Series: Broads Abroad #1
Published by Gallery Books on September 13, 2016
Review Copy Provided By: Gallery Books
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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.
I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.
Having just caught her husband in a compromising situation with his secretary, Avery runs to Italy to escape her soon to be ex-husband and the whispers and disapproving glances from the country club crowd. With this crowd, affairs were accepted and divorce was not.
Waiting for her in Italy was her best friend Daisy. In Daisy, she finds the encouragement to explore, sketch and find herself. She is the kind of friend you hope you have in a situation like this.
What Avery didn’t expect to find was a man she loved many years before. It was a brief affair, but it was combustible. Once they set eyes upon each other, they know the feelings are still there and they can’t let this second chance at love go.
❝When we met, it was something at first sight,❞ I said with a dreamy sigh. ❝It wasn’t love or lust, but something we both recognized as a possibility of something.❞
Marcello is a good guy. The kind of guy you don’t let get away a second time. He’s sweet, caring, responsible and chivalrous. I really liked his character.
I enjoyed watching Avery come into her own. She was a strong character from the beginning, but by the end, she stands up and fights for herself.
WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY! The food descriptions left my mouth watering. I NEED THESE RECIPES!
While this wasn’t a 5 star read for me, I did appreciate the moments of humor and the fact that the authors didn’t let Avery sacrifice her needs and desires for Marcello. And while the descriptions of Rome and food were incredible, what I missed was the romance. I wanted more of it.
If you love Chick-lit, I have a feeling you will love this one!