Sunday 26 November 2017


When in Rome
Heart of the City #4
By C.J. Duggan
Releasing November 26, 2017
Hachette Australia

In When in Rome (Hearts of the City #4) by CJ Duggan, Sammi Shorten is sick and tired that her self-orchestrated gap year has turned into her becoming a couch potato. Determined to get back out and achieve something worthwhile for her life, she decides to take a trip to Rome. She never imagined her holiday would turn into the trip from hell, but at least there's one thing positive about it -- Marcello Bambozzi. Spending time with Marcello is wonderful, but knowing she'll be returning home to Australia is in the back of her mind. But when she finds herself in trouble, Marcello offers to help. Will she give him a chance, so they can achieve forever after; or will she walk away from the man she's fallen in love with?

I have loved every one of the previous books, but Marcello would have to be the best hero of the Hearts of the City series so far and together he and Sammi are a wonderful couple that face some tough obstacles to be together such as the pair being from different countries and the heroine sooner or later returning to hers after her trip; the heroine not trusting Marcello at a crucial moment when he's done nothing but prove he's trustworthy; and whether Sammi would survive the trip from hell with people she doesn't have anything in common with.

The way this story started had me liking the heroine immediately, as she's determined to get her life back on track and do something meaningful with her life. However, it also made me feel sorry for her since her mother seems awfully opinionated when it comes to what Sammi should and shouldn't be doing with her money. Why isn't she happy that her daughter is actually doing something more than staying at home and being a couch potato? However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine met where this story had me completely enthralled, as the heroine realizes her trip might not be the trip of a lifetime she expected, but finds someone that can make it better. Will she give into the sparks that fly between her and Marcello?

Both the main characters were compelling and I loved the way they interacted with each other. In the beginning, it's palpable Sammi isn't used to being around men like Marcello, and I liked how determined she was to make the best out of a bad experience. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine is how she copes with everything she goes through, even if it means accepting the hero's help when she needs it most. While the hero, he's struggling to get his art class business off the ground, and I liked how the heroine helped him with her ideas. I also liked how kind and caring the hero was, especially in the moment when Sammi needed him.

Overall, Ms. Duggan has delivered another utterly fantastic read for this series where the chemistry between this couple was powerful; the romance hot and full of exquisite heat and passion; and the ending left me with a smile on my face and ready to cry happy tears because of which main character chased after the other, so they'd get their happy ever after. However, it was the decision the other made that had me loving the ending, as one of them had to have faith and take a giant leap for their happiness. Will it be Sammi or Marcello that makes a huge decision when it comes to where they'll end up -- Australia or Rome? I would recommend When in Rome by CJ Duggan, if you enjoy New Adult Romance, the mysterious strangers trope, or books by authors KM Golland, Jodi Perry, Lili St. Germain and Cindi Madsen.


The fourth standalone novel in CJ Duggan's Heart of the City series from the internationally bestselling author of the Summer and Paradise series.

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.

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CJ DUGGAN is the internationally bestselling author of over ten books. 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.

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