From the Jump - Lacie Waldon

Previous Praise for Lacie Waldon and The Layover

“[A] breezy enemies-to-lovers romp with just enough heart to keep it grounded . . . The couple’s sparkling chemistry and flirtatious fighting make this sing. Readers craving an armchair getaway need look no further.”

—Publishers Weekly

“[A] tale of learning to let go of the past to be open to whatever’s ahead.”

—Library Journal

“[A] tropical, fun, and flirty summer read ideal for a beach day.”

—USA Today

“Once I started The Layover, I couldn’t put it down! Lacie Waldon has written a super fun, witty, and romantic enemies-to-lovers rom-com that had me flying through the pages. And as a bonus, I loved the peek behind the curtain into the lives of flight attendants. This is a lovely escape full of sun, swoons, and sexual tension.”

—Kerry Winfrey, author of Waiting for Tom Hanks

“A highly recommended read for fans of enemies-to-lovers and anyone who feels the pull of wanderlust.”

—Sarah Hogle, author of You Deserve Each Other

“A stand-out debut! Witty banter, sizzling chemistry, and perfect pacing had me flying through The Layover. A must read for rom-com fans!”

—Samantha Young, author of Fight or Flight

“The Layover is an ideal escape—from the intriguing insider’s view of air travel to the picturesque setting on the shores of Belize, I was swept away on Ava’s journey as she spars with Jack, wrestles her feelings, and learns to trust her own heart. A fun and irresistible romance that soars.”

—Libby Hubscher, author of Meet Me in Paradise

“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!”

—Angie Hockman, author of Shipped

“A breath of fresh air! Lacie Waldon’s exceptional debut combines sharp, clever writing with crackling sexual tension for pure enemies-to-lovers gold. The Layover is the ultimate summer beach read and a new favorite. Waldon is one to watch.”

—Devon Daniels, author of Meet You in the Middle

“The Layover is the perfect escape—a hilarious, compulsive, swoony rom-com from an exciting new voice in contemporary romance. Lacie Waldon’s witty banter and laugh-out-loud fresh take on enemies to lovers stuck together on a twenty-four hour layover in Belize are sure to satisfy readers and keep them smiling to the very last page. I absolutely loved it.”

—Robin Reul, author of My Kind of Crazy and Where the Road Leads Us


The Layover


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Copyright © 2022 by Lacie Waldon

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Waldon, Lacie, author.

Title: From the jump / Lacie Waldon.

Description: New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, [2022]

Identifiers: LCCN 2022011390 (print) | LCCN 2022011391 (ebook) | ISBN 9780593328279 (trade paperback) | ISBN 9780593328286 (ebook)

Subjects: LCGFT: Novels.

Classification: LCC PS3623.A35688 F76 2022 (print) | LCC PS3623.A35688 (ebook) | DDC 813/.6—dc23

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Cover design and art: Vikki Chu

Book design by Ashley Tucker, adapted for ebook by Maggie Hunt

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, businesses, companies, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.




Praise for Lacie Waldon

Also by Lacie Waldon

Title Page




Chapter 1

Chapter 2


Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10


Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16


Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20


Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28


Readers Guide

About the Author

For Isaac, who’s always there when I jump.



My hair felt like it was melting beneath the beaming LA sun, and I pressed my hands against my thighs, preventing them from rubbing at my face in search of leaking blond dye. The university courtyard had no shade, and the line for student IDs was crowded enough to break the breeze. A trickle of sweat broke free of my hairline, prompting an irrational mental image of bottle-blond rivulets trickling down my forehead. I couldn’t believe I’d placed my trust in something called Hair Cair. The egregious spelling had seemed