Roman Crazy, by Nina Bocci & Alice Clayton: A Review

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Roman Crazy: My Review

Roman Crazy (Broads Abroad, #1)Roman Crazy by Nina Bocci and Alice Clayton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Serendipity: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
synonyms: (happy) chance, (happy) accident, fluke; luck, good luck, good fortune, fortuity, providence; happy coincidence; usage: “the consequence of serendipity is sometimes a brilliant discovery“*

*for example, the discovery of a book that makes you happy to be alive. Roman Crazy is one of those books for me, and this is why:

Avery Bardot didn’t go to Rome looking for love. She went to Rome to discover herself, apart from all of the stereotypes that had come to define her life: garden clubs, society luncheons, family gatherings, and exquisite boredom. A woman who felt like, and had gradually become little more than attractive arm candy for her wealthy, successful, recently-discovered-cheating husband. Avery wasn’t looking for someone to sweep her off her feet, to rescue her from boredom or loneliness, or to “complete” her. She was looking for a second chance at life, on her own terms. And she found it.

The fact that she also found Marcello — a lover from a happier time, the man she let go of nine years before — and proceeded to fall head-over-heels in love with him again was pure, sweet serendipity. Call it fate, call it destiny, call it what you want – to me, it was a magical happenstance. And I loved experiencing it with her every step of the way.

Several of my favorite authors — all much more articulate than I — have reviewed Roman Crazy, and loved it as much as I did. It’s hard to follow such glowing, succinct reviews. So I’ll sum it up: Roman Crazy is THE most entertaining, light-hearted, genuinely heartfelt romance I’ve read in a very long time. It’s an ultimate reading experience for the end of summer, precisely because it lacks mind-bending twists or the deep, angsty drama of darker romances. I can only imagine what a pleasure it was to write, because I could feel the creativity, camaraderie, and genuine fun pouring off of every page. It reads like a summer vacation feels: refreshing, warm, relaxing, and simply beautiful.

The visual imagery is so stunning that the characters came to life in a setting so perfectly laid out that it feels like a virtual trip to Rome. The sights and sounds of the city; the scents of the flowers, the clay, the markets and fresh paint; the taste of the food; the fragile beauty of ancient tapestries and frescoes was all so vividly described that I lost myself in the experience. The intensity of every character’s feelings – be it embarrassment, delight, anger, confusion, happiness or sexual ecstasy – were perfectly woven within the story, making the entire package powerfully real on every level.

Of course I fell in love with Marcello; you can’t help but fall in love with Marcello! But I loved every quirk of every character, even Daniel, Avery’s ex, because they were all so relatable and approachable. And even in its very few, slightly darker moments, there is an underlying steadiness, a seamlessness, that made the story flow effortlessly from scene to scene. Other than imagining Alice and Nina laughing their way through parts of the manuscript, there is little evidence that Roman Crazy was co-authored, because it is so tightly woven it’s an artistic tapestry unto itself.

Roman Crazy is a deeply passionate love story, with touches of gentle humor; but it is so much more. It’s a story of steadfast friendship, self-discovery, maturity, and awakening. It’s deeply satisfying in every way. I can’t wait to see what the other “Broads Abroad” come up with as the series continues, but I’d give anything to hide away in their luggage.

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“An uproariously comedic and deliciously whimsical romp only this pair could deliver… Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci have struck gold.”

—Christina Lauren, New York Times and International Bestselling Author of Beautiful Bastard

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Title: Roman Crazy

Series: Broads Abroad #1 (standalone)

Authors: Nina Bocci and Alice Clayton

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, ChickLit

A delicious, sexy, laugh-out-loud modern romance about a newly single woman and her journey to find love again in ROMAN CRAZY from New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton and debut author Nina Bocci…

About Roman Crazy…

Roman CrazyAvery 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.

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Praise for Roman Crazy

“I went CRAZY over Roman Crazy—this is simply a perfect romance!”

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst

Roman Crazy is a laugh out loud romantic comedy about second chances, friendship, and the beauty of Rome. You won’t simply read this novel, you’ll devour it as Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci transport you to Italy and guide you on an unforgettable adventure.”

—Sylvain Reynard, New York Times, USA Today, and #1 international bestselling author of Gabriel’s Inferno and the Florentine series

“Nina Bocci and Alice Clayton wrote a grown-up romance that is heartfelt, sexy, and transportive. As a bonus, the city of Rome is as much of a character as the swoony Marcello and the relatable Avery.”

—Jen Frederick, USA Today bestselling author

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About the Authors

photo of author Alice ClaytonAlice 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.

 

Nina Bocci is a novelist, publicist, eternal optimist, unabashed lipgloss ninaenthusiast, 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.

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Synopsis

Book Cover, Roman Crazy by Nina Bocci and Alice ClaytonA delicious, sexy, laugh-out-loud modern romance about a newly single woman and her journey to find love again, from New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton and debut author Nina Bocci.

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.

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An Exclusive Interview with Nina Bocci, Co-Author of Roman Crazy…

It’s no secret that you and Alice are great friends.  How did you decide to write Roman Crazy together, AND, do you have any thoughts about how collaborating on a book affected your friendship? Did you ever disagree, and if you did, how did you work that out?
We’ve been best friends for years now. We’d been threatening to write something together forever and this sort of just presented itself as the project to collaborate on. It hasn’t affected our friendship, thankfully. I don’t know that either of us would know what to do if it had a negative impact. We did of course disagree on a few things but we worked them out by wrestling and fist fights. I’m kidding. We’re actually no longer friends 😛
In all seriousness, anything we disagreed on we either stated our case for or we ran it by our editor Lauren who gave us her feedback. In the end, we’re both so happy with how the book turned out. We can’t wait to share it with everyone.
Did you get to make any field trips to Rome for research? Any “Roman Crazy” anecdotes or photos you can share?
I had actually just returned from Italy when the idea struck. A friend was going through an awful divorce and after talking to Alice about the whole situation, we decided it would make a great book or a series of books as it were. Many of the locations in the book were picked from my last trip there. We’re planning on visiting next summer with our friends and families to have a bit of a Roman Crazy tour!
You’ve now collaborated with multiple fantastic authors in Felony Ever After, and with the amazing Alice Clayton on Roman Crazy. Are you working on any other books, either alone or in collaboration? Tell readers what they can look forward to next…

Aw, thanks for asking! Felony Ever After was the most fun because Debra Anastasia and Helena Hunting, who I adore, came up with such an incredible idea and pulled amazing authors together to work on it. I hope we come together to do it again. Yes, I’m working on a myriad of things at the moment. Time is the problem though because I’m still actively working in publicity which I’ll never give up. I love it. and the authors I work with way too much. I have a YA series that I’ve been toying with, a contemp rom com series and a standalone that I’m currently writing titled The Ex-List which I absolutely love and can’t wait to share!

4.  Are any of the scenes in Roman Crazy based on your own crazy capers in real life (I’ve seen your FB photos…!)  How do you find that your everyday life influences you as you write?
HA! Well, I can tell you that Marcello’s family is based on my family because we’re loud and crazy. There’s also a specific thing that Avery does that is all me.I’ll share it after the book is out LOL.

5. List 5 of your favorite Italian things…. (the first five that come to mind).
My mother’s cooking. I’m from a giant Italian family and Mama’s cooking is at the top of that list, there is a family owned leather shop in Roma that I love; La Sella, the entire city of Venice but specifically The Bridge of Sighs, I can not tell you enough how stunning it is to see in person, blood orange lotion from Tocca, and Raoul Bova & Sophia Loren. A lot of people think my mother looks like her 😉

More About Nina Bocci…

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.

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Felony Ever After = Thirteen Authors, One Fantastic Story (Romantic Comedy)
One of my Favorite Reads of 2016!

Verity Michaels is new to New York City, but even she knows riding in a stolen cab is not a normal way to meet someone. Damn it if that tattoo-covered would-be felon isn’t everywhere now, and lighting everything on fire under her skirt.

His name is Hudson Fenn, and he’s frustratingly impossible to pin down. He works as a bike messenger, but has the manners of a prince—along with a strange tendency toward breaking and entering. As much as Verity knows he’s not her type, and likely to land her in jail, she can’t help but find her truest self when they’re together.

Can she be brave enough to give Hudson a real chance? Will he be bold enough to reveal the man beneath the ink, or will his secrecy doom their connection? Also, WTF is the deal with Verity’s boss? No less than thirteen of your favorite romance writers have teamed up to tell this sexy, wacky, snort-inducing tale. With them you’ll visit the world’s most irritating office, a VIP room of questionable cleanliness, and the fanciest apartment a bike messenger has ever inhabited, but you’ll still never see this ending coming.

Felony Ever After: 13 Authors, 1 GREAT Story!

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Felony Ever After

A Domino Novel:  13 Authors, One Story!

Release Date: 03.22.16

Authors:

Helena Hunting

Debra Anastasia

Nina Bocci

Vi Keeland

Penelope Ward

Leisa Rayven

Liv Morris

Tijan

JM Darhower

Belle Aurora

KA Robinson,

SM Lumetta

Katherine Stevens 

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About Felony Ever After…

Verity Michaels is new to New York City, but even she knows riding in a stolen a cab is not a normal way to meet someone. Damn it if that tattoo-covered would-be felon isn’t everywhere now, and lighting everything on fire under her skirt.

His name is Hudson Fenn, and he’s frustratingly impossible to pin down. He works as a bike messenger, but has the manners of a prince—along with a strange tendency toward breaking and entering. As much as Verity knows he’s not her type, and likely to land her in jail, she can’t help but find her truest self when they’re together.

Can she be brave enough to give Hudson a real chance? Will he be bold enough to reveal the man beneath the ink, or will his secrecy doom their connection? Also, WTF is the deal with Verity’s boss? No less than thirteen of your favorite romance writers have teamed up to tell this sexy, wacky, snort-inducing tale. With them you’ll visit the world’s most irritating office, a VIP room of questionable cleanliness, and the fanciest apartment a bike messenger has ever inhabited, but you’ll still never see this ending coming.

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Felony Ever AfterFelony Ever After by Helena Hunting
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Felony Ever After isn’t just a masterpiece of romantic comedy, it’s an EPIC collaboration – there’s no other way to describe such a seamless, perfectly crafted novel, created sequentially by thirteen separate authors. Having read books by several of them, I could detect traits of their personalities and writing styles as I read their respective chapters; but the differences were so perfectly subtle, they gave each chapter a unique feel without interrupting the flow of the story. Each chapter and each contributor built on – and blended seamlessly with – the previous one. Each plot point carries forward effortlessly, from the story’s crazy beginning to its perfectly satisfying end. I’m simply impressed beyond words.

Honestly, I’m not surprised, because with Deb Anastasia and Helena Hunting behind this quirky and ambitious project, there’s literally no way it could be anything less than stellar. We’re talking about several well-known, best-selling authors, and a few truly talented debut authors as well. The story is tender and sweet in the right places; crazy-outrageous when you least expect it; a tiny bit angsty when it’s appropriate; hilariously funny at every turn (I could write an entire review on the humor alone); and off-the-charts hot just when you need it the most. You can literally feel the fun the authors had passing along the chapters and setting each other up for the next turn in the story. What wicked fun it must have been. Honestly, I would give up a minor appendage to have witnessed their writing and editing process – and a vital organ for the privilege of a being part of a writing team with such incredible talent. And now, about the story …

Verity Michaels and Hudson Fenn are officially one of my all-time favorite romantic couples in the comedy genre. Verity is the safe, rational one; Fenn is the spontaneous, reckless one; together, they are a couple you’ll remember long after you finish their story (especially if you follow their accounts on Twitter).

Verity is small-town Florida ‘transplant’ working as a receptionist for an export company in downtown Manhattan. She has a tedious job and a misogynistic creeper for a boss. She’s all but given up her dream of being a professional photographer, after failing in a start-up business in her home town. She moved to New York when her too-helpful father set her up with an interview with a former fraternity brother — the soon-to-be-infamous creeper/fetishist, Larold Lay, CEO. After working late one evening, she reluctantly shares a taxi with the enigmatic Hudson Fenn, aka ‘Tattoo’ – a bike courier who looks like a thug and doesn’t fit any of her notions of a potential romantic partner. She assumes he’s a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks; assumes he lacks ambition because he’s content riding a messenger bike around town all day; and assumes he’s a felon because of his penchant for secrecy – and, well, breaking the law. One could hardly blame her for having more than a few reservations. And yet… She knows she shouldn’t want him, but she does. She quickly realizes she has an adventurous side, but is reluctant to let herself go, until Fenn gives her no choice.

Fenn’s challenge? Convincing her that he’s more than he appears to be. Earning her trust, while keeping his secrets. Therein lies the internal and external conflict, the mystery, the angst, but also some of the funniest, steamiest, and most moving moments in their story. She’s powerfully drawn to him, and he to her; but how can she be expected to freely give herself to someone who can’t, or won’t, let her in? The conflict is central to the story, and beautifully developed, at just the right pace to keep you glued to your Kindle from beginning to end.

It’s best that you discover his secrets – and other, even more outrageous and unpredictable aspects of this love story – for yourself. Seeing how Fenn romances Verity, and handles the challenge of winning her heart, will make you laugh, possibly cry a little, and laugh again. It’s all part of the magic. I promise that the answers will surprise and totally satisfy you – they delighted me. I also guarantee you’ll fall in love with this “smooth criminal” before that first cab ride is over, and fist-bump the nearest bystander when Verity finally finds her feet and stands up to her dirt-bag of a boss. Fenn’s spontaneity, his reckless sense of fun, his passion for life, his devotion to Verity, his tattooed bad-boy persona – not to mention his sexual prowess – make him one of the most unique and disarming heroes I’ve read in quite awhile. He brings out the best in her, she brings out the beast in him — and it’s a wild, wonderful journey to see how it all plays out.

I certainly hope this isn’t the last of the Domino novels. I want more, and more, and more. Don’t wait — buy it now and read it all night if you have too. #TotallyWorthIt #PoundHudson #WhatsInTheBox.

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New Year, New Favorite Reads – Coming in 2016 (Part 1) …

Photo of book covers-favorite new releases for 2016

 

Favorite Authors, Favorite Books on the Way 

I’m starting the year on Cloud Nine of Reader’s Heaven with some new favorites by a few of the best contemporary romance authors I know. Hyperbole? Maybe – but it’s sincere. Some of these I’ve read, some I’m currently reading, and the rest are sizzling on my Kindle waiting to be savored. And the best part? It’s not even a complete list – it’s only the beginning. Read along with me in 2016 and discover some new favorites of your own.

Authors & Bloggers – If you have some new releases coming that aren’t on my list yet — please call them out in the comments, or email me at passionatepromos@gmail.com, and I’ll feature them the next time around!

January & February Releases 

AbruptionJanuary 2nd:  ABRUPTION, by Riley Mackensie

I’m absolutely in love with this story, by favorite authors Riley Mackensie. I received the ARC and it’s my first “official” read of 2016. I’ll be posting a review tomorrow – but in the meantime, don’t wait — one-click it today. If you love sweet, sexy, highly emotional romance novels with unforgettable characters – but especially if you love medical heroes & heroines — these authors, and this book, will NEVER disappoint.

Synopsis:

Everyone has a plan. Dr. Guy Hunter secures his dream fellowship with a beautiful free spirit by his side. Two unexpected blue lines don’t even shake his resolve—he is on his way to having it all. Until he isn’t. Abruption: a sudden breaking off Jules Chiappetti loves her boisterous over-involved Italian family but is determined to pave her own way. An MBA and boardroom job is her ticket out. Until it isn’t. Abruption: an unexpected event Four years later, Guy is consumed by the challenges of being a single father, still struggling with the aftermath that derailed his life and left his son with special needs. He doesn’t realize his world went dark the same day his wife’s did, until Jules, his son’s new nurse, shows him the light.

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Favorite author Emma Chase is releasing the third and final installment of her Legal Briefs series, APPEALED, on January 19th. I’ve read the ARC and it’s a perfect Appealedending to a great collection of steamy, tender, often hilarious stories about a group of attorneys that practice in Washington, DC. In true Emma Chase style, each hero is a keeper, and Brent Mason is no exception…he meets his match in Appealed, and his journey from player to lover to partner is well worth experiencing. Each book in the series may be read as a standalone, so read them in any order you like, although I think the stories build especially well when read in order. Review to follow on release day.

Synopsis:

When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate – and prized – parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Christian Louboutins.
Brent has never let the loss of his leg in a childhood accident affect his ability to lead a fulfilling life. He sets high goals–and then he reaches them.
And now he has his sights set on Kennedy.
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When Kennedy looks at Brent Mason, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell.
She’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore – she’s a DC prosecutor with a long winning streak behind her. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case and she thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.
But things aren’t exactly working out that way.
Because every fiery exchange has her wondering if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. Each argument and objection only makes him want her more. In the end, Brent and Kennedy may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.
APPEALED is a sexy, humorous romance about first crushes, second chances and the final verdict of the heart.

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Photo of the cover of Pucked Over, by Helena HuntingJanuary 24th:  PUCKED OVER, by Helena Hunting (Pucked, #3)

Grab a glass of wine, crawl between the sheets and warm up your winter nights with the latest installment of the PUCKED series, by Helena Hunting. This hockey-themed series of romantic comedies is at the top of everyone’s list, with some of the most outrageous – and drop-dead sexy, snarky characters you’ll ever meet. Again, you can read these out of order, but to really enjoy them, start at book one and don’t stop until you’re panting for the next in the series. Forever Pucked is coming later this spring!

Synopsis: 

Lily LeBlanc isn’t versed in the art of casual sex, but after seven years in an on-again, off-again relationship, she’s definitely willing to give it a shot. And who better to try it with than her best friend’s boyfriend’s best friend? What could possibly go wrong? Nothing at all.

NHL player, Randy Ballistic, lives up to his last name on the ice and in the bedroom. His best friend and teammate has recently given up the puck bunnies and traded them in for a real girlfriend. And she just happens to have a seriously feisty, extra-hot best friend on the rebound. Randy’s more than happy to be Lily’s spring board back into the dating scene.

Casual sex is only casual until those pesky things called emotions get involved. Once that happens, someone’s bound to gets pucked over.    Buy it on Amazon |  Add it to Goodreads

February 11th:  THE SCORE, by Elle Kennedy (Off Campus, #3)The Score

The Off-Campus series continues with THE SCORE, another sexy, funny, sweet new adult sports romance featuring hot hockey players, by Elle Kennedy. Each may be read as a standalone, so start anywhere, but don’t miss a single one. If you love relatable characters, a little bit of angst, a lot of humor, and some steamy, sexy college boys … look no further. I’ve got the ARC, and am loving the story. Will be posting a review closer to its release date. Stay tuned.

Synopsis:

He knows how to score, on and off the ice …

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over …

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition,girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to befriends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

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Photo of the cover of The Shadow, by Sylvain ReynardFebruary 2nd:  THE SHADOW (Florentine Series #2) by Sylvain Reynard

Sylvain Reynard is, hands-down, one of my top 3 favorite authors of all time. I can’t shorten the list to just one author, because all three of my favorites are so very different in their approach to storytelling that it seems unfair to say one is better than the others. The Florentine Series builds on the beauty of his infamous Gabriel series and takes it to an entirely new level, blending art, history, literature, music, poetry, mythology and romance exquisitely with the mystery and breath-taking suspense of the paranormal. Truly a unique and unforgettable combination. I have the ARC for The Shadow, and have read just enough to know that I won’t be able to put it down when I finally have the time to savor it. It’s not just a book, it’s an experience.  The final installment of the series is underway, and SR reports that he is already working on his next collection. I’d order it TODAY if I could.

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel trilogy comes the hotly anticipated follow-up to The Raven, a sensual novel set in Florence featuring the dangerously intoxicating coupling of Raven and William…

Raven Wood’s vampyre prince has returned, pledging his love and promising justice for every wrong done to her. In the wake of their reunion, Raven is faced with a terrible decision—allow the Prince to wreak vengeance against the demons of her past, or persuade him to stay his hand. But there is far more at stake than Raven’s heart…

A shadow has fallen over the city of Florence. Ispettor Batelli will not rest until he uncovers Raven’s connection to the theft of the priceless art from the Uffizi Gallery. And while the Prince hunts a traitor who sabotages him at every turn, he finds himself the target of the vampyres’ mortal enemy.

As he wages a war on two fronts, he will need to keep his love for Raven secret, or risk exposing his greatest weakness…

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Later in 2016 … a few to keep your eye on:

Us, by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy 

The highly anticipated sequel to their best-selling M/M sports-themed romance, HIM.

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Marry Screw Kill, by Liv Morris

I have been an avid fan of Liv since I read her Touch of Tantra series. I’ve re-read it more times than I care to admit, lest I be labeled a certified Liv stalker. But if you love alpha billionaires and the kick-ass heroines that make them see the light of day … do not miss this explosively erotic and tenderly passionate story. Trust me on this.

A Sneak Peek at M-S-K:

There are two men in my life.
I’m marrying one, want to screw the brains out of another, and by the time this love story is complete, you may want to kill me.
Marry Screw Kill
The choices are still pending…

Roman Crazy, by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

Roman CrazyYou’ll have to wait a while, but it will be totally worth it. Releases on my birthday – September 13, 2016!

A delicious, sexy, laugh-out-loud modern romance about a newly single woman and her journey to find love again, from New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton and debut author Nina Bocci.

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 againromance. 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.

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And last but not least … MY most anticipated release of 2016 … this time it’s personal.

Photo of images from Where Angels Sleep, by Paula Radell

Yes, my own first novel, Where Angels Sleep – a dark but inspirational romance about a young doctor who had, and lost, it all – and finds himself left with a choice between life and death.

Cover Design by the amazingly talented Fiona Jayde, of  Fiona Jayde Media (cover reveal pending later in the year)

Banner photo by my amazingly talented daughter, Sarah Nicole Thomas, owner of Modern Scribe Photography, Virginia Beach, VA.

Stay tuned … Goodreads and Author Website pending with exclusive sneak peeks & more.