Series: The Broads Abroad #1
Published by Gallery on 09/13/2016
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.
Marcello made this book for me. His character is the ultimate dream man and he really carried Roman Crazy for me.
There is an excessive amount of descriptions of the sights, the sounds, the smells, the food. And while I can certainly appreciate some of that, as someone who married into an Italian family and has always wanted to visit Italy, it did get tedious and I found myself skimming.
I liked Avery’s character – I felt for her and everything that happened but I also never really emotionally connected with her. Marcello, on the other hand, I loved. He’s handsome, smart, romantic, and sexy as hell. He certainly encouraged my skimming just to get to the parts of the book with him in it.
I did enjoy Roman Crazy. It was a fun and entertaining read, it just didn’t engage me quite as much as I’d hoped. I’m not sure what Alice and Nina’s writing process was like, but it flowed well. In the beginning it felt very Alice Clayton but it did change a bit and seem to develop a voice of its own. It was humorous but not quite as over-the-top as I’m used to from Alice. For Nina’s debut, I think it was very well done.
I really, really enjoyed this one. I dunno, I mean, it was just full of moments that warmed my heart and made me smile with its earnest romance and vibrant laugh out loud humor. I felt fully immersed in the Italian culture as the writing displayed such vivid imagery of the landscape, food and art. However, for as much as I enjoyed the descriptions, they did become a little tedious and I found myself skimming scenes that were overly detailed the further the plot progressed. It made me really anxious, but I suppose I’d rather angst via pappardelle than a heroine that is flakey and unpredictable, so there’s that.
Speaking of heroines, I really liked Avery. I thought she was spunky and intelligent, and someone I could envision myself being friends with. I did however feel like I was watching her through a looking glass. There always seemed to be some sort of distance between myself and her character and I wasn’t as devastated by her backstory which really had the potential to be very affecting.
Marcello on the other hand…mama mia. He is probably one of the most alluring heroes I’ve experienced in a while. He felt fucking perfect and I was charmed by him from the very beginning. I loved the way he treated Avery and the way he, despite his broken heart, pursued her. He is sexy and dreamy and he loves his mama and his family and his country and he never once wanted anything from Avery other than just Avery. He wanted her wild, her sweet, her smart, her everything. It really doesn’t get any better than that.
Honestly though, for all its faults, Roman Crazy is a book that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about. I might even add it to my top 2016 list. It was just so fun and so sweet and sexy and so believable. Hey, I loved it, okay? I think you should read it and fall in love too.