SPOTLIGHT REVIEW – Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci


Gallery Books | 336 pages | ISBN 9781501117633

Release Date: September 13, 2016

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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?

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.

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A charming story of second chances, both at life and love, where passion runs wild and caution is thrown to the wind.

Roman Crazy was such a fun story with the perfect balance of drama, humor, and romance. I adored Avery and Daisy.  It was endearing to see Avery’s journey of self-discovery amidst Daisy’s carefree spirit and encouraging hands. I applaud the authors for giving us two strong female characters with a friendship that was entertaining and enviable.

Now let’s take a moment to appreciate the fine specimen that is Marcello Bianchi…mi amore. Maybe it’s cliché but Marcello was everything I expected of an Italian hero and I loved him. He exuded passion, exemplified love of country and family, appreciated life and adored Avery. What more could you want from the hero in a romance? I say don’t mess with the perfection of Marcello.

Clayton and Bocci moved Rome to the top of my bucket list with the vivid setting full of enchanting imagery, picturesque scenes, romantic ambiance, and lavish cuisine. There was no shortage of details to give the reader the full experience, although there were a few times I wanted less setting and more Marcello.

I thoroughly enjoyed the debut from this writing duo and I am looking forward to what comes next in the Broads Abroad Series.

Overall Rating 4.5 Stars

*I was provided a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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nb-profileNina 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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ac-profileALICE 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.
Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.

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