Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Review: Roman Crazy by Nina Bocci & Alice Clayton


By Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

Source: ARC
Release date 9/13/2016


A delicious, sexy, laugh-out-loud modern romance about a newly single woman and her journey to find love again, fromNew York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton and debut author Nina Bocci.

Avery Bardot-Remington spent years playing the buttoned-up, pearl-wearing housewife to her college sweetheart—until her marriage fell apart after her husband’s pants “fell down” with another woman. Now she wants an escape. So when her best friend invites Avery to spend the summer with her in Rome, she can’t pack her bags fast enough.

Imagine her surprise when, on her first night in the Eternal City, she finds herself sitting across from Marcello Bianchi, her college study-abroad fling. Their whirlwind romance begins anew while Avery becomes immersed in the easy Roman lifestyle, rediscovering her love of art history, spending her days in museums and restoration studios, and her evenings with Marcello in her bed.

It’s bliss, until Marcello gets a job offer halfway around the world and asks Avery to go with him. Because she’s just gotten a offer to stay in Rome, and doesn’t want to choose a man over her career again.

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and the sacrifices we sometimes need to make to live life to the fullest.


Roman Crazy is an amazing tale of second chances and finding your own happiness in life.  This story is full of of laughter, fun, pain, tears, and above all else, finding yourself. The person you were meant to be and the life you are meant to lead. 

Avery's hurting, struggling to come to terms with the man she's discovered her soon-to-be ex-husband is and who she thought he was. In her reflections on the changes she sees in him, she also finds that she's not herself either.  She's at a crossroads with her life now, wondering what to do next, so when her best friend tells her to come to Rome for the summer, that's exactly what she does. But Avery doesn't expect what she finds when she gets there.  

Marcello is dreamy. There I said it, I feel in love with him from the moment he hit the page, and I didn't even know anything about him.  He's still hurt over what happened between him and Avery years ago, confused by her actions and the reasons for them. But Marcello doesn't know the whole story and he wants to hear it.  He knows Avery's come to Rome for a reason, he just has to get it out of her. 

 Outside of the second chance Marcello and Avery have found when they meet up again, I loved the friendships in this book.  Avery and Daisy's friendship was so amazing, they were truly close and you could feel all the emotion involved, the depth of that bond. Daisy was there for Avery for it all, no matter, and she withheld judgement, she wanted Avery to find herself again and to find happiness in her life.  I loved the connections between all of the characters, it really added to the story and made me fall in love even more.  

I loved that while Avery was on her journey in Rome, we got to see it ourselves, from beautiful descriptions of places and things, the scenery was so visual that I almost felt like I was in the middle of a whirlwind trip abroad myself.   The writing sucked me in and floated me along the story from place to place, groups of people, to alone time, it was all alive and vivid in my mind.  

What I loved about this story was the focus it gave on Avery, her second chance at life, at love, at everything.  Avery had let herself go to become what her husband wanted of her, and she hadn't even really realized what she'd given up for him until she looked at it outside of the situation.  I loved that Avery wasn't one to sit back and allow herself to fall back into that, she went for what she wanted, even if she was unsure.  I loved that she got to learn about herself, about what she wanted and needed and what she could and couldn't live without.  The trip to Rome was about so much for Avery and I loved watching it all unfold and as she figured out her life.  

Marcello and Avery's story was amazing in its own right and it just fit together with Avery's self-discovery. There was a lot between them, but the feelings never went away, not really. Their connection is just as fierce when they meet again, and the chemistry sizzles.  I loved how natural their bond seemed, it just worked and made for a beautiful love story that left me smiling and swooning. 

I look forward to what Nina and Alice bring with future books, as they made such a winning team with this first book.  

About the Authors:
Alice Clayton worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read: laptop). She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her. And she finally got her Bernese Mountain Dog.

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.

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