Roman Crazy (Broads Abroad #1) by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci

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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.


Roman Crazy was a good read, a fun read, but it was missing a little something and I don't know what. I enjoyed it, I liked seeing Rome through the eyes of Avery, but I never really felt like I knew her that well. Or as much as I would have liked. 

Avery is looking for a fresh start. She is almost divorced and plans to spend the summer with her friend in Rome. Only almost right away she meets Marcello. Marcello whom she has a history with. Marcello who she left broken hearted so long ago. 

Marcello was definitely not expecting to see Avery again. He has been living his life, but now that Avery is back it is easy to slip back into what they once had. Things were always so easy between them, perfect, but then it didn't work out. 

Now as I said I did enjoy the story, but Avery could get on my nerves a bit. She freaks out about things that don't really matter. She is fine settling for a boring life instead of a wonderful life. She didn't make a lot of sense to me. Maybe that is why I didn't love this story, just liked it. I didn't really know Avery so her decisions didn't make the most sense. It was fun watching her explore Rome with Marcello, it gave me some ideas of things to see and do when I go to Rome, but their love story was just okay.  

Rating: ★ ★ ★


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