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)
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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.

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