Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Review - ROMAN CRAZY by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

Title: Roman Crazy
Authors: Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 9/13/2016
Source: ARC from publisher

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.


About the Authors:

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. And she finally got her 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.

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Because of who the authors are, I was expecting a bit of silliness and maybe even a bit of ridiculousness. What I didn't expect was to be taken on a wonderful tour of a beautiful country that I've never had the privilege of visiting.

While there are a few instances where I felt something was being written just for shock value or for the sake of getting a certain reaction, I did enjoy the overall feel of the story. Avery's pain is tangible and her shock at seeing her former lover is authentic. The way her friend steps in and offers her a place to heal made me smile and even made me a bit envious. The relationships, both old a new, are strong and well-written.

The romance in the story is organic and just seems to blossom. The history between Avery and Marcello helps move things along, despite her newly broken heart. It's sexy and steamy and everything a Roman vacation should be.

This is a great story of second chances and forgiveness. It's a story of friendship and love. But truthfully, my favorite parts were when Avery would wander about the neighborhood, with or without Marcello. The authors did such an amazing job of making Italy come alive, which for me, outshined everything else going on.

4 out of 5 stars

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