Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci @ninabocci @alice_clayton
Rome. The city of
love and the beautiful setting for Avery and Marcello’s second chance at love
romance. Roman Crazy was an amusingly
funny yet incredibly steamy lust-filled tale of self-discovery, reinforcing the
bonds of friendship and rekindling lost love while experiencing all the wonders
of Italy. The writing duo of Alice
Clayton and Nina Bocci had me laughing and swooning as this couple struggled to
overcome the heartaches of the past, in hopes of finding a future together.
Coming to terms with
her failed marriage, Avery Bardot jets off to Europe to clear her mind and
spend some quality time with her bestie, Daisy. The last thing she expected was
seeing her old flame, Marcello Bianchi - the one who got away. (Mamma Mia!
Trust me, he was as sexy as his name – totally panty melting). Long ago, she
broke his heart by ending their torrid affair without explanation, which made
their reunion both painfully awkward and hysterically funny. Seeing Marcello
and all his fury made Avery’s situation much more complicated.
The story made many
references to the past where we see Marcello and Avery’s beginnings, the intensity
of their lust, and the circumstances that ended the relationship. Young and misguided,
Avery made some terrible mistakes, which she needed to rectify in order to move
their relationship forward. After nine long years, she finally had the chance
to apologize and reveal the truth behind her actions. I will say there were
times I found myself exasperated with Avery’s decisions, involving unfaithfulness
on her part, which hurt Marcello. It took some time for me to warm up to her
character. But seeing how this couple healed, their chemistry and the feelings
they shared, I was able to move beyond and enjoy their second chance.
Although the story
is told from Avery’s point of view, it was Marcello who stole the spotlight for
me. The quintessential tall, dark and handsome hero - I adored his larger than
life sensual character, which exuded fiery passion. He had my sympathies seeing
the way Avery left him alone and heartbroken. Loved how he took control of
their relationship, taking his time to rebuild trust, as the love they shared strengthened.
There was a moment Marcello had me cringing with a misstep in his actions, but
seeing his undying love for Avery, he managed to charm his way back into my
good graces. In the end, I simply fell in love with his alluring character. Marcello è molto
was an enjoyable read and one of my favorite parts, aside from the insanely hot
Marcello and the comedic team of Avery and Daisy (their hijinks had me in stitches) was the beautiful descriptive imagery these authors wove into the
storyline.The food, the sights and the
history – The vivid Italian countryside came to life. The story flowed so seamlessly,
it gave me the feeling as if I was whizzing away on the back of Marcello’s
motorcycle, experiencing all the beauty first hand. All in all, Roman Crazy was a playfully fun and flirty
read. Looking forward to more from the creative minds of Clayton and Bocci.