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THE LAYOVER by Lacie Waldon

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....


The Layover by Lacie Waldon
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on June 15, 2021

Genres: 1 Flame- Sweet Hallmark-ish, 2 Flames- PG Closed Doors, Contemporary Romance
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I received a complimentary ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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THE LAYOVER by Lacie Waldon

Christy's Thoughts

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 member of this cabin crew.   Ava has harbored a grudge against this great looking, arrogant man for years.  She sees him as complicit in her ex’s cheating, but it is only a quick trip and she can be professional…right?

But when the plane has mechanical problems and the quick trip becomes a long weekend, she has more time to spend with Jack.  Ava begins to question his role in her breakup, along with what she really wants out of life.  The stability and routine she thought she wanted, may not be what she needs.

Waldon is a former flight attendant and her view into that world is fascinating.  How flight attendants prepare for flights, the expectations placed upon them, and their specific duties on airlines adds an authenticity to The Layover that only an insider can supply.

The supporting characters are strong.  I enjoyed Pilot Paul, Gen, Celeste and Eddie.  The insight into Captain Ballinger late in the book was so charmingly endearing, it made me smile.

I really enjoyed reading The Layover and look forward to more books by Lacie Waldon.

Thank you NetGalley and Putnam Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Reviewer: Christy is a school librarian in Central Ohio who loves books and those who read them.  Julia’s Quinn’s The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband was her introduction to smart romance.  She enjoys historical and contemporary romances with intelligent, capable, and sassy women.  She also enjoys mysteries and thrillers along with children’s literature.  Her husband and young daughter are both avid readers.  They live with three rescue cats who are living their HEA all day, every day on the lap of a reader. You can follow Christy on Instagram.

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