Erica Bennett often dreamt of her first love…she didn’t expect to bump into him while on a girl’s holiday. A much older, hotter version of him.
It isn’t long before sparks begin to fly, but fifteen years is a long time. They aren’t the same people they were back then. But it’s only a week of fun, right?
Is it a second chance at something re ...more
My God, how is it fair that he got hotter? I’ve always kind of hoped that he was one of those gorgeous teenagers that peaked early and was now obese and ugly, possibly bald. But this level of good looking, well it’s just not fair at all.
Friends are supposed to be there for you when you do stupid stuff. Not to just judge you and say I told you so. I have my mother for that.
Molly is so cute and loveable that it’s like sunbeams actually shine from her eyes. No one ever meets her and ...more
Arriving on Luna Island with her friends for a much needed holiday, Erica Bennett can’t believe it when the boy from her first holiday romance, all those years ago, walks into the same hotel. Only that boy, Jack Lawson, is very much now a M-A-N *winks*
One thing’s for sure, th ...more
Excess Baggage was a nice quick read.
I've appreciated the sunny lively atmosphere and the motley group of characters that make this story funny,intriguing and enjoyable.
Erica and Jack didn't have a good record for their past encounters but their attraction is still over the top.I was so curious to know if their future will be better now after 15 years I've read this story in a day.
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Excess Baggage is a beautiful second chance romance with the perfect mix of humour and emotion. Telling the story of recon ...more
An enjoyable, fun second chance romance.
I listened to this in audio. Brilliantly narrated.
I loved the whole girls on holiday, getting away, letting their hair down kind of story with girly times, laughter, humour, flirting, sassy & witty British character's, which gave it a Bridget Jones kind of feel. Throw in a group of boys and Erica meeting her first love from a holiday way back when she was a teenager at just fifteen and this girly holiday turns into a sexy second chance romance.
Erica is enjoying her vacation with friends when she bumps into Jack, her first love. Only now, Jack seems absolutely irresistible and Erica finds herself completely flustered. Similar feelings haunt Jack and he can't seem to keep himself distanced from Erica for long. But with Karl (Erica's current boyfriend) and Amber (who is constantly checking on Jack) i ...more
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Since Excess Baggage was my first Laura Barnard book, I didn't know what to expect, but my initial concerns were unfounded: Excess Baggage was a fun and quick summer read. It is perfect for a day at the beach or the pool.
Excess Baggage is a relatively short and therefore really fast paced story, which I am not used to normally. The shortness of the novel was at the expense of the characters, unfortunately. The characters were nice and loving but I ...more
This story was really well written with a very promising story line. The premise of young teenage love finding each other 15 years later would be a wonderful second chance story. Even with this particular story and the things that they did, their "adventures", and maybe some portions of their friend's involvement and interactions would work. However, it's the characters that put ...more
The Blurb :
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 ...more
The story is about Erica a girl who escapes on a girls holiday, never expecting to run into her ex ‘the one that got away’.
Jack is a man now, but Erica still can’t forget the painful break up, or the way in which he so brutally dropped her, but she also cannot stop her heart from fluttering whenever he is nearby, or the way in which she is attracted to him.
Jack has always had a soft spot ...more
This is a second chance at love story and although I have read several books form Laura Barnard, the narrator Penny Scott-Andrews is new to me.
This is not a particularly long book to listen to and although I enjoyed the story line I could not get into the narrator at all.
A girls trip away leads Erica Bennett to a blast from the past, when she comes face to face with her first love Jack Lawson, the man who broke ...more
Ok I loved this audio is so sweet and frustrating and reminded me of summer holiday romances and that feeling that the men you meet are the sun, moon and stars but in this case our heroine in this story has never got over her first summer fling and when a chance encounter brings them back together it sets off a chain of misunderstandings and frustrations to a love that never runs smooth. I loved it but note to self don’t listen to this and let your mum in the room as it is quite ...more
This is a lovely second chance at romance story with so much humour throughout. Fans of the author will love this, as will those who enjoy an easy read with plenty of laughs.
This hilarious read which took less than two hours to read, was a funny and light hearted and perfect summer read for 2017. I think I had in my head how the story would go, but the author put so many extras that have your sides hurting with laughter, you can't help but fall in love with all th ...more
Every time Laura Barnard has a new book coming out or she wants to relaunch one of her books, she always sends me a message through Instagram and asks if I want to be a part of the launch or review the book. I always say yes because her stories are always hilarious and the characters are very real and imperfect. I find some of her characters irritating at first and then you will end up rooting for them. There was one story where I wasn't sure if ...more
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 ...more
With a fresh and light first person narration, Laura Barnard tell the Erica's story. She's a girl trapped in a relationship where she's no longer happy. This lover boy was her rock, her partner, her friend... but he's not rocking her world. When her mom is about to start ...more
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 ...more
A fun and entertaining story that held my interest completely with the antics of this group of friends. Erica can't believe her eyes when she ends up face to face with her first romance. You can definitely feel the connection that they share but will they ever get their timing right and end up with a happy ever after?
I really enjoyed the fact that you get to see the sto ...more
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 s ...more
This is a second chance romance for Jack and Erica, who had met, had fun and had an affair when they were at the young age of fifteen. The perfect puppy love if you’d ask me. Now, fifteen years later, they saw each other again on a holiday in Luna Island, and tried to rekindled t ...more
Going into the story we meet Erica who has just arrived on Luna Island for a girly holiday. Across the hotel lobby she spots Jack, an ex boyfriend from 15 years ago when they were teens. Also on holiday with his friends! What a coincidence... What could go wrong?
I could tell from the off that they still had feelings for each other - whether it was love, I wasn't sure after the way their rel ...more
I found the characters were created exceptionally well. Each was very realistic and easy to get to k ...more
Have you ever thought, what could have been if you stayed in touch?
Did you think you would ever see them again? And if so, what would happen?
This fun and quick read from Laura Barnard is all about finding your first love, and letting fate take its course. When Erica takes a much need break away from her ailing mum with her besties, she had no idea that the group of rowdy boys they stumble upon at the bar, one of them was her first love. Co ...more
A teenage encounter left Erica and Jack forlorn when their holiday was over and they had to go back to their respective home towns, some distance apart. Despite trying to keep the relationship alive via texting, one ill-thought out text from Jack upsets Erica and she refuses to answer his call when he realises his mistake.
15 years later, they bump into each other again while on holiday at Luna Island and it's clear to every ...more
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In her spare time she enjoys drinking her body weight in tea, cuddling dogs, matchmaking her friends (very successfully), binging True Crime, indulging in the power nap and reading past her bedtime.