Stefanie London comes to the blog today with a new series, Patterson’s Bluff, set in Australia with
The Aussie Next Door
After her life imploded in the states, Angie thought a chance to define her life and herself without all of the baggage from foster care and instability was a great idea. She headed off to Australia and found a spot that suited in little Patterson’s Bluff. The only hitch in her plan is that annoying neighbor Jace – who values his privacy and ‘alone time’ more than she thinks he should. But the time down under for Angie is coming to an end – with her visa extension denied, she has two options. Leave the country when her time is up OR find herself a husband and stay.
Determined not to leave – she starts to find every available man around – and where better than her neighbor. It’s purely a marriage of convenience so they don’t really have to like each other, or live together – or even interact that much. But why does she want to? What is it about Jace that annoys and intrigues her in equal measure?
Cute, rather sweet and fairly predictable – it is the interactions between Jace and Angie, and their slow warming to one another despite the circumstances that made this story sing. London’s ability to write conversations and reactions is wonderful – and the tension between these two built neatly through each of those interactions. With Jace’s need to be alone, and Angie’s desire for a family that is welcoming and accepting and most of all loving – the two slowly accommodate each other’s needs and desires in ways that show slow isn’t always a bad thing. A clever change in romance reading from a contemporary story, and one that left me with a smile.
Title: The Aussie Next Door
Author: Stefanie London
Series: Patterson's Bluff #1
Genre: Antipodes, Assimilation, Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Second Chance, Setting: Australia
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Published on: 27 August, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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American Angie Donovan has never wanted much. When you grow up getting bounced from foster home to foster home, you learn not to become attached to anything, anyone, or any place. But it only took her two days to fall in love with Australia. With her visa clock ticking, surely she can fall in love with an Australian—and get hitched—in two months. Especially if he’s as hot and funny as her next-door neighbor…
Jace Walters has never wanted much—except a bathroom he didn’t have to share. The last cookie all to himself. And solitude. But when you grow up in a family of seven, you can kiss those things goodbye. He’s finally living alone and working on his syndicated comic strip in privacy. Sure, his American neighbor is distractingly sexy and annoyingly nosy, but she’ll be gone in a few months...
Except now she’s determined to find her perfect match by checking out every eligible male in the town, and her choices are even more distracting. So why does it suddenly feel like he—and his obnoxious tight-knit family, and even these two wayward dogs—could be exactly what she needs?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.