Book Review – Roman Crazy

Posted September 26, 2016 by Kathy in 4 stars, Book Review / 4 Comments

Book Review – Roman CrazyRoman Crazy Series: The Broads Abroad #1
by Alice Clayton, Nina Bocci
Published by Gallery Books on September 13, 2016
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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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.


4 Stars for Roman Crazy!

Roman Crazy is a second chance romance that is sweet, funny and sexy. This is a sizzling debut for the writing team authors Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci.

What did I love?

I loved that this story takes place in Italy. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect setting for romance. Avery Bardot escapes to Rome to get away from her soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston. For the past 9 years Avery has been the perfect wife. She gave up her dreams to help her husband fulfill his career dreams. As her marriage comes to an end Avery’s future is uncertain but her best friend Daisy has the perfect solution – visit her in Rome and take a break from her troubles. Rome turns out to be just what Avery needed – the support from Daisy, the city re-ignites her passion for art, and the reunion with her first love Marcello.

I also loved that this story had the right mix of humor, tender moments and romance. Daisy is a crazy best friend but also gives Avery solid advice for her future and love life. Marcello is a sexy Italian architect who made me laugh at his misspoken American lingo and also made me swoon at his romantic gestures.

What didn’t I like?

I am torn between liking and disliking Avery. This book is written in her POV so most of the time is spent with her inner struggle and keeping her secrets. It drove me crazy at times her lack of honesty and it made the story drag. But seeing Avery take control of her life changed my opinion of her.

Despite my issues with Avery I did enjoy Roman Crazy. I took my time reading this book because I didn’t want it to end. The writing flowed smoothly so it is hard to believe this was written by two authors. I love Alice Clayton’s books so it was great to see her signature style of humor. I feel this was an impressive debut for author Nina Bocci. I look forward to reading more from these authors.

I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

About Alice Clayton

ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).

She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.

About Nina Bocci

Nina Bocci is a novelist, publicist, eternal optimist, unabashed lipgloss enthusiast, constant apologist, and a hopeless romanticist. She has too many college degrees that she’s not using, and a Lego addiction that she blames on her son.

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4 responses to “Book Review – Roman Crazy

  1. What a writing team! This does sound like a lot of fun though I definitely am not a fan of lies in a romance. I much prefer the characters to be honest as all that time worrying about secrets and lies can definitely drag. I’ll have to look for this one! I could you a virtual visit to Rome.

    • Kathy

      Hi Katherine! There are fun and romantic moments but the dishonesty bothered me. But it was good see Avery character growth and become independent. I hope you read this. We want to go to Europe next year so now I’m inspired to visit Rome. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Kathy

      The narration was disappointing but I still liked the book. I’ve been to Rome with my parents when I was a teenager. I’d love to go again. Thanks for stopping by!