I received this book for free from the TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London
Series: Patterson's Bluff #2
Published by Entangled: Amara on August 25, 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Family, Romance
Source: TLC Book Tours
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The Holiday meets Property Brothers in this head over heels romantic comedy full of humor and heart, with a charming Aussie setting. This is a book you’ll want to live in and a story you won’t want to end.
Cora Cabot’s life is falling apart. So when her Australian friend announces she’s secured an internship in the States, Cora has a brilliant idea: house swap! Small-town Australia sounds like the perfect getaway. Only, when she gets there, the house isn’t empty. Turns out her friend’s hot Australian brother is staying there, too—and he doesn’t look happy to see her.
The last thing Trent Walters needs is a roommate for the summer. Especially an American who immediately floods the house and single-handedly destroys the family project his sister created for their parents’ anniversary. Now, not only does Cora insist on helping fix the house, he needs her help re-creating the family scrapbook. And glitter is not his forte.
But between late nights cooking, pints at the local pub, and competitive matches of cricket on the beach, Cora starts to break through Trent’s defenses. Too bad Cora made a promise to return to working with her father at the end of the summer—a promise she can’t break—because this holiday is starting to feel like one she never wants to end.
Each book in the Patterson's Bluff series is STANDALONE:
* The Aussie Next Door
* Her Aussie Holiday
Her Aussie Holiday is a fun, sweet, and charming foray into what kind of misadventures can happen when you house swap across the globe to escape your family , only to get there and find that the house gets crashed by your friend’s gorgeous brother–and he has no intentions of leaving. Cora lives in Manhattan, and after dealing with a stressful breakup, a stagnant job working for her father in publishing, and the breakdown of her parents’ marriage, she needs to get away–far, far away. When her online friend from a small village in Australia gets an internship in Manhattan, it’s the perfect opportunity to swap places for a month. Cora can get away from all the drama back in New York while Liv can spread her wings at her internship away from her large family and experience a big city for a change.
Liv’s older brother Trent is seen as the free spirited brother of the siblings, the one who can’t be tied down by any woman or even choosing a home for the land he’s purchased. He loves his job in construction and putting the needs of his family first. But when he arrives at his sister’s home, looking to renovate the bathroom as a surprise for her while she’s away for a month, he didn’t expect to find Cora–or the mess she’s made of the house that’s in bad need of repair. The two of them must now put the house back in order and recreate a scrapbook document Trent and Liv’s parents’ lives for their upcoming anniversary that was ruined. Can Cora and Trent ignore their intense chemistry to get things done, but more importantly, to avoid hurting each other like they’re bound to do?
Both Cora and Trent have some issues that they’re dealing with, and I really enjoyed seeing them uncover their fears and work through them both together and with the help of his family and friends. Cora adapts to life in Australia very quickly, and she finds she likes who she is without her family’s expectations pressing down on her. Trent has quite a few family expectations as well, and his secrets come to light with him kicking and screaming along the way.
I give Her Aussie Holiday a five out of five. I really enjoyed the will-they, won’t-they, slow building romance between Cora and Trent, as well as their interactions with friends and family in their small village. Cora’s growth as well as Trent’s throughout the book was nice to see, and I enjoyed all of the side characters–although I would have liked to have heard more from Liv. The setting was vivid and picturesque, making me feel like I was right there in the dead of summer in Australia, enjoying the beach with the characters. Romantic and lighter on the angst, I thoroughly recommend this stand alone book to those who love their contemporary romances full of steam, humor, and believable moments. I look forward to more stories set in Patterson’s Bluff.
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About Stefanie London
Stefanie London is a multi award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romances and romantic comedies.
Stefanie’s books have been called “genuinely entertaining and memorable” by Booklist, and “Elegant, descriptive and delectable” by RT magazine. Her stories have won multiple industry awards, including the HOLT Medallion and OKRWA National Reader’s Choice Award, and she has been nominated for the Romance Writers of America RITA award.
Originally from Australia, Stefanie now lives in Toronto with her very own hero and is currently in the process of doing her best to travel the world. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, lipstick, romance novels and anything zombie-related.
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