Series: Broads Abroad #1
Published by Gallery Books on September 13th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
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.
After catching her husband of eight years getting it on with his administrative assistant, Avery Remington née Bardot listens to her best friend’s advice and flies to Rome to visit her and just move on. She’s expecting to see the beautiful country and eat the beautiful food, but she never expected to come face to face with Marcello Bianchi, the beautiful man she fell in love with when she was twenty-one. The same Marcello she left.
“Tell me what happened nine years ago, when you left to go back home and forget all about Barcelona. And me.”
The thing about moving on though is sometimes your past gets in the way of doing it.
With her carefully constructed high-society life in Boston crumbling into pieces, Avery struggles to find who she really is and who she really was. She questions her past decisions, and worries about the decisions she’s about to make. Avery is flawed and she doesn’t have her shit together 24/7, and I think it’s what made me relate to her.
I’ve always been a fan of Alice Clayton’s books, and I’ve always loved reading stories written by new authors. So to have that in a single book is wonderful. Plus, this is a second chance romance set in such a wanderlust-inducing country.
Ms. Clayton and Ms. Bocci managed to write such vivid imagery of Italy, its food and sights, that I swear I could see its wonders, feel it on my fingers, and taste it on my tongue. It made me want to fly to Italy and go on my own adventure. The relationships were realistic, and the dynamic entertaining, heartwarming, and relatable. I love the banter, and I found the pacing just right.
I smiled, laughed, gushed, teared up, and cheered for Avery on her journey into transitioning to a new phase in her life. I rooted for her and Marcello, but most of all, I rooted for her. I wanted Avery to find herself again without just the influence or control of a man.
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.”
I fell in love with the characters, and by the end of the book, all I knew is that I wanted to read more of Marcello, Avery, Daisy, and Fiona. Marcello and Avery more than the others, but all of them.
Roman Crazy showed that it’s never too late to start your life or your dreams. It’s not just a second-chance romance; it’s a story about a second chance in life. It’s the first standalone in the Broad Abroad series and is told in Avery’s POV.