When in Rome

Dell. Sept. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780593500781. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Amelia Rose (aka music sensation Rae Rose) is exhausted and stressed-out. Taking a page from her icon, Audrey Hepburn, she decides to go on her own Roman Holiday. Trying to stay incognito, Amelia can’t hop a plane to Italy, so instead, she drives a beat-up old car to the closest alternative—Rome, Kentucky. Grumpy, solitary, pie shop owner Noah Walker is irritated by the paranoid, beautiful celebrity whose car has broken down in his front yard, but he calls for a tow truck and even gives her a place to stay until repairs are made. He doesn’t bother getting to know her, though, since someone so wealthy and famous must be itching to leave small-town Rome, just like the ex who broke his heart. As Amelia begins to de-stress and find joy in life again, Noah falls for the lonely, silly woman behind the sophisticated facade. Can he trust her with his heart?
VERDICT Featuring protagonists with sizzling, slow-burn chemistry and a small town of quirky, delightfully meddlesome residents, Adams’s (The Cheat Sheet) charming opposites-attract romance is sure to capture readers’ hearts.
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