Book Review, Romance

Her Aussie Holiday (Patterson’s Bluff #2) by Stefanie London


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.


When a woman swaps her Manhattan home with a friend for a well deserved getaway in Australia, she never expected to fall for the town charmer.

I forgot how much I missed Stefanie London’s insightful and uplifting prose. It’s like coming home to a cozy chair with a hot cup of tea.

Cora’s upbringing was a shit show. She just wants to be loved by her parents, but her mother is a celebrity fame whore and her father is a self-absorbed twat. They have been unsupportive of their daughter and her dreams all her life, and she so deserves to getaway from that negativity and pursue her writing.  She also deserves happiness with a man who loves her for herself and not for her family’s wealth and standing. A man who gives her the surprise birthday she never had. A man who encourages and inspires her to write her novel her way. A man who has an ass like a peach emoji. 🍑

Trent is a sexy, charming, and fun-loving guy who is coasting through life putting everyone’s needs before his own. He has trust issues that makes him reticent to be in a relationship again and to follow his own dream of building his home. He’s not ready to settle down because he hasn’t met anyone worth settling down with…until now. 

Who wouldn’t love Cora and Trent’s story? Their strengths and vulnerabilities are relatable and the chemistry between them is immediate. Although they both have doubts about their growing attraction and what it means at first, it is a pleasure to watch them face their fears and their differences head on and finally be happy with their lives. The supportive cast of characters including Trent’s family (it was good to see Jace and Angie) and friends are a great addition giving the story more depth.

Ms. London has been on my radar since I read Jace and Angie’s story last year in the delightful The Aussie Next Doorand I’m delighted to recommend the incredibly charming and engaging Her Aussie Holiday as a long-awaited sequel with lovely characters,  hilarious situations, and passionate encounters. If you prefer a bit of laughter and romance Aussie-style, give this book a try.

Thank you to Ms. London, Entangled Publishing, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book without expectation of a positive review.


Her Aussie Holiday

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StefanieLondonStefanie London is the 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 been nominated for multiple industry awards, including the Romance Writers of America RITA award, and have won the HOLT Medallion and Reader’s Choice.

Originally from Australia, she 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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