Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Roman Crazy (The Broads Abroad #1) by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci: ARC Review


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—away from home and licking her wounds…and perhaps a gelato or two. But when Daisy, an American expat now living in Rome, throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop. She falls, quite literally, at the feet of a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello is a man from her past—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 the life she once had and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious.

And so is Marcello…

Avery slips easily into the good life that is summertime in Rome. She spends her days exploring a city that would make art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over a whirlwind what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could it really be her life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twinset cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

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About Alice Clayton:

Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!

After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.

Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.

Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother's Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.

Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.

Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person...

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About Nina Bocci:



Lipgloss Enthusiast.

Unashamed Hopeless Romantic.

Eternal Optimist.

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Review by Yvette:

I can never pass up a second chance romance and romantic comedies are my weakness. Finding a book that’s both? That’s my idea of a must-read story, which is why I was ecstatic to get my hands on Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci. This is a romance but it’s also a book about second chances, new beginnings, and finding yourself. Roman Crazy is a journey of self-discovery set amongst the vibrant backdrop of Rome. The narrative is fast-paced, quick-witted, and rich in Roman culture. Think Roman Holiday meets Eat, Pray, Love (the part set in Italy, and minus the “pray”). Reading Roman Crazy was a bit like listening to your close girlfriend gab about her hilarious and raunchy international escapades and I eagerly devoured every page.

After finding her husband in a compromising position with his secretary (sorry…administrative assistant), protagonist Avery Bardot finds herself boarding the first plane to Rome for an extended visit with a longtime friend. Her world has turned upside down yet, rather than wallow in her sorrows, she takes this opportunity to live life to the fullest, devouring good food, resurrecting a former passion, and reigniting an old flame. Every page brings something new and exciting and, once the romantic element is introduced, the story becomes even more fairy tale-like. During her time in Rome, Avery is a wide-eyed adventurer, eagerly exploring the bustling city, and I felt like a fellow tourist, happy to go along for the ride.

Did I mention the romance? Allow me to introduce you to Marcello Bianchi, the tall, dark, and handsome Italian architect, a.k.a. the one who got away. Talk about swoon-worthy. The man is the textbook definition of dreamy, with a sexy accent to boot. With Marcello and Avery, you get that jittery, butterflies-in-the-stomach feel of a first love, but with the comfort and familiarity of someone who’s irrevocably left their mark on your heart. Their road to a happy ending is filled with twists and turns but what makes their story so compelling is their openness with each other. The relative lack of mystery between Marcello and Avery is refreshing, as is their tendency to wear their hearts on their sleeves.

Charming, humorous, and romantic, Roman Crazy is the perfect book to get lost in, with characters you can’t help but love. The book has a carefree, lighthearted feel, yet doesn’t hesitate to tug on your heartstrings when the occasion calls for it. Overall, it’s an entertaining read and I look forward to reading more from this writing duo.

*complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 Stars


  1. This book sounds so great Thanks for sharing your review with us

  2. This book looks so good! Great review! :)