I have a bucket list filled with places I’d love to travel to & at the top of that lineup: Australia. Since I won’t be hopping on a plane anytime soon for a visit, it’s nice to spend some time in The Land Down Under via books like one I recently finished, Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London.
Cora Cabot’s life is falling apart. So when her Australian friend announces she’s secured an internship in the States, Cora has a brilliant idea: house swap! Small-town Australia sounds like the perfect getaway. Only, when she gets there, the house isn’t empty. Turns out her friend’s hot Australian brother is staying there, too—and he doesn’t look happy to see her.
The last thing Trent Walters needs is a roommate for the summer. Especially an American who immediately floods the house and single-handedly destroys the family project his sister created for their parents’ anniversary. Now, not only does Cora insist on helping fix the house, he needs her help re-creating the family scrapbook. And glitter is not his forte.
But between late nights cooking, pints at the local pub, and competitive matches of cricket on the beach, Cora starts to break through Trent’s defenses. Too bad Cora made a promise to return to working with her father at the end of the summer—a promise she can’t break—because this holiday is starting to feel like one she never wants to end.
What I loved:
–The house swapping plot. It felt like a blend of the movie The Holiday and a HGTV home improvement show. Plus, I’m always down for a fun, forced proximity trope and I thought a house swap idea was a great way to play with this trope.
–The chemistry. Loved the tension and banter between Cora and Trent. The story starts right away with the two of them meeting and from the very beginning their attraction was magic. I was worried when I saw that the book was on the shorter side that the chemistry would feel rushed or forced, but I never felt that.
–Joe the cockatoo. The MVP of HAH was definitely Joe! He stole every scene he was in!
Why I didn’t give it 5🌟:
–The ex-girlfriend issue. I wasn’t a huge fan of the whole she-looks-exactly-like-my-ex problem.
Rating 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟/5
*I received an arc courtesy of the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.