Review – ROMAN CRAZY by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

The first book in The Broads Abroad series by writing duo Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci was a huge 5 star read for me! Check out my review below.



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.


I am insanely and hopelessly in love with this book. I have such a soft spot for a sexy foreign accent, and I can’t help but swoon over characters such as Marcello from Roman Crazy. To say he was dreamy was a huge understatement; I spent the entire book with my head in the clouds, and it was bliss!!!

I immediately got caught up in Avery’s story, and I absolutely loved every step of the way! It takes two very special authors to co-write a book so flawlessly that you can’t tell where one authors scenes end and the others begin, and that’s exactly what happened in this book. It just flowed so perfectly and was filled with so much humour, heart and heat, that I couldn’t get enough.

Given the chance, I could have read about Avery, Marcello and the gang for another few hundred pages, it was just that good. And I’m not a reader who likes long books. I literally only have one (very minor) complaint, and that’s that there wasn’t an epilogue (a cracking epilogue is my favourite part of a book) set a few years in the future to see where the characters are at, but then I suspect we will be seeing more from Avery and Marcello in the follow up books in this series.

And speaking of the next books in this series…I cannot wait!!! I am so excited to dive back into this world created by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci. Roman Crazy was one heck of an adventure.


*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

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