Title: Roman Crazy
Authors: Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci
Series: Broads Abroad #1
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: 13th September, 2016
Published by Gallery Books
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.
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4 ★ Review by Rachel & Sharon Thérèse
There was always this nugget of hope that somehow, someway our paths might cross again and I’d be granted the privilege of seeing this man once more, to remember what I knew so well, what I loved so dearly.
Mama mia! ‘Vivere la vita’ is an Italian way of life and how better to experience it by reading this book. It will take you on a journey set in summer in one of the most historical cities in the world, Rome. A strong sensation of déjà vu hit us and lingered from the beginning of Avery’s voyage to the very last page. Since we’ve both been fortunate enough to have visited this amazing place on more than one occasion, we truly felt like we were walking on the cobblestone streets alongside the story’s characters. Vespa scooters whizzed past us, cars hooted constantly and the smell of delicious food wafting through the air reached our taste buds. Mouth-watering, eh? The authors certainly built up our appetite when explaining the necessary ingredients for making such delicious dishes. In other words, the descriptive writing is meravigliosa!
“Mr. Pickpocket did get my favourite lipstick and a starlight mint.”
“A starlight mint huh?”
“I wanted to have fresh breath when I arrived.”
“I hear that. There’s so many hot men in this city, sometimes you just never know when you’re going to fall on one of their mouths.”
The first chapter stunned us. Well, we weren’t the only ones to be left with our mouths wide open and although Avery tried to take it lightly, she couldn’t! So she did what most women would do under her situation—face the music. Ooh boy, sorry mums-in-law but Avery’s takes the cake. Avery’s handling of such a delicate issue had us in fits of laughter, her decision to do something about it, we applauded. Actually, both of us discussed as to whom wrote this scene and many others and despite us having our suspicions, we’re not letting on!
“I always forget how funny you think you are, Avery. Daniel always was fond of your sense of humour.”
Our feelings for the man who caused her to take the initiative was what the heck! A wimp with a capital W! In the blink of an eye, her life with him had become a sham, had to be sorted out and opened our eyes as to how the other half lives. Hmm. . . we didn’t care for it a bit.
“So what’s up? Seriously what’s up?”
“What else do you want me to say? What can I do for you? How can I help you? Are you lost? Sorry I left you hanging about the dry cleaning?”
“What’s up is that I wanted to see you. To talk to you, and make sure that we’re doing the right thing here.”
Avery had chosen the life she lived for reasons to be divulged well into the book. Only then did we understand why she didn’t carry on with her passion. Her true colours shine brightly in Rome though. How could they not? Rome awoke her senses; she’s artistically in her element, hungry to know more…, and of course, being with her bestie Daisy was just what she needed. Ooh, and we have to mention Daisy’s generous heart. Inquisitive and witty, she encourages Avery in every possible way. We couldn’t help but adore how she brought out her friend’s sassiness; teases and more important, gives sound advice. Even so, neither of us argued about who our favourite character was. The joy of seeing Avery find her bearings in her new surrounding was what made this story.
“Hairy is never a good word to describe anything. Unless it’s a redheaded prince of England.”
Marcello and the ambience he is in shows Avery that you can be happy and don’t have to be surrounded by luxury or live a charade. We adored the friendly and working relationship he has with Daisy who had absolutely no idea that he and Avery have history. What we didn’t care for was one of his actions; nonetheless, this is real, what happens and wasn’t candy-coated over.
“Turn around so I can fix my shirt.”
“You know I have seen you. All of you. Many times.”
“That was college-age Avery. Before things started shifting and sinking like your Colosseum.”
We really enjoyed the flashbacks which put us in the picture regarding past events, but we felt some of them could have been enhanced a tad. However, we did learn that Avery missed the boat and regretted it. Now she has a second chance and doesn’t want miss it again. Not everything is what it seems and she takes a long while to come to grips with what she’d done. How it comes to light gave us the tension we yearned for. She eats humble pie, puts her big girl panties on and deals with it!
“Do I pick one of the ninety-five thousand churches to confess in, or is Rome just so holy that you yell your sins outside at the sky and wait for judgement to befall you?”
The build-up is slow boil. What we were offered beforehand was a sightseeing tour of all the most symbolic monuments in a city that doesn’t sleep. And it’s not in the slightest bit exaggerated. We have to put emphasis on the fact that whatever hour of the day or opportunity the Romans have to meet up with friends, there is always time to savour their wholesome cuisine washed down with a glass of wine.
“Come, let’s go home. I’d thought a nice walk through the gardens would be a nice way to end the day, but ….”
“But now all I can think about is getting you into bed. Or up against that cabinet in the entryway. I am not picky.”
When Marcello and Avery go to the next level, steaminess abounds. Gosh, there is nothing like a Latin lover and no wonder they have the reputation for being so chivalrous, hot and totally into keeping their loved ones close to them.
“What do you want Avery? Tell me.”
“You know what I want.”
Told in past tense from Avery’s point of view, we’re crossing our fingers that in follow-up we’ll see what Marcello has to say. This gorgeous guy certainly deserves to be heard and if not, well, we can’t wait to go back into town and find out what’s on the cards for Daisy. Bravo Ms Clayton and Ms Bocci for offering us a fun read and for making us laugh out loud.
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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.
Now, about that 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.