When Avery Remington walks in on her husband of eight years giving it to his administrative assistant, she’s more upset by the fact that he hasn’t given it to her like that in more years than she can count than she is by his actual penis wandering. After filing for divorce she decides to take her best friend up on her offer of sanctuary and time away from her high society life in Boston. So she boards a plane and heads to Rome, determined to rest, relax and find herself again. Exploring the city with her best friend brings her a sense of excitement and energy that she hasn’t felt in years. The very last thing she expects in such a far away place is to suddenly run into the man she left in Barcelona nine years ago.
Marcello Bianchi is still as beautiful as she remembers. Their affair ran wild and crazy and hot, burning them both up with its intensity. She was studying abroad during her senior year in college, he was an architectural master’s candidate also studying abroad, but from the moment they met all they could see was each other. Falling in lust and love with her sensual Italian changed her life and had her determined to travel the world and revel in her passions. Then she returned home and everything fell by the wayside. Things changed. Life happened. She lost herself.
Nine years is a long time to be away from something. To be missing that passion that you felt every day when you really loved what you did. I was ready. More than ready, and I couldn’t help but feel that this was my second chance. My new start, and I sure as hell wasn’t going to waste it.
I enjoyed the hell out of this book. I loved watching Avery find herself again. I was right alongside her, cheering her on as she rediscovered her passion for art and for the man she once so passionately loved. I liked that she wasn’t perfect, that she made mistakes and was truthful about it with herself. Finding herself in a magical new city, away from her regularly scheduled life, should have daunted, but Avery quickly spreads her wings and finds joy in all the sights, sounds and tastes that surround her. She makes new friends, remembers what passion and desperate lust feels like, all while revisiting her past life choices and making big decisions on how she wanted to proceed in the future.
The romance of Marcello and Avery is beautiful and riveting in its intensity. Their chemistry fairly radiated off the page. From the moment they are reintroduced, when anger and upset dominate their feelings, the reader gets the sense that those feelings are there only because their love for each other has never wavered over the years. How do you ever forget your first love? And what do you do when that person suddenly comes back into your life? This couple reconnects sexually rather quickly, and while it’s obvious that their emotions are also engaged, it takes a good while for them to figure out how they should move forward in their relationship. Their HEA was everything I could have asked for and I read the last word with a big smile on my face.
It must be said that there are three main characters in this book; Avery, Marcello and Rome itself. As Avery soaked in the sights, sounds and tastes of the city I reveled in her experiences. Rome becomes almost like a living, breathing thing in its descriptions and I found myself desperate to experience it for myself. Don’t be surprised if in the next couple of years I talk the hubs into a romantic vacation in Italy.
Roman Crazy was absolutely lovely. Fans of Contemporary Romance will gobble it up and be begging for more from this writing duo. Highly recommend. Final Grade- B+/A-
Marcello looked every bit like my greatest love and my biggest regret.