Published by Gallery Books on September 13th 2016
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.
I believe books can make you feel well traveled, even just within the comforts of your home. In my mind I have been to Scotland, England, Netherlands, France, Brazil and now, Italy. In actuality I’ve never traveled across an ocean before. But I have seen it. I have smelled tapas in Spain and the freshly baked macaroons in Paris. It may have been in my minds eye, but it is there. This is what I experienced in this novel. Through Clayton and Bocci’s writing I could feel myself walking down the uneven cobblestones and smell the chocolate and coffee wafting from the cafe’s. The description of Rome was perfection.
I liked the dynamic that these authors had together. I want to know who came up with the series title, because it is hands down the best EVER! Good job ladies! I was excited to see that Alice Clayton was coming out with a new novel. Wallbanger was a favorite of mine because Clayton does humor on a superb level. Within the first page I had already experienced my first “laugh out loud” moment. I was excited, ready to see what was waiting for me.
Our heroine is Avery, a late twenties/early thirties-something year old that recently discovered her husband cheating on her with his secretary, oh sorry, she prefers ‘administrative assistant’. Avery quickly comes to the realization that her life is not what she meant for it to be. Once a promising art student gallivanting across the globe, she now finds herself blind to the fact that she has become a trophy wife. Needing to escape from her current situation, she takes her best friend’s advice to visit her in Rome.
When Avery arrives in Rome we meet Daisy. I absolutely adored Avery and Daisy’s relationship. Daisy is feisty and vibrant, and exactly what Avery needed in her life. Upon meeting up with friends her first evening in Rome, Avery was shocked to discover that one of Daisy’s friends was Marcello, a tall, dark and sexy Italian that Avery had a whirlwind affair with in her semester abroad 9 years before. Second chance romances….they are my weakness.
What I really enjoyed is that the authors didn’t make Avery the victim in this situation. She had wronged Marcello and she owned up to that. She was finally free from her empty marriage and she was ready to find herself. What I came to realize is that this story wasn’t just a second chance romance between Avery and Marcello, this was Avery’s second chance at life.
If you are looking for a prolonged, sexy, sensual, exotic story full of art, passion, and endless description of the most delicious food that you could ever smell, taste and touch…then this is right up your ally. Now, I’m not saying that this is a bad thing, but personally, it got a little long and redundant in parts.
I kept waiting for the drama. Remember the part where I said Avery had wronged Marcello? Well where’s the consequence? Where’s the climax? Where’s the push and pull, the give and take? I found myself glancing through chapters, which was a bit of a disappointment because the first 60% was FAN-FLIPPING-TASTIC. And then they delivered. Now, it was not what I was exactly expecting, but I really loved that the authors didn’t make Avery into a martyr.
After that it was just…ok. There was a little bit of ‘What will they do?’, ‘Which way will they go?’, but honestly, I disagreed with the direction that the author’s decided to take this. I really wanted to see Avery stand on her own for a bit. She had lead this life of cardigans and pearls, setting up the perfect household and traveling to destinations that were not of her choosing. I wanted for her to stand on her own two feet. Maybe I’m a bit of a feminist, but I felt like there was an opportunity to make a bigger statement, a larger impact on their readers.
Overall I really did enjoy this and I’m still very excited to continue with this new series. I am a sucker for traveling books. I can’t wait to see what Clayton and Bocci have in store for Daisy…..
*An ARC was generously provided by the authors and Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review*