Book Review: Roman Crazy

Roman Crazy (The Broads Abroad #1)

 4.23  ·   Rating Details  ·  202 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
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.

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Roman Crazy generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Romantic comedies are always a fun retreat in reading for me. Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci penned a cute and fun contemporary romantic comedy story in Roman Crazy. It's full of gorgeous settings, sassy banter, and passion in this book of a woman's path to self discovery ten years later than planned coupled with the second chance abroad love story. 

For an easy, afternoon read to those who love very low angst and a large dose of humor in their books Roman Crazy is definitely for you. It started off with a lot of flair. I felt excited traveling to Rome with Avery and couldn't wait to see what she discovered. Her sorrows are balanced out with quick humor and self deprecation. She's trying to reinvent herself in an invigorating setting with the help of a worldly and single best friend. When she sees Marcello in a restaurant in Rome old sparks kindle themselves and we set off from there. Throughout the middle of the book I became a bit bored. Every attraction and every art medium was described in detail and the lengthy descriptions got to me a bit. I felt it lost focus of the romance and the conflict for a good chunk. While the passion was good I felt disconnected from their story for a while. The last 25-30% though kicked back into gear and I felt the authors did a really great job of handling additional conflict and bringing Avery's story to a close. 

The book was more, to me, a solid women's fiction than an all consuming romance. Avery's journey was more than just falling in love abroad. It was a woman falling in love with herself and her passions in a way she never fully realized. And with all the humor infused in the writing it made for a fun Sunday afternoon read. I think readers who enjoy comedy in their writing and a good women's story and especially traveling will enjoy Roman Crazy.

Lori L. Clark

She Reads New Adult Admin: Lori L. Clark

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