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.
Have you read When In Rome? Does it appeal to you?
Great review, Wendy. I currently have the audio version on hold at my library. I’m not a celebrity watcher but but some reason I still love a good celeb-in-hiding or celeb-taking-a-break story. And this one sounds really cute. 🙂
This sounds fun, nice review, Wendy.
I like this take on Roman Holiday! It sounds fun and I think I would really like this one. Great review!
Love the dreamy set up of the book, I haven’t really read many books set in Rome as well. Thanks for sharing this one, will add it to my reading list
Slow burn romances aren’t usually my cup of tea but I like that it is somewhat like Roman Holiday – that is very cool! Excellent review!
Rome, KY as a destination sets the stage for humor right there! Sounds fun!
This sounds like an adorable read. I’m definitely putting it on my TBR. Thanks for such an awesome review! 😀
I’m loving reading romance at the moment and this sounds lovely, great review 😊
I think you’d enjoy it, Jenny
Great review, this sounds like a fun romance and I like the movie Roman Holiday!
It’s a lot of fun. Thank you!
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I like a good opposites attract romance. It’s great that you enjoyed this book, Wendy!
This sounds so cute! I do love the movie Roman Holiday, and it’s fun that the author spun off of it a bit with this book. 😀
It’s cute the way she did that.
Lovely review of this fun read Wendy! I love both Audrey Hepburn and Roman Holiday – I have a lovely photo I took in Rome of an Audrey Hepburn shop!
Oh, how lovely. I have been to Rome once, and wish I had spent more time there.
Wonderful review Wendy! This sounds like such a fun read with interesting characters. I like that Noah took Ameilia to see the town. Even though it’s not as glamorous, I’m sure it was a ton of fun. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you! Yes, it’s a lot of fun.
This sounds lovely. I am a sucker for a good guy and food talk.
Me too, Kimberly, and this book has a lot of both.
Sounds a lovely read. I like the idea of Rome, Kentucky substituting in it’s way for the real thing.
Yes, it’s very cute that it takes place in Kentucky instead of Italy.
I love an opposites attract storyline.
So do I! Thanks for stopping by, Cathy!
I loved this book, so your positive review made me happy. Adams writes such fun stories. Great review!
I’ve read a few of her books and enjoyed every one of them.
Awesome review Wendy. This sounds so cute.💞📚🤗
Thank you, Susan.
I don’t think I read book set in Rome. This sounds lovely. Great review!
It’s Rome, Kentucky!! LOL. She wanted to go to Rome, Italy and ended up in Kentucky.
I thought it’s Rome Rome!! 😂
I do love a good hero.
Me too, Rosie!
My sister and others have raved about this author and I really need to give her a try. Great review!
I’ve read a few of her books and always enjoy them.
Love the cover sounds cute. Lovely review, Wendy!
Thank you, Cindy.
This book sounds better every time I see a review of it. Thanks for sharing!
It’s just plain fun!
That sounds like a fun read Wendy. I’m glad that you enjoyed it.
Thank you, Janette!