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Roman Crazy (The Broads Abroad #1) by Alice Clayton & 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

“Something happens on a cellular level to your body when you sense someone near you. It’s amplified when it’s someone you’ve been intimate with. My skin felt like a current was running over it, zips and zaps sparking me to life.”

Roman Crazy is a really fun read. You know when you’re picking up something by Alice Clayton that this story is not just going to make you laugh, but it’s going to have you swooning and falling head over heels in love. So, when I heard that Alice was teaming up with debut author Nina Bocci to write a new story, I couldn’t wait to dive in. And I have to tell you, these two ladies blew me away.

Roman Crazy is well written and totally addictive. For me, this story was impossible to put down. In fact, I finished it in just one sitting. Avery is one of those characters that is impossible to not love. Her whole world was turned upside down when she discovered her husband’s betrayal. In an effort to move on and find herself again, she flees to Italy to regroup and spend some time with her best friend. What she didn’t plan on, was running into Marcello….You see, many years ago, Avery met and fell in love with Marcello, but life had other plans and led Avery in a different direction. Now, Marcello and Avery’s paths have once again crossed. Will Avery embrace this second chance she has been given? Will she finally be the woman she was always meant to be?

Roman Crazy is an exciting start to The Broads Abroad Series. The writing is fun, witty and engaging. This story is filled with lots of laughter, love, and friendship. I adored Avery’s best friend Daisy. She is the kind of person that just draws people in. She was an amazing friend and someone you could really lean on. She supported Avery and made her see that she deserved to live the life she’s always wanted. She is definitely a character that I wouldn’t mind seeing more of in the future.

What can I possibly say about Marcello and Avery?? Wow! These two! The chemistry and sparks between them are just unreal. They have a lot of history and the pull that they have towards one another has you rooting and begging that they will get their second chance. I’m telling you, Marcello and Avery’s story is the exact reason that we root for and fall in love with second chance romances.

Roman Crazy was a fabulous read from start to finish. I loved the characters and the setting. It’s always been a dream of mine to go to Italy, so I loved getting to experience some of Avery’s adventures along with her. This book does deal with a little bit of heavy subject matter, but for the most part this book is light on the angst and drama. It is a beautiful story of finding yourself again, discovering your life’s passion and not letting go of the one who got away again. This book gave me so many feels. I can not wait to see what adventure these two ladies have in store for us next!

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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