Series: Broads Abroad #1
Published by Gallery Books
Published on September 13, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: ARC, Paperback
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Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.
Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…
Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?
A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.
Roman Crazy is a fun romantic comedy with some real character development and growth going on. This isn’t just a mindless sort of rom-com but one that allows the reader to really get to know the main characters and truly understand their actions and reactions.
The story starts off almost comically with Avery walking in on her husband cheating on her with his secretary. It shouldn’t be funny but Avery handles it with…flare. From there, we see her take off for Italy to join her dear friend Daisy for an indefinite getaway of sorts. Turns out, Daisy works with her long lost love, Marcello. All sorts of wonderful things ensue.
Fans of Alice Clayton will definitely see her personality shine through in this story but what I liked is that Nina Bocci’s writing stands strong, as well. In fact, they both blend so well for most of the book that it’s often hard to tell who wrote what; which is how it should be when a story is co-written and from a single point-of-view. I don’t think I would have known this story was written by two authors if I hadn’t been told. One thing I noticed in this story that I don’t always get with Clayton’s solo endeavors is less emphasis on the comedy, a notable balance between the humor and the serious. Roman Crazy has a lot of hilarious moments but they are dispersed throughout a story centered around a personal journey of growth and discovery.
Roman Crazy was fun to read and experiencing Italy and its culture (and Marcello) was dreamy. I was generally captivated by the story but I have to admit that there were times where I just wasn’t compelled to pick up the book for a bit. I chalk it up to longer stretches of development that got a little redundant for me but still had a purpose. Overall, it was fun and entertaining and well worth the journey.
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