I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Layover by Lacie Waldon
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on June 15, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
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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 round trip left before she bids her old life farewell, and she plans to enjoy every second of it. But then she discovers that former pilot Jack Stone–the absurdly gorgeous, ridiculously cocky man she’s held a secret grudge against for years–is on her flight. And he has the nerve to flirt with her, as if he doesn’t remember the role he played in the most humiliating night of her life. Good thing she never has to see him again after they land….
While it took me a minute to get into this, I began to really enjoy it at the point when Ava started realizing something about her last trip. This had a lot of funny parts to it. I loved the banter between Ava and Jack, even if at times I was a little upset with Ava for how mean she was being to him. But, it made sense when we get the full story for why she feels that way. And then there was the fact that Ava didn’t necessarily treat the people she worked with as friends, didn’t let herself get too close to them, yet the friends she did have, didn’t understand how a flight attendant’s life was going to be a little bit of here and there. So in a way, her friends weren’t that great that she had. It also made sense with how Ava had grown up that she would think she wanted a stable life. However I enjoyed the discovery Ava made of all the things that she really did enjoy about her life and job, and as she realized those things, it made me grow to like her even more.
Her fiance was a bit of a jerk, I kind of felt that way from one of her first conversations with her. Not only did he not understand her life, he really didn’t get her. As Ava reminisced about all the different trips and things that he would let go by without getting to enjoy, I realized he wasn’t really someone that cared about anything that wasn’t done the way he wanted.
By the end I was laughing a lot, and really emotionally invested in Ava’s story. It wasn’t just her and Jack though, that made the story. All the supporting characters were great as well. And that last bit with the stuffy Captain? That bit was hilarious, and I kind of wonder if he had some link to that radio show host. Gen was so funny, I can’t imagine how much fun having a flight attendant joke like that would be even as a passenger. And then there was Jack’s dad, and also the couple that Ava and Jack went on the boat to see the bioluminescence with. I ended up adoring this book so much.