As her 30th birthday approaches, spirited and unconventional Carlotta is a little nervous. She's just been fired because of her irrepressible frankness, her family is a mess, and her love life is nonexistent. Plus, living in Rome isn't cheap, so she's forced to rent out a room in her apartment to make ends meet. Her new roommate, Luca, a gorgeous writer who can match her wicked sense of humor, has a lot of cons: he's sloppy, he smokes too much, and he has a nasty habit of bringing home a different woman every night. Carlotta doesn't want to admit it, but she's beginning to fall for the charming novelist whose bedroom seems to have a revolving door. After they share an unexpected kiss, she'll do anything to suppress her passion and protect her heart. With her crazy relatives and a new job to deal with, can she muster the courage to confess her true feelings? And will Carlotta find happiness in this rented romance?
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This book wasn't for me, overall. There were moments that I enjoyed, albeit, mildly. But it's movement is due primarily to what I think of as cutesy-type of humor. While some of the wittiness was smile-worthy (e.g. "I feel like a virgin. Virginity is in your heart, not your hymen. It's an emotion."), it was less often than the cutesy-type humor (i.e. humor that refers to raunchy things in a PG fashion, with heightened, unnecessary levels of hysterics). For example, "You know what they say about a guy with a big nose. He's also big down south." And, referring to a penis as "it," and saying "I haven't touched a man in this region in months" and "He rearranges his soldier, still at attention…" Really?! "It," "region," "soldier." Is Carlotta 30 or 3rd grade? It's a bit juvenile sounding to me. For the vast majority of the story, the only adult word allowed is "ass," used sparingly with "rear" and other synonyms used instead. During an argument, there were exceptions to this, but very rare. For instance, once, when Luca uses the f-word to angrily describe sex, Carlotta berates him for being explicit. And Luca uses harsher language during an argument with Carlotta. The contemporary demure PG-type language dominates the story, and, at times it comes across as prudish. The narrator played up the cutesy-type humor perfectly, which only added to my barely-enjoyable experience. She's good at it, but it has to be something you like to want to listen to more of it. I don't. Sex is barely a part of the story. You know that Carlotta had sex 2 times as a result of ONLY being told that it occurred, once before it happened and once after it happened. There is no, absolutely zero detail. The two main characters were likeable. I liked that Carlotta worked in theatre design & props. It added interest as a result of being an uncommon job in the books I've read. Carlotta has a bit of a cinderella thing going on w/ her sister and mother, which added a certain aspect to the story. What that aspect is depends on the listener. Similarly, another aspect of the story is that Carlotta sees herself as the one who "always," in her words, gets the wrong end of things. That type of thinking wears thin quickly. Carlotta is not described as a great beauty, with her freckles and small breasts referenced negatively frequently. But, of course, her love sees it differently. It's an overdone story trope but worked ok here.
If a "romance" with ok writing, without detail about the "romance," without seeing the falling in love occur on both sides, with very little adult language, and primarily PG talk, especially about sexual matters, then this is most definitely the book for you.
So awful and disparaging of women! I was going to get a refund but i felt this book was so terrible I needed to warn other people. Mostly because of its hateful portrayal of women; all females are either sluts or uptight sitting around for a man, all women care about is men, women are pathetic creatures who need men to rescue them. I wish women would be portrayed as actual human beings, by both male and female authors, books like this kick women right back to the 50s. Absolutely despised the whining spineless main character. Avoid this book!