haven't been fired yet.'" so miraculous, in fact, that i don't believe it for a second. gen is a professional disaster and a huge liability and the raucousness with which she commits transgressions like these makes it impossible to believe her behavior has never gotten back to her airline company—unless we're operating under the assumption that her airline company is just shitty and negligent all around. this is another one of those things that i'm sure most readers wouldn't blink twice about, especially because this book is marketed as a romantic comedy, but because i have a hard time swallowing unrealistic writing in the contemporary romance genre, i blinked twice. thrice, even. i blinked many times. surprisingly, i found jack stone to be the most sympathetic character in the book. he's written with an empathy that's hard to ignore and he seems to have endless reserves of patience for all the disastrous characters around him. the funniest moments in the novel come from scenes he features heavily in: 'i should go. i have a hot shower and tiny toiletries waiting for me.' [...] 'that's adorable,' jack says. 'do those tiny toiletries make you feel normal-sized?' though the first half of the layover falls closer to two stars for me, the second half is where the story really takes off and some of the most breathtaking sequences unravel. once alexander exits the picture, ava and jack's romantic development becomes glittering, hard to look away from or put down. belatedly, i began to root for them and even enjoy ava's character as she started to unwind, giving in to her wanderlust. new and colorful characters emerge and the claustrophobic cabin of the airplane transitions into wide open landscapes, glowing caves, aquamarine ecosystems. while the writing (and dialogue, in particular) is at times overly ambitious—"'i'm not saying weirdness is sexually transmitted, but until it's been scientifically proven not to be, my dick is guaranteed to be skittish around the likes of you.'"—there are some beautiful hidden gems to be found inside this novel. '"my hair flies around my head, a cloud of dark, celebratory eels." and... "in sixth grade, i attempted a gingerbread man for our holiday assignment. my rendering was so inaccurate, i ended up in the principal's office, accused of turning in a penis." ...for example. because i hovered between two and four stars for so long, i'm giving the layover three, as a way to meet in the middle. for those who aren't as picky about their romantic comedies, i do recommend picking this up and giving it a shot. it's a fun debut, the leading love interest is an ideal candidate for a riveting take on enemies to lovers, and the setting makes this the perfect quarantine read—so long as you're okay with feeling a little cabin fever.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lacie

    This is my book!!! Look at it being all bright and adorable! Shockingly, I'm going to give it five stars. To be fair, I did read it repeatedly during the editing process and never got sick of it. So, I feel like it's reasonable to assume everyone else might enjoy it once. And, at the risk of sounding something less than humble... the writing in it is MAGNIFICENT. ;) This is my book!!! Look at it being all bright and adorable! Shockingly, I'm going to give it five stars. To be fair, I did read it repeatedly during the editing process and never got sick of it. So, I feel like it's reasonable to assume everyone else might enjoy it once. And, at the risk of sounding something less than humble... the writing in it is MAGNIFICENT. ;)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Lacie Waldon is a flight attendant and bookstagrammer, now rom com author. On top of that, The Layover stars Ava Greene as its main character who happens to be a flight attendant like Lacie! Also involved? A trip to tropical Belize. Ava is about to switch gears and say goodbye to her current job. She’s taking one last vacation and along for it is Jack, a former (gorgeous, but arrogant) pilot who has always gotten under her skin. You can imagine the chemistry and misadventures when they are stuck Lacie Waldon is a flight attendant and bookstagrammer, now rom com author. On top of that, The Layover stars Ava Greene as its main character who happens to be a flight attendant like Lacie! Also involved? A trip to tropical Belize. Ava is about to switch gears and say goodbye to her current job. She’s taking one last vacation and along for it is Jack, a former (gorgeous, but arrogant) pilot who has always gotten under her skin. You can imagine the chemistry and misadventures when they are stuck in Belize for the weekend. The Layover is pure fun in a book and the perfect summer rom com. I received a gifted copy of the book. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ink_Drinker

    I’ll start off by saying that Romance is not my usual genre, but when I saw the eye-catching cover of The Layover, I knew it was the summer Romance read for me! I loved meeting Ava Greene and learning about the life of a flight attendant. We are with Ava on her last flight before settling down and marrying her fiancé Alexander, living the stable life she has always wanted, leaving her wings behind. Enter....Jack Stone, the cocky, flirtatious former pilot turned flight attendant and Ava’s nemesis I’ll start off by saying that Romance is not my usual genre, but when I saw the eye-catching cover of The Layover, I knew it was the summer Romance read for me! I loved meeting Ava Greene and learning about the life of a flight attendant. We are with Ava on her last flight before settling down and marrying her fiancé Alexander, living the stable life she has always wanted, leaving her wings behind. Enter....Jack Stone, the cocky, flirtatious former pilot turned flight attendant and Ava’s nemesis who just happens to be sharing her last flight. Ava was looking forward to enjoying her last flight, but now she has to deal with Jack.....and to make things worse, their one-night layover in Belize turns into a weekend due to the plane’s mechanical issues. Ava is forced to spend time with Jack during the extended layover and she is finding out that Jack might not be the guy she thought he was. They have a playful chemistry between them and it has Ava thinking that maybe the steady lifestyle she thought she wanted isn’t for her and that maybe a life in the skies is exactly where she should be after all. Waldon did a great job with character development throughout the book and I enjoyed some of the secondary characters such as Gen, another flight attendant and Pilot Paul. They both added to the comedy that was Ava’s story! This is a great enemies to lovers story that had me finishing the book in one day. I would highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys reading Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books. It has an awesome summery vibe and perfect beach read that lets you escape to Belize with Ava and friends. This is Lacie Waldon’s debut novel and I am already looking forward to her next book!! Waldon’s book has made me a big fan of Rom-Coms! Thank you Lacie for expanding my reading genre!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    DNF @ 24%: This wasn't necessarily bad or anything but it just wasn't holding my attention. Onto the next one! DNF @ 24%: This wasn't necessarily bad or anything but it just wasn't holding my attention. Onto the next one!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    2.5 stars I've come to realize that I'm really not a rom-com kind of reader. I pick apart all of the logical plot holes and the unrealistic ways that I think the characters behave. That said, this is a pleasant read, but nothing particularly memorable. I love Belize. I have traveled there six times and am counting down the days until my seventh trip. I am very intimately familiar with all aspects of traveling there, as well as the geography of the country. So when I saw that this book featured a f 2.5 stars I've come to realize that I'm really not a rom-com kind of reader. I pick apart all of the logical plot holes and the unrealistic ways that I think the characters behave. That said, this is a pleasant read, but nothing particularly memorable. I love Belize. I have traveled there six times and am counting down the days until my seventh trip. I am very intimately familiar with all aspects of traveling there, as well as the geography of the country. So when I saw that this book featured a flight attendant with a layover in Belize I was all in. Unfortunately, I couldn't make the narrative match anything I know about the country. The airport is in Belize City. So I'm assuming from that fact that the flight attendants were spending their layover at a hotel in Belize City. Traveling to anywhere else in the country would be a very long bus ride or involve a small plane ride. Yet...many of the activities that are talked about are only available in certain areas that they would have no way to access from Belize City (The bioluminescence tour is only out of the Hopkins area, which is nowhere close). I suppose that if readers aren't familiar with the country they will just go on their merry way and enjoy the ride, but I just couldn't do it. I understood Ava's desire to have a settled life after the way she grew up. However, she seemed like a strong, independent woman that wouldn't just let her fiancé steamroll her. The more she described him the worse he seemed. When I described it to my husband he said "This sounds like the plot of every single Hallmark movie--woman engaged to a loser, encounters a former boyfriend/enemy/coworker and they fall in love when the woman finally figures out her fiancé is a jerk." He's not wrong, that's pretty much what happens in this book. For all of that, it's still a fast-paced, cute beach read. If you can lay aside the clichés, it is somewhat enjoyable. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    I think this book will work for a lot of people simply because . . . . . I get it. After a year and a half of lockdown many of you are fantasizing about tropical getaways and Belize is a pretty dang good spot to dream about heading to. Me, on the other hand????? Ah hell, who am I kidding? Sweatpants were all that fit me waaaaaaaaay before Covid ever was a thing. So this story is about two flight attendants who get stuck in Belize for a day due to mechanical problems with their plane (and w I think this book will work for a lot of people simply because . . . . . I get it. After a year and a half of lockdown many of you are fantasizing about tropical getaways and Belize is a pretty dang good spot to dream about heading to. Me, on the other hand????? Ah hell, who am I kidding? Sweatpants were all that fit me waaaaaaaaay before Covid ever was a thing. So this story is about two flight attendants who get stuck in Belize for a day due to mechanical problems with their plane (and we’ll just call that Exhibit A of why Kelly doesn’t want to ever leave her house, thankyouverymuch). I had so many problems with this one. First of all, the female lead starts off as engaged and is kind of a broken record with talk about how much she has dreamed of settling down and putting down roots, but then pulls a 180 and changes her mind instantly at about the halfway mark with no real rhyme or reason. Also, the fiancé seemed a bit of a drip (for the little page time he was given) and the in-laws would have been a hard pill to swallow, but the break up (that immediately follows the change of plans decision) was way impromptu and I couldn’t necessarily blame the guy for telling her to take a hike after she just changed their entire life plan over the phone (and after she never even thought about calling him to say hi or she made it safely or just that she loved him and was thinking of him – annnnnnnnd never returned his calls or texts either). And the initial reaction to the leading male Jack? I’m all for enemies to lovers, but dang girl this is your J.O.B. I get girl code or whatever, but just ignore the dude and be professional. It’s a freaking airplane trip, no one is asking you to give him a kidney. Sorry to everyone who loved this. I’m truly not looking to harsh your buzz. It just did not work at all for me. The writing, characters, plotting, pacing – it was all a fail.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angie Hockman

    A sexy, dazzling debut, The Layover is a jet fuel-powered rom-com that had me dreaming of sun-soaked beaches and a view from 35,000 feet. Plus the delicious, slow-burning romance, sizzling banter, and crackling chemistry? Swoon. If you’re an enemies-to-lovers fan—or have even a speck of wanderlust in your heart—The Layover is the romantic escape for you!

  12. 5 out of 5

    sil ♡ the book voyagers

    Man oh, man. I had high expectations for this book here, but sadly, it didn't live up to them. First of all, this was very boring... most of the book was. Nothing really happens until they finally arrive in Belize and do fun activities and actually the two main characters talk with each other and get to know one another. But before that? Goshhhhh it was tiresome. Mainly because of the heroine. I just didn't like her at all. She constantly misjudges every single person she comes in contact with. Man oh, man. I had high expectations for this book here, but sadly, it didn't live up to them. First of all, this was very boring... most of the book was. Nothing really happens until they finally arrive in Belize and do fun activities and actually the two main characters talk with each other and get to know one another. But before that? Goshhhhh it was tiresome. Mainly because of the heroine. I just didn't like her at all. She constantly misjudges every single person she comes in contact with. Then after she finally realizes that hey these people are not what you think they are, you have only thought about them a certain way, but hey you don't KNOW THEM!!!! it was waaay to late for me to actually start to like her and find her funny. 70%? nah. One of the things I was very confused about was the actual fact that Ava has a whole damn fiancé throughout the whole book. And he isn't the hero!!! The synopsis never gave me that little information so when I started this book I was like wait just a minute... So please put she is engaged in the synopsis???? It's so misleading and leads to you to start having second thoughts and definitely search words in the book to find out if the ending is worth it. I'm fine with the main characters having someone else at the beginning of the story but when the whole plot starts happening, she goes to work, she arrives in Belize, and she still HAS A WHOLE A** FIANCÉ. So of course I'm here wondering is she going to cheat? If you wanted to know before reading this book (view spoiler)[She doesn't cheat. They break up before that. (hide spoiler)] She doesn't say a thing. To anyone. She isn't wearing her ring (obviously so the miscommunication thickens, the plot can happen, and the problems arise) throughout the whole book. So it was a choice, not to say anything and that's just very eh. Jack, the hero, obviously does not know and you can see he does like her. But again Ava is very mean and she treats Jack so badly, all because of the big thing that happened two years ago. A thing she doesn't really know the whole story so she casts him as a villain and that's why this is "an enemies to lovers romance", you know? He has zero clues because the thing she thinks happened IS NOT TRUE. So he is actually really nice, taking the mean words thrown at him, and wondering why the f u c k is she like this with him when every single person she works with says she's so nice. My other issue was that this is clearly labeled as a romantic comedy, a romcom. Like every single contemporary romance with an illustrated cover releasing right now. But you all, this isn't it. I mean I laughed twice? Some scenes were funny but I was not laughing until maybe 50% into the novel. Comedy? How about yawning...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    is it too soon to say this is my favorite rom-com of 2021 when it’s not even 2021 yet?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)

    I was in the mood for a light weekend cute read and this one was great, apart from one small issue I had with it. Ava is a flight attendant and is paired up on a flight to Belize, with her arch nemeiss. Well kind of. Jack was partly responsible for the worst night of her entire life and when the plane has issues and they get stuck together in the beautiful island paradise, will she continue to hate him? I enjoyed this one. It was fun and had some really witty dialogue and funny moments. I liked Ava I was in the mood for a light weekend cute read and this one was great, apart from one small issue I had with it. Ava is a flight attendant and is paired up on a flight to Belize, with her arch nemeiss. Well kind of. Jack was partly responsible for the worst night of her entire life and when the plane has issues and they get stuck together in the beautiful island paradise, will she continue to hate him? I enjoyed this one. It was fun and had some really witty dialogue and funny moments. I liked Ava a character – so I didn’t quite understand why the biggest thing I didn’t like in the book happened. It’s not really a spoiler because you literally find out about it in the first few chapters of the book, but Ava is engaged to be married. And yes sure he is a total Jerk etc etc. But she is engaged to be married and it borders so close to cheating that it might as well be cheating. Jerk or no jerk. It feels like her fiance was written as a jerk just to excuse her falling for another man. However, if you ignore this part and go with the story and pretend that she is the victim in all of this it is quite an enjoyable read. I just didn’t like this one part of her story and character. She is such a strong character, it is hard to believe that she would let someone treat her like crap. I liked the setting and the characters. Gen was probably my favourite of all of them. I wish I was more like Gen! Ultimately it was a sweet story, a good romance. I loved the tension between the characters and the setting. I just wish that some things were a bit different. But it did the job at helping me escape the kids from lockdown for a few hours! For more reviews check out my: YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Facebook

  15. 4 out of 5

    Arundhati

    Ava greene has it all figured out. She finally has what she always wanted- to settle down. She is used to moving around places since forever and now she is ready to give it all up. But before she quits her job as a flight attendant, there is one last trip she has to take. Her supposedly last trip doesn't turn out anything as she imagined. What are the odds that she had to run into her nemesis Jack Stone, who always manages to bring out the worst in her. But as their trip goes underway Ava redisc Ava greene has it all figured out. She finally has what she always wanted- to settle down. She is used to moving around places since forever and now she is ready to give it all up. But before she quits her job as a flight attendant, there is one last trip she has to take. Her supposedly last trip doesn't turn out anything as she imagined. What are the odds that she had to run into her nemesis Jack Stone, who always manages to bring out the worst in her. But as their trip goes underway Ava rediscovers her love for travel and adventure while making new friends and finding in love. This was such a cute novel. Ava and Jack are absolutely adorable. Their chemistry is electric and jumps off the pages. The whole setting and the adventures they go onto is stuff of dreams. It even called to my perpetually-lazy-stay-at-home heart. As a person who had to keep shifting places all my life I totally relate with Ava's need to put down some roots. With constant travelling and moving around it becomes almost impossible to keep up with friends. I totally get it. But as lofty the idea of settling in one place seem like, I would still love to keep moving and discover new places. I am glad Ava felt the same way. Also I am really happy to see that Ava didn't need a guy to show her how much she loved travelling and that she should stand up for herself, instead she did that on her own. I fell in love with Jack. His kind and gentle heart. Specially the scene where he stops to ask Ava questions to know more about her. How attentive and respectful he was towards her is just amazing. I loved their relationship dynamics. The plot was really simple but well executed. It was heart warming and enjoyable. All the characters were great, even the supporting characters. Especially Gen. She is a friend I would want. It was a cute, fluffy and feel good kind of romcom which would leave your heart warm and fuzzy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shaylin Gandhi

    I adored this book! It's breezy, refreshing, and packed with great characters I not only sympathised with, but grew to love. It's intelligently written and a perfect beachy summer read with a satisfying ending. The characters sick with me long after I finished--ai read this book months ago and STILL think about it on a weekly basis. If that's not the hallway of a wonderfully written book, I don't know what is! I adored this book! It's breezy, refreshing, and packed with great characters I not only sympathised with, but grew to love. It's intelligently written and a perfect beachy summer read with a satisfying ending. The characters sick with me long after I finished--ai read this book months ago and STILL think about it on a weekly basis. If that's not the hallway of a wonderfully written book, I don't know what is!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    Besides the fact that everything was fade to black, I adored jack and enjoyed this one!

  18. 4 out of 5

    book bruin

    2.5 stars When I first saw the vibrant illustrated cover and read the blurb for The Layover, I thought I was going to be reading a fun enemies to lovers romcom. While it is an entertaining read featuring that trope, the larger part of the story is about Ava's personal journey to understand and accept who she truly is. There was a bit too much emphasis on the enemies part of the trope, however, and it ended up coming across as petty and mean. Unfortunately, I never felt the "something" between Ava 2.5 stars When I first saw the vibrant illustrated cover and read the blurb for The Layover, I thought I was going to be reading a fun enemies to lovers romcom. While it is an entertaining read featuring that trope, the larger part of the story is about Ava's personal journey to understand and accept who she truly is. There was a bit too much emphasis on the enemies part of the trope, however, and it ended up coming across as petty and mean. Unfortunately, I never felt the "something" between Ava and Jack that was referenced so often. The romance between them felt forced and seemed to be more about lust than true connection. I found the overall pacing slow and the story never quite pulled me in, which made the book feel overly long. One of my favorite parts of the book though was learning all the little details and secrets regarding flight attendants and their procedures. That behind the scenes was fascinating. The secondary characters were also a lot of fun, especially Gen. I think many readers will enjoy this story about living your life true to yourself, but I do wish that I had known (view spoiler)[that one of the main characters was engaged to be married prior to starting this book. Unfortunately, this detail really colored my perception of all the interactions between the main characters and it made the engaged character pretty unlikeable to me (even though it was clear that their relationship was doomed from page 1). (hide spoiler)] I think there was enough going on with both characters and their pasts that that additional drama was unnecessary. CW: cheating, mentions of alcoholism, slut shaming, fear of parental abandonment, strained parental relationships, death of family member (cancer) *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Plunkett

    The Layover by Lacie Waldon was an amazing mix of fun, adventure and romance! Ava is recently engaged to stable, routine-loving, lawyer Alexander and agrees to hand in her wheelie suitcase after working one last trip as a flight attendant. This particular trip includes the holy grail: a twenty four hour layover in Belize. Though Ava is determined to enjoy her last trip, she can't shake former Air Force pilot turned coworker Jack. The two keep up serious banter and competition from the parking lo The Layover by Lacie Waldon was an amazing mix of fun, adventure and romance! Ava is recently engaged to stable, routine-loving, lawyer Alexander and agrees to hand in her wheelie suitcase after working one last trip as a flight attendant. This particular trip includes the holy grail: a twenty four hour layover in Belize. Though Ava is determined to enjoy her last trip, she can't shake former Air Force pilot turned coworker Jack. The two keep up serious banter and competition from the parking lot to 30,000 feet above the ground. I loved the Layover! It was one of those books I was already recommending to people as I was reading, it's that good. Waldon's style reminds me of Christina Lauren and Jasmine Guillory. It was so fun getting a peak into what being a flight attendant is like: from the hotels to the hot plates! If you have the urge to travel or love romcoms definitely add The Layover to your to read list!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Libby Hubscher

    The Layover was the perfect escape for a dull winter in quarantine. It has everything my missing-travel heart needed. Intriguing insider’s view of air travel - check! Breathtaking setting on the shores of Belize - check! Enemies to lovers, workplace romance - check! Ava was an interesting, authentic character, wrestling with her own judgments- about Jack, about her parents, even about herself and the kind of life she should live. I got completely invested in Ava’s journey as she went toe-to-toe The Layover was the perfect escape for a dull winter in quarantine. It has everything my missing-travel heart needed. Intriguing insider’s view of air travel - check! Breathtaking setting on the shores of Belize - check! Enemies to lovers, workplace romance - check! Ava was an interesting, authentic character, wrestling with her own judgments- about Jack, about her parents, even about herself and the kind of life she should live. I got completely invested in Ava’s journey as she went toe-to-toe with Jack and her own misbeliefs, wrestled with her feelings until she figured out what she really wanted. I read this book in one sitting and enjoyed it so much--it was a sun soaked, swoony, tension-filled romp and I loved it!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5 / 5 stars The Layover is a romantic comedy. It is the author's debut. The narrator is 28 year old flight attendant Ava (1st person POV). She lives in Chicago. Ava was witty, funny and so sassy. I just loved her. I enjoyed everything to do with her being a flight attendant. I loved getting to see so much on the plane. And I loved seeing her life as a flight attendant. I love when authors write what they know. The fact that the author is a flight attendant makes everything so authentic. This is th 4.5 / 5 stars The Layover is a romantic comedy. It is the author's debut. The narrator is 28 year old flight attendant Ava (1st person POV). She lives in Chicago. Ava was witty, funny and so sassy. I just loved her. I enjoyed everything to do with her being a flight attendant. I loved getting to see so much on the plane. And I loved seeing her life as a flight attendant. I love when authors write what they know. The fact that the author is a flight attendant makes everything so authentic. This is the ultimate beach read. Fun and flirty with a heroine that made me smile. And her love/hate relationship with a certain male character was too funny. Also the supporting characters were the best. I absolutely loved R.J, Gen, Pilot Paul and Captain Ballinger. And Jack was super annoying and funny, but also charming. Parts of the book take place in different locations. But I really enjoyed getting to experience Belize. The title was super memorable and easy to remember. And it goes perfectly with the story. The cover is bright and beautiful. So perfect and cheerful for summer. The scene that stole the book for me was the scene with the fanny pack lady. OMG!!! Overall, there were a few surprising moments, which I loved. The book was so fun and funny. If you are looking for an amazing rom-com I would definitely recommend this book. I loved it! Thanks to edelweiss and G.P. Putnam's Sons for allowing me to read this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I absolutely loved this. This rom-com had well developed characters, strong chemistry and all out fun. I loved watching these two doing really almost anything together. The sparks and tense could be felt by the whole room. The writing was brilliant and the romantic parts were really special. This debut novel was everything I’d hoped it would be. It checked all the boxes and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good rom-com. Read this book. Thanks G.P. Putnam's Sons via Netgalley. I absolutely loved this. This rom-com had well developed characters, strong chemistry and all out fun. I loved watching these two doing really almost anything together. The sparks and tense could be felt by the whole room. The writing was brilliant and the romantic parts were really special. This debut novel was everything I’d hoped it would be. It checked all the boxes and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good rom-com. Read this book. Thanks G.P. Putnam's Sons via Netgalley.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    *ARC kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The Layover is Lacie Waldon’s rom-com debut and this was a blast to read. I loved watching Ava and Jack together. They seriously cracked me up. Ava is an endearing main character. Her luck was awful, but maybe at the end she really did end up being the lucky one. And Jack is hilarious, sweet, and completely misunderstood. Ava realizes that soon enough.The supporting characters are great,I could really see this b *ARC kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The Layover is Lacie Waldon’s rom-com debut and this was a blast to read. I loved watching Ava and Jack together. They seriously cracked me up. Ava is an endearing main character. Her luck was awful, but maybe at the end she really did end up being the lucky one. And Jack is hilarious, sweet, and completely misunderstood. Ava realizes that soon enough.The supporting characters are great,I could really see this book as a movie. . Where this was a fun slow burn rom-com, there was a bit of drama, but overall it was sweet! For all my friends that love a cute enemies to lovers story, pick this one up!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    Welp, this was a disappointment. It reminded me of Once Upon a Royal Summer, where a cute, kind and misunderstood woman in a job she loves that her betrothed does not (he's type A, controlling, "safe," and the Right Guy) has to leave her job for her man. Then she realizes he's Not Right, breaks up with him, and wham bam meets another dude right away. They fall in love after 48 hours and the end (with some other stuff in between for drama). I just didn't like Ava, I hated Jack, and everyone else w Welp, this was a disappointment. It reminded me of Once Upon a Royal Summer, where a cute, kind and misunderstood woman in a job she loves that her betrothed does not (he's type A, controlling, "safe," and the Right Guy) has to leave her job for her man. Then she realizes he's Not Right, breaks up with him, and wham bam meets another dude right away. They fall in love after 48 hours and the end (with some other stuff in between for drama). I just didn't like Ava, I hated Jack, and everyone else was literal cardboard. The chemistry was nonexistent and the ending was rushed, plus all I could think about was Ava not ever picking up her stuff from what's his nuts' place at the very end. And, just like Once Upon a Royal Summer, this the the straightest book on the face of the planet. It's so fucking heterosexual I can't even.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wolfie

    There's so much I want to say about this, but I think I can sum it up in one sentence: I've found my new favorite book! I love stories about traveling, airports/planes specifically, so naturally I gravitated towards this. I read a lot of romance and every so often, a gem will pop up and leave me stunned. I was blown away by this book. It ticks all the boxes for me - fresh, smooth writing with perfect pacing and chapter breaks, well-rounded/fully fleshed out characters, believable emotional confli There's so much I want to say about this, but I think I can sum it up in one sentence: I've found my new favorite book! I love stories about traveling, airports/planes specifically, so naturally I gravitated towards this. I read a lot of romance and every so often, a gem will pop up and leave me stunned. I was blown away by this book. It ticks all the boxes for me - fresh, smooth writing with perfect pacing and chapter breaks, well-rounded/fully fleshed out characters, believable emotional conflict, and an original, intriguing story that feels character-driven and not plot-driven. Also, it's hilarious. Rom-coms tend to reach too far for their humor and it makes me cringe, but this has a great subtle humor weaved in that had me cracking up. If you're keen on a lot of steam or physical interaction between the two leads in your romance books, you might be disappointed over the lack of them here, but this story fares so well without it. I was so invested in Ava's story that I was far more interested in her character development than any naughty time between her and Jack. The author did such an excellent job at crafting characters that feel like real people with flaws and that's what kept me reading - this book felt so genuine and not far-fetched, it felt like one of those "you're not gonna believe what happened to me last weekend" kind of stories from your friends. I love a healthy dose of realism in my books and if you do too, you're gonna love this one. Very rarely do I read epilogues because, strangely, most end up ruining the story for me, but curiosity got the better of me and it ended up being the icing on the cake. Without spoiling it too much, two supporting characters get their happy ending in the sweetest way, and it's the perfect end to an amazing book. If you're a fan of The Hating Game by Sally Thorne or Beach Read by Emily Henry, you're gonna wanna check this out. It feels like newer titles get those comparisons and don't live up to those high standards in my opinion, but this deserves it. This book feels like it's gonna be a big hit when it's released. Seriously, all the props to Lacie Waldon - you've written an incredible book! I'm already itching to re-read it and am gonna pre-order a copy now! Thank you SO much to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an ARC to review!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    3.5 stars. Enemies-to-lovers? Forced proximity? Tropical locale? Yes, please! You get all of that and more in this debut rom-com from Lacie Waldon, The Layover . Ava has been a flight attendant for 10 years. But this is her last flight—now that she’s engaged she doesn’t want to be gone all the time. She’s looking forward to this flight, which includes a layover in Belize—it’s a nice farewell gift and a celebration of her engagement. And then she discovers he's on her flight—Jack Stone, the sexy 3.5 stars. Enemies-to-lovers? Forced proximity? Tropical locale? Yes, please! You get all of that and more in this debut rom-com from Lacie Waldon, The Layover . Ava has been a flight attendant for 10 years. But this is her last flight—now that she’s engaged she doesn’t want to be gone all the time. She’s looking forward to this flight, which includes a layover in Belize—it’s a nice farewell gift and a celebration of her engagement. And then she discovers he's on her flight—Jack Stone, the sexy pilot-turned-flight attendant. Her nemesis. The one person she truly humiliated herself in front of one night. Of all the people…but Ava is determined to make it work. And when the Belize layover turns into a longer stay at a resort because of mechanical difficulties, she can’t believe she’s trapped with him. Why is it he doesn’t seem to understand why she hates him? Rom-com fans, you know the drill. As Ava and Jack team up for a little matchmaking on behalf of their colleagues, she starts to realize that maybe he’s not the devil she’s always thought he was. Maybe the hyper-organized, routine life she’s about to embark on with her ego-driven fiancé isn’t the one she really wants after all? As I’ve said before, part of the charm of rom-coms for me is their predictability. I love that you mostly know how The Layover will go, I love the enemies-to-lovers trope, and because Waldon is an actual flight attendant, it’s full of authentic details. I’ll admit Ava is a bit annoying at the start with her hatred of Jack, and I felt like her emotional arc was a little rushed, but this was still such a fun, cute, romantic story. (And as if I didn’t already check out all the sexy male flight attendants?) Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    The Layover by Lacie Waldon is an excellent contemporary romance that is a ray of sunshine, especially during these cold winter months. It has everything: an excellent plot, wonderful main characters that have charisma and chemistry, fabulous backdrop, witty banter, and humor abound. All these things are wrapped together to create a book that I devoured in less then 2 days. Can I first say that the author’s description of their time in Belize makes me want to travel there RIGHT NOW. Her ability The Layover by Lacie Waldon is an excellent contemporary romance that is a ray of sunshine, especially during these cold winter months. It has everything: an excellent plot, wonderful main characters that have charisma and chemistry, fabulous backdrop, witty banter, and humor abound. All these things are wrapped together to create a book that I devoured in less then 2 days. Can I first say that the author’s description of their time in Belize makes me want to travel there RIGHT NOW. Her ability to describe the tropical surroundings, landscapes, and locations is spot on. Also, her knowledge of travel, positions and logistics within the travel industry, and the main characters respective jobs and duties really added authenticity to the narrative. I loved Ava Greene and Jack Stone. Their flaws and imperfections make them approachable and realistic as well as likable. They seem to fit together perfectly once the novel takes that turn. I loved their respective and joined journeys and the wit, dialogue, and one liners were spot on. It was romantic, heartwarming, and funny. I really enjoyed this debut book from what I expect will be an impressive second career from Ms. Waldon. I am instantly a fan. 5/5 stars Thank you EW and G.P. Putnam’s for this arc and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion. I am posting this review to my GR, Instagram, and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 6/15/21.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Reading this was an absolute joy! It's got everything: sizzling chemistry, witty banter, and a protagonist whose layers unfold with each page. With a strong debut, Lacie Waldon will be a name to watch for when you want a breezy, cozy read. Reading this was an absolute joy! It's got everything: sizzling chemistry, witty banter, and a protagonist whose layers unfold with each page. With a strong debut, Lacie Waldon will be a name to watch for when you want a breezy, cozy read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    There are a variety of new titles coming out this year featuring air travel and flight attendants. This is my second of four. I read Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am earlier this year and have Hostage and Falling queued up for later this month. This debut romcom is definitely the lightest of the four and I needed a fluffy read after finishing Hairpin Bridge yesterday. This book totally delivered. The plot includes an enticing combination of actual flight time/work, of There are a variety of new titles coming out this year featuring air travel and flight attendants. This is my second of four. I read Come Fly the World: The Jet-Age Story of the Women of Pan Am earlier this year and have Hostage and Falling queued up for later this month. This debut romcom is definitely the lightest of the four and I needed a fluffy read after finishing Hairpin Bridge yesterday. This book totally delivered. The plot includes an enticing combination of actual flight time/work, off-duty time, and fun time. The haters to lovers trope is well developed and Ava is a delightful heroine to spend a few days with. Tuck this one in your beach bag and pretend you are in Belize along with Ava, Jack, Gen, and Paul the Pilot. You could also include the David Bell thriller, Layover in your summer reading if you want another thriller with air travel connections. I really liked that one as well. Happy travels! Thank you to G.P. Punam's and Edelwiess+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    I LOVED this book. I love a good enemies-to-lovers romance, especially in the workplace; one of my all-time favorites is The Hating Game - and The Layover reminded me a lot of it! Ava and Jack had obvious chemistry and fantastic banter, and I could easily picture all the tropical locales they visited in Belize. The side characters (especially Gen and Pilot Paul) were fantastic and fleshed out really well, too. I do have one minor complaint, and that's only that the blurb listed in NetGalley wasn' I LOVED this book. I love a good enemies-to-lovers romance, especially in the workplace; one of my all-time favorites is The Hating Game - and The Layover reminded me a lot of it! Ava and Jack had obvious chemistry and fantastic banter, and I could easily picture all the tropical locales they visited in Belize. The side characters (especially Gen and Pilot Paul) were fantastic and fleshed out really well, too. I do have one minor complaint, and that's only that the blurb listed in NetGalley wasn't exactly accurate to what happens in the story (especially the last paragraph). But that's an easy fix, especially considering how great the rest of the story was! Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for allowing me to read this great book, in exchange for a review!

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