Review: Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

My Thoughts

A delightful romantic adventure equal parts romance and sexiness.
Funny, flirty, fast paced and enjoyable.

4 four stars

Synopsis

Sep-13A delicious, sexy, laugh-out-loud modern romance about a newly single woman and her journey to find love again, from New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton and debut author Nina Bocci.

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.

My Review

Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci combine talents to deliver a warm-hearted romance which heats up the cobblestone streets of Rome. It’s a tender story of friendship, second chances and living the life you love. You’ll devour the pages of this love story fast, as you fall in love with Marcello and Avery.

We first meet Avery Bardot, shortly after finding her husband in a compromising situation with his secretary.

I know that penis, I’m married to that penis, except… this penis is, in fact, doing something it really shouldn’t.

Feeling all kinds of done with her lying, cheating husband, she decides there’s no better remedy than spending the summer in Italy with her best friend Daisy. She didn’t expect, however, to run into the one who got away, or rather, the one she left behind and never forgot: Marcello Bianchi.

I was focused on a pair of wide, equally shocked Italian eyes peering over the table. Eyes that I’d recognize anywhere, and they were staring down at me. Forty percent stunned, 10 percent curious, and a whole lotta angry.

With their paths colliding unexpectedly, the past comes barreling into the present with questions begging to be answered, nine years of absence to be explained. Worse yet, one glance at Marcello and all those old feelings resurge, feelings that easily trump anything she ever felt for her husband.

Every day in Rome reminds her of who she was, what she left behind and the life she’d always dreamed of. As Marcello’s anger cools and their connection burns as brightly as before, life becomes idyllic: good food, good wine and the man she still loves, even after everything that’s happened.

Marcello got up, closing the distance between us once more.

“What city are you in?”

I rolled my eyes. “Rome.”

“Exactly. And what is that phrase? When in Rome…”

But until all the truths are laid bare, her future — and their rekindled relationship — remains uncertain.

Clayton and Bocci pack a ton of humor, sexiness and heart into the story, making this novel a real treat to read. It’s deliciously fun — a romantic escapade everyone will enjoy.

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