When in Rome
by Sarah Adams
Publication Date September 17, 2022
Published by Random House Publishing Group
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
Opposites certainly attract for the stranded pop star and small-town baker in this charming slice of romance from the author of the TikTok sensation The Cheat Sheet.
"This modern take on the Hepburn classic Roman Holiday is a quick, fun, slow-burn rom-com."--Abby Jimenez, bestselling author of The Friend Zone
Amelia Rose, known as Rae Rose to her adoring fans, is burned-out from years of maintaining her "princess of pop" image. Inspired by her favorite Audrey Hepburn film, Roman Holiday, she drives off in the middle of the night for a break in Rome . . . Rome, Kentucky, that is.
When Noah Walker finds Amelia on his front lawn in her broken-down car, he makes it clear he doesn't have the time or patience for celebrity problems. He's too busy running the pie shop his grandmother left him and reminding his nosy but lovable neighbors to mind their own damn business. Despite his better judgment, he lets her stay in his guest room--but only until her car is fixed--then she's on her own.
Then Noah starts to see a different side of Rae Rose--she's Amelia: kindhearted and goofy, yet lonely from years in the public eye. He can't help but get close to her. Soon she'll have to return to her glamorous life on tour, but until then, Noah will show Amelia all the charming small-town experiences she's been missing, and she'll help him open his heart to more.
Amelia can't resist falling for the cozy town and her grumpy tour guide, but even Audrey had to leave Rome eventually.
When in Rome by Sarah Adams is a delightful, opposites attract romance set in the small town of Rome, Kentucky. I enjoyed this fun, light romance very much.
Amelia Rose, known as Rae Rose to her fans is a famous pop star, but she needs a break. As an Audrey Hepburn fan, she decides to go on a Roman Holiday, but Rome, Italy is too far away so she finds the closest town to her named Rome, and ends up in Rome, Kentucky. Unfortunately, her car breaks down on the edge of town, in Noah’s front yard. Noah’s house is so far from town, that he doesn’t have cell service, nor does he have internet at his house.
Noah recently took over his grandmother’s pie shop, after a devastating break-up with a woman he was going to marry. Rome is a typical small town where gossip is the lifeblood of the town, but Noah doesn’t want to do anything to be the target of the gossip ever again. He reluctantly lets Amelia stay with him until she can get her car fixed. But, what will happen when they spend all this time together?
I liked this book nod to the movie Roman Holiday and Audrey Hepburn. Although Rome, Kentucky doesn’t have the same glamor as Rome, Italy, I liked the way Noah took Ameilia around town and showed her the sights. I enjoyed Noah very much. He was the perfect wounded, closed-off hero, with a heart of gold inside.
Amelia is fun and quirky but doesn’t seem like a pop star to me, but that’s okay, she’s still an interesting character and the perfect love interest for Noah. I also enjoyed Noah’s sisters and the way they meddled in his life.
Overall, I enjoyed this cute, light romance and want to read more books by Sarah Adams. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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