Monday, April 23, 2018

Layover by Katrina Jackson


Layover by Katrina Jackson
Published: April 8th, 2018
Publisher:Self Pubbed
Genre:Contemporary, Romance
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Lena Ward is an unhappy travel blogger with a less than 24 hour layover in her hometown. She spends the day with Tony Dembélé, a podcaster she's been flirting with for a few months online. In their brief time together Lena confronts some hard truths about her life and her past and the two test the waters of their connection. This is a short story with a sweet and satisfying happy for now ending.

Review + Rating
For such a short novel, wow--a lot was packed into this. 

 Okay. Lena, travel blogger, music playlist maker extraordinaire, is running. 

Okay, she's traveling, but she's running. Running from the grief of the loss of her mother; and the things she can't understand--like home, a foundation, and what exactly is she doing with her life?

While working her travel blog, through social media, she meets, Tony. Tony and his boy Kwame, have a podcast, that has catapulted them in to a sort of stardom. In the process, he and Lena connect. They chat, they flirt, before finally, Tony sets up and interview with Lena while she's in town.

Their encounter was intended to brief, at least for her--but the impact and the "music," they make is permanent. 

 Told in tracks, like the sides of cassette tapes, with music and travel as it's base--Layover was a punch of a novel, hitting all the right notes, and leaving nothing to be desired

I do not do novellas, normally. They tend to be incomplete, rushed, and a waste of my precious time, and coint. 

 However, Layover made me a believer. I say, it made me a believer. 

A solid background, flushed out characters, charm and an encompassing sense of nostalgia, made Layover a great novel.

 I was able to connect with Lena fairly easily despite the book's short length. Her path in life, and where she was in it, was so close to my own--that I found myself hoping for the ending she desired.

 I was completely charmed by Tony, his feelings, the way he carried himself, and his work. Even though you would think there wasn't much room for the author to write an impactful, or even romantic romance--she accomplished that effortlessly. You believed in the love in this story, and for a novella that's no easy feat. 

 Again, effortlessly. I'd describe most of the novel that way. Despite its length--the flow, the plot, and the pacing, all flowed and worked together effortlessly. I'm thoroughly impressed and happy with this one.

It's very well done. It's the perfect read for the train, for the beach--just about anywhere you have time to read. You'll easily get sucked in and before long you'll be done and begging for more--more books that is.

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  1. I'm glad you gave this a try it sounds like a great look into characters in a unique format. Awesome Review!
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

  2. I'm glad you liked this, Jazmen! I love the sound of a book about a travel blogger. I've been following travel bloggers/vloggers for a while now, and I'm so intrigued by their lives.

    1. Isn't it fascinating. I would love to be able to pack up one day--and just take a couple of trips!

  3. This almost sounds like middle grade. Sorry it didn't quite work for you.

    1. I think you meant this for Security Breach--but it kind of was.