Thursday 26 October 2023

Book ~ "When in Rome" (2022) Sarah Adams

From Goodreads ~ 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.

Amelia, aka Rae Rose, is the "princess of pop" ... always on tour, recording albums, doing PR and more. She hasn't had a break in a long time and has had enough. Sad and lonely, she watches Roman Holiday and gets inspired by Audrey Hepburn to run away to Rome. The closest Rome to her, though, is Rome, KY, so she jumps in her beater of a car and takes off. Just as she arrives in Rome, her car breaks down ... it turns out in Noah's front yard. He begrudgingly invites her to spend the night in his spare room and when she discovers the next day that her room at the B&B is no longer available, Noah lets her stay in his house until her car can be fixed.

Rome is the perfect spot for Amelia as it's small and friendly. Though everyone knows who she is, no one makes a big fuss because she is a celebrity. What they do make a fuss about it that she's staying with Noah and the busybody town is hopeful he can find love again after a break-up a couple years ago by a big city woman. Noah and Amelia can't deny their attraction but know it doesn't make sense to pursue anything since she will be off touring for the  next nine months and the last thing Noah wants is to have his heart broken again.

This is the first book I've read by this author and it was cute and light, not something I usually read (where a couple falls in love within a week), but it was just what I needed as I've been reading bios and more heavier books lately. Not a surprise but it does have a happy ending. It's written in first person perspective from Amelia and Noah's points of view (the chapters are labeled). It's the first in the When in Rome series and I look forward to reading the next one (it apparently focuses on one of Noah's sisters). As a head's up, there is swearing.

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