***Review – Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci – Broads Abroad #1 – 3 Stars***

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


roman-crazyAvery 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.

Review 3 Stars


What to say.

This is a classy book; it’s well written and eloquent.

Personally I would class this book as Women’s Literature rather than contemporary romance and although many people would say they’re the same thing they’re a world apart!!!

I’m in my 30’s, married and a mom of three. But I felt too young to be reading this book.

I’m still not entirely sure how old Avery is supposed to be, if it was mentioned I didn’t see it. Judging on the timeline of the story I would guess her to be early thirties but I couldn’t find a single thing to relate to her about.

I didn’t like her!

I found her vapid and self-centred and for me as a reader it’s incredibly hard to engage with a story when you don’t like the characters.

I waited for something dramatic to happen and it just didn’t.

The Roman, lifestyle, architecture and beauty is decadently described and I really enjoyed the emersion to the country that this author portrays.

This is a love story, but the falling in love part didn’t happen in this book. The characters backstory held all the actual falling in love and we as the reader never get to experience any of it. The sex is glossed over, hell even the reunited ‘I Love You’ speech happened in the background and was merely mentioned in passing.

This isn’t a bad book, I’ve certainly read much worse! But it didn’t feel like it was written for my generation.

I’m a working class Brit, I have no experience of upper-class American life but I would guess that this book was written for the 40-50 something American rich housewife, or those aspiring to be that.

I didn’t even find Marcello appealing, I can’t picture how he looks and unfortunately I didn’t find him even slightly swoonworthy.

This is a classy, traditional women’s romance and I’m sure it will be adored by many. Unfortunately I’m not one of the many and for me it really didn’t float my boat.

Roman Crazy gets 3 stars from me.

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