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.

*Note:  This book was provided to The Book Hookup by the Publisher but that did not in any way influence this review!

I could see, smell, taste, and feel Rome all around me as I read this book.  I could feel the cobblestones under my feet and smell the pastries in the air. I could hear the lilt of the Italian language and feel the sunshine on my face.  This was not only a second chance romance for Avery and Marcello…for me, it felt like a second chance to visit Rome.  The city felt like an important character in the book and added to the overall feeling of intimacy of the story.  But, enough about Rome.  Let’s talk about Avery and Marcello!

Avery is already facing a difficult situation, divorcing her husband, and is suddenly faced with more complication than she expected.  To get away from things and refocus, she goes to beautiful Rome (yup…I mentioned it again) and there, out of the blue, is someone from her past…someone who meant a lot to her, someone who might have stayed in her past had it not been for fate.  Avery grows so much during this story.  She realizes all she’s given up in her life, makes decisions that make her happy, and takes chances she would not have taken before this adventure.  As she slowly realizes that her life can be different, she opens her eyes to what she’s been missing out on and embraces the world anew.  Marcello is sexy, smart and has a heart of gold.  Although she hurt him in the past, he slowly embraces the possibilities of the future and lets Avery back into his life.  Their chemistry and their adventures are captivating.  As an aside…I’d love to read this book from Marcello’s point of view.  I think there’s much to hear from him and I’d love to understand his thoughts on the past and present.

This book had humor and romance…such a great combination.  I loved Avery’s friend, Daisy, and the relationship they shared, and I liked the interactions Avery had with her parents as well.  Of course, my heart loved the second chance romance, the feelings it evoked, and the swoony Italian sprinkled throughout.  Which means, I think you should check it out.

Fall in love with love…fall in love with Avery and Marcello…fall in love with Rome.  It’s all possible with this story.

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