Sunday 26 November 2017

✪ When In Rome (Heart Of The City #4) ✪ CJ Duggan ✪

What's the saying again . . . when in Rome, do a Roman?

How did a self-orchestrated gap year turn into a less-than-enthralling lifestyle as a couch potato at her parents' house? Determined to get motivated and join life again, Sammi Shorten books a budget Bellissimo Tour to Rome, the Eternal City. What she hadn't signed up for was being stuck with an eclectic group of binge-drinking foreigners in a bed-bug-infested hostel from hell. Things in Rome really couldn't get much worse . . . could they?

When plans go completely awry Sammi's left with only one place to turn, and it's the one place Sammi really doesn't want to turn - to the man who might very well get her into the worst trouble of all: the gorgeous local tour guide, Marcello Bambozzi.

WHEN IN ROME is the fourth standalone book in CJ Duggan's sassy, sexy new adult series, Heart of the City.

ARC received from Hachette Australia for an honest review

Oh how I have been looking forward to this story, and from the minute I open the cover I was hooked.

I have loved these jaunts around the world with Ms Duggan and her wonderful characters, and this trip to Rome was no exception.

I really do feel for Sammi.  She is floundering in life, and we have all been like that at some stage.  One snap decision and this little Aussie ends up in Rome on the holiday of a life time.  I mean the history, the food, hot Italian men, who wouldn't want to go there.

 And then the fun starts.  Oh my goodness, this story is like the Contiki tour from hell!  I couldn't help but laugh at some of the things that happened, while at the same time my anger at people and sadness for Sammi grew

Enter our Italian stallion (I mean, c'mon we have to call him that!), Marcello (am I the only one rolling my R's as I say his name??)  You can't help but like him from the start, even if he is a bit of an ar$e - a seriously gorgeous ar5e!

I got swept away along with Sammi as she discovers Rome - and discovers herself. Ms Duggan writes with beautiful imagery that I could feel myself walking the cobbled streets, picture myself at the Spanish Steps, wished as I threw a coin into the Trevi Fountain.

Now I feel the need... the need for pasta and gelato!

So grab your passport, pack a toga and get ready for your own Roman Holiday.

CJ Duggan is the internationally bestselling author of over ten books, including Paradise City, Paradise Road, the Summer series and the Heart of the City series. She lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales. When she isn't writing books about swoony boys and 90s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos.