The Aussie Next Door

The Aussie Next Door

by Stefanie London

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Overview

"A sweet, sexy read, featuring a couple that feels both true-to-life and aspirational.” Kirkus Review, Starred Review

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640636682
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 51,755
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Growing up, Stefanie London came from a family of women who loved to read. After sneaking several literature subjects into her “very practical” Business degree, she got a job in Communications. When writing emails and newsletters didn't fulfill her creative urges, she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night. Now she lives with her very own hero and dreams of traveling the world. Recently she gave up her day job to write sexy contemporary romance stories and she couldn't be happier.
Visit her online at http://stefanie-london.com.

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The Aussie Next Door 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
gaele 10 days ago
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. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
cloggiedownunder 17 days ago
4.5★s The 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
Melissa Ledet 7 days ago
A heartfelt read that will pull on your heartstrings and have you falling in love with Jase and Angie. Love their connection and their quirks.
Caroldaz 11 days ago
Angie’s childhood in America was anything but good. She was in many foster homes and then exploited by her solicitor for his own gain of publicity. She was found in an horrific physical state at her last foster home and Child Protection was sued. She became the poster girl for how bad condtions can be for children. Everywhere she went she was recognised and questioned. She found this so hard to handle she fled to Australia. She fell in love with Australia but in two months her visa will expire and her application to extend it was denied. Angie’s landlord is Jace, who is on the autism spectrum but ‘high functioning’. He likes routine and order but Angie is so very outgoing and is chaotic and loves people. Jace is not looking for a relationship. He was rejected by Julia, his fiancee, the night before the wedding. But there is no doubt the two are inensely attracted to each other. Jace is even willing to help Angie find a match so that she can marry and stay in Australia. I adored the characters and loved the humour. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
UpAllNightBB 12 days ago
4 Stars Review by Elizabeth Late Night Reviewer Up All Night w/ Books Blog I have not had the pleasure of reading a book by Stefanie London before now and I have to say I am disappointed in myself. Stefanie is a talented author that drew me in with her words in The Aussie Next Door. I cannot wait to dig into another book by her. In The Aussie Next Door, we meet Jace who is at the high end of the autism spectrum. That does not stop him from living his life. Well mostly. Jace is a very kind person that thrives on his routine for a sense of normalcy. However, the routine he craves will be out the window with the new task of dog sitting for two solid months. Next, we meet Angie. She is a citizen of the United States trying to become a citizen of Australia. Angie is the total opposite of Jace. She is a complete extrovert. When her final attempt to stay in the country fails, all that is left to do is to either go home or find a husband. In two months. I found, The Aussie Next Door, very intriguing to say the least. Marriage of Convenience is my all-time favorite trope to read about so once I read the blurb, I was all in. The Aussie Next Door, contains just the right amount of wit, humor, charm, and romance. I also loved that it was not an ‘insta love’ type of book. They each had their own personal things to overcome to reach that place that was just right for them.
Lori-Gonzo 12 days ago
What a sweet story! Don't get me wrong, this one had some definite hot scenes too. I loved the relationship building and telling each other their vulnerabilities more. My heart went out to Angie for her wanting to find love and family so bad, but always feeling out of reach. It also went out to Jace for his feeling of inadequacy and not being able to fully express himself. My heart broke with their fight and made me want them to just really communicate. However, this only made their lightbulb moments that much sweeter. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
heatherdhahn 14 days ago
I loved this book! It seemed as if it was going to be your typical romance novel, but it was so much more. I loved that Jace was autistic but still completely accepted by his family and community. He was shown as an adult that is living on his own and completely independent. I have seen so many people assume that being on the spectrum is bad thing and I love that this author shows it is not. I am happy to see more authors starting to do this. Angie was a delight. I loved her verbal diarrhea and her resilient attitude. Tilly and Truffle were a fun addition to this book. It was fun to see Angie and Jace deal the dogs' shenanigans. I love how that book ended. I am so glad that the author added in a bit to give the relationship the strength that it needed. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for a honest review.
Mermer 14 days ago
A sweet fun contemporary romance set in Australia,its sexy,fun with a little problem with Angie and her status in Australia.Really like Jade and Angie. A good fun easy read. Voluntarily reviewed.
Ruizk 14 days ago
So much more. Yes it's a fun, sexy, small-town read. You also have Jade a man who is on the spectrum. Angie has a lot of insecurities due to her life in the foster system. Together with great supporting characters some furry friends you get a book that again is funny sexy and pulls at your heart. Hope to see more books set in this small town. I received a free copy of the book from netgallery and I am voluntarily leaving a review
Lisa-Lou 16 days ago
The Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London is a sweet romance set in a small town Australia. Angie Donovan has escaped her past in America and found a fresh start in a new place that feels exactly like she believes home should be. Renting a small apartment from one of the hottest guys she's ever laid eyes on doesn't hurt. Even if he is a bit quirky and distant. Jace, on the other hand, doesn't quite know what to make of his tenant. Her smiles, her non-stop chatter, her outgoing energy. It's a lot for someone as introverted as he is but she is a bright spot in his life that he soon learns he can't live without. Less a tale of how an American can stay in Australia and more a tale of how two people, vastly different, and each with their own issues, can learn to overcome their pasts and move forward. Sweet and sexy in all the right places, well-paced, and well-written, this was a great romance. Enjoy!
JennC2630 17 days ago
Angie and Jace are too cute. Jace is autistic and can sometime struggle without a routine. He's also still smarting from a broken engagement and trying to learn how to communicate in a way that seems to come easy for those around him. Angie came to Australia to get away from the media circus that was her life in the US. Her visa is almost up and her last effort to stay in her new home is to find a husband. While Jace initially takes himself out of the running, it isn't long before the attraction between these two makes it clear that anyone else is out of the question for Angie. London wrote a really cute story. Told from both their perspectives, you really could see how they were each feeling and you understood where they were coming from. And those dogs? The cutest. I'm intrigued to see what she writes next. If this is any indication, she's talented at creating stories with a lot of heart, some humor, and enough spice to keep things fun.
Anonymous 17 days ago
DNF at 42%. Angie Donovan left a life of unwanted notoriety in the US for a life of anonymity in small town Australia, but then she finds out she has to leave Australia unless she can fall in love and marry within a few short months. Angie's next door neighbour is hunky cartoonist Jace. Unbeknownst to Angie, Jace has high functioning autism which means he struggles to understand other people's feelings or how to act in certain situations. He likes that Angie doesn't know about his autism, that she treats him like a regular guy. He likes Angie and wants her to stay but it takes him months to decide on a new brand of trainers, a decision like marriage would take him years. Angie decides she will do everything she can to find someone, with the aim of falling in love and getting married before she gets deported. The blurb for this read made me think it would be romantic comedy: a large interfering family; a series of dates; unruly dogs; and Jace sabotaging Angie's dates. To a certain extent I did get this but it all seemed pretty muted, nearly half way into the book and Angie has only been on one date. I also struggled with Jace's portrayal which made him seem a bit simple. There have been some great books released in the last few years which portray autism with empathy - in contrast this felt like Jace was a 16 year old child rather than a man. Overall, I found the pace too slow, the characters overly sweet and the plot wasn't developing fast enough and I gave up. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
ScrapNSign 17 days ago
The Aussie Next Door delivers romance and laughter! Witty and warm characters that welcome you into their crazy lives and families. Stefanie London brings the reader to tears from laughter, and will have your heart falling for a tremendous cast. This is definitely one tale of opposites attract that'll leave you with a smile!
Cali-Jewel 18 days ago
A sweetly fun, emotionally thrilling, action packed romantic journey filled with interesting charters, witty banter, laugh out loud moments and undeniable will not be ignored passion.... really enjoyed this story from beginning to end. Really a great summer read!
LynnB888 18 days ago
4 1/2 STARS! THE AUSSIE NEXT DOOR kicks off the brand new Patterson's Bluff series by Stefanie London with a delightful opposites attract twist between a comic strip creator and a tourist who enjoys brightening people's lives. Angie is a complex character. She has a past that she doesn't advertise and all that she wants is to stay in this delightful location that feels like home for maybe the first time ever ... but she's having visa problems. She sets out to fall in love and step into that happily ever after that every girl dreams of (in two months time of course!) ... if only the quirky neighbor wasn't catching her eye time and time again. Jace is a heartwarming character. He's unique and had this reader wrapped around his finger very quickly. I enjoyed watching him learn to let his guard down a little as Angie and her spunkiness became a part of his life. I highly recommend you take a trip to Patterson's Bluff if you enjoy a small town vibe with a side of sass, an adorable cast and a boatload of heart! Looking forward to more to come in the series.
Lorizen 18 days ago
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.
ljtljtljt 18 days ago
The Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London is an entertaining read. I enjoyed the story, along with the two dogs that teach the main characters how to trust and love. Angie Donovan grew up in the American foster care system, and learned at a very young age that the only person she could count on was herself. When her brutal upbringing was publicized nationwide by a corrupt attorney, she escaped to Australia to start a new life where no one knew about her past. She found peace and acceptance in the small coastal town of Patterson's Bluff, however, her visa is due to expire very soon. Angie needs a husband in order to remain in Australia, and a marriage of convenience is not what she wants for her future. Angie is after the real thing, a loving husband. Comics artist Jace Walters is a good looking guy who prefers to live in solitude with a daily routine that he can count on. Although Angie has been his neighbor and tenant for the past six months, Jace really doesn't know her very well. He has no desire to be in a relationship, however, being around Angie makes him happy and calm. They become friends and he even helps her seek out a potential husband. Luckily, they both realize they are both perfect for each other. I liked this book, however, the pace of the first half dragged considerably. Happily, the second half of book was quite engaging and I was rooting for Angie and Jace to get their forever together in the land down under. This is the first book from the author's brand new series, Patterson's Bluff, and it can be read as a standalone. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Anonymous 18 days ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This was my first read from Stefanie London. I was looking for a light-hearted summer read and this didn't quite hit the mark for me. The characters were sweet and hot together. I really liked Jace and felt the author handled his story well. I did not feel that way with Angie. Her backstory seemed more like something I would read in a darker, romantic suspense story- but without the exploration of it. I felt you could have accomplished the same story components but with a different backstory and then you wouldn't have the shadow hanging over the characters.
Vicki101370 18 days ago
The Aussie Next Door is so much more than a small town romance. This book really touched me, and I hope I can do justice in my review to give this story the praise it deserves. Angie has been searching her entire life for a place to fit in, and she has finally found it in a small town on the coast of Australia, where no one knows the sordid details of her childhood. Meanwhile, Jace comes from a large, loving, involved family, which was often a struggle for someone growing up with autism. While Jace is on the high functioning spectrum, structure and routine are critical. When Angie is faced with deportation back to America, she immediately begins the hunt for a love match that will keep her in the country, and she pulls Jace into her scheme to find the perfect man. As the two spend more time together, neither of them can resist the attraction that's been boiling under the surface since she rented the granny unit on his property. Both of these characters have underlying issues that throw challenges their way, and navigating their relationship is a challenge for both of them. It's so rare that we get a protagonist in a story that has a disability, and Stephanie London portrayed Jace with amazing care, while holding true to the struggles faced by people on the autism spectrum in their every day life. This was a beautifully written love story about two flawed humans who are absolutely perfect for one another.
Always_Write 18 days ago
3.5 stars. A quick, delightful, sweet read about two very likeable characters, Jace and Angie, who have some serious internal obstacles to overcome on their way to finding their HEA. I thought the book was very realistic and well written. The description of Angie's past in the foster care system is heartbreaking, and the struggles that we see Jace dealing with as a high-functioning autistic individual seemed so real. Despite these serious undertones, the book itself is a fun, uplifting read and a great way to spend an afternoon. A sincere thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for providing an ARC for review.
whatsbetterthanbooks 18 days ago
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.
JustNicole 19 days ago
The Aussie Next Door was a very enjoyable book! I loved the way the author, Stefanie London, wrote Jace’s character as a high-functioning autistic man. It gave a different insight into a dating relationship. I know a few people who could be Jace’s character to a T, so I felt the story as I read it. The part about his ex-fiance was heartbreaking, but the way it developed with the story was perfect. Angie’s character, however, I kind of had a love-hate relationship with. Her backstory was a bit different, and not really complete. I don’t know…I just couldn’t see that actually happening, I guess?? I am just not sure why I couldn’t really appreciate her character very much. I just couldn’t. The “needing to get married to stay in the country” storyline is not my favorite, but I liked how the author wrapped it all up together. Overall, I really, really like this book, and would totally recommend it. I am looking forward to the next book in the series! 4 stars!
DebiDG 19 days ago
I absolutely loved this book. Refreshing yet held me captive. It had the humor, drama and romance but also kept the story incredibly real. Can Jace learn to live outside his routine? Will Angie find her happy place? The backdrop was set. The writing was on point and the pacing of the book was excellent. There’s nothing like a feel good book with a beautiful epilogue! A truly fabulous read!
OpheliaOA 19 days ago
Another great read by Stefanie London. I really enjoyed this book. It was very entertaining with some comedy and steamy scenes. Angie fell in love with Australia and now that her visa is about to expire, she needs to come up with a plan that could work and keep her in Australia. Jace borders on the autism spectrum and loves his routine. That soon changes when Angie befriends him and is constantly challenging him out of his comfort zone. Angie and Jace might have started off as friends but when sparks start flying between them that friendship soon changes into love. The Aussie Next Door was a very fun read and I can’t wait to read more of Stefanie London’s work. ***Received this ARC from NetGalley as an exchange for an honest review.
Readnread 19 days ago
I wish I could do more than five stars for this book! It was a wonderful story of two people with a lot of personal baggage who find trust and love and acceptance. It’s a long difficult road but loaded with fun and hope. Read it! You won’t want to put it down until the very last word. I voluntarily reviewed this advanced reader copy and I have not been compensated in any way.