Series: Broads Abroad #1
Published by Gallery Books on September 13th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. SheÔÇÖs left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her woundsÔÇöand perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, AveryÔÇÖs thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought sheÔÇÖd see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.
Marcello was the manÔÇöthe 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 andÔÇöhey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is MarcelloÔÇª
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. ItÔÇÖs heady, itÔÇÖs fevered, itÔÇÖs wanton, and itÔÇÖs 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.
This is an extra special buddy read as this story was written by 2 women who are clearly┬áamazing people and┬áfriends. Well, that is what a buddy read is all about – experiencing a story with such a friend. We heard about this book AGES ago when September 2016 seemed so very far away.┬á ItÔÇÖs finally here and the book┬áis just┬áas fabulous as we expected.┬á This is AveryÔÇÖs story as she gets a swift kick in the butt and picks up and goes to Rome, Italy.┬á As her hum-drum marriage implodes, Avery inadvertently sets herself on a path and rediscovers who she is.┬á Maybe she goes a little Roman Crazy, but wait until you meet MarcelloÔÇªyou will, too!
How stunned were you when Avery and Marcello meet again?
Cyndi:┬á I’ll just say I love how stunned Avery was. The scene is just perfect with Avery┬ábeing in Rome, for oh, a few hours.┬á It’s funny how discombobulated she is and┬áeverything that happens in that moment┬áis a metaphor for her life at the moment.
Loredana: OMG. ┬áSeriously, I did not ┬áexpect such a bomb, especially after the turmoil she had just experienced at the hand…er…dick of her husband (INCREDIBLE SCENE, btw…you’re going to love how it’s written). ┬áCyndi, I couldn’t agree more; the authors really meld the physical to the emotional in the scene. ┬áThinking back on the book, I can recall more nuances of looks and behaviors (and what they meant now knowing the story). ┬áIt’s written so well.
What were your initial thoughts of Marcello and Avery?
Cyndi:┬á After their initial meet up which conjures up Avery’s memories, well…wait, she says it perfectly at one point: “Marcello looked every bit like my greatest love and my biggest regret.”┬á┬á<sniffle>┬á Once we started finding out about their time in Barcelona, I was just really sad for them.┬á┬áThey lost so much time and neither seemed to have found happiness in the gap years.
Loredana: Well, dang, that’s a pretty perfect way to sum it up. ┬áI know this is anti-girl, but I didn’t feel like Avery deserved Marcello back in her life. ┬áWho she was in the beginning of the story felt like she had lost herself. ┬áShe made mistakes – a lot of bad decisions – but she’s human. ┬áWe’ve all made our fair share. ┬áBut, I guess when you make these mistakes, you tend to have a greater appreciation for the good things in your life.
Now, I know this is hard to do without including any spoilers, but how did you feel about their relationship in the beginning versus the end?
Cyndi: Here is where I was┬ástunned. Near the end, well, that’s when it’s apparent how far Avery had come in her life, in making her dreams, things she put in motion, a priority. I was so proud of her, a bit fearful, but proud. Ultimately, the both learned about compromising and making sacrifices for each other.
Loredana: As stated in the intro, going to Rome was a much-needed swift kick in the butt needed for Avery to get her life in gear. ┬áAs mentioned before, I didn’t think Avery really deserved Marcello in the beginning; she was still too much of a hot mess. ┬áHowever, after she reclaimed herself and got her life back on track, I was happily cheering for them to find a HEA. ┬áMarcello had my heart from the get-go. ┬áI ached for his pain and watching as he struggled to protect his heart. ┬áHe really is an amazing man and certainly helped Avery become a better version of herself.
What was your favorite part?
Cyndi: Lordy, it is so hard to talk about this book without spoilers :-)┬á┬áand I can’t pick just one. Seriously!┬á I’ve already read this book twice. What does that say??┬á┬áOkay, so there are two┬áscenes/parts that I love above┬ámost┬áothers. First, I love Marcello taking Avery on a dinner/food tour of Rome (vroom vroom). ┬áIt helps to reacquaint them in a┬áuniquely Marcello way. ┬áIt’s like showing them what they might have been and could┬ábe.┬á But my most favorites was the whole festival trip. It’s romantic┬áand there are some road trip shenanigans that are most fun to read<wink, wink>. And really there’s the significance of it.┬á┬áAvery deserves that moment with Marcello, and Marcello deserves to give that┬áto her.
Loredana: I think my favorite was more of an idea rather than a part of the scene: Marcello’s heart. ┬áLet me explain…every time Avery and Marcello met up and became reacquainted, we earned another tidbit of his profoundly large, romantic, tender, and bruised heart. ┬áSeeing such an amazing man open himself up as he helps his long-lost love do the same is touching. ┬áSo, I think of all the scenes of how this man shares this amazing part of himself and my own heart swells. Add in that I’m an Italian girl myself, ed e’ ovio che┬ásono pazza per┬áquesta storia┬á(and it’s obvious that I’m crazy about this story).
Our final thoughts? ┬áThis read is filled with biting humor,┬áthat glorious feeling of falling in love and finding home, reckoning & forgiveness, a swoon-worthy Italian man, and a literary tour of what itÔÇÖs like to eat like a Roman. And┬áof course, friendship. Avery and Daisy┬á will remind you about the importance of your friends.
Seriously, whatÔÇÖs not to like?┬á If you didnÔÇÖt want to already visit Italy, this book will have you ready to pack your bags and find your own Marcello (or bring your own swoon-worthy man along).
Oh, and donÔÇÖt forget the gelato!
More Praise for Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci┬á
ÔÇ£There are books that make you laugh out loud, make you teary, make you hot and bothered, make you smile. And then there are books that make you want to crawl inside them and live within their pages. ThatÔÇÖs what Roman Crazy is.ÔÇØÔÇöNew York Times bestselling author of the Tangled series, Emma Chase
ÔÇ£Roman Crazy is a sexy, steamy slow burn. Pack your suitcase and get ready for a wild ride through the streets of Rome with a hot-as-sin leading man. I want to clone Marcello and keep him forever. A visceral reading experience that takes you from the cobbled streets of Rome to the bedroom and everywhere in between. Get your fans out! Five stars of smolder.ÔÇØÔÇöHelena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author
ÔÇ£Bocci and Clayton know how to craft an amazing romance! The beautiful descriptions of Rome will make you feel like you are on vacation. This book it a spa visit and a best friend all wrapped up into a funny, sexy, life-affirming bundle. 1-Click the heck out of Roman Crazy.ÔÇØ┬á – Debra Anastasia, author of the Poughkeepsie series
ÔÇ£Roman Crazy is a sexy, delicious tour through Italy as well as the human heart. Marcello and Avery are as impossible to resist as a double scoop of gelato. Like fine Italian food, Roman Crazy should be gobbled up as quickly as possible.ÔÇØ – Sarina Bowen, USA Today bestselling author of Rookie Move