by Alice Clayton, Nina Bocci
Series: The Broads Abroad #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: September 13th 2016 by Gallery Books
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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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Roman Crazy gave me a serious case of wanderlust! All I wanted was to pack my bags and disappear to Rome, and possibly live there. I had never read a book that gave such vivid details of a place that I had all my five senses involved in this story.
Avery finds her husband cheating on her with his secretary. When she talks to her best friend who’s in Rome, she suggests that Avery should pack her bags and go to Rome. Avery does just that and falls in love with everything that Rome is. One night out with Daisy, her best friend, she sees Marcello for the first time in years. Marcello and her had met in Spain while she was abroad and what had started as something physical, turned to more, but Avery left and never came back. Now, Marcello is angry, hurt, but above all that, he wants Avery back.
There was always the tiniest nugget of hope that maybe someday, somehow, we’d cross paths. And in my optimistic daydreams, I never imagined that our unexpected reunion included me being on my ass on the floor in the middle of a dinner party.
Avery is a character that I immediately gravitated towards to. Her reaction to her husband cheating was priceless, and once she’s in Rome, she lets her true self be free. Avery’s character growth was so gratifying to read—from someone who had put a stop to her dreams to a woman who went after what she wanted and desired. Her passion for the art form could be felt off the pages. The way she would talk about any project she’d pick up to restore was of a woman who found appreciation in the smallest things and could see the bigger picture of what she could create with her hands.
Marcello was every bit of charming, charismatic, romantic, and totally swoon-worthy. He’s so dedicated to his work. You could feel his enthusiasm when he would talk about Rome’s culture or any project he was working on, just as Avery. They were the perfect fit! Marcello would melt my insides when he would talk to Avery with lust and love. I was craving all his words.
With the wine cork between his teen, he had painted my naked skin in homemade Chianti. Dragging the slick red liquid over every inch of me, dipping into the peaks and valleys while he watched . . . burned.
Avery’s best friend, Daisy, was a great friend. She encourages Avery to go after what she wants, which is art and Marcello. Daisy is a friend that anyone would love to have. She’s very energetic and will always be there for you, no matter the time zone difference. I’m really hoping she will have her own book in this series!
The Italian setting was done to a perfection. I could taste and smell the food, I could feel myself walking on the streets of Rome with Avery and Daisy and hear all the chatter of the people surrounding them, especially at the market. I felt like I was restoring one of Avery’s projects with my hands. It surprised me just how involved I was in this story. Not only did I feel like I could imagine everything with all the descriptions, I could feel like I was there!
Don’t get me started on the food! Whenever I go to Rome, I’m taking Roman Crazy with me so I can visit all the restaurants, especially this coffee shop that Avery would go to pretty much every day. The descriptions of the food had me salivating! I got hungry on various occasions while reading this book. It’s impossible not to! I’m also using this book as a guide. Not only that, I plan to do what Avery would do: arrive somewhere that she didn’t know and just pick a direction at random. She saw so much of Rome that way so I’m taking notes.
Roman Crazy is a phenomenal second-chance story at love and life, and a woman’s journey to go after her dreams. It will give you wanderlust, will make you hungry for all the Italian food, will have you laughing, will have you swooning. Alice and Nina wrote a fantastic start to Broads Abroad series.
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