To Rome With Love by Mandi Benet
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Length: Full (268 pgs)
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Snapdragon
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?
A powerful clash of personalities gives an overall ‘reality’ aura to To Rome With Love.
Lovely Gaby, a guest visiting Rome, is (against her better judgment) attracted by a stunning and wonderful man who is also arrogant and an array of other adjectives, all of which make him entirely unsuitable, yet oh-so-desirable.
Silvio, fortunately, has sworn off love, as has Gaby. That should be the end of it right there but…it seems like its more of a beginning! In fact, several romantic challenges are going on all at once: Best friend Maria brings Gaby up to speed on certain young couples before she even meets them, and then our daring main character tackles their problems. There’s an unpredictable quality to the characters and problems and its simply fun to read.
More seriously, however, many a conversation is sharp and sexy and a bit confrontational.
Ms. Benet has a gift for using a subtle way with words of phrase to create a twist of humor or invite comparison. Her style is both clever and especially suited to this very contemporary story. Occasionally she goes completely off the rails with rather impossible analogies; they slow the story-line down, but they are infrequent. Other areas, from menus and cooking to the old cobblestones of the plazas, situate us in the heart of Italy absolutely perfectly.
Overall, its the characters that keep us glued to this one. To Rome With Love will be appreciated by fans of a range of genres.