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To Rome with Love by Mandi Benet
Series: Love in the City #1
Genres: 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?
Who wouldn’t want to fall in love in Rome? This is a very beautiful story of romance and second chances. Gaby has a broken heart and is angry which is understandable since her cheating husband has moved on. She decides to travel to Italy to visit her best friend where she meets Silvio who has his own problems with romance in the form of a pending divorce. The chemistry between these two is super hot to the point that it is boiling. Of course they are their own biggest obstacles. Gaby doesn’t want to be left again especially not by another Italian while for Silvio, Gaby is like no woman he has ever met. That scares him and leaves unsure.
This is my first time reading any Mandi Benet and I must tell you that she is very descriptive with her words. I felt as though I was actually there in each scene with the characters. Each word just seem to flow off the page and each character was very well-defined. Gaby was feisty and had no problem tell Silvio when he was being a jerk while Silvio was as smooth as you would expect an Italian God to be. They were both very relatable and real.