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 doe ...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 ...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*
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 st ...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 s ...more
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 c ...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 was miss/>Excess ...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 charact ...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 ...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, ...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
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.
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
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 tha ...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? ...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 ri ...more
I found the characters were created exceptionally well. Each was very realistic and easy to get to k ...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
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 ...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 fi ...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 cl ...more
This is a stand alone (for now) but I am hoping that the author decides to give us a Tom and Brooke story next!!!
This is Jack and Erica's love story...
Remember your summer fling from when you were a teenager?!?! The one that got away... How crazy would it be to run into that person as a full grown sexy adult on a vacation on the islands?!?! Perfection, right?!?! Well that's what has happened he ...more
I loved this book's cover (so gorgeous) and loved the idea of rekindling a teenage romance. I think the concept will resonate with ...more
This story is about Jack and Erica who met when they were fifteen and we instantly drawn together but something happens and the two drift apart....
Now it's fifteen years later, Erica is seeing another guy who she isn't in love with and Jack is surrounded by mystery. The two reunite when they both go on a vacation with their friends.
There are definitely steamy parts of thi ...more
She enjoys wearing yoga pants and reading fitness magazines while sitting on the sofa eating chocolate. S ...more