Review: Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci



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.


What a ride! I’ve always loved Alice Clayton’s books, so as soon as I saw she was co-writing a new one set in Rome, aka where I live, I was super excited! I was beautifully surprised!

After finding out that Daniel, her husband of 8 years, has been cheating on her, Avery decides to finally turn away from that life and have a change of scenery. She heads out to Rome, where her best friend, Daisy, lives. Bless them! I absolutely loved their friendship! I adore well portrayed female friendships, and this book gives them a lot of room. But surprise, surprise. Marcello, the guy Avery loved so much 9 years before during her study abroad in Barcelona and whom she left without much of an explanation, works with Daisy. Things get deliciously complicated.

Oh the sizzling romance! As soon as they see each other again, it’s plain that there’s unfinished business there, that they’ve never quite stopped thinking about that beautiful time they had in Barcelona. And as they discover each other again, Avery finds out so much about herself, so much about what she gave up to be with Daniel, and what she won’t ever give up again. She’ll put herself first, always.

This is a book about second chances, not only at love, but at life. The first half was a bit slow, but I didn’t mind because it’s amazing how everything about Rome was well portrayed! Seriously, it felt like I was actually walking through the city.



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