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.
Audible Audio, Simon & Schuster Audio, 10 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Audio
Four stars: A delightful escape book that features a sizzling second chance romance set in Rome!
Avery is shocked when she opens her husband's office door and comes face to face with his manhood dipping into his secretary. Furious, she slams the door and pursues a divorce, despite the prodding from her wealthy mother in law. Feeling low and defeated, Avery decides to visit her best friend, Daisy, in Rome. Once she arrives in Rome, Avery is enamored with the old world charm, the sun and the food. On her first night, Daisy throws a party for Avery. What Avery doesn't expect is to come face to face with her past. Marcello is the man who stole her heart, the one she let get away, and the one she never thought she would see again, but here he is sitting next to her at dinner, and he's decidedly furious. Soon, Avery finds herself spending more and more time with Marcello, soaking up the sun, the art and the food. Is it possible to get a second chance at love?
What I Liked:
- Roman Crazy is exactly the book you need to read during the cold winter months. This is an excellent escape novel that takes you to the sun drenched streets of Rome with its grand splendor, gorgeous colors and decadent food. I felt like I was right there in Rome, and believe me, this is a great cure for the winter blues!
- The setting is fantastic. I loved how the authors brought Rome to life. The attention to detail was wonderful from the cobbled street, the flowers bursting from the planters, the quaint shops, the old architecture and the rich descriptions of food. I loved that I could go to Rome vicariously while reading this book.
- The romance was wonderful. This is a second chance romance, one that took root years ago and was abandoned. It starts out bristly and hesitant, and then it warms to a friendship before bursting into the intense buried heat and passion that was simmering deep down for years. I liked that it took its time to reignite, and I loved seeing these two find their way unexpectedly back to one another. Once it takes off, it is sizzling hot, it will warm you right up on a cold winter night.
- I also liked that this was a story about personal growth and discovery. Avery long ago gave up her dreams and her ambitions for a career as she got lost in her husband's life and world. Once she heads to Rome, she slowly rediscovers her talent and her dreams. I loved seeing her find her way again. I also liked the way she handled her ex husband and the way they worked it out.
- The ending was sweet and satisfying. No loose ends or nagging questions.
- The audiobook version was fantastic. I loved the dual narration provided by Nina Bocci and Randi Geddens. I am a huge fan of two narrators, and I thought this duo did an excellent job with the story and characters.
And The Not So Much:
- I was bothered by the romantic stumble at the end. I couldn't figure out why Avery never bothered to question this issue in the beginning before she got involved, it was something she should have done from the get go. I also didn't like that she didn't come clean with Marcello right away about the past.
- Something happened to Avery in her past that caused a rift in her marriage. I was disappointed that this issue wasn't covered in more detail. I was left wondering what happened to Hannah?
- For all you fans of Alice Clayton, this one lacked the trademark humor that Clayton is known for. Not a big issue but if you are expecting this one to be full of humor, it isn't.
Roman Crazy is the perfect winter escape novel. I loved traveling vicariously to Rome while reading this. The setting is delightful, the romance hot, and the story is entertaining. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is suffering a case of the winter blues, or it is perfect for anytime you need a great escape read.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.