Just One Night in Rome
Opposite Worlds Duology
by Tiziana Olbrich
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Pub Date 02 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2024
They live on opposite ends of the globe: Is one unforgettable evening enough to forever intertwine the lives of two strangers?
When Josie books her trip to Italy, she has only one thing in mind: to escape from her ex and men in general. In Rome fate deals a curious hand as she finds herself sharing a hostel room with the globetrotter Leo. Beyond his outrageously good looks, the Chilean backpacker unsettles Josie with his persistent questions, causing her to rethink her life choices. Leo invites her on the adventure of her life: An adventurous night roaming the streets of Rome. Sparks fly intensely, however Leo lives on the other side of the world, and Josie doesn't know if she will ever see him again. Is one magical night enough to turn her whole world upside down?
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Beyond excited for this one! I love the idea of vicariously traveling to Italy since I can't see the real thing this summer and I love the idea of the main character bumping Into swoonworthy Leo and then going on an Italian adventure! I also love the thought of what happens after... Will being on two opposite sides of the world keep them apart! I can't wait to share my full review and thoughts on this one! Our readers are going to devour this like gelato
I am stoked! I am left quite speechless as soon as I finished the book.
Spoiler alert! (Just in case some words slip but trust me, I’m trying my best not to!)
So how should I put it? Josefine, a woman, who recently experienced betrayal travelled to Rome to soul-search and to recover. Her accommodation during this travel was a shared bedroom space with other travelers. Since she focused mainly on her self-recovery, she has not dealt with nor had long conversations with any strangers - even those in her shared space.
Then, on the last day of the trip, Leland (Leo) strikes up a conversation with her, and eventually, they ‘clicked’. They spent the last hours they have together and had to go on separate ways at the end of their leisure trip. What comes after?
Reality. Reality happens. I admired how their separate lives were exquisitely described - Josefine in her job and Leo in his being a wanderlust - but also, their longing towards one another amidst doubts, fears, and second-guessing. I loved Leo so much for how he handles the Josefine-ness of Josefine. (Kind of reminds me of how Chandler is to Monica in FRIENDS)
We all know that LDR is a thing but it’s definitely not for all. What about Josefine and Leland? Can we even say that they are in a relationship? Or perhaps a “situationship”?
This is one of those books that I had a hard time putting down until I'm done. I truly enjoy the story and I want more. An easy and light read. I can relate to the main characters because the same scenario, with a different version, happened to me and hubby. Looking forward to book 2. :)
In many ways, this novel stressed me out but not particularly in a bad way. After catching her boyfriend cheating, Josefine goes on a trip to Italy where she meets Leland, a fellow roommate living in a hostel with her. The day before they’re to depart to their next destinations (him elsewhere and her back home) they embark on an adventure that lasts for only one night.
I have to say, while I was uncertain about the book when I first began reading, I found myself becoming more absorbed in its tale and soon found myself struggling to sneak in as much reading as possible between daily tasks. Very well written, in my opinion. The author captured the magic of the evening where Josefine and Leland talked, laughed, danced and ate the night away. It made me wish I could get on a plane somewhere and experience something similar.
I enjoyed the conflict afterwards, the disappointment and discontent in having to face reality when returning to life. Josefine’s reluctance was believable and entirely relatable - as was Leland’s determination to make things work. It was an enjoyable read and that ending absolutely killed me. Now I need to get my hands on the second book. I NEED to know what happened.
I need to read the next book ASAP!
I saw the description of this book and thought about a cute romance... and is so much more than that. You can see how both of them grow up through the pages and... that ending is... I need more!
oh wow!! this book blew me away!! it has it all! laughs and tears and excitement and sadness and fun!! what a great time! thank you so much to netgalley for letting me read this one early!!
Who doesnt love love books about getting away and not expecting to be with anyone. Because that is what the main character Josie was doing. She was leaving for Rome to get away from her ex and men. Just had enough. But she doesnt expect to find someone to catch her eye. Starting a romance with a guy you barely know and it could possibly be the best you have ever done. Reading the story between Josie and Leo was just beautiful its a wonderful romance set in Rome. Its beautiful and very well written. I recommend this i will read again for sure.
I loved this!!!! It was such a fun read and really enjoyable. I definitely recommend it. Thanks so much to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC on exchange for an honest review.
Wow! This book is absolutely amazing. The descriptions are so touching and vivid. As soon as I started reading it I couldn't put it down. I recommend this book to every other reader out there.
This was a cute, fun romance that I fond myself kicking my feet and giggling at. I am adding it to my bookstore order for us to start selling :)