5 I’M GOING TO ROME CROWNS
Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci encompasses every attribute that makes second-chance romances wonderful. Fantastic and well-developed characters worthy of the chance to reconnect and rekindle their love, a fantastic plot with a conflict that keeps the integrity of the main characters intact, and fantastic writing that is entertaining and beautiful.
I love every single one of the characters introduced in the novel. Specifically, Avery’s fortitude and bravery from page one makes the reader adore her and cheer for her throughout the course of the novel. Her introspection and desire to change her life and truly live it is admirable and resonates with readers. By the end of the novel, she has truly evolved and developed as a character, only solidifying that she is a fantastic heroine. The impetus to Avery’s change comes with her reconnection with Marcello, and he is quite the game-changer. He is passionate and exudes virility in everything that he does. His zest for life and love brings Avery back to who she once was, and his choices at the end of the book places him firmly in the best hero category. Their affinity for each other from the moment they meet again permeates the pages of the book, and the sexual tension between the two seems so tangible. The reader literally gets to see these two fall in love all over again, as well as reconnect on a physical level. These two characters are wonderful in the own right, but together they are combustible and explode of the page.
The secondary characters in this novel are also fantastic, particularly Avery’s friends Fiona and Becca. These crazy friends provide the perfect comic relief, which is delivered at exactly the right time. The support, loyalty, and care among these three woman is fantastic, and I hope we can get to see some more of them.
The plot and the pacing of Roman Crazy is fantastic. There is not one part of the story that I wanted to speed up or slow down, and the authors truly allow the reader to see the characters re-establish their connection. This development of their relationship shows the reader the growth of Avery’s character, her progression to an independent woman. The conflict of the story is also authentic, as well as the reactions of Marcello and Avery. While it is brutal to witness, the resolution to their conflict only further develops the themes of the book. This fantastic plot line will leave readers with that happy after-reading glow.
There is one additional note concerning Rome. The way Ms. Clayton & Ms. Bocci describe the town casts Rome as its own character in the book. The scenery, the food, the language, and the citizens of the town bring this story to life, and Rome becomes its own piece of the story that is just as significant to Avery’s development as a character. The city to life they expose is just one more reason to love this book.
What do I know now that I have read Roman Crazy? This will be the next place I visit as I need to experience this vibrant town and culture. I need to take up chalk art, when you read this book you will understand why. I need to expand my wine-tasting because, WOW, who knew wine could be imbibed in such a manner. But what I have learned most from this book is that a person needs to have a fulfilling life, chasing the dreams that he/she wants and with the people he/she loves. So don’t wait, make sure you book your trip to Rome so you, too, can go a little CRAZY.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
A delicious, sexy, laugh-out-loud modern romance about a newly single woman and her journey to find love again, from New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton and debut author Nina Bocci.
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 againromance. 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.
About the authors:
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Nina Bocci is a novelist, publicist, eternal optimist, unabashed lipgloss enthusiast, constant apologist, and a hopeless romanticist. She has too many college degrees that she’s not using and a Lego addiction that she blames on her son.