Avery Bardot was going through the motions in her staid, predictable life, when she caught her husband cheating on her. Deciding things were not going to change unless she makes the changes herself, a spur-of-the-moment decision to join her friend Daisy in Rome should be just what she needs to pick herself up and get on with her life. What she doesn’t expect is to run into Marcello Bianchi, the “semester abroad” fling that she never forgot.
Now, as she takes time to discover the beautiful city of Rome, she rediscovers herself and her love of art. And maybe, she re-discovers how wonderful love can be.
This is a wonderful second-chance romance but it’s so much more than that. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Roman Crazy – I really, really enjoyed being “in” this book. And that’s part of what made it so wonderful, I really felt like I was there, with Avery, walking the cobbled streets of Rome, I could almost taste the food and smell the delicious scents. I’ve never been to Italy, so I can’t say if they got everything right, but the descriptions were full and rich and it took no effort on my part to imagine the scenes. Roman Crazy gave me an acute case of wanderlust.
A lot of times I like a book because of the hunky hero or love interest. Marcello was a good character, but he wasn’t my focus – it was Avery I was cheering for. I love Avery – she’s real, not perfect. She took the easy way out when she was younger and if she hadn’t caught her husband cheating may have just kept on being alive, but not living. She jumped on this second chance and I was genuinely cheering on this fictional character. She made a few missteps along the way but grew into a strong character who knows what she wants and goes for it. (Also, I seriously want to hug the authors for the choice she makes near the end).
Throughout, Roman Crazy has humor, introspection, passion (both physical and food-related), and holds a steady pace from start to finish. I had a “book high” for days after reading Roman Crazy and I’m looking forward to reading more books by this author duo.
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Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton, Nina BocciPublished by Gallery Books Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Also by this author: Wallbanger, Rusty Nailed, Nuts
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.
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.
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.