Sunday, August 30, 2020

Review - Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London

Her Aussie Holiday
by Stefanie London
Series: Patterson's Bluff, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 25, 2020

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.

Stefanie London has created a small town romance with a wonderful cast of characters that delivers a fun and emotional read! A house-swap with an unexpected roommate fill this story with humor, heat, and heart, all while bringing together two people who desperately need to find what the other has to offer.

I immediately fell in love with Cora. Even though she has escaped to Australia to heal a part of herself that she thinks is broken, it’s easy to see that the only thing broken is her perception of herself. She’s had an awful upbringing and has always just wanted to live up to the expectations that she has created for herself. I loved watching her find herself as she lets herself have fun and explores a relationship with Trent. Trent is a fun-loving guy who everyone misjudges but never does anything to dispel his persona as the town charmer – that is until Cora sees exactly who is behind the easy-going nature that Trent always puts forth. The chemistry was immediate between these two, and I loved how Trent could see how important it was for Cora to be the one who decided how or if their relationship should move past a friendship into some vacation fun. It was clear these two had feelings that went way past the no-strings attached fun they both said they wanted, and even though I was a bit disappointed towards the end how things played out initially – I was hoping for more from Trent – by the end it was clear that the way things played out was exactly how they needed to in order for Trent and Cora to have a happily ever after they deserved. 
“I think people take you at face value, but there’s a lot going on under the surface. You’re a complicated man.”

Trent snorted. “That’s the first time I’ve been called complicated. Ever.”

“People don’t look much farther than the end of their own noses,” Cora replied sagely. “That much I have learned in life.” 

“But you do.”

Cora nodded…
The supporting cast of characters was wonderful. Trent’s family was awesome and so supportive of him, and their reaction to the secret that was revealed was exactly how I thought they would react – just perfect! Cora’s parents were just awful and it was clear why she had so many issues once her story was told. I was so happy she was able to begin dealing with all the baggage that her parents had created for her! It looks like there are more stories to be told about Trent’s family and perhaps some of his friends, and I look forward to seeing what’s next for Patterson’s Bluff.

Stefanie London has a writing style that is easy to read yet still conveys the emotions of the characters. I enjoyed the banter between the characters and loved how the dialogue stayed true to the characters throughout. This was a fun read that had the characters work hard for their happily ever after and had such a satisfying ending and a wonderful epilogue to tie everything up.

This would make a great summer beach read or just good book to grab when you are looking for humor, heart, and heat!

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book I received from the publisher via NetGalley.

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