Thursday, 29 August 2019

Book Review: THE AUSSIE NEXT DOOR by Stefanie London

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The Aussie Next Door 
by Stefanie London

Release Date: August 27, 2019

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The Aussie Next Door, an all-new standalone romantic comedy by USA Today Bestselling author Stefanie London.

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?

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THE AUSSIE NEXT DOOR by Stefanie London takes place in the fictitious Australian beach town of Patterson’s Bluff. Angie Donovan has run as far as possible from her previous life. She’s finally found a place she feels she can call home but with an expiring visa, Angie could see herself unwillingly heading back to the US. Jace Walters is Angie’s landlord. He likes order and routine, and prefers to keep himself to himself. They may be neighbours, but the bubbly Angie and the introverted Jace are outwardly not a likely pair.

Once Angie and Jace decide to give a relationship between them a go, I really enjoyed their journey. They both come with baggage that impacts the relationship. I liked that their issues are not a result of miscommunication, but rather a perceived need to act in a particular way to appease each other. This creates a friction that makes for interesting reading.

The hurdle for me is that the parts I liked best in this book happen towards the end. To get there I needed to read a story that I felt was too slow paced to hold my interest and I found myself putting this book down several times because of the protracted story telling.

I did enjoy meeting the secondary characters, and I assume some of them will get their own books in this series. As an Australian, I very much enjoyed reading a book set in the country I live in. I would be happy to come back and visit Patterson’s Bluff in later books.

About Stefanie 

USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance with humour, heat and heart. Also llamas.
Originally from Melbourne, Australia Stefanie now lives in Toronto, Canada with her wonderful husband. She loves to read, collect lipsticks, watch zombie movies, and drink coffee.
Her bestselling book, Pretend It's Love, is a 2016 Romantic Book of the Year finalist with the Romance Writers of Australia.

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