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- Publication Date: May 23, 2017
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- Language: English
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Excess Baggage (Standalone) (Babes of Brighton Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
Excess Baggage is a beautiful second chance romance with the perfect mix of humour and emotion. Telling the story of reconnecting with a first love, this story offers up so much. From the very first page you’re pulled into the story, the grip it has on you growing tighter and tighter with each page you read. One moment you’ll be cooing at how adorable the story is, only to be snorting with laughter in the next moment. It truly is a wonderful blend of all the necessary aspects to make an addictive romance read.
Whilst I loved so many things about this story, I think my favourite aspect was the humour. I was chuckling aloud at so many of the scenes. One chapter in particular had me clutching my stomach for fear I would do myself serious damage with all the laughter bubbling from me. What I especially loved is that it wasn’t too over the top. Although there was more than enough to leave you giggling throughout, there were plenty of moments where the story had a more serious note to it. Ensuring fans are chuckling whilst maintaining a serious story is vital, and this one certainly delivers on that front.
It also delivers in giving you characters you’ll fall in love with. I fell madly in love with our main characters from the very start of the story – in fact, I loved the entire cast – and I couldn’t help but hope they would get their happily ever after. The way in which the details of the past slowly come to light and mix with the events of the present allowed my emotions to slowly alter in regards to characters, and for me to feel so many different things towards each of the characters in such a short space of time was brilliant. They really do come alive, jumping off the page.
Mix in the humour and the amazing cast with the gripping storyline, and you have the recipe for a mind-blowing read. The biggest disappointment for me is that the book wasn’t longer – there was plenty of drama, we had plenty of hot scenes, and we experience so much – yet I would have liked to spend even more time following the wonderful cast of characters we were introduced to, as I wanted to spend even longer holidaying with them. This simply demonstrates how deeply I came to love the story – only those that truly grip you leave you wanting to spend more time with the characters.
I would also like to point out that there’s the possibility of getting the story of two of the other characters we are introduced to in this book. I say yes, a thousand times yes. In fact, I say yes to hearing the story of all of the characters. The cast was wonderful and I came to enjoy them all, and getting to read the love stories for all of the characters is certainly something I would love to do.
Honestly, this story was absolutely adorable. I was pulled under the spell from start to end, and I cannot wait to read more of Laura Barnard’s work.
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