Contemporary Romance

Review: Roman Crazy

Roman Crazy
Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A deliciously gorgeous read that made me want to sit back, relax and enjoy wonderful wine along with this journey to beautiful Rome to visit good friends, great food, fabulous sights and a scrumptious second chance and love.

After catching her husband in fraganti, Avery Bardot’s Stepford wife’s life is turned upside down. On her best friend’s urging she flies to Rome to take a break and try to find herself while her divorce finalizes. Who she never expected to see at her welcome party or ever, was the deliciously sexy Marcello Bianchi, the Italian architect she loved and left behind without explanation in Barcelona nine years ago.

“Marcello looked every bit like my greatest love and my biggest regret.”

Finding Rome to be an easy fit, Avery traipses through the historically charged city rediscovering her passion for art, appreciating the wonderful food while rekindling her feelings for enchanting Marcello. Could it be that simple though? Can this be her new life?

People rarely leave their comfort zones for a reason, it’s comfortable! While Avery wasn’t truly happy or fulfilled in her marriage, she was OK with it and still knowing she didn’t have much to show for the last years of her life trying to move on isn’t easy even in the beautiful city, with great friends, interesting and new career prospects, and even with the delectable Marcello. I liked that Avery didn’t have all the answers or her life figured out, it was completely normal and easy to relate with.

“I thought about second chances. I guess looking in it’d seem that the second chance here was clearly a second chance with Marcello. But maybe it was getting a second chance at life, with myself, for myself, doing something that I loved.”

Marcello was absolutely yummy! Yes he too was thrown for a loop upon Avery’s arrival, he was understandably angry with her for leaving him behind all those years ago and had to figure out his life with her in it, but he was absolutely mouthwatering with his sexy accent and frequent use of Italian endearments.

Clayton and Bocci’s writing collaboration is fabulous, the story flows with colorful and vibrant descriptions which made me feel as though I was right there in the heart of it with the charming characters, scenery, food and sexy romance. It made me smile, laugh, swoon and just feel all warm and happy inside at the hope of Avery finding her way and getting a second chance at true love.

“It wasn’t love or lust, but something we both recognized as a possibility of something. It was so pure, so uninhibited … We just threw ourselves into it. These moments that were little pockets of perfection. It was like nothing else mattered. Just us.”

Even though almost a decade has past, Avery and Marcello’s connection is still as intense as ever and could most certainly pick up right where they left off but they’ve grown and matured and this time around they’re enjoying each other, even though I would have loved more of these two.

Roman Crazy is an earnest story about friendship and love with a beautiful backdrop filled with wonderful food, people, architecture, and ambiance. It is a standalone contemporary romance written by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci, told by the heroine’s point of view with a happy ending.

4.5 stars

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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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