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Reviews: Excess Baggage by Laura Barnard

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'An absolute must read this Summer!' Lady Living in Bookland
'Quintessential British humour, I felt like I was on a girls holiday with my own chicks.' Persuing Princesses Book Blog
'Almost made me pee myself I laughed so hard!' Shelly's Book Corner

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?

Erica and Jack met as teenagers and had a summer romance that endured for a little after summer was over, but not long enough.  Fast forward some 12 years and Erica is with her girlfriends on a holiday trip at an island resort when she encounters her former flame across the hotel lobby.  What’s a girl to do?
When their groups meld together, Erica and Jack will be constantly around each other.  With the attraction still there and strong as ever, they’ll have to decide whether or not they can risk a second summer fling.
This was my first read by this author and, for the second time this week, I have been greatly impressed.  Excess Baggage was a page turner for me and I couldn’t put it down until I read the very last line.  The book flowed effortlessly and I enjoyed both the storyline and the characters.  Also, their visit to the local pharmacy almost made me pee myself I laughed so hard.
Jack and Erica have each their own baggage plus the fact that they still live in different cities.  They are reminded every step of the way the reason they didn’t work out the first time around and they are conflicted about their feelings.  I found myself upset about the amount of mixed signals Jack gives her, but it didn’t stop me from liking him.  And the secondary characters do not disappoint at all, especially her friends Brooke and Evelyn.  What a pair!
Excess Baggage is a second chance romance, filled with unexpected laughter and I recommend it to anyone looking for a quick romantic read with the perfect ending.

4.5 Book Corner Stars 
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Excess Baggage is definitely a fun read with several LOL moments.  For second chances and almost a decade later, Jack and Erica reunite.  While I have never read Laura Barnard, I was pleasantly surprised.  

With second chances as being first loves, it was great to see them reconnect after so many years.  Both had pasts. Erica was in a deadend relationship and Jack needed to get away with friends.   A time to recharge the batteries.  The characters were quiet a bunch.  To see them enteract with each other was wonderful. I can definitely see a future in them.  But when you are on a vacation, good times come to an end.   Will Erica and Jack take a chance on a life together and be on a permanent vacation?

I enjoyed the humor of Excess Baggage.  It was nice to let go and get lost in a book.  

3.5 Book Corner Stars 
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