Roman Crazy (The Broads Abroad #1) by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci #mf #review @alice_clayton @ninabocci

Roman Crazy

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.

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Roman Crazy is an absolutely lovely second-chance romance, especially if you’ve ever dreamed of traveling abroad for an extended period of time and finding love with a charming Italian man. With that said, I feel as though I should… not warn, but alert Clayton fans that this is not her typical romantic comedy. While there are several amusing scenes and chuckle worthy one-liners, if you’re picking up Roman Crazy expecting to bust a gut laughing at Clayton’s irreverent (and sometimes inappropriate) humor, you won’t find that here. But rest assured, Clayton and Bocci have penned a beautiful love story which illustrates how love can find you no matter where you are, even when you least expect it.


If, by chance, the first chapter of the book fails to capture your attention (I was rapt), the second chapter should accomplish that feat as I suspect many women have. at one time or another. imagined what they would do if they were ever to catch their partner cheating on them. Oh yes, poor Avery is confronted with the cliché of all clichés in chapter one and swings for the fences in the most spectacular way. Even though I doubt many readers will have imagined the double header of showdown she takes part in during chapter two, Avery’s performance under pressure is all that one could hope for and more (as is the sisterhood support she receives from the bartender). And even as I cheered Avery on, I completely understood her decision to run off to Rome to spend time with her best friend as she tries to recover from having her entire world turned upside down. Just in case the foundation of Avery’s world hasn’t been rocked enough, her path crosses with the man she fell in love with the last time she spent a summer abroad (that time in Spain). The man she planned to return to upon her graduation so they could start their life together. The man she never spoke to again once her engagement to Daniel was renewed and she found herself married to him instead of Marcello. And thus begins the dance of Avery and Marcello as the flames of passion and romance are reignited, past hurts are healed, and a future together might, just maybe, could possibly be on the horizon.


We often forget how small the world really is, but that’s what makes a second-chance romance so enjoyable – when your path crosses that of someone you never thought you’d see again. Roman Crazy is Avery’s tale of heartbreak(s), discovery, passion, falling in love, finding oneself, and standing up for oneself when you’ve learned a difficult lesson the hard way. Avery and Marcello are perfect together. Their chemistry is combustible and it leads to both really heated arguments and even more heated scenes of back-scratching passion. There is some serious ravishing going on here. Add to that a delightfully endearing best friend, Daisy, a fascinating career that Avery is jumpstarting, and several heaping servings of drama, and it made for a thoroughly enjoyable read. Clayton and Bocci have The Broads Abroad series off to a great start with Roman Crazy and I’m looking forward to seeing who’s up next. Daisy, maybe? Please.


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