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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 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


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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 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

30 review for Her Aussie Holiday

  1. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    A sweet small town summer romance. Cora needs a break and Liv needs a place to stay in New York, so the two decide to do a house swap. Cora is so elated when she gets to the little isolated cottage in Australia, that is until she starts the shower and the water starts going everywhere. Fortunately for her Liv’se older brother Trent missed the memo that his sister was letting someone stay at her house. Thinking he will camp out on his sister’s couch He is surprised to find someone in the cottage A sweet small town summer romance. Cora needs a break and Liv needs a place to stay in New York, so the two decide to do a house swap. Cora is so elated when she gets to the little isolated cottage in Australia, that is until she starts the shower and the water starts going everywhere. Fortunately for her Liv’se older brother Trent missed the memo that his sister was letting someone stay at her house. Thinking he will camp out on his sister’s couch He is surprised to find someone in the cottage and even more surprised to see the water spraying everywhere. But Trent acts quickly gets the water shut off and the two of them begin to clean up the damage. I’m sure you know where this story is going, but the journey getting there was so fun. A gorgeous setting, charming characters, adorable banter, all the feels, what more can you ask for from a romance? This book was pure magic. I adored both of these characters so much. Cora was just so kind and caring, I felt for her and her insecurities. Her parents were not very supportive and her mother was despicable. Trent on the other hand comes from a loving supportive family, but he’s got a secret. He’s also got rock hard abs and a heart of gold. Now I have to admit it was a little awkward for me reading about a male love interest named Trent because that is my oldest son’s name. Of course I do think Trent was a great guy, because you know his name is Trent. LOL! But seriously these two were adorable together and I was really rooting for them the entire time. This book in emojis 🐛 🚿 🦜 🏏 🍑 🎂 🏖 🛠 📖 🦋 *** Big thank you to Entangled Publishing for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  2. 5 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: Cora’s childhood could be best summed up as: may result in therapy. Seriously? Did you hop into the DeLorean and travel back to high school? I am the least creative person in my family. Seriously, my Christmas decorations were so bad as a kid, I caught my mum hiding them around the back of the tree whenever we had guests over… I can’t blame her. My ‘Christmas rocket’ really did look like a sparkly dick. “I’ve heard about this.” Cora wrinkled her nose as the traffic-sign-yellow label Favorite Quotes: Cora’s childhood could be best summed up as: may result in therapy. Seriously? Did you hop into the DeLorean and travel back to high school? I am the least creative person in my family. Seriously, my Christmas decorations were so bad as a kid, I caught my mum hiding them around the back of the tree whenever we had guests over… I can’t blame her. My ‘Christmas rocket’ really did look like a sparkly dick. “I’ve heard about this.” Cora wrinkled her nose as the traffic-sign-yellow label on the jar of mysterious dark brown stuff. “Tell me, do Aussies really eat this or is it a mean prank you play on tourists?” Nick gasped and pressed a hand to his chest… “Excuse me,” he said, “but Vegemite is a national delicacy.” My Review: I’m enjoying this amusing yet thoughtfully written series with the second installment being just as entertaining and engaging as the first. The books are standalone yet involve the same family members and continue on from the previous publication. The storylines were relatable and held my interest with family drama, a sizzling new romance, Aussie assimilation, and amusing humor. The characters were uniquely flawed yet endearing, admirably hardworking, and highly likable human beings. As this brother turned out to be the opposite of what I was expecting, I am looking forward to seeing what this clever author does with the next family member.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dali

    With Her Aussie Holiday, Stefanie London adds another delightfully sweet and sexy tale to her collection. Cora Cabot is in need of inspiration and the perfect place to go landed on her lap when she and an Australian friend decided to house swap. But she never thought she’s have extra inspiration in the form of her friend’s hot brother who’s also staying at there. Even though Trent Walters wasn’t happy with Cora’s arrival, especially after she flooded the house and ruined an anniversary present fo With Her Aussie Holiday, Stefanie London adds another delightfully sweet and sexy tale to her collection. Cora Cabot is in need of inspiration and the perfect place to go landed on her lap when she and an Australian friend decided to house swap. But she never thought she’s have extra inspiration in the form of her friend’s hot brother who’s also staying at there. Even though Trent Walters wasn’t happy with Cora’s arrival, especially after she flooded the house and ruined an anniversary present for his parents, the two find a fun balance while she starts to chip away his trust issues. But what will happen to their blossoming relationship when Cora’s holiday is over? This story unfolds in a very lighthearted and enjoyable way from both points of view. Trent is a fun loving, carefree guy who loves his family and will do anything to help them, but he does have a secret. Growing up in a very different family environment and wanting nothing more than her parents’ love and acceptance she is the ying to hi yang. And while their chemistry comes to a boil, the two get to know each other over house renovations, crafts and competitive cricket. I really enjoyed this small town, slow burn read. Especially while getting to know all the charming characters and not just Cora and Trent which has made me want to go back and read the first book in the Patterson’s Bluff series. Her Aussie Holiday is book #2 of the Patterson’s Bluff series by author Stefanie London. It is a standalone contemporary romance, told from both points of view with a happy ending. Amazon -> https://amzn.to/2YiSup0 * I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. * Stalk me on FaceBook ♕ Instagram ♕ More reviews

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sherwood Smith

    Performance-anxiety-ridden Cora has swapped her glitzy New York apartment for her Australian online buddy Liz’s fixer-upper for a month. Cora works for her high powered dad, a literary agent, who recently read and rejected her first novel, giving her the tough-love letdown that he felt was best coming from him rather than a rough industry. (And the least said about Mommy Dearest, the better.) So Cora arrives at Liz’s funky house way out in the countryside, feels stress slipping away . . . until s Performance-anxiety-ridden Cora has swapped her glitzy New York apartment for her Australian online buddy Liz’s fixer-upper for a month. Cora works for her high powered dad, a literary agent, who recently read and rejected her first novel, giving her the tough-love letdown that he felt was best coming from him rather than a rough industry. (And the least said about Mommy Dearest, the better.) So Cora arrives at Liz’s funky house way out in the countryside, feels stress slipping away . . . until she tries to take a shower and the plumbing springs a spectacular leak. Cue Liz’s hot brother Trent walking in right then—thinking she’s an invader. But the misunderstanding doesn’t last long. Trent demonstrates his awesomeness by taking Cora, and the situation, in stride. He’s a construction worker, determined to make Liz’s house over for her before she comes back. He and Cora decide to stay there together—of course it helps that they are instantly attracted to one another. And so things begin to unfold in the way one expects a romance to unfold, including going from vertical to horizontal by mid-book, and leading toward the “this is only a vacation, what happens here stays here” conversation that doesn’t quite mask the hurt before we reach the HEA. There is a secret or two discovered, but for the most part, the story follows romance tropes in a thoroughly enjoyable fashion, right down to the lively, enjoyable side characters. I enjoyed this story, especially the first half as we got to know the Australian characters, and Cora tried to cope with the klutziness that can spring from the sort of toxic upbringing she’d been subjected to while surrounded by wealth and power. The second half pretty much coasted on this buildup, with a single secret driving things—which was fine. If the reader is looking for an entertaining, low-stress summer read, this book will fit the bill. But I couldn’t help wishing the author’s excellent writing skills had delved a bit deeper into both characters’ damages, so we’d have the pleasure of seeing their growth. From the quality of the prose, she’s definitely got the chops. Copy provided by NetGalley

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    This is the second book in the series but works well as a standalone - I know because I haven't read the first book and thoroughly enjoyed this one! Patterson's Bluff is a seaside resort in Australia where the Walters family live. When Liv Walters gets an internship in the US, she agrees with her friend that they'll do a house swap for a month, which is how Cora Cabot ends up staying there. Cora is ready for a change of scene after drama with her high profile parents, breaking up with her fiancé This is the second book in the series but works well as a standalone - I know because I haven't read the first book and thoroughly enjoyed this one! Patterson's Bluff is a seaside resort in Australia where the Walters family live. When Liv Walters gets an internship in the US, she agrees with her friend that they'll do a house swap for a month, which is how Cora Cabot ends up staying there. Cora is ready for a change of scene after drama with her high profile parents, breaking up with her fiancé and having her draft novel rejected - by her father! She thinks she'll be staying alone in Liv's home but Trent Walters has moved in to work on the property - thank goodness, after Liv inadvertently causes a flood! As the temperature rises, so does the attraction between these two, but both have had nasty breakups and she's only there for a month. . . . Will they be able to resist each other? This is a lovely story to escape into. Trent has to take a lot of flack from his siblings but he also has an important secret. He's a charmer who always seems to put the needs of others ahead of himself. Cora has little self confidence and lives in the shadow of her narcissistic mother who sounds like a total nightmare! As Trent and Cora work together to rectify the family scrapbook damaged in the flood, they also help each other in so many different ways. Cora has a caterpillar tattoo and that is so symbolic in this story which is all about growing and changing . . . . but what happens at the end of her month's stay? You'll have to read it to find out for yourself! Thank you to Entangled Publishing and NetGalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kari Hansen

    Cora is used to being rejected by her parents but when her father criticizes the project she worked so hard on she has hit a new low. The opportunity to switch houses with her friend couldn’t have come at a better time as spending the summer in Australia will give her the chance to regroup but her friend’s brother was a surprise she wasn’t expecting. Trent knew that his sister would be away, so he wanted to surprise her by completing some renovations to her home while she was gone. Finding Cora i Cora is used to being rejected by her parents but when her father criticizes the project she worked so hard on she has hit a new low. The opportunity to switch houses with her friend couldn’t have come at a better time as spending the summer in Australia will give her the chance to regroup but her friend’s brother was a surprise she wasn’t expecting. Trent knew that his sister would be away, so he wanted to surprise her by completing some renovations to her home while she was gone. Finding Cora in the house was a surprise he wasn’t expecting especially when she appears to leave chaos in her wake. What started out as an arrangement to become roommates and to work together to complete not only the house but a gift for his parents as well soon becomes much more but with their time together having an expiry date is there any other way for this to end but in heartbreak? These two are exactly what each other needs in their life as Trent showed Cora that she was perfect just the way she was while she shows Trent that there is more to life than the way he has been living it. Fun and flirty I enjoyed watching their relationship unfold and there is a great cast of secondary characters to enhance the story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Linda Dunn

    She who leaves a trail of glitter is never forgotten... Patterson's Bluff has bewitched me yet again. Cora from Manhattan house swaps with her friend Liv who is from Australia. Cora desperately needs some alone time from all the drama of her breakup, her family and overall frustrations of her life at the present time. When she meets Trent, Liv's older brother, he is like a breath of ocean air. He seems to give off an aura of being carefree and live for the moment kind of man. Making future plans She who leaves a trail of glitter is never forgotten... Patterson's Bluff has bewitched me yet again. Cora from Manhattan house swaps with her friend Liv who is from Australia. Cora desperately needs some alone time from all the drama of her breakup, her family and overall frustrations of her life at the present time. When she meets Trent, Liv's older brother, he is like a breath of ocean air. He seems to give off an aura of being carefree and live for the moment kind of man. Making future plans are not in his vocabulary. Trent has a strong love for family and helping everyone but himself. Cora and Trent's chemistry is instant, but both have emotional issues that causes a standstill in furthering their relationship to go to the next level. As their story progresses, we see the changes and revelations they both experience in facing their fears and dipping their toes into the deep end. I loved watching them both flourish towards each other. Another fun and entertaining love story by Stefanie London.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    I loved this story! Cora was a bid damaged and ready to get away to find herself. Trent had his own issues with his life (no spoilers). Their meet cute was awesome! The glitter mishap was hilarious. They worked together to fix the album, and they learned how to move forward together.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gmr

    Honestly, I LOVED getting to know our Cora and Trent BOTH...and I couldn't wait to see if things would get REALLY interesting. There was so much up in the air throughout the book...Cora's life there versus here...the destroyed anniversary gift...the secret uncovered...Trent's tendency to help others over himself...and oh the sparks that could fly if given half the chance! From the moment the meet cute happened to the turning of the last epage, I WAS HOOKED. I simply couldn't keep my hands off it, Honestly, I LOVED getting to know our Cora and Trent BOTH...and I couldn't wait to see if things would get REALLY interesting. There was so much up in the air throughout the book...Cora's life there versus here...the destroyed anniversary gift...the secret uncovered...Trent's tendency to help others over himself...and oh the sparks that could fly if given half the chance! From the moment the meet cute happened to the turning of the last epage, I WAS HOOKED. I simply couldn't keep my hands off it, even if I wanted to (and why would I?) and the ending, while momentarily making your heart drop, delivered so much more than you could imagine! It truly was a fabulous holiday down under, but while the escape was fantastic, it reminds us of a few things as well. I know, I know...it's a HOLIDAY and I'm getting all heavy with meaning, but hear me out. It reminds us that we can run from life, but we can't hide...and it will eventually catch up with us. It's our choice how and when we confront it, and our right to make it our own. Everyone is entitled to their BEST life, to chase their dreams, to have someone they care for a well as someone who makes them their world as well. Everyone deserves the support of friends, and family...and if that last one isn't happening with blood relations, so be it; choose your own crew. HARD recommendation for adult Contemporary Romance fans (due to limited content) because really, you SO need to read this and what better way to kiss summer goodbye than with a virtual vaca?! **ecopy received for review; opinions are my own

  10. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    **I received a copy of Her Aussie Holiday from Entangled Publishing and Net Galley in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. My opinion was not solicited in any way.** Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London is a fantastic addition to her Patterson's Bluff series. Ms. London writes this town so that while reading you can almost envision yourself walking down the street. I'd love to visit this town someday but for now will keep on reading her books. I'd give this book more than 5 Stars if I cou **I received a copy of Her Aussie Holiday from Entangled Publishing and Net Galley in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. My opinion was not solicited in any way.** Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London is a fantastic addition to her Patterson's Bluff series. Ms. London writes this town so that while reading you can almost envision yourself walking down the street. I'd love to visit this town someday but for now will keep on reading her books. I'd give this book more than 5 Stars if I could as it's worth it that and more. Cora Cabot has always wanted one thing to be loved by her parents for who she is and as an author especially by her literary agent father. But his opinion of her rough draft broke her heart enough to agree to a house swap with her friend Liv to swap her NYC home for a Australia cottage. She didn't expect Trent or a disconnected water pipe nor did she know that she'd find a family who loved her as she is in Patterson's Bluff. But she does and even learns how to scrapbook a memory album. Trent Walters has a secret that his siblings don't know but he does everything for them even putting his dream home on the side for whatever they need. When he gets to his sister's cottage to see flooded rooms and a drenched Cora he'll be angry but mostly at himself. They'll spend her month in OZ learning about each other and also finding that it's better to be first than last when it comes to themselves. But when he sends her manuscript to his father to read will Cora be able to forgive or will she return to NYC to try to repair her own fractured family?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brook Obsessed

    This is the second book in the “Patterson’s Bluff” series and a delightful continuation that includes two sexy characters being forced to share a home, while experiencing the ups and downs of learning to live a fuller life. A flirty and adventurous romance that captured my attention and made my heart ache. Blurb: Cora, who is just plain exhausted with the drama in her life, decides to swap houses with her friend who lives in Australia. What she expected to be a relaxing and solitary vacation, end This is the second book in the “Patterson’s Bluff” series and a delightful continuation that includes two sexy characters being forced to share a home, while experiencing the ups and downs of learning to live a fuller life. A flirty and adventurous romance that captured my attention and made my heart ache. Blurb: Cora, who is just plain exhausted with the drama in her life, decides to swap houses with her friend who lives in Australia. What she expected to be a relaxing and solitary vacation, ends up being filled with adventure and a housemate, who just so happens to be her friend’s brother. Passions ignite and their budding friendship turns into so much more. This one can be read as a stand-alone and was a tender surprise for me! I didn’t read the first book and I wasn’t lost at all. I didn’t expect to fall so completely in love with these two characters. Cora and Trent are struggling to find themselves, but continue to love and forgive despite the rejection they’ve faced. The two bring out the best in each other and some of my favorite moments involved glitter, scrapbooking, and Trent throwing Cora a birthday party. A sweet summer romance with a relaxing Australian setting. I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brittany J. (BNJreads)

    ✨ 𝐇𝐞𝐫 𝐀𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 ✨⁣ ⁣ As I close out this beautiful Sunday, I have to gush about 𝐇𝐄𝐑 𝐀𝐔𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐄 𝐇𝐎𝐋𝐈𝐃𝐀𝐘 by Stefanie London.⁣ ⁣ Thank you to @tlcbooktours and @entangled_publishing for the gifted e-galley! I saved this book for just about last on my August TBR because I knew I’d fly through it! ⁣ ⁣ A truly cute romcom about Cora Cobalt who agrees to house swap with her friend from Australia in exchange for a change in scenery to escape her life which seems to be falling apart. When Cora arrives ✨ 𝐇𝐞𝐫 𝐀𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 ✨⁣ ⁣ As I close out this beautiful Sunday, I have to gush about 𝐇𝐄𝐑 𝐀𝐔𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐄 𝐇𝐎𝐋𝐈𝐃𝐀𝐘 by Stefanie London.⁣ ⁣ Thank you to @tlcbooktours and @entangled_publishing for the gifted e-galley! I saved this book for just about last on my August TBR because I knew I’d fly through it! ⁣ ⁣ A truly cute romcom about Cora Cobalt who agrees to house swap with her friend from Australia in exchange for a change in scenery to escape her life which seems to be falling apart. When Cora arrives she finds her friend’s home is not empty, in fact, her friend’s brother, Trent is there...Trent wanting to surprise his sister is taken by surprise himself when he finds his sister’s house flooded by no one other than Cora! Things blossom from there as you can expect but in such a sweet way! ⁣ ⁣ To the book that made me wish I was jet setting to a beach somewhere, in particular Australia (minus the mention of a huntsman 😳😱 - GOOGLE AT YOUR OWN RISK)...I loved the build up between Cora and Trent and the ease of writing. Cora (parents) and Trent (cheating ex) both battling their own pasts, leaned into one another in perfect timing. This RomCom has perfect pacing to me and while not the longest read, nothing in my opinion was missing. Every now and then, that’s exactly what I need in a book! 𝘏𝘦𝘳 𝘈𝘶𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘺 is a super quick little romcom that is the perfect binge worthy Sunday read. ⁣ ⁣ I’m not on the beach right now ( a girl can dream) but this would be the perfect beach read too!! Have you read any of Stefani London’s books? This for sure won’t be my last! ⁣

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brittany J. (BNJreads)

    ✨ 𝐇𝐞𝐫 𝐀𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 ✨⁣ ⁣ As I close out this beautiful Sunday, I have to gush about 𝐇𝐄𝐑 𝐀𝐔𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐄 𝐇𝐎𝐋𝐈𝐃𝐀𝐘 by Stefanie London.⁣ ⁣ Thank you to @tlcbooktours and @entangled_publishing for the gifted e-galley! I saved this book for just about last on my August TBR because I knew I’d fly through it! ⁣ ⁣ A truly cute romcom about Cora Cobalt who agrees to house swap with her friend from Australia in exchange for a change in scenery to escape her life which seems to be falling apart. When Cora arrives ✨ 𝐇𝐞𝐫 𝐀𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰 ✨⁣ ⁣ As I close out this beautiful Sunday, I have to gush about 𝐇𝐄𝐑 𝐀𝐔𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐄 𝐇𝐎𝐋𝐈𝐃𝐀𝐘 by Stefanie London.⁣ ⁣ Thank you to @tlcbooktours and @entangled_publishing for the gifted e-galley! I saved this book for just about last on my August TBR because I knew I’d fly through it! ⁣ ⁣ A truly cute romcom about Cora Cobalt who agrees to house swap with her friend from Australia in exchange for a change in scenery to escape her life which seems to be falling apart. When Cora arrives she finds her friend’s home is not empty, in fact, her friend’s brother, Trent is there...Trent wanting to surprise his sister is taken by surprise himself when he finds his sister’s house flooded by no one other than Cora! Things blossom from there as you can expect but in such a sweet way! ⁣ ⁣ To the book that made me wish I was jet setting to a beach somewhere, in particular Australia (minus the mention of a huntsman 😳😱 - GOOGLE AT YOUR OWN RISK)...I loved the build up between Cora and Trent and the ease of writing. Cora (parents) and Trent (cheating ex) both battling their own pasts, leaned into one another in perfect timing. This RomCom has perfect pacing to me and while not the longest read, nothing in my opinion was missing. Every now and then, that’s exactly what I need in a book! 𝘏𝘦𝘳 𝘈𝘶𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘺 is a super quick little romcom that is the perfect binge worthy Sunday read. ⁣ ⁣ I’m not on the beach right now ( a girl can dream) but this would be the perfect beach read too!! Have you read any of Stefani London’s books? This for sure won’t be my last! ⁣ ⁣

  14. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    This was a cute story that I felt like lost steam pretty early on. It's instant attraction for the two main characters and Cora decides that since this is her holiday, she's going to throw caution to the wind and not think and be a person she isn't normally. Because of that, there's a pretty heavy makeout session pretty early on and then they have sex by 50%. Not a big issue. But then the rest of the plot just feels flat comparatively. Even though Cora was only there for a month, they had sex so This was a cute story that I felt like lost steam pretty early on. It's instant attraction for the two main characters and Cora decides that since this is her holiday, she's going to throw caution to the wind and not think and be a person she isn't normally. Because of that, there's a pretty heavy makeout session pretty early on and then they have sex by 50%. Not a big issue. But then the rest of the plot just feels flat comparatively. Even though Cora was only there for a month, they had sex so early on that they fell into a normal, relationship-type routine which was obviously building up for the whole "I want you to stay/But I can't stay" conversation. And then that conversation was so quick, so rushed, so... I guess I just wasn't bought fully in to their relationship? They had such good chemistry at first that then fizzled into pure lust and companionship. I almost DNF'd this one because I felt like I was forcing myself to finish it, and in 2020, that is the last way I want to be spending my time. BUT I did finish it, because the subplots were intriguing enough and the writing was done really well, and I just hate DNF'ing book. Ms. London told a beautiful story and weaved in all the parts really well. It's just a bit of a slower story, I guess; low tension, low stakes, and low buy in on my part. I don't mind slower plots, but this one was just... the romance wasn't slow, but everything else was. I guess wasn't the right reader for this story. (view spoiler)[ Also, the ending, Trent was so proud that he told his family his secret identity, but then never spilled about Rochelle cheating on him to anyone?! Why make spilling the one secret a big deal and then forget the other? Why make it a deal earlier on that he never told anyone the real story they broke up even though people suspected he didn't just get bored? Seems like a loose end that was minor, I get, but should've been tied up with just a sentence. (hide spoiler)] The chemistry at the beginning was great, the writing, character development, the capterpiller subplot - all great. I loved the setting and Ms. London painted it so perfectly that I'm ready to pack my own bags and head down under. I'd definitely read Ms. London again in the future. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    BP34

    This is part of the Patterson’s Bluff series but is read as a standalone. A house swap in Australia that comes with an unplanned roommate. My O My - what could possibly go wrong. Cora's decided that the answer to her crumbling life was a house swap and a vacation in Australia. Things take a different turn when her friend's brother is staying in the house. Needless to say, he's not a happy camper when she shows up. The book is well written and the characters are entertaining. Their back and fort This is part of the Patterson’s Bluff series but is read as a standalone. A house swap in Australia that comes with an unplanned roommate. My O My - what could possibly go wrong. Cora's decided that the answer to her crumbling life was a house swap and a vacation in Australia. Things take a different turn when her friend's brother is staying in the house. Needless to say, he's not a happy camper when she shows up. The book is well written and the characters are entertaining. Their back and forth banter was hilarious at times. A slow-burn romance that went from enemies to lovers. Lots of family demands that make choices harder. It was an enjoyable read but was slow-moving at times. I read an arc via Net Galley and voluntarily chose to write a review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Becky Burrier

    Cora needs a break from her NYC life after a bad break and her family’s dysfunction. Cora’s online friend Liv needed a place to stay during a month-long unpaid internship. The perfect solution is for Liv and Cora to house swap. Liv heads to the Big Apple and Cora is headed to small coastal town in Australia. Trent, Liv older brother, seems to be a bit of a dandelion seed. In the wind and floating around. He doesn’t seem attached to much but his family. He is afraid to start working on his dream Cora needs a break from her NYC life after a bad break and her family’s dysfunction. Cora’s online friend Liv needed a place to stay during a month-long unpaid internship. The perfect solution is for Liv and Cora to house swap. Liv heads to the Big Apple and Cora is headed to small coastal town in Australia. Trent, Liv older brother, seems to be a bit of a dandelion seed. In the wind and floating around. He doesn’t seem attached to much but his family. He is afraid to start working on his dream home. He moved out from his roommate after his roommate moved in his girlfriend. While everyone calls him the town charmer you can tell he uses it to hide himself. When these two meet it is instant chemistry. Cora decides that being holiday she can allow herself to be who she is without worry of her family pressures. I loved her comparison to being a caterpillar. She does come across as very weak while bending to her family’s mold and ideals. I found her to be slightly spineless. I wish she had pushed back against her father’s criticisms instead of taking them so easily. The plot of the story does drag along. While we have small glimpses at some deeper stuff it is just slow. Even though Cora was only there for a month, you could tell this was going to fall into the relationship pattern very easily causing the very predictable it is only a vacation fling you will forget me conversation. The conversation was rushed, and I felt that they easily just accepted it as it was. With the strong attraction at the beginning I expected more emotional push and pull and that never really developed for me. It is hard to have a slow burn relationship romance with instant chemistry in the confines of a vacation fling. If you are looking for a low key read then this is an ok story. The chemistry at the beginning was wonderful, it is a well written story with very likeable characters. The quiet Aussie town is a great setting. It just needed a little more. This was a 3/5 read for me. I just needed more. I was expecting a bit more laughs, a bit more emotion, and to be a bit more invested in the story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ioanna

    https://bit.ly/3ksKET5 I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London is a steamy emotional romantic comedy about Trent Walters and Cora Cabot. The plot is slow-paced, very engrossing, and entertaining. The writing style is quite descriptive which gives life to the novel. The story begins by being sweet and funny with their first uncomfortable meeting, their fun little interactions, and their growing chemistry. Later it gets quite sexy with the two of them https://bit.ly/3ksKET5 I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London is a steamy emotional romantic comedy about Trent Walters and Cora Cabot. The plot is slow-paced, very engrossing, and entertaining. The writing style is quite descriptive which gives life to the novel. The story begins by being sweet and funny with their first uncomfortable meeting, their fun little interactions, and their growing chemistry. Later it gets quite sexy with the two of them hitting it off and when their insecurities resurfaced it became very emotional. There is great character development, both Trent and Cora had slowly changed from caterpillars to butterflies by the end of the book. It’s such a captivating book that I had a hard time putting it down. It’s the second book I have read from this author and I highly recommend her If you love small-town romances. Her Aussie Holiday is a delectable treat that delivered what it promised in the description so I will rate this with 4.5 stars. For a more detailed review click the link above.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Becky Wise

    Her Aussie Holiday is a fabulous fun read. Cora is running away and trying to catch her breath again after the harsh criticism from her father. You totally get the Holiday feeling when it comes to Cora swapping houses with Liv for her getaway. She never expected to find Trent. Trent is Liv's contractor brother who works on her house while she is away. You will giggle over and over again when it comes to Trent and Cora, as well as Joe. I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes. This Aussie adventu Her Aussie Holiday is a fabulous fun read. Cora is running away and trying to catch her breath again after the harsh criticism from her father. You totally get the Holiday feeling when it comes to Cora swapping houses with Liv for her getaway. She never expected to find Trent. Trent is Liv's contractor brother who works on her house while she is away. You will giggle over and over again when it comes to Trent and Cora, as well as Joe. I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes. This Aussie adventure is so hot and fun to read. I flew through the pages and ended up with a huge smile on my face. You will just love Cora and Trent so much.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michele McMullen

    Her Aussie Holiday is the perfect beachy summer read. Cora is needing a break from the hustle of city life and her parents. She switches houses with her old friend Liv who has a cute beach bungalow that is just what Cora needs to decompress and maybe finally write that novel that is in her head! Trent is a contractor and Liv's older brother. He decides now is the perfect time to renovate his sister's house since she is away. He never expected to find a lovely city gal staying there and now they Her Aussie Holiday is the perfect beachy summer read. Cora is needing a break from the hustle of city life and her parents. She switches houses with her old friend Liv who has a cute beach bungalow that is just what Cora needs to decompress and maybe finally write that novel that is in her head! Trent is a contractor and Liv's older brother. He decides now is the perfect time to renovate his sister's house since she is away. He never expected to find a lovely city gal staying there and now they are sharing the same place. A cute, sexy read with great characters. ~~Michele McMullen ~~

  20. 4 out of 5

    Linda Quick

    This book was a mixed bag for me. The first half was very slow and I had a hard time connecting with the characters or their story. I actually put it down several times before I finally finished the book. Once I hit the halfway point it changed and I found myself immersed in the characters' lives and wanting them to get their HEA ending. I fell in love with Cora and Trent couldn't wait to see them find their love story. The charm of the story came to life on the pages. The author is on my must re This book was a mixed bag for me. The first half was very slow and I had a hard time connecting with the characters or their story. I actually put it down several times before I finally finished the book. Once I hit the halfway point it changed and I found myself immersed in the characters' lives and wanting them to get their HEA ending. I fell in love with Cora and Trent couldn't wait to see them find their love story. The charm of the story came to life on the pages. The author is on my must read authors' list and normally I'd give all of her books a 5+ star rating. It makes me sad to rank this one lower and give it 3.5 stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets

    What a super enjoyable romance! Trent and Cora had a chance meeting when Cora swaps her New York home with her friend, Liv in Australia. When Trent knew Liv was going to be gone, he decided to squat in her home, unknowing Cora would be there, to rewrite her novel, and "grow her wings". The slow-growing chemistry, the heat, the friendships, and the awkwardness between these characters was all so great! I really liked the storyline and the smile this book put on my face. I enjoyed the continuous fl What a super enjoyable romance! Trent and Cora had a chance meeting when Cora swaps her New York home with her friend, Liv in Australia. When Trent knew Liv was going to be gone, he decided to squat in her home, unknowing Cora would be there, to rewrite her novel, and "grow her wings". The slow-growing chemistry, the heat, the friendships, and the awkwardness between these characters was all so great! I really liked the storyline and the smile this book put on my face. I enjoyed the continuous flow of characters from previous books by Author Stefanie London, and love the family characters in Her Aussie Holiday! 4.25 stars!

  22. 4 out of 5

    B.

    parents to come to Australia for a month and try to write a novel. Of course, she meets a hunky Australian guy and they end up living together and, you guessed it, falling for each other. What made the book was that the characters she meets - all the Australians - are just lovely people who help her find her confidence to metamorphose into her true self. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not recei parents to come to Australia for a month and try to write a novel. Of course, she meets a hunky Australian guy and they end up living together and, you guessed it, falling for each other. What made the book was that the characters she meets - all the Australians - are just lovely people who help her find her confidence to metamorphose into her true self. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    The Book Lover

    This was a very entertaining and engaging story, I had to read it in one sitting because it was just that good!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I loved this book! It is well written and the characters are delightful and well developed. This romantic, touching story about two wounded people, from very different worlds just tugged at me. I wanted to watch as they evolved. I hoped for a HEA, no matter how slim the chance. I couldn’t put it down. Romance, angst, characters to love and a few to hate- what’s not to like? This is my honest review of this advance reader copy and I have not been compensated in any way.

  25. 5 out of 5

    CK

    Just a heartwarming story! I loved the chemistry of Trent and Cora! Their intense attraction and the perfect comedy relief! And Joe is just awesome! Great job!

  26. 4 out of 5

    SimmieJ

    Such an emotional romance. I love when two people find one another and their pains are healed. This book is very steamy in parts anbd very sweet in others. I like that it had both feelings. Trent was the perfect hero. Strong, sexy but also he showed a softer side. Loved this one as much as the first.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kate Grand {A Grand Romance}

    I just didn’t enjoy this as much as the first one because of the reason for The Black Moment. It just seemed a bit childish and ridiculous to me for Cora to behave in that manner. I enjoyed the rest of the book and Trent’s dramatic story. I just really disliked their reason for separating.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Hines

    *I received this book free from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley.* Cora wasn't raised in a typical loving household. She was raised like a robot. Always doing what she was told, even if she didn't like it. Always wanting praise and love from her parents, that she rarely received. Even as an adult she put wanting to please her dad over her own wants and happiness. And her trying to write a book that he would represent would be the death of her. Cora's self doubt was frustrating at times. The fact *I received this book free from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley.* Cora wasn't raised in a typical loving household. She was raised like a robot. Always doing what she was told, even if she didn't like it. Always wanting praise and love from her parents, that she rarely received. Even as an adult she put wanting to please her dad over her own wants and happiness. And her trying to write a book that he would represent would be the death of her. Cora's self doubt was frustrating at times. The fact that she is a grown woman who depends so much on what her father thinks about her, about him considering her a success before she could even fathom the idea, had me not liking her very much. But there would be moments when you could glimpse the real woman behind the insecurities. Now that woman was a sweetheart. "There wasn't a single doubt in her mind that he was good with his hands. Panty-meltingly, brain-numbingly, skin-scorchingly good." Trent didn't expect there to be someone staying in his sister's house. He was going to use her being away to get it the renovations completed. But then again someone staying there did not keep him from doing exactly what he intended to do. He needed a place to stay and there were two rooms. Didn't matter if the woman staying there was the spitting image of his ex, who left him. Nope that had nothing to do with it. Or well not after he got to actually know her that was. Trent wasn't like the other siblings in his family. They all wanted to settle down, raise families, and live the life. That life scared him. He somehow thought that putting himself first and putting down his own roots would somehow make him feel trapped, instead of the carefree life he enjoyed living. Trent had been keeping a secret from his siblings for so long that it was part of him. Until Cora had come into his life he just excepted it as a way of life, but she made him see that it was just something he was hiding behind because he was scared of what would happen if he told them the truth. But everyone loves him. He's sweet, he always lends a helping hand, he funny....he kind of perfect the way he is, and his family reminds him of that. "I'm overheated because I can't stop thinking about what it would be like if you kissed me." Together Cora and Trent open up a friendly humor that had me laughing out loud. From flooding bathrooms to glitter explosions Her Aussie Holiday is definitely not a boring read. The characters were well developed and the storyline had just enough twists to keep the pages turning. I'd suggest this book to anyone looking for a humor entwined sweet love story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    Cora and Trent’s love story in Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London, book 2 in the Patterson’s Bluff series, was an amazing, sizzling, emotional and humorous tale. Through her visual descriptions of the town, the beach, the houses, Ms. London grabbed my imagination, making me wish I lived in Patterson’s Bluff and spent time with the Walters family. Cora Cabot’s life has imploded, crumbling around her, forcing her to admit she needed a break from her job, family, and Manhattan apartment. When her Cora and Trent’s love story in Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London, book 2 in the Patterson’s Bluff series, was an amazing, sizzling, emotional and humorous tale. Through her visual descriptions of the town, the beach, the houses, Ms. London grabbed my imagination, making me wish I lived in Patterson’s Bluff and spent time with the Walters family. Cora Cabot’s life has imploded, crumbling around her, forcing her to admit she needed a break from her job, family, and Manhattan apartment. When her Australian friend calls, looking for recommendation of places to live as she received an internship in New York City, Cora had the brilliant idea of a house swap. Small-town Australia would provide the perfect escape. Arriving at the house, Cora discovers it’s not empty. It seems that her friend’s brother, can we say hot, Australian brother, is also staying there, unbeknownst to his sister. Trent Walters thought he would be able to complete some major home improvements while his sister was in the States, not realizing she would have her American friend staying there. Cora ends up flooding the house and destroying a family project his sister created for their parents’ upcoming anniversary. It wasn’t totally her fault since Trent forgot to turn off the water main when he left the house for a bit. Since she was staying there, Cora insists on helping him fix the house and he needs her help in re-creating the family scrapbook. The glitter scene will keep you laughing for chapters beyond. As Cora and Trent spend time together cooking late night meals, pints at the local pub, and partaking in cricket matches on the beach they start to act on the sizzling attraction drawing them together. Cora might make a dent in Trent’s defenses but Trent has worked hard building up Cora’s self-esteem and confidence. If Cora hadn’t promised to return to working with her father at the end of the holiday, she questioned leaving as it she was feeling like she had found her home. Returning to New York Cora realizes family is not always the one you are born to and home is actually where your heart belongs. Ms. London wrote a fun, emotional, and sizzling romance that should not be missed. She provided a tale rich with emotions, sexual chemistry, humor, wonderful dialogue, and charming characters giving Cora and Trent a chance at love and forever. I highly recommend Her Aussie Holiday to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    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 cosy 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 a 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 cosy 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 vulnerabiliies 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 Door , and 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.

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