Princess Emma Reviews: Excess Baggage by Laura Barnard

Princess Emma Reviews: Excess Baggage by Laura BarnardExcess Baggage by Laura Barnard
on May 23rd 2017
Pages: 220
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4 Stars

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?

4 Crowns

Excess Baggage is a standalone romantic comedy, unrelated to any previous work by this author.

Erica is on a girl’s holiday to Luna Island. It’s a well needed break following her mum’s current battle with cancer and a relationship with Karl that isn’t floating her boat anymore. So imagine her shock when she comes face to face with the boy that broke her heart following a holiday romance at the tender age of 15. Jack was her first love, but do feelings still remain? She has a week to find out.

Every girl will be able to relate to this book. Quintessential British humour, I felt like I was on a girls holiday with my own chicks. With plenty of laughs and a few steamy moments, this was one of those quick, easy reads that are sometimes just what we need. No heavy, complex storylines, just a book that will put a smile on your face as you reminisce on your own first love or holiday fling, whilst laughing out loud at the cringe worthy moments that poor Erica finds herself in.

Laura Barnard is a brand new author for me and I loved how British her writing style was. I loved hearing about Peterborough, Burnham-on Sea and Brighton. I’ve been to these places so could imagine myself there. The majority of books I read are U.S based, so to read my language, slang and about places I have visited, well it was a refreshing change that I just really enjoyed.

So if you are looking for a quick, light-hearted, fun and flirty summer read then look no further. Get your glass of Sangria and sun-lounger ready and settle down with this book, you won’t regret it. I just hope we get more. Brooke and Tom having left me wanting more.

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