Published by Gallery Books on September 13th 2016
Narrator: Randi Geddens
Genres: Funny, Romance
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Source: Simon & Schuster, Simon & Schuster Audio
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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Audiobook Review: 5+++ Stars
Oh. My. God. Roman Crazy was everything! I devoured it! I started the audiobook in the morning and I couldn’t stop one second, because everything was perfect. The writing—and narration, the characters, the plot, the romance, the erotiscm, Rome!! Oh. My. God, ROME!! Now I want to travel to Rome and visit all the places described in this book! *sigh*
I’ve been a huge fan of Alice since the first bang in Wallbanger and now, with Roman Crazy she’s climbed some steps in my authors ranking, hand in hand with Nina Bocci, they both did an amazing job together and literally can’t wait to read more books written by this super duo… I’m gonna put on my wizard hat here and predict they will be as huge as the biggest duo in the history of erotica-rom-com, Christina Lauren. They are best friends, after all #SquadGoals
Anyway… Roman Crazy… Sexy, romantic and funny Roman Crazy. This book features the story of Avery, a woman with a perfect life: a perfect husband, a perfect house, perfect afternoons at the country club, perfect charity functions. Until one day she finds out her life isn’t as perfect as she thought it was. After her life crumbles, she travels to Rome to spend the summer with her best friend—BFFF with three F’s because Daisy’s fucking amazing—to find a new perspective in life, and strength to start over, and she ends up finding her way back to her true loves: Art and one certain sexy, romantic and sweet roman named Marcello.
And this is when I bring one Spanish saying to contextualize perfectly this book: “No hay mal que por bien no venga”, or in English “Every cloud has a silver lining”. Something really bad happened to Avery but something so much better happened when she decided to travel to Rome. She not only got to spend her summer in one of the most beautiful and iconic cities in the world, but also she got back together with a person she thought she’d never see again in her life. Marcello and Avery had history and their reunion was a little angsty but their attraction was still there, so falling back into the European romance was just what had to happen.
Randi Geddens’s performance was flawless. Her soft voice was full of emotion, I could feel the happiness or the anger or the disappointment of Avery in her voice, but most of all, I could feel Avery’s love for Marcello *sigh*. But my favorite part about Randi’s narration was the inflection and Italian accent she added to Marcello’s words. Oh. My. God. That was PERFECTION!
All in all, this story was filled with romantic, funny, and sexy moments, two plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat while listening and the most spectacular and perfect ending. Avery and Marcello are now in my book girlfriend and book boyfriend collection, and I will for sure repeat this book a few more times. It left me craving for more of these two awesome characters that stole my heart.