Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci

Posted October 17, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | , | 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton & Nina BocciRoman Crazy by Alice Clayton, Nina Bocci
Series: The Broads Abroad #1
Narrator: Randi Geddens
Published by Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster Audio on 9-13-2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
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?

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I went into Roman Crazy thinking I would get classic Alice Clayton’s hilarious romantic comedy and got something else. Not a bad thing! There was humor even if it was a little scaled back. Clayton’s voice kept showing up with Daisy, Avery’s friend. She has the trade maker sassy humor I’m used to with Clayton’s writing.

Roman Crazy focuses on Avery getting herself back after 9 years of marriage to a man she probably should not have married. Not just getting her groove back romantically but professionally. She finds a new love for art along with rekindling her love of a Roman god.

Avery spent time in Spain with a beautiful Roman guy when she was in college and have not stopped thinking about that summer but fear kept her from returning to Marcello. After finding her husband balls deep in his assistant, Avery decides to spend some time with her friend Daisy in Roman where she runs into Marcello.

Their attraction is still there after 9 years but they have to work through their past hurts in order to get to their HEA. Roman Crazy is a sexy, sweet and fun romp through the streets of Roman.

The team of Clayton and Bocci is a promising one and I cannot wait to read their next novel in the Broads Abroad series.

Some of you may recognize Randi Geddens’ voice. She narrates under another name and that’s the reason I decided to experience Roman Crazy via audiobook. Geddens delivers a great performance and her accent for Marcello was perfecto.


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. And she finally got her 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.

Review Breakdown
Narration (Audio)
Overall: four-stars
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2 responses to “Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton & Nina Bocci

  1. I’m halfway through listening to this now, so I skipped reading your review, but so far, I’m in love with Avery and Marcello. I’m just so worried b/c I know my heart is going to break at some point. I can just feel it. But it will be worth it. And Randi Geddens is doing a great job with the narration. I love her voice… what other name does she narrate under?