Series: Broads Abroad
Published by Gallery Books on September 13th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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?
WOW!!! I love, love, loved this book. I happen to adore Alice Clayton and will read anything she writes. She’s an automatic one-click for me. And to see her writing with Nina? Sign me up…oh wait, I did <3.
So, we have Avery. And I think a lot of us can identify with Avery. She’s been married for 8 years and she’s just discovered that her husband has been having an affair. And while we all can’t identify with that, we can relate to how she feels. She has given up the things she has enjoys little by little in her life. She was an artist, but she can’t remember the last time she’s drawn. So, she decides to escape to a fond memory of her past with her best friend. A little friend-cay to Rome, if you will. And wouldn’t you know it, who does she run into but an old flame on her first night there?
When Avery was in college, she spent some time in Italy and met Marcello. They spent about four months together and…well…you know where this is going, right? And it sounded like it was the best time of her life, but she also regretted it as well. Sounds like it’s time for a second-chance romance!
“Tell me what happened nine years ago, when you left to go back home and forget all about Barcelona. And me.”
I have to say that I loved this story. The world was so vivid. I felt like I was in Italy and eating the food, seeing the country. It makes me want to GO to Italy, not that I didn’t already. I also love the characters. I mean, I love romantic comedy but the banter was amazing. And this book is so great. Second chance romances have a special place in my heart and this one is done so, so well.
I give this book 4.75 stars. I loved all of the character, the world building, the dialogue…everything. I cannot wait for the second book.
Praise for Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci
“There are books that make you laugh out loud, make you teary, make you hot and bothered, make you smile. And then there are books that make you want to crawl inside them and live within their pages. That’s what Roman Crazy is.”
—New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled series, Emma Chase
“Roman Crazy is a sexy, steamy slow burn. Pack your suitcase and get ready for a wild ride through the streets of Rome with a hot-as-sin leading man. I want to clone Marcello and keep him forever. A visceral reading experience that takes you from the cobbled streets of Rome to the bedroom and everywhere in between. Get your fans out! Five stars of smolder.”
—Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author
“Bocci and Clayton know how to craft an amazing romance! The beautiful descriptions of Rome will make you feel like you are on vacation. This book it a spa visit and a best friend all wrapped up into a funny, sexy, life-affirming bundle. 1-Click the heck out of Roman Crazy.”
—Debra Anastasia, author of the Poughkeepsie series
“Roman Crazy is a sexy, delicious tour through Italy as well as the human heart. Marcello and Avery are as impossible to resist as a double scoop of gelato. Like fine Italian food, Roman Crazy should be gobbled up as quickly as possible.”
—Sarina Bowen, USA Today bestselling author of Rookie Move
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