Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Review: Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

Series/Stand Alone: unknown???
Format: Trade Paperback
Pages: 326
Rating: 4 Stars
How I Got It: Gift for Christmas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books

Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads
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 didn't know what to expect from this. Historically, I've loved Alice Clayton , but I had never even heard of Nina Bocci. Overall, I enjoyed it. There was a decent amount of humor, but not the laugh out loud kind I'm used to from Ms. Clayton.

The characters were good and interesting. I love the friendship between Avery and Daisy. And I especially liked Avery's relationship with her parents. You don't often see a healthy one like that. Avery is likable even though I have nothing in common with her. It would've been nice to get more of Marcello-that's the flaw of a story in first person.

Part of the story is Avery's personal development in finding herself again. That I really appreciated and thought it balanced out the heavy romance elements.I was and continue to be hesitant about Avery going into such an intense relationship so quickly. The authors navigated it well and I do like Marcello and Avery together. And some important and realistic conflicts came up for them.

I thought this was supposed to be a series, but I don't see that on Goodreads. I feel like there's a little bit of sequel bait with Daisy. So, I am a little confused if there will be more. I'll read them if there are.

Thanks for reading!

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