The Aussie Next Door
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?

The Aussie Next Door Details

TitleThe Aussie Next Door
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 27th, 2019
PublisherEntangled: Amara
ISBN-139781640636682
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

The Aussie Next Door Review

  • Susan's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Well written, sweet romance: Jace is set in his ways, having been diagnosed on the high functioning end of the Autism spectrum. Angie is on a mission to find love in coastal Australia. When Jace is roped in to boarding a family friend's two adorable dogs, noise, doggie mischief and mayhem combine to bring Angie and Jace together. An entertaining read, with plenty of steamy scenes. I rate My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Well written, sweet romance: Jace is set in his ways, having been diagnosed on the high functioning end of the Autism spectrum. Angie is on a mission to find love in coastal Australia. When Jace is roped in to boarding a family friend's two adorable dogs, noise, doggie mischief and mayhem combine to bring Angie and Jace together. An entertaining read, with plenty of steamy scenes. I rate this one a 3.7 out of 5.
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  • ☽ TheBibliotheque
    January 1, 1970
    This book was surprisingly sweet! I have to admit, the combination of the word Aussie in the title and the fact that there is a marriage of convenience of sorts mentioned in the synopsis was what sparked my interest. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the story went beyond those two simple things.This story goes beyond being about a woman that needs a visa to stay in Australia and her and annoyed and sexy Australian neighbour. This is actually the story of a woman that had a hard st This book was surprisingly sweet! I have to admit, the combination of the word Aussie in the title and the fact that there is a marriage of convenience of sorts mentioned in the synopsis was what sparked my interest. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the story went beyond those two simple things.This story goes beyond being about a woman that needs a visa to stay in Australia and her and annoyed and sexy Australian neighbour. This is actually the story of a woman that had a hard start in life and is trying to keep what she finally considers her home, and a man diagnosed with autism trying to protect himself from the world. Despite them having completely different perceptions of the world and being incompatible in paper even when yielding an attraction that they believe could never make them any good, they become friends. And slowly that turns into something else, all those pieces in the puzzle they never imagined could fit together, falling finally into place and becoming everything they didn't know they needed in the world to be complete. To feel alive. This book was simple, sweet and cute.*I received an earc via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mindy Lou's Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars!The Aussie Next Door is about two people who struggle to fit in with the outside world find comfort in each other. For the first time they find someone who can accept them for who they are if they don't let their own securities get in the way. Jace has high functioning Autism. He functions better with a routine and occasionally needs alone time to recharge. He's from a big, loving family that can be too loud at times and he feels like he is constantly compared to his brothers. When his 3.5 Stars!The Aussie Next Door is about two people who struggle to fit in with the outside world find comfort in each other. For the first time they find someone who can accept them for who they are if they don't let their own securities get in the way. Jace has high functioning Autism. He functions better with a routine and occasionally needs alone time to recharge. He's from a big, loving family that can be too loud at times and he feels like he is constantly compared to his brothers. When his one and only relationship fails, he doesn't believe he will find someone who will adjust to his quirks. Angie grew up in foster care, moving from family to family and sorely mistreated. She still struggles with a need to please people due to her abandonment issues. When lawyers exposed her troubles in the states in the foster care system, she moves to Australia to get away from her problems. I felt for both Jase and Angie's characters. I liked both of them and wished their insecurities didn't stand so much in the way of finding love. I was a bit surprised to find that this was a heavier story than I was expecting, but it was also very heartwarming. These two were very easy to root for love to conquer all. The small towns setting and the side characters brought a lot to the story. I could see hints of possible couples for future books in this series. I even loved the two dogs!
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Charming, Sweet, and Hopeful!The Aussie Next Door is a heartwarming, humorous story that introduces us to Angie, a single, American, young woman who needs to get married but wants to fall in love; and Jace, a reclusive, handsome, cartoonist who prefers routines, order, and living alone.The writing is light and authentic. The characters are genuine, intriguing, and supportive. And the plot is an appealing mix of friendship, family, compromise, independence, witty dialogue, awkward moments, tricky Charming, Sweet, and Hopeful!The Aussie Next Door is a heartwarming, humorous story that introduces us to Angie, a single, American, young woman who needs to get married but wants to fall in love; and Jace, a reclusive, handsome, cartoonist who prefers routines, order, and living alone.The writing is light and authentic. The characters are genuine, intriguing, and supportive. And the plot is an appealing mix of friendship, family, compromise, independence, witty dialogue, awkward moments, tricky situations, swoon-worthy romance, and the intricacies of high-functioning autism.Overall, The Aussie Next Door is a timely, fresh, uplifting tale by London that is a wonderful start to the Patterson’s Bluff series and an enticing introduction to the Walters family.Thank you to Stefanie London and Entangled Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    After fleeing her messy life back in the states, Angie thought she found her "home" in the charming seaside town of Patterson's Bluff, but when her visa extension was denied, there was only one thing she could do - find a husband. Angie needed a marriage of convenience, but she wanted it based upon a real relationship. Her landlord and neighbor, Jace, offered to help her in her quest, but along the way, both realized they had found something worth exploring in each other, however, will their pas After fleeing her messy life back in the states, Angie thought she found her "home" in the charming seaside town of Patterson's Bluff, but when her visa extension was denied, there was only one thing she could do - find a husband. Angie needed a marriage of convenience, but she wanted it based upon a real relationship. Her landlord and neighbor, Jace, offered to help her in her quest, but along the way, both realized they had found something worth exploring in each other, however, will their past rejections get in the way of their future together. There were things, which motivated me to read this book. 1. I adored London's Bad Bachelor series, and was eager to read more of her books. 2. I am trash for the marriage of convenience trope. 3. I am always looking for books set outside the US to feed my wanderlust. I must say, I made a great choice, because I had a fantastic time reading The Aussie Next DoorFirst and foremost, this book was a lot of fun. From the antics with the dogs to the family cookout to the card games at the retirement home, London made sure I had a good time and laughed a lot. I always appreciate a good injection of humor and merriment in my stories, but I also found this to be quite an emotional read. Both Angie and Jace had been hurt in the past. Angie had been abandoned by her parents and spent the rest of her life trying to navigate the foster system. Let's just say it wasn't all ice cream and rainbows for her, and it left her yearning to find a place where she belonged and people, who would love her. Though Jace came from a rather tight knit, loving, and supportive family (who I LOVED), he always felt a little on the outside of things due to being on the spectrum, and when his romantic relationship fell apart, he abandoned all hope, that he could find that "someone", who would be able to love him "as is". Seeing these two find a "home" with each other simply filled me with joy. I think everyone can appreciate finding their "people", those who accept them, scars and all, and who don't try to change them. Overall: This was a lovely story about finding the people, who will love you "as is", and finding the people, who are your home. It was fun, sexy, sweet, and heartwarming, and I am looking forward to returning to Patterson's Bluff. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Amanda Yates
    January 1, 1970
    Such a cute story. Definitely a must read. It catches you from the start and keeps you till the end. Add it to your list.
  • Jules
    January 1, 1970
    When Jace Walters is forced into dog sitting a family friend’s two adorable dogs, his life is turned upside down. Ms. London's start to The Aussie Next Door is adorable and engaging. I loved the small town setting and the strong sense of family and community. The slower pace seemed to fit the story, and there is just enough humor to add a sense of charm and appeal to the characters and plot.The author treated Jace, an on-the-spectrum character, respectfully; she clearly made an effort to present When Jace Walters is forced into dog sitting a family friend’s two adorable dogs, his life is turned upside down. Ms. London's start to The Aussie Next Door is adorable and engaging. I loved the small town setting and the strong sense of family and community. The slower pace seemed to fit the story, and there is just enough humor to add a sense of charm and appeal to the characters and plot.The author treated Jace, an on-the-spectrum character, respectfully; she clearly made an effort to present his struggles without making the character pitiful. The character’s self doubts (especially relative to his siblings) and his avoidance of social gatherings and people is clearly evident.I liked Angie’s bubbly personality and involvement in her adopted country. Her past is tragic because readers are told it is. Her backstory was not explored enough to make her a sympathetic character to me. In fact both main characters’ issues are developed just enough for them to be relationship hurdles and to depict two awkward adults whose insecurities and social struggles limit their ability to fit in. Exploring Angie and Jace’s backstory further would have given The Aussie Next Door more depth.I loved the Walters clan. They’re a big, warm family. I felt drawn to each of these secondary characters.When Jace's ex comes back in town, I anticipated some juicy conflict and plot tension. However, their eventual meet up provides the epiphany that allows Jace to pursue Angie and help her stay in the country. While my anticipated drama would have been meatier, the reappearance of the ex-fiance did provide a nice catalyst for change.Angie’s pursuit of immigration fraud put me off from the start. It is not a premise that I find acceptable, and that definitely colored my perception of the story and characters. I picked up the book because I’ve read and enjoyed some of Ms. London’s previous books, and if I had paid more attention to the description, I would have passed on this story.  The book and writing are not without merit, the characters and setting are interesting and the denouement is authentic.I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. For more reading recommendations, visit Book Junkie Reviews at www.abookjunkiereviews.wordpress.com
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    I adored this book which delivers everything I love about a small-town romance—and more!At its heart, The Aussie Next Door centres on our need for connection and belonging. My heart is full after experiencing the journeys of handsome, yet somewhat reclusive Jace who is looking for solitude, and passionate, but deceptively upbeat Angie who wants to help everyone she meets. Jace grew up in a large, loving family, but his autism always made him feel like he didn’t quite belong. He’s set in his ways I adored this book which delivers everything I love about a small-town romance—and more!At its heart, The Aussie Next Door centres on our need for connection and belonging. My heart is full after experiencing the journeys of handsome, yet somewhat reclusive Jace who is looking for solitude, and passionate, but deceptively upbeat Angie who wants to help everyone she meets. Jace grew up in a large, loving family, but his autism always made him feel like he didn’t quite belong. He’s set in his ways, shies away from a crowd and believes he has everything he needs in life. His attraction to his beautiful tenant is a mere inconvenience. After being dumped by his ex-fiance, Jace knows no woman will ever accept his eccentricities. Instead, he’s going to focus on his career as a comic strip artist... and looking after the two troublesome dogs he’s been tricked into caring for (I couldn’t get enough of these adorable and cheeky canines).After a life of rejection and disappointment, Angie has escaped her childhood infamy in the US and finally found her home in a small Aussie town… too bad her visa is about to expire and she’ll soon be deported. Desperate to stay, Angie convinces herself she can meet a man, fall in love and get married within two months. The only solution to her problems.When Angie turns to her landlord and sort-of friend, Jace to help her search for Mr. Right, the two fight their mutual attraction which makes for plenty of sizzle and tension.Stefanie London perfectly balances serious themes with humour, heart and the sizzling chemistry I’ve grown to expect in all her stories. I can’t wait to visit Patterson’s Bluff again.
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  • Taylor Metcalfe
    January 1, 1970
    Light, sweet, read filled with quirks and humor. This felt like the perfect read to wind down summer with. I enjoyed the Walters family and since this looks to be the first in a series I'm hoping we get more of them in the next book!Angie's time is ticking to fall in love and get married to ensure her stay in Australia. Jace just wants solitude and routine but when his mother volunteers him to dog sit and Angie confesses her plan to find a husband his routine is thrown out the window. I enjoyed Light, sweet, read filled with quirks and humor. This felt like the perfect read to wind down summer with. I enjoyed the Walters family and since this looks to be the first in a series I'm hoping we get more of them in the next book!Angie's time is ticking to fall in love and get married to ensure her stay in Australia. Jace just wants solitude and routine but when his mother volunteers him to dog sit and Angie confesses her plan to find a husband his routine is thrown out the window. I enjoyed the friendship between Angie and Jace. The lust was pretty immediate but the romance was a sweet build up. I definitely plan to read more by Stefanie London
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    **I received a copy of The Aussie Next door from Net Galley and Entangled Publishing in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. My opinions were not solicited in any way.**The Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London is I hope a new series featuring the town of Patterson Bluff and the Walters family. I loved this book and even though I've only read one other book by Ms. London (Beauty and the Greek Billionaire) her books are just fantastic. This is Jace, a comic artist and Angie's story with a sa **I received a copy of The Aussie Next door from Net Galley and Entangled Publishing in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. My opinions were not solicited in any way.**The Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London is I hope a new series featuring the town of Patterson Bluff and the Walters family. I loved this book and even though I've only read one other book by Ms. London (Beauty and the Greek Billionaire) her books are just fantastic. This is Jace, a comic artist and Angie's story with a sassy group of senior citizens the Poker Ladies, and of course Tilly and Truffle a pair of dogs that are mismatched, a Chihuahua and a German Shepard, but will keep you in giggles until the early hours of the morning.Angie Donovan grew up in the foster care system in the US and a when one of her parents abused left her with scars both inside and outside. But she's come to Patterson's Bluff, Australia where she not hounded by the press but is just Angie it helps her landlord Jace Walters but wonderful people who don't care who she is or or why she's there. But after only two days she's fell in love with the town and it's people oh and Jace. But can she win over the board of the local care center as well as Jace who's orderly world has been turned upside down and now includes dog sitting for his mother's friend. Jace Walters has always been different than the rest of his brothers and sister he loves routine and order calmed his "high functioning" autism. When he gets talked into watching Tilly and Truffle for 2 months will throw his schedule off, now if he can just get beyond his writer's block for his comic. When he finds out Angie may have to leave because her visa extension is denied and if she wants to stay she'll need to get married. Will he watch while she researches the towns bachelors or will he offer himself because she's become very important to his life?
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  • Amanda D.
    January 1, 1970
    Reasonably cute with a hero who is on the Autism spectrum.At times, I felt the miscommunication was cyclical and there were elements of Angie's past that still seem to remain a mystery. The secondary characters really shined, though, and while I'm not much of a small town romance fan, I was charmed by the seaside Patterson's Bluff. Very curious about the next pairing in the series.
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  • Catty Jane
    January 1, 1970
    *** ARC Received for Honest Review ***4 starsSuper cute love story. This is a complete beach read. I could have sat somewhere with a big hat and a cold drink and read this book all day long.What a cute story about the quirky and h-o-t, Australian and his talkative and sweet neighbor/tenant. I fell in love with not only Jace and Angie, but with Jace's entire family. It looks like there will be more to come and I cannot wait! (Review by Terrie "Jane")
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  • Bookgyrl
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a sweet story (even with the hot scenes). Jace is part of a big family (I think they are next in the series) and has autism. So he likes routines and is a bit of a hermit. He draws a well know cartoon. His mother likes to shake things up for him sometimes, so he is stuck with babysitting two dogs for a couple of months. He has a bit of a crush on his American neighbor Angie, but when she needs his help to obtain an Australian visa he is afraid it will mess up his life and routine. This was such a sweet story (even with the hot scenes). Jace is part of a big family (I think they are next in the series) and has autism. So he likes routines and is a bit of a hermit. He draws a well know cartoon. His mother likes to shake things up for him sometimes, so he is stuck with babysitting two dogs for a couple of months. He has a bit of a crush on his American neighbor Angie, but when she needs his help to obtain an Australian visa he is afraid it will mess up his life and routine. Angie is a very nice person with a tragic past. She ran of to Australia to escape said past and is devastated when her visa is not extended. Jace offers to help her. I liked the way the story was told. The way they learned to cope with their past and their own needs and sometimes limitations. I really liked how this story was shaped and told! I requested and received an ARC via Edelweiss. This is my honest and voluntary review.
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  • Linda Dossett
    January 1, 1970
    Fun, entertaining read. Two emotionally challenged persons, find their way through past heartbreaks, deceit, transgressions, a quagmire of trust issues. Sweet couple with puppy sidekicks and lots of family fun, along with a head of steam Don’t miss this one.
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  • SimmieJ
    January 1, 1970
    I read an ARC of this book. Wow, so many emotions. So many feelings. This was light and funny in some spots, and deep0ly emotional in others. I loved how the characters took their time to come together and learn about the best parts of one another. Sweet and romantic.
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  • Rhonda Ziglar
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 STARS FOR AUSSIE NEXT DOOR!! What a sweet romance story. I loved Angie and Jace, their story kept me turning pages. The story hit just the right emotion buttons. Stefanie London is amazing at storytelling and keeps us readers engaged.
  • Linda Dunn
    January 1, 1970
    A Diamond in the Rough.....This story plucked my heart strings something fierce. Jace and Angie's story took me by surprise, in a really good way. Jace Walters lived his life by a regimented timetable that always suited him and served his purpose in his life. He craved being by himself and in his own world. Coming from a family of seven, he yearned for alone time. As soon as he was able, he moved out of his family home to seek quiet solitude, and to live the hermit lifestyle. No fuss, no muss.Ja A Diamond in the Rough.....This story plucked my heart strings something fierce. Jace and Angie's story took me by surprise, in a really good way. Jace Walters lived his life by a regimented timetable that always suited him and served his purpose in his life. He craved being by himself and in his own world. Coming from a family of seven, he yearned for alone time. As soon as he was able, he moved out of his family home to seek quiet solitude, and to live the hermit lifestyle. No fuss, no muss.Jace's world was hit by a force that went by the name Angie Donovan. Angie was American, hot and sexy. She was extroverted with a capital "E", in other words the total opposite of him. Angie came from a tumultuous past that had her moving to Australia so she could start a new life. But starting a new life does not always go to plan. The sand in her hourglass was running out in the form of her Visa expiring and sending her back to her rocky past. Angie develops a plan but it isn't as easy as she anticipates. I found this romance more than ordinary. It was emotionally powerful. Once in a blue moon, if we are lucky we find a gem of a story that impacts your life. This one definitely did that to me.
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  • Linda Quick
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book! Angie is the American that needs to marry and Australian to stay in the country. Jace is her landlord and reluctant friend to Angie. They seemed to come to life on the pages. I found myself totally invested in their story and wanting them to get their HEA ending. This is a wonderful story that made me fall in love with the characters and Australia. The author created characters that are fully developed and with backstories that added depth to their story. She treated their probl Loved this book! Angie is the American that needs to marry and Australian to stay in the country. Jace is her landlord and reluctant friend to Angie. They seemed to come to life on the pages. I found myself totally invested in their story and wanting them to get their HEA ending. This is a wonderful story that made me fall in love with the characters and Australia. The author created characters that are fully developed and with backstories that added depth to their story. She treated their problems with a gentle touch and addressed them in a respectful way.If you enjoy the genre, you will love this book. Put this at the top of your TBR list. The author is on my must read authors' list.
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  • Amy Dickinson
    January 1, 1970
    Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2“She’d always known she would marry for love — because her life would have been very different if she’d had love…from anyone.”The Aussie Next Door, Stefanie London’s newest book, is a story of two unlikely people falling in love in an unlikely situation. Angie, a U.S. citizen, is trying to stay in Australia, the place where she has finally found peace. The problem is the courts don’t agree, and she must leave Australia and return to the country of her birth, much to her d Overall Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2“She’d always known she would marry for love — because her life would have been very different if she’d had love…from anyone.”The Aussie Next Door, Stefanie London’s newest book, is a story of two unlikely people falling in love in an unlikely situation. Angie, a U.S. citizen, is trying to stay in Australia, the place where she has finally found peace. The problem is the courts don’t agree, and she must leave Australia and return to the country of her birth, much to her dismay. One angle: find a man who will fall in love with her and marry her to keep her in Australia. Enter Jace, Angie’s landlord and next-door neighbor. Jace and Angie are attracted to each other, but very different. Jace, a comic creator, likes his solitude and routine. Everything has a very specific place in his life. Coming from a large family where there was constant chaos lead Jace to his very exacting life. Add in his being on the autistic spectrum, and routine and solitude are necessary. Unfortunately, his neighbor who is attractive is the opposite. She loves to talk and is generally messy. However, whenever she is around, Jace fixates on her. As the story progresses, these two fight their feelings for each other as Angie tries to find a husband. Eventually, the two cannot deny it, but can Jace fall in love with Angie? Will he marry her and keep her in Australia? Even more, can two seemingly opposites find love?I was intrigued by this story from its blurb. Opposites attract? Check. Australia? Check. $exy hero and heroine? Check. All of the boxes were checked just in the blurb. Then, I received the book for an honest review, and Stefanie London blew me away for a number of reasons.London gives us Jace. Yes, he’s handsome. Yes, he’s attentive. But he’s also on the autism spectrum. Obviously, he’s very high-functioning. However, his autism informs his daily living, and this adds a complication to any relationship. For most of the book, Jace doesn’t believe he can actually maintain a relationship. His heart is broken early on by a former girlfriend, and he lives with self-doubt. Jace is not an alpha-hero. He carries a bit of brokenness and self-doubt around, and it causes some of the angst of the story. And I loved this about him. When he finally falls, he’s sweet, cute, and cherishes Angie. His sensitivity becomes his super-power, and the reason I love him in this story. London then gives us Angie. I am a sucker for broken characters, and Angie is one. Except that she covers it with a smile and a profound love for helping people. Of anyone in the story, Angie should live under a dark cloud. She’s a former foster child. She’s been taken advantage of by the system that was meant to protect her. She’s lived a life with very little love. Yet, she’s the most profound person in the story. She volunteers, brings light into the lives of the seniors and other townspeople, and quite frankly, she challenges Jace out of his comfort zone. “He didn’t want Angie to leave, that much he knew. She made the place brighter. Happier.“ Angie embodies love, even when she has never felt it. Her brokenness comes in her want of it, in her defense in hiding her true self in order to be loved. But it’s Jace who finally fills her love quota to overflowing. I love the setting of this book. I’m quickly becoming a fan of romance novels found in other countries and continents. I think it exposes us to different cultures, and above anything else, books should challenge us. London gives us the Aussie culture, expanding our understanding of the world. She helps us see the difficulty of staying in a place that feels like home when you’re a foreigner. The Aussie Next Door was such a pleasant surprise. I hadn’t read Stefanie London previously, but I am intrigued with reading more from her, especially if we get more books in this series. What London has crafted is a story of broken souls: one who thinks he can never be good enough to be loved because he is different and one whose true self has never been seen because she needed to fit in to find love. Together, these two souls are mended by love. And it’s the most beautiful part of this book.
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  • Joanna Pozzuto
    January 1, 1970
    After reading the description of this book I had really high hopes for it. I wanted to love this book, but I couldn't. I honestly had to force myself to finish it, and that does not happen often. So needless to say, this book is not my cup of tea.The pacing was slow, the arguments were circular, the characters one-dimensional, and for being as long as it was, the story was not fleshed out in the least. There was so much potential, and yet it fell short. I'm particularly upset that such a sweet r After reading the description of this book I had really high hopes for it. I wanted to love this book, but I couldn't. I honestly had to force myself to finish it, and that does not happen often. So needless to say, this book is not my cup of tea.The pacing was slow, the arguments were circular, the characters one-dimensional, and for being as long as it was, the story was not fleshed out in the least. There was so much potential, and yet it fell short. I'm particularly upset that such a sweet romantic gesture was wasted on this book. The end to the comic was beautiful. This story could have been so good. I'm putting most of my comments under a cut, because while in my opinion one (or two) MAJOR plot point(s) should have been included in the description, they were not. So semi-spoilers ahead, but things that I think people should know going into this book.(view spoiler)[ Where do I begin? I'm going to start with Angie, since she is mentioned first in the description. We were told "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." Now, her story is not that she was bounced from home to home. No, this is a gross understatement. It's that she was horrifically abused, had a very public trial, and fled the States. We never do get her full story, and yet somehow, it is literally the only personality trait that she has. She is so painfully (and annoyingly) one dimensional, and I'm so sick of this female-characters-must-be-treated-terribly-in-order-to-have-a-personality trend. There were so many ways her side of this story could have been done, but it was just. so. bad.Now, for the plot point that readers should really be made aware of: Jace has autism. But what are we told in the description? "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." If you want to write a story about a lone-wolf type character, do that. It really and truly felt like the author took every cliché stereotype she has heard about individuals with autism over the years and attributed them to her character whenever it was convenient. It felt so disingenuous, ill-researched, and insincere attempt at representation. It left such a sour taste in my mouth.With there being other own-voices books being released in the last couple of years that have been beautifully done, it made it painful to read this book. I was so put off that I truly don't see myself reading other books by this author; with how poorly everything was handled in this book, how could I trust her to handle other situations/characters in other books? (hide spoiler)]I would go so far as to recommend people not read this. I'm sure that the author did not write the story this way intentionally or with ill wishes in mind; and her other books could be lovely. I don't like to be this blunt and harsh in my reviews, but that's just how bad this book made me feel. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided to me through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Aaly
    January 1, 1970
    ** ARC kindly provided by the author for an honest review. ** It was a sweet a cute story with a strong hint of slow burn romance. Even if I appreciated a hero a bit different and the sassy heroine, I felt like the very slow pace and taking some time to feel the characters’ connection was a bit dragged out and it was just a long first part, when you had the characters’ thoughts but not really feeling that little something yet. I haven’t been convinced by the story firsthand, in spite of the ** ARC kindly provided by the author for an honest review. ** It was a sweet a cute story with a strong hint of slow burn romance. Even if I appreciated a hero a bit different and the sassy heroine, I felt like the very slow pace and taking some time to feel the characters’ connection was a bit dragged out and it was just a long first part, when you had the characters’ thoughts but not really feeling that little something yet. I haven’t been convinced by the story firsthand, in spite of the charming characters and town. I could feel the appeal of the Aussie but it was the moment when Angie decided to find the right guy that things were getting interesting. A little time went time and it was difficult for me to really appreciate it.Jace was a mystery to me, a bit recluse but not shy, just ending his privacy and routines at home. When her tenant was the solar opposite, all charming, sexy and so easygoing, he knew that she was a tempting trouble next door. I appreciated this character, who had some struggles younger and finding his own way to finally let his creativity shown. Outgoing and caring about this family, who wasn’t on the same page that his sexy neighbor.Angie seemed to have a bubbly and easygoing personality, always smiling, being a cheerleader and finding new things to do. Quiet didn’t fit her at all, she was noise when Jace was quiet but finding on the way progressively falling for the Aussie next door, who intrigued her more than anyone. I liked how she could put him out of his comfort zone, being a breath of fresh air. She was definitely more than she met the eyes and I’d like to hear more about her past, it was just not developed enough to me.I really enjoyed it more from the second half of the book and then it was just too fast. I just wanted more sparks because the author knew how to push the button on hot mode, bringing the steamy to another level for sure! The story was funny and touching but it didn’t catch my attention immediately. 
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  • Sharon Tyler
    January 1, 1970
    The Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London is the first book in the Patterson's Bluff series. It is currently scheduled for release on August 27 2019. 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. Esp The Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London is the first book in the Patterson's Bluff series. It is currently scheduled for release on August 27 2019. 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?The Aussie Next Door takes two wonderful people, with their own trust issues, and makes them work for a happy ending. Angie has been through in her life and all she wants is love and to help others. She slaps on a happy face and acts like everything is perfect even when her world seems to be crumbling around her. Jace needs his routines, and is set in his ways. He does not believe that he can be loved and accepted as he is because of his past. They both are so worried about getting hurt or ruining things that they are the cause of the majority of their own issues. I enjoyed getting to know both the characters very much, and liked hpw Jace's autism was handled in a matter of fact and realistic way. I love that it is a slow burn, friends to more story- and that the small town and big family tropes are also used. All of the characters and the setting are so well described and real to me that I want to go visit and meet them all- if only the trip would not take so long. I loved Jace's family- and think that the introduction of the secondary characters was well done, leaving me wanting to know more about what might happen to them and how they might find their own happy ending, but not with cliff hangers or big questions to leave me in suspense. It was a good balance. The Aussie Next Door is a sweet contemporary romance with a realistic look at how we are sometimes our own biggest barriers when it comes to making relationships work. It is sweet, tackles some real issues, and offers a believable HEA.
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  • TheSassyNerdBlog
    January 1, 1970
    This story was not what I expected. But that isn't a bad thing. When I first saw this, I knew I wanted to read it simply because of the word Aussie in the title. Being an Aussie, and it being a book about Australia, it was a given I wanted to read it and I was not disappointed. It was quite a sweet story. Not exactly my g0-to read but and surely enough I thoroughly enjoy it. It checked a lot of boxes for meSmall town romance, a marriage of convenience and a whole lot of sweetness, but like I sai This story was not what I expected. But that isn't a bad thing. When I first saw this, I knew I wanted to read it simply because of the word Aussie in the title. Being an Aussie, and it being a book about Australia, it was a given I wanted to read it and I was not disappointed. It was quite a sweet story. Not exactly my g0-to read but and surely enough I thoroughly enjoy it. It checked a lot of boxes for meSmall town romance, a marriage of convenience and a whole lot of sweetness, but like I said sweet romances are not generally my thing. But this one worked SO well and it held so much more than I expected. It's about a woman who needs a Visa to stay in Australia, and as you can see it's about her next-door neighbor. Angie wants and needs to find someone who will help her stay in the only place she has to consider an actual home before, after having a rough start to life, she finds herself in a small town in Australia that she falls in love with and has now thought of it as home so she goes in search of that and seeks help through her landlord Jace. Jace is the guy next door, the landlord. He has autism. He grew up in a large family but never felt as though he ever really belonged, like he ever really was understood. So he's lived a life of solitude, but that all changes when Angie comes into his life and for the better. Angie is a helper, she's the type of person that would help just about anyone she could and when Jace is dumped by his ex, he's left to think that no one will ever really accept him for who he is. So he swears to himself that he will focus on his career and live life on his own. But that changes when Angie turns to her landlord (Jace) for advice on finding someone to help her stay in the place she now calls home... These two hit off and what starts off as lust for each other turns into much much more. I knew from the moment these two were in close proximity that they were meant to be. That they were bound for a happily ever after. But they fought those feelings and the chemistry, lust, and sexual tension between the two only heightened. This story was filled with sweet and sorrow. It had meaning to it... And I felt that meaning, there were moments in the book where I wanted to cry for both of these characters and then there were moments where my heart flutters to life... It was truly breathtaking, sweep you off your feet, all the feels kind of romance and when I say all the feels... I mean ALL THE FEELS! 5 Stars
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  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    4.5★sThe Aussie Next Door is the first book in the Patterson’s Bluff series by Australian-born Canadian author, Stefanie London. Jace Walters has been conned! His mother knows how much he needs his routine, but she insists on pushing him out of his comfort zone and into more social interaction, and now she’s volunteered him to dog-sit for two months. Jace has been diagnosed as high-functioning on the autism spectrum and is a gifted comic artist, but it requires a regular discipline, and caring f 4.5★sThe Aussie Next Door is the first book in the Patterson’s Bluff series by Australian-born Canadian author, Stefanie London. Jace Walters has been conned! His mother knows how much he needs his routine, but she insists on pushing him out of his comfort zone and into more social interaction, and now she’s volunteered him to dog-sit for two months. Jace has been diagnosed as high-functioning on the autism spectrum and is a gifted comic artist, but it requires a regular discipline, and caring for a chihuahua and a large German shepherd is going to play havoc with that. Angie Donovan has been living in Jace’s granny flat for 6 months, and if she’s honest, finds him very attractive (he’s hot!!), but he’s obviously not interested in her because he never says much. Angie keeps busy with her volunteer work and loves living in Patterson’s Bluff, where no one knows about her awful past: she has managed to leave behind her unwanted fame in America. But now, all that is at risk, because the visa she had been assured could be extended, will expire in two months. Unless she can think of something soon, she’ll have to go back.When the ageing shepherd bails up Angie in her kitchen, she and Jace are forced to keep company during a freak electrical storm. Jace is reluctant to spend time with Angie because he can't control his lustful thoughts when she's near. But he definitely doesn't want to see her return to America, and will do almost anything to help her stay. Her throw-away remark about falling in love and marrying an Aussie fell on hostile ears with Jace: he’s clearly very cynical about the whole idea of marriage, so Angie will have to look elsewhere. Jace is shocked to find that he really hates the idea of Angie with someone else, even though he has absolutely no claim on her.It is immediately obvious to the reader that Angie and Jace are meant to be together, but even after they eventually give in to their attraction and have some hot sex (fairly explicitly described), it’s going to take a while for each to overcome the psychological damage suffered at the hands of those they trusted, jump some emotional hurdles and accept fate. London makes a good effort to give her novel an Australian feel but despite this there are some tells that make it clear the novel was written for an American readership. Nevertheless, this is a sweet and sexy romance with predictable but welcome happy-ever-after ending. This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC
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  • Carly Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    ‘The Aussie Next Door’ is the first book I have read by Stefanie London, and i was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The book focuses on Angie Donovan, an American who is in Australia on a visa. Unfortunately her visa is approaching expiration, and she is forced to comprehend that she has to now leave a country that is the first place to feel like home to her. She has had a turbulent upbringing of being in the foster system, and you learn that she very much wants to stay ‘The Aussie Next Door’ is the first book I have read by Stefanie London, and i was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The book focuses on Angie Donovan, an American who is in Australia on a visa. Unfortunately her visa is approaching expiration, and she is forced to comprehend that she has to now leave a country that is the first place to feel like home to her. She has had a turbulent upbringing of being in the foster system, and you learn that she very much wants to stay and forget her past and work towards a brighter future. Whilst being told that she is unable to stay on Australia, her sleazy advisor hints she should marry him, as having a wife would make him look good to officials and other prospective clients. Despite how much he makes Angie’s skin crawl, she can’t help but mull over the idea, and with only two months until she has to say farewell to Oz, she wonders if she could fall in love and find a willing groom. So her pursuit to find a husband begins.Jace Walters is one of those characters you can’t help but love. You learn that he is one of seven, successful and is on the spectrum of Autism. He has a set routine, a set way of life, and to others they perceive him to be unable to let his hair down and unwind. However, you see a different side to Jace with how he interacts and feels around Angie, his beautiful neighbour who he can’t help but admire.You learn that Jace was once in a committed relationship whereby his ex-fiancée was unable to tolerate his set ways, and as a consequence Jace does not think much of marriage and settling. He is independent and is forging a good career creating a cartoon on the side of his main employment, and he’s so sweet.When his mother forces him into dog sitting three unruly mutts, unwanted fun finds Jace, and he ends up recruiting Angie to help him search and look after the dogs, and they bring them closer together. You see Jace unwind with Angie, and thus sparking a sweet romance. I love the opposites attract situation in this book, and I liked the focus around Jace’s autism and helping normalise it to readers and society. He is highly intelligent, funny in his own way and endearing. I enjoyed the premise of this story even though it was predictable, but written in such a nice way and kept my interest. An overall easy and entertaining read, and ideal for sweeter romance lovers.
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  • Carma
    January 1, 1970
    Angie is an American who hightailed it to Australia to escape her notoriety back home. Not the good kind either, she is like a celebrity without celebrity status. No one can know her true identity because she pleasant little life will self-destruct. She finds herself a quaint little cottage to rent off a super hot, if not very serious, landlord and she is set. Well that is until her visa is set to expire and she is out of extensions. Well there is just one left, get married in less than 60 days. Angie is an American who hightailed it to Australia to escape her notoriety back home. Not the good kind either, she is like a celebrity without celebrity status. No one can know her true identity because she pleasant little life will self-destruct. She finds herself a quaint little cottage to rent off a super hot, if not very serious, landlord and she is set. Well that is until her visa is set to expire and she is out of extensions. Well there is just one left, get married in less than 60 days.Jace loves routine, his body craves it actually, he has ever minute of every day planned out in advance. He was diagnosed as high functioning autistic spectrum when he was younger and routine helps keep his mind in order. You could never tell by just looking at him on the outside but his inside gets all jumbled up during even the simplest things. He has a hard time with facial expressions, knowing when to keep a conversation going, and forget about sarcasm, it goes right over his head. When a friend of his mother’s asks him, well bamboozles, him into dog sitting her 2 dogs his nice calm life just went out the window. Factor in Angie’s hair brained scheme to find a husband in 60 days and he just may explode. Angie wants the fairy tale, to fall in love with someone and build a future and a family. Family is something that she never had growing up. She lives in a world of hope and smiles and happiness, even as your heart is breaking you put on a smile. She hopes to convince Jace that he wants that too, but his feelings are the complete opposite of hers. She wonders why he feels so strongly against marriage?Jace and Angie traverse life in Australia with all its confusion and happiness front and center. Although first appearing extremely different, the more I read the more similar they became. Each with their own set of idiosyncrasies and quarks that make them more relatable to the audience. Having a family member on the autism spectrum made this book even more special as he now can have a voice out there like his. I am an uber fan of Ms London and will continue to devour her novels as quickly as she writes them. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy without expectations. I enjoyed hearing more about Ms. London’s homeland of Australia, Angie threw in quite a few “sayings and slang” to enjoy. 4 ½ stars for this ripper of a book, Good on Ya Stefanie.
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  • Caitlyn E. Lloyd
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I wanted and expected to. There’s a lot of internal monologue going and not a lot actually happening. The characters make choices that have no sense or logic behind them, but since they talk about what they are doing it sounds like a solid plan...until you take a break from reading and start to question all of it. The two MC were bland and all their troubles and characterization is repeated over and over with different wording in their heads, it was obnoxious. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I wanted and expected to. There’s a lot of internal monologue going and not a lot actually happening. The characters make choices that have no sense or logic behind them, but since they talk about what they are doing it sounds like a solid plan...until you take a break from reading and start to question all of it. The two MC were bland and all their troubles and characterization is repeated over and over with different wording in their heads, it was obnoxious. Especially when you knew they would come to the same realizations eventually. So I just wished a lot of the “oh my should I do this” and “I don’t know how to feel about that” over and over was cut it felt wholly unnecessary when you knew it would end happily...because it’s a romance...a little resistance is good. Not chapters upon chapters of internal struggle. The romance was flat and random and boring. The stakes were high, a deportation was on the horizon, and yet...the main woman internally freaks out about it but her plan to stop it, while wildly unrealistic, could have been charming. Instead we get a rushed and quickly failed execution on her part. Not to mention her priorities are majorly screwed up. Which causes the author to constantly try and feed you reasoning for something that really isn’t smart at all for the two MCs by the bucketful. Leaving you annoyed and skipping paragraphs to just finish it already. This girl is the poster child for a bad case in CPS in America. I found her story insensitive, and far reaching. Without going into details, basically the author thought of the most terrible things she could and put this girl through it. All the while giving her unwanted fame from the media getting involved, so much so she flees to Australia...and a year later is at risk for deportation. All unrealistic. America’s a big place. Not every single person in it would know some girls face from the news about an abused child. Or maybe they would, I’m not sure because something like that just doesn’t happen. The family interactions were alien and felt ridiculously forced to me. The sex was bland. The best and frankly only parts I really enjoyed were those with the dogs. The dogs are amazing. All in all, the book could have been trimmed down significantly and the characters made more interesting than their pets.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    ARC REVIEW Patterson's Bluff #1, I've never read Stefanie London before now and let me tell you it was like a change of scenery. Normally when there is an Aussie in books they move to the US in this it's flipped the American is the transplant. Told in alternating first person the narratives are clear, you definitely can tell who's narrating at the time. I love that she tackled the autism spectrum, Jace is a high functioning what use to be referred to as Asperger Syndrome. He likes his schedule b ARC REVIEW Patterson's Bluff #1, I've never read Stefanie London before now and let me tell you it was like a change of scenery. Normally when there is an Aussie in books they move to the US in this it's flipped the American is the transplant. Told in alternating first person the narratives are clear, you definitely can tell who's narrating at the time. I love that she tackled the autism spectrum, Jace is a high functioning what use to be referred to as Asperger Syndrome. He likes his schedule but every now and then his mom will shake things up for him like at the beginning of the book where she volunteers him to dog sit two very different dogs, and aging GSD and a younger hyper Chihuahua. It's bad enough Jace's new tenant breaks his schedule as it is but now dogs.Angie fell in love with Patterson's Bluff, she had been all around Australia and even though she loved the whole country Patterson's Bluff called out to her as home. Angie's Visa is expiring and it's too late to file for an extension she's desperate to stay, but no so desperate that she'd marry the smarmy lawyer, but it does give her an idea. Angie doesn't just want to get married she wants to fall in love and get married in three months.Jace didn't realize how much he enjoyed having Angie in his life until he knew she was going to be leaving. Sure he knew he was attracted to her but after a disastrous engagement he was hesitant to feel any of those feelings again, but the thought of Angie falling in love with anyone but him sent nervous butterflies through his gut and upset him. Angie would have asked Jace first but when she previously asked about marriage he rejected the notion of marriage so emphatically she never even bothered to ask him, so he asks her. Jace offers a thirty day engagement and if they can work it out they will go through the marriage. But they have so much baggage and insecurities between the two of them and even though they were having fun at first it's only a matter of time before one of them snaps.Overall, I really did enjoy this read. I loved Jace and his whole family. Angie and Jace balance each other out perfectly the sexual tension between them was well done and their romance was emotional and so funny at the same time. It was really nice for a change to have a book take place in Australia. The writing was fun and those dogs so freakin' cute.
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  • Ayekah
    January 1, 1970
    I love that Stefanie takes us back to her native Australia for this angsty gem, it is such a delicious read that kept me turning those pages wondering how things were going to work out. Stefanie left me hanging until the very end. Thanks Stefanie!Angie flees the States and heads to Australia to get away from her past. Tired of the press and the honestly horrible past which unfolds slowly throughout the book, she finds a wonderful home in a small town in Australia. For the first time she's just I love that Stefanie takes us back to her native Australia for this angsty gem, it is such a delicious read that kept me turning those pages wondering how things were going to work out. Stefanie left me hanging until the very end. Thanks Stefanie!Angie flees the States and heads to Australia to get away from her past. Tired of the press and the honestly horrible past which unfolds slowly throughout the book, she finds a wonderful home in a small town in Australia. For the first time she's just Angie. No one knows her past, she rents a small cottage behind Jace's house, rides her bike or walks around town. Has her job and friends. When the clock is winding down for her visitors visa, she gets bad news that her Visa won't be extended and she has to return to the US. That's a no go for her. This is her home, she's finally finding her way on her own, just being who she is. She hatches a plan to get to stay. She decides to date so she can marry someone so she can stay. Jace is a comic artist, has a highly successful strip that he writes in the quiet of his own home. He prefers solitude. When he gets roped into dog sitting for his mother's friend, this brings quite the turn of events along with Angie's news of her looming Visa deadline, a bad case of writers block and his attraction to Angie. Jace has a form of high functioning autism. It makes him good at what he does, but also unbending in some areas and watching him with the dogs in his carefully arranged home is nothing short of sheer pleasure. Seeing his battle with his feeling for Angie after getting burned in the past by an ex who refused to embrace his eccentricities was a little heartbreaking for me. I so wanted him to let go and let himself be known. As he and Angie spend more time together and her clock is winding down and months grow into weeks, what will happen with Angie and Jace? Will he finally step forward with Angie and take that risk? Or will he let her slip away along with his chance at happiness?This story was so well written, I loved Angie and Jace along with the rest of the side characters in the book. I fell in love with that little town and the many people there. I held my breath there at the end feeling very unsure of how things would really end up for these two, muttering to myself several times, "oh the angst, the angst." "Egad, what is Stefanie trying to do to me?" Loved this story so much. Clever girl! Thank you for taking us back home with you Stefanie, it was a joy to visit with you.
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  • Cassi T
    January 1, 1970
    Angie is a chatty American woman who is always upbeat and a little bit quirky. Jace is her reserved but gorgeous Australian landlord and neighbor. When Angie finds out her Visa application to stay in the country has been denied, she is determined to find a way to stay in town and avoid the embarrassment and traumatic memories that await her back in the States. When she realizes that marrying a native is probably her only chance to stay, she begins the search for love, hopeful that she will find Angie is a chatty American woman who is always upbeat and a little bit quirky. Jace is her reserved but gorgeous Australian landlord and neighbor. When Angie finds out her Visa application to stay in the country has been denied, she is determined to find a way to stay in town and avoid the embarrassment and traumatic memories that await her back in the States. When she realizes that marrying a native is probably her only chance to stay, she begins the search for love, hopeful that she will find it with Jace. But after battling emotions leftover from his own past and his doubts about his future, can he open himself up to love again?I really enjoyed this book! It was my first romance with a main character on the Autism Spectrum, and it was very interesting to see things from Jace's perspective and how he struggled with even minor decisions. I love that more authors, including Stefanie, are writing about real issues and opening the eyes of the world through fiction. I'm a character driven reader and generally love books with a lot of character development. I thought Jace and Angie were very well developed and followed a natural arc, both individually and together. I also love romance with a happily ever after and plenty of witty banter with a relationship progression that we can experience with them, rather than always insta-love (though that also has it's place, sure). There was plenty of relationship progression in this book as well, so here again, I loved it! But, The Aussie Next Door is more than just a love story... it's about overcoming perception and trauma and becoming the person others already see in you. Both Jace and Angie overcame their own personal traumas to be there for each other, even when they weren't really sure what that meant. Of course, it's also got the sweet but steamy romance aspect.I was provided an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts an opinions are completely my own.
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