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The Layover

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  32 reviews

An unexpected tropical layover with her nemesis turns a flight attendant's life upside down in this witty, breezy debut romantic comedy about life--and love--30,000 feet above the ground.

After ten years as a flight attendant, Ava Greene is poised to hang up her wings and finally put down roots. She's got one trip left before she bids her old life farewell, and she plans

Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: June 15th 2021 by Putnam
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Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

the layover by lacie waldon, while beachy, does not read exactly as advertised. yes, ava greene is working her last trip as a flight attendant after a decade with her airline, and yes, she harbors a deep-seated resentment for her coworker jack stone—based entirely on assumptions and hearsay—who just so happens to be scheduled for her final flight before hanging up the ascot. what the summary fails to announce—for reasons unknown, consid
Angie Hockman
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sexy, dazzling debut, The Layover is a jet fuel-powered rom-com that had me dreaming of sun-soaked beaches and a view from 35,000 feet. Plus the delicious, slow-burning romance, sizzling banter, and crackling chemistry? Swoon. If you’re an enemies-to-lovers fan—or have even a speck of wanderlust in your heart—The Layover is the romantic escape for you!
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
*ARC kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

The Layover is Lacie Waldon’s rom-com debut and this was a blast to read. I loved watching Ava and Jack together. They seriously cracked me up. Ava is an endearing main character. Her luck was awful, but maybe at the end she really did end up being the lucky one. And Jack is hilarious, sweet, and completely misunderstood. Ava realizes that soon enough.The supporting characters are great,I could really see this b
Shaylin Gandhi
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book! It's breezy, refreshing, and packed with great characters I not only sympathised with, but grew to love. It's intelligently written and a perfect beachy summer read with a satisfying ending. The characters sick with me long after I finished--ai read this book months ago and STILL think about it on a weekly basis. If that's not the hallway of a wonderfully written book, I don't know what is! ...more
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
is it too soon to say this is my favorite rom-com of 2021 when it’s not even 2021 yet?
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading this was an absolute joy! It's got everything: sizzling chemistry, witty banter, and a protagonist whose layers unfold with each page. With a strong debut, Lacie Waldon will be a name to watch for when you want a breezy, cozy read. ...more
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my book!!! Look at it being all bright and adorable! Shockingly, I'm going to give it five stars. To be fair, I did read it repeatedly during the editing process and never got sick of it. So, I feel like it's reasonable to assume everyone else might enjoy it once. And, at the risk of sounding something less than humble... the writing in it is MAGNIFICENT. ;) ...more
Elizabeth Plunkett
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Layover by Lacie Waldon was an amazing mix of fun, adventure and romance! Ava is recently engaged to stable, routine-loving, lawyer Alexander and agrees to hand in her wheelie suitcase after working one last trip as a flight attendant. This particular trip includes the holy grail: a twenty four hour layover in Belize. Though Ava is determined to enjoy her last trip, she can't shake former Air Force pilot turned coworker Jack. The two keep up serious banter and competition from the parking lo ...more
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fast, fun read. Hilarious banter. Interesting characters that you want to hang out with.
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
Man oh, man. I had high expectations for this book here, but sadly, it didn't live up to them.

First of all, this was very boring... most of the book was. Nothing really happens until they finally arrive in Belize and do fun activities and actually the two main characters talk with each other and get to know one another. But before that? Goshhhhh it was tiresome. Mainly because of the heroine. I just didn't like her at all. She constantly misjudges every single person she comes in contact with.
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There's so much I want to say about this, but I think I can sum it up in one sentence: I've found my new favorite book!

I love stories about traveling, airports/planes specifically, so naturally I gravitated towards this. I read a lot of romance and every so often, a gem will pop up and leave me stunned. I was blown away by this book. It ticks all the boxes for me - fresh, smooth writing with perfect pacing and chapter breaks, well-rounded/fully fleshed out characters, believable emotional confli
Kaitlyn DeSanto
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I became incredibly involved with the characters- Jack made me both want to kiss him and kick his butt. I became deeply invested in Ava's life and felt compelled to offer her relationship advice- it was as though I made new new friend. I can't count the number of times I said, "No, Ava, don't!" and "Oh, good for you, Ava!" out loud. The entire book from cover to cover played out like a wonderful full color, high resolution movie in my head. I literally couldn't it put down. I read until my finge ...more
Jillian Doherty
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A perfect rom-com, escapist read!!
110% delightful~ from its friends-to-lovers set up, to it's deftly written deeper plot points.

Waldon smartly layers emotional growth, self actualization, and perspectives gained from past experiences (all with some spicy tension that keeps the pages turning too).

This is for anyone who loved Flight or Fight, or are fans of Sally Thorne, or Emily Henry!
We should all treat ourselves to an uplifting read like this!

Galley borrowed from the publisher.
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Layover is an enemies to lovers romance by debut author Lacie Waldon.

Ava wants stability and routine in her life. Her recent engagement has allowed her to quit her job as a flight attendant and put down the roots she’s dreamed of since she was a child. Ava has one last run to complete and includes an overnight in tropical Belize. She is so excited to be ending her career with such a good route, until she meets her cabin crew.

Jack, a former military pilot who is now a flight attendant, is a m
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I love a good enemies-to-lovers romance, especially in the workplace; one of my all-time favorites is The Hating Game - and The Layover reminded me a lot of it! Ava and Jack had obvious chemistry and fantastic banter, and I could easily picture all the tropical locales they visited in Belize. The side characters (especially Gen and Pilot Paul) were fantastic and fleshed out really well, too.

I do have one minor complaint, and that's only that the blurb listed in NetGalley wasn'
Kyndall Williams
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ava thinks the best part of her life is just beginning, but really is it just about to end? Newly engaged, she sets off on her last trip as a flight attendant. It just so happens to be an overnight in Belize. On this trip she realizes she isn't ready to give up who she is or her job just to marry the guy who she thinks is right for her. Will Ava's revelations cause trouble in paradise or will she get exactly what she's always wanted?


This was a really great, quick read for me. I didn't expec
Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks
What a great debut! Ava is looking to settle down. After a life of travel and jet setting (literally) she is ready to put some roots down and start her life. Too bad fate has other plans for her. Ava is on what she thinks will be the last flight of her stewardess career, but when she gets stranded in Belize with her nemesis, she has no choice but to look into herself and reevaluate all the things she wants out of life.
Jack is a flight attendant and Ava knows that they are bad news after her ex
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
*special thanks to edelweiss+ and penguin publishing group*

the best word to describe this book is FUN! it was entertaining, consuming and charming; in some points of my reading, i wanted to punch the mc, BUT!!! overall i loved it and hated how much it turned me into an idiot lol
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the storyline and the character's occupation (flight attendants). The supporting characters in The Layover were also absolutely wonderful. Fun and spunky. This is a group of people I would love to spend time with. ...more
Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was the exact type of romance I love, with an enemies to lovers trop alongside an independent and realistic female protagonist. From just a few pages in, I was obsessed with the premise of the main character being a flight attendant, an occupation a lot of us would love to pull the curtain back on and this book does just that alongside a fun and well written romantic storyline.

I appreciated that the author allowed the main character to reflect on her own behavior and thoughts, bringing an
Dec 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I was fascinated by the story flight attendants and the lifestyle they live. As a little girl I thought it would have been an awesome job. That being said the information of being flight attendants bogged down the story. All these regulations was a bit much for me. I also didn’t care for the main character Ava at first. At the beginning, she was so rude to her co worker Jack, which was unprofessional and immature in her part. She assumed he was part of scheme for her ex to cheat on her. Even wit ...more
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Layover by Lacie Waldon is an excellent contemporary romance that is a ray of sunshine, especially during these cold winter months. It has everything: an excellent plot, wonderful main characters that have charisma and chemistry, fabulous backdrop, witty banter, and humor abound. All these things are wrapped together to create a book that I devoured in less then 2 days.

Can I first say that the author’s description of their time in Belize makes me want to travel there RIGHT NOW. Her ability
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Waldon's debut novel is delightful. It had everything I wanted in a romance right now - set in December but has nothing to do with Christmas, a steamy enemies to lovers plot (done the best way, with only one party knowing they are enemies), a lead learning to overcome her complicated childhood, a diner scene that was the moment I fell for the story. Can't wait to read what she writes next!
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, 2020
One of my favorite romances of the year! So impressed this is a debut. I loved the inclusion of the author’s first-hand flight attendant knowledge. I knew very little of the behind-the-scenes of the daily life of airline staff but enjoyed this look behind the curtain so much. And the ROMANCE. So great. This couple has so much chemistry and the hate-to-love fueled banter is top notch. Now I’d like to go to Belize, please.

4 stars
Dec 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-reviews
3.5 stars

Lacie Waldon’s The Layover is a fun, (mostly) chaste romance with a lot of humor and some hints of steam.

After ten years as a fight attendant, Ava Green is reluctantly about to retire in order to live a more “stable” life. She’s determined to make her last trip count… she just has to get through working with the infuriating Jack Stone. After an unexpected delay on their return gives them an extra 24 hours in Belize, Ava will discover that there’s more to Jack than meets the eye, and t
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Perfect for those looking for a quick and fun romance with enemies to lovers trope.

Ava, a flight attendant is on her last flight after deciding to quit her job post her engagement, finds herself with Jack, an ex-pilot whom she hates due to certain misunderstandings in the past involving her cheating ex. The banter between them is great and with forced proximity, there is more chemistry. In the beginning, there is a lot of detail about her fiancee which felt a tad bit long. I did think it was to
Dec 06, 2020 rated it liked it
After reading the synopsis, I thought this was going to be my jam. Unfortunately, Ava was hard to connect with (we're given a backstory as to why, but still) and there were a few times I wanted to tell her to chill with her aggressiveness towards Jack. I genuinely felt bad for him a few times after her sharp retorts, especially when she didn't know if any of her information was correct. It took a long time for them to finally connect in Belize, and by that time I was more invested in Gen and Pil ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
The Layover this starts off as a quick easy read. She looks at him as though he's the enemy due to a misunderstanding from years ago. They go from enemies to friends while she's on her last run as a flight attendant. She's engaged to her ideal man but doesn't want to tell anyone. I felt the book took to long and I was at the 60% mark when I stopped reading.

*****************I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest opinion.******************
Heart DeCoupeville
Dec 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Sorry, just couldn't get into it. Some books are like that, y'know? ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was cute!
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