About the Book
Title: To Rome with Love
Author: Mandi Benet
Genre: Contemporary Romance
When Gaby Conte’s Italian husband, Danieli, abandons her for a young Peruvian waitress at a restaurant they co-own in San Francisco, Gaby seeks refuge in Rome with her best friend Maria. There, she swears off romance for a long while and Italian men forever. That’s until she meets Silvio, who belongs to an old, aristocratic Roman family and lives in a palace alongside the best private art collection in Rome. Silvio, who is the cousin of Maria’s husband, is going through his own divorce. He’s gorgeous, of course, which Gaby doesn’t tell him. And arrogant and condescending, which she does. The last thing Gaby needs is more Italian trouble, but the attraction is instant and powerful, and against the backdrop of one of the world’s most romantic cities, both try—and fail—to resist the chemistry between them. But both Gaby and Silvio have made a rule never to make the mistake of trusting in love again. Will they realize some rules are made just to be broken?
This was such a fun, feel-good romance to read. It takes place in Rome and I honestly felt like the author did an amazing job bringing the reader into Italy and the Italian culture. She was so descriptive with the scenery, the food (Gaby is a chef and Silvio loves cooking) and the family life- I felt like I was there with the characters. I think I even picked up some Italian words, because Mandi is excellent at incorporating the language throughout the book.
I really enjoyed the sarcastic banter that took place between Gaby and Silvio. At times, it was hysterical the way that they would talk to each other and avoid talking about their feelings. Since both of them were recently coming out of marriages which ended because of their spouse’s infidelity, they found themselves having difficulty taking that next step with each other. That is completely understandable considering the heartbreak that they both went through. They felt the need to guard their emotions. For Gaby, she knew that she was only in Italy for a short time staying with her best friend Maria, so she didn’t really see the point in taking things with Silvio to the next level. The chemistry and attraction was definitely there though, it was electric. There were so many instances where they were so close to kissing or admitting their feelings for one another, but then some one or something would interrupt them. Silvio was quite a bit more direct in how interested he was in Gaby, and some of the things that came out of his mouth made my heart race! I could almost hear his Italian voice as he spoke softly into Gaby’s ear- yumm!
I give To Rome with Love 4 silver buckles!
If you are looking for something fun and sexy to read, while also learning a bit about Italian culture, then definitely read this book. You won’t be disappointed!
Mandi Benet grew up in England and published her first piece of fiction when she was twelve. She has been scribbling away ever since as an award-winning journalist— covering everything from the Democratic Convention to the Oscars for major American national newspapers and magazines— and as an author, writing women’s fiction and contemporary romance with rich, original characters. Mandi is a member of RWA National and the San Francisco branch of RWA.