Series: Broads Abroad #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: eARC, 336 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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?
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
If there was ever a book that made me want to pack up my life and board a plane to a European country, Roman Crazy is the one. The sense of wanderlust I felt while reading this one was SO real.
Funny enough, I actually started reading this book on a plane. Sadly, however, I was not headed on some grand overseas adventure. But it didn’t matter. A girl can dream while she’s at 40,000 feet. (She can also get hit with a huge dose of feels and tear up on the plane, but I digress.) I enjoyed this book SO VERY MUCH. It was funny and sexy and sweet. And yes, there were some feels… but they were mostly happy ones. Y’all know how much I love a a good second chance romance, so this book pretty much had my name written all over it. Avery and Marcello were so OTP that it was nearly impossible to even consider them with anyone else, let alone her having been married to another jerk, I mean guy.
I really liked both Avery and Marcello. Avery’s life was spinning out of control after discovering her jerk of a husband in a compromising position and I loved that she took control of the situation and THEN escaped to Rome. She needed some best friend time and deserved to get away. Running into Marcello was just the bonus. (And oh, what a bonus it was!) Sure, things were rocky… they were bound to be after the way things ended between them in the past, but I loved how they started to give each other another chance and get to know who they were today. The fact that it was set against a backdrop of a city as glorious as Rome was just a bonus. I felt like I was experiencing it all right there with them because the descriptions were so vivid. It was easy to get utterly lost in this book and that’s exactly what I did. Marcello was a bit of an enigma to me and I was slightly skeptical of him in the beginning. He just seemed too good to be true and I feared he might be more of a player than I wanted or Avery needed, but thankfully that wasn’t the case. He’s one of the good ones.
I’m so happy I loved this one as much as I did. I’ve been a fan of Alice Clayton since I first picked up Wallbanger years ago. I’ve been working with Nina as she did PR for other authors and I was so excited to learn she was releasing a book. These two ladies together are pretty much a reader’s dream. The Broads Abroad series is off to a great start. I, for one, can’t wait to see where they take us next!
“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.”
Milestone events in your life are linked with certain emotions. Some are so strong and powerful that you’re almost transported back to that particular period in time.
“When we met, it was something at first sight,” I said with a dreamy sigh. “It wasn’t love or lust, but something we both recognized as a possibility of something. It was so pure, so uninhibited. You know the way I mean, right? Hormone-driven madness. We just threw ourselves into it. These moments that were little pockets of perfection. It was like nothing else mattered. Just us.”
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.
God, I wanted him! It was as if no time had passed, and the woman I am joined the girl I was then in wanting this to happen more than anything.
“I’m afraid if I kiss you the way I want to, I won’t stop.”
What are some books that gave YOU wanderlust?