Roman Crazy | Second-chance story + Italian food

September 12, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 22 Comments

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Roman Crazy | Second-chance story + Italian foodRoman Crazy
by Alice Clayton, Nina Bocci
Series: The Broads Abroad #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: September 13th 2016 by Gallery Books
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
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4 Stars
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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.

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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.

About Alice Clayton

ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).

She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.

About Nina Bocci

Nina Bocci is a novelist, publicist, eternal optimist, unabashed lipgloss enthusiast, constant apologist, and a hopeless romanticist. She has too many college degrees that she’s not using, and a Lego addiction that she blames on her son.

WHICH BOOK HAVE YOU READ THAT HAS GIVEN YOU WANDERLUST?
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  • Wait, this is an Alice Clayton book? Dang it! I didn’t pay much attention to the book, but would’ve jumped on it had I known. Sigh. Okay, now I need to add to my wishlist.

    • Christy, where have you been living?! Yes! It is and with Nina, who’s a great publicist, btw. You need this in your life. You have no idea how much you will want to visit Rome. If I had the money, I’d pack my bags and go right now.

  • I live about 20 minutes from Italy so I know exactly what you mean about the food and the culture. I would love to see Rome through Avery’s eyes, though, and I would definitely love to meet Marcello. Wonderful review!

  • Ah I love that it will make me want to up and go to Rome. Love a great setting. I am excited for this one. Great review!!

  • LostinLit Becca

    Great review Gen! I am seeing this book EVERYWHERE! I need to read this one now! Italy is my number one dream vacation spot, I WILL go there someday! Not to mention, second chance romance is one of my absolute favorite tropes! You now have me clamoring to get this book Gen! Although I have a feeling it is going to make me VERY hungry LOL!

    • Thanks, Becca <3 You need to read it! Go pre-order this gorgeous book! It will make you go to Italy right now haha I really recommend you read it and use it as a guide for Rome. It talks about so many places to eat and where to go hang out. Plus the food!!! The food is the best thing.

  • Oh this sounds so good! I am kind of absolutely in love with Rome and also just Italian food so I have a feeling I will love this book. Thanks for the review!

  • Ooh, this sounds like a good one. I can’t wait to freaking get my hands on it. Thanks again for always providing such wonderful commentary on the books you’re reading. My TBB list continues to grow and grow!

  • Eva

    Great review! I need to read this one and I need to go to Italy! Glad you loved this!!

  • I can see myself getting a case of wanderlust too! The thing I don’t like about books set in other countries is that there is always an expiration date – she/he has to go back to his/her country, or the vacation end, or something like that… these types of books usually aren’t for me. I think Nick read this one and really liked it too, which is promising. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Genesis. =)

    Wonderful review!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • In this book, it’s not really like that re: expiration date. At the beginning it kiiiiiind of loosely is mentioned, but that’s not really in the story 🙂

  • I love books that inspire wanderlust, too. But like Alyssa, I don’t like it when the romance ends because one of them does not live in the same country. Bah. Glad you enjoyed this !

  • This sounds absolutely fantastic, Gen! Rome is a beautiful city, and who can resist a romance including the one who got away? Plus second-chance romances are one of my favorite tropes 🙂
    Great review!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  • Damn you sold this! I have it and actually read the first few pages. I am seriously hoping to squeeze it in this month!