By: Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: Sept. 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?
Roman Crazy is a super cute novel that will take you on an adventure through Rome. We get to explore Rome through the eyes of Avery as she wanders the streets, sampling pastries, and painting the beautiful scenery and buildings. We also get front row seats to her re-kindling romance with Marcello, the man she loved and left behind in Barcelona so many years ago. There’s not a lot of heavy stuff that takes place in this novel. It’s actually just a light and sweet romance that has the backdrop of Rome. However, I really enjoyed seeing Rome through Avery’s eyes as she began to experience life again after a stifling marriage.
Speaking of Avery, I really liked her character. Even though she kind of lost herself in her marriage, it was wonderful seeing her spread her wings and find the passion in life. She starts to do volunteer work at her friend’s company where she gets to restore artifacts, she starts painting again, and you see her begin to laugh more and more as the story unfolds. Although, that has a lot to do with Marcello. :fans herself: Marcello was definitely the perfect guy. The moment he sees Avery again you see everything just sort of stop. Neither thought they’d see the other but when they reunite, sparks fly. They sort of test the waters to see where they stand with the other and then they come together and fit perfectly. I just loved reading about these two and their adventures together.
While there isn’t a whole heck of a lot that takes place in Roman Crazy, it was still a really enjoyable read. It was perfect for a night where I just wanted something light and sweet to read. There was no crazy drama, no suspense, or even any real conflict. It was just a nice romance that took the reader on a trip to Rome.
“My heart sped up as I rehearsed in front of the mirror, practicing common phrases in what I hoped was perfectly accented Italian. The harder I tried, the more ridiculous I sounded. When Daisy casually asked why I was speaking Italian with a Russian accent, I decided to call it a night and five it another go in the morning when I was more rested and relaxed…and decidedly less nervous.”