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Roman's Holiday

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  36 reviews
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Four years after Roman Kincaid was catapulted into stardom as a country-western singer and A-list movie star, he is burned out: exhausted by a grueling schedule, drained by the ceaseless demands of producers and managers, weary of meeting the needs of others at the expense of his own. Leavi
Published November 16th 2015 by Susan Aylworth
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Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2016
I received an ebook copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating: 2.5/5 stars

There was a time period in my life, when most of the reading I did was romance books. It was several years ago, my preferences has changed since that and I'm not actively seeking out romance books anymore, but still sometimes I find one that peeks my interest and I pick it up.

This book fell into that category as well and it sort of delivered what I was expecting of it. It was light, quick r/>Actual
Kristina Applegate
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Roman Kincaid has hit a wall, he’ performed nonstop for the last four years and he needs a break. When he picks up a guitar the words and music has stopped, he’s lost his love of performing and creating. His manager has refused to listen to him when Roman tells him that enough is enough, so he does the only thing he can think of: he runs away. He gets in his car and starts to drive, no real destination in mind, just somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of tours, fans throwing themselves at ...more
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Roman Kincaid is burned out. He has been touring and acting for four years and desperately needs a break. Since no one seems to understand that, he just leaves, without his manager or anyone knowing. He stops for some food in Rainbow Rock and meets Lottie Beale. She had her own reasons for leaving her old life behind. In each other they find someone who understands. But both are headed different directions in their lives, and it doesn’t look like they can be together.

I really liked b
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Roman Kincaid is a country singer and actor at the top of his game. But he is burned out so he gets in a rental car and starts driving. He plans to just drive through Rainbow Rock until he recognizes Lottie, the owner of the Kachina Cafe. He recognizes her as Charlotte Maye, the former Hollywood actress who has been off the grid for a while. Used to having women throw themselves at him, it is a relief for Roman to find someone who doesn't want something from him. And to find a woman who even und ...more
I enjoyed this whole series. And look forward to seeing more from this author.
Katie W
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
(3.5 Stars) I'm always interested in a good celebrity novel and this one takes place in a fun, unique setting. A few years ago, my family took a big road trip to this area--Northern Arizona, New Mexico, the Grand Canyon, Four Corners, etc and I loved being able to visualize the places where Roman and Lottie explored.

Roman is a country music sensation in desperate need of a break. He escapes his demanding manager and ends up in a small Northern Arizona town, where he settles in for awhile, under
Dawn Pearson
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Note: I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review.

Roman Kincaid is at the top of his career in country music. But, he's burned out. He even dreads going out on stage and he hasn't been able to come up with a new song in months. He's just finished his last concert of his tour when he hits the figurative brick wall. He's got to take a break and he tells his manager just that. So, Roman manages to escape and takes off on a self imposed vacation for a couple of months. As he ta
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
4.5 stars. Roman Kincaid is a CMA winner and actor. When he finishes his latest music tour, he feels exhausted, physically and emotionally and unable to write another song. But his manager, Sam is pressuring him to schedule his next tour right now. He flees the Phoenix venue, rents a Jaguar convertible and drives off into the proverbial sunset with no destination in mind. When he reaches Holbrook, he stops for gas and asks the attendant if there is any place nearby to get a good piece of pie. Af ...more
Penny Marks
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Roman's Holiday was the first book in this series for me. I am and always will be a fan of romance books with the happily ever after. The author did a good job with these characters. It did take me a little longer to get into this book than usual. But once I did it was worth it and would recommend.
This is the first romance book that I have read dealing with the rich and famous. That is how this story starts off with Roman being burnt out of his career. He is a country and western singer that i
Heather Green
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This started out as a great book. It drew me in and I was interested in the characters lives and challenges, but it just slowly went down hill. I can't put my finger on exactly what went wrong, but I ended up just not liking it. There was a lot of information on places to see in Arizona/Four Corners region. It felt kind of like a travel brochure. I liked Roman's character at the beginning, but he changed from the down home boy next door cowboy to something else less likeable. Sometimes when peop ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Roman's Holiday- the best sounding pie ever. Oh, you thought I was talking about the book? Well, yeah, it is the name of this book but it also the name of a pie in the book. Honestly, the scene with the pie is probably the best scene in the book. (you can go to my blog to read this excerpt- )

See what I mean? That's a pretty good scene, right? And now you want to eat pie. :)

This book had three parts for me. The beginning, the middle and the end. The beginning was good. It
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
After four years of singing and touring, country singer Roman Kincaid is burned out. What used to be a passion has now becoming tiresome for him. On a whim, he leaves his band, manager, and tour behind to head for the open road. While stopping in Arizona for a piece of pie, he meets the mysterious owner of the Kachina Cafe, Lottie Beale. Intrigued with her, Roman decides to stick around to get to know her and see some of the sites.

While I liked the story, the middle of the book became tedious a
Stephanie Gillett
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a good solid story about two burnt-out performers who find love. Roman Kincaid, our Hero, has been riding the top of the charts and Silver Screen as a Nashville star. He has been touring and working for four years, non-stop, and is exhaustive and creatively blocked. He decides to Run Away from the Celebrity (and a tenacious manager) , and clear his head while leisurely driving cross country back to Kentucky. A lunch break in Arizona leads him to the best pie he's ever tasted, baked by th ...more
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Roman Kincaid is a country western singer and film star. He’s tired of touring and the Hollywood lifestyle. He is burnt out and can’t think straight for the life of him, much less write a song. He has some personal business to take care of back at home in Kentucky. He takes a leave from touring to head back home. On his way there he makes a pit stop at a café in the middle of nowhere which is a place called Rainbow Rock.
The café i
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a cute, clean, contemporary romance. I liked Roman, he's a country singer/movie star who's trying to do his best, but he's just getting burnt out on the life he's living. He's been on tour for awhile and it's time for a break. He ditches his manager and takes off into the middle of nowhere in New Mexico. All he wants is an amazing slice of pie, so he heads to the Kachina Cafe where he meets Lottie Beale.

I liked Lottie too. I thought it was kind of funny that Lottie knows just who Roman
Susan K
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Please note, I received and advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
Romance, clean.
I have read other stories by Susan A. This one was so much more memorable for me. I wondered about them falling so quickly for each other, but their honest hearts, their concern for each other, and the genuine affection they had enough to offer all and to hold back on their passion out of genuine concern for each other really resonated with me. They were honest characters, each in search of some
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Roman’s Holiday was a book that I sort of enjoyed but also wasn’t that crazy about. At times I felt like situations or dialogue was believable, almost forced. But I overall enjoyed reading this book. I wasn’t looking to see how much farther until the end, but got engrossed in the characters and their story and how they would grow and come around.
I like Lottie’s character. She is fun and sweet, her past and how her family treated her was a little off to me. I would have liked to see a little bit
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Roman Kincade is a singer who is burned out and looking for a break from everyone. He finds a little town with charm as he is looking for some really good pie, Kachina Café being the place recommended to him. He decides to stick around after he meets the charming Lottie, who recognizes him immediately, but treats him as just another customer. He is intrigued by her. Lottie also has some secrets of her own.
I thought this book was a fun read, I loved reading all of the interesting details of
Dec 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Roman’s Holiday had all the ingredients for a fun story, but too many distractions left me disappointed. I loved the concept of a singer seeking a reprieve from stardom and a hidden actress (who I learned to love in Danny’s Boy) falling in love. The fact that they understood the challenges of fame made for a great connection and romance between them. What left me distracted was feeling like I was reading a tour guide of Northern Arizona. Although I’m left curious to visit the location, I felt li ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a sweet story about celebrities seeking a break from the demands of fame. I liked the beginning and ending of the story better than the middle. Much of the story felt like a travel guide to me -- descriptions of all the various sights to see in this desert area of NE Arizona and history lessons built in to the dialogue about the native people and artifacts, etc. I found myself quickly skimming much of these sections -- it just wasn't that interesting to me.
I did like both of the main c
Melissa Nichols
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading Roman and Lottie’s story. It shows us a different side to all the glitz and glam of being famous. Lottie and Roman both have experience being rich and famous and crave the quiet life. Roman is burned out and just wants to find himself before he jumps back into another whirlwind tour. His manager is not exactly happy about this!! Roman’s Holiday follows country music star Roman Kincaid as he flips a coin and tries to find himself as he also makes his way to deal with problems back ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Roman and Lottie’s story is a good one. I liked it. I am not one to think about the private life of stars. I figure their job is to entertain me and what they do with the rest of their life is their own. But the book is about the life of stars when they need a break from the spotlight. Roman is burnt out. Lottie is hiding from the public eye and baking pies that sound wonderful. What are the chances these 2 would run into each other? The book has a lovely romance that slowly plays out. The 2 sta ...more
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is about 2 Hollywood stars who are burned out and trying to recover. Lottie is hiding from her stardom and vows to never return. She is busy running her own restaurant. Roman is at the height of his stardom but he is just going through the motions. He ends his tour and just starts driving and stops for food where he finds Lottie who he recognizes. The two start to spend time together as Lottie shows Roman the sights in Arizona. This is where I had a bit of a problem with the book. Most ...more
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Roman escapes his country singer fame to take a break and get his groove back. Along his road trip, he stops for some pie and meets Lottie. Lottie is also trying to escape her past and the two quickly recognize each other and start up a friendship. Roman asks Lottie to be his tour guide and they set out seeing the sights. They make some hard decisions and hope to stay in touch. I liked the down to earth attitude of both the main characters and enjoyed watching their relationship grow. However, t ...more
Jan 30, 2016 added it
I absolutely loved this story! Country star- Roman- finds himself hating the hustle and bustle of being on stage. To deal with this, he takes a break from the stage and finds himself in Rainbow Rock Arizona. After finding a cafe for food, he notices his waitress, and restaurant owner, Lottie. There is something about her that catches his eye, why does she seem familiar? Does he know her? Once Roman realize who Lottie actually is, he can't find himself thinking of anything but her. Will they be a ...more
Corinne Rodrigues
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked the characters, the constant self-talk by both Roman and Lottie, and their different struggles with the fallout of their respective fame.

I enjoyed the insight into some Native American history and the interesting anthropological information scattered throughout the book. It was something new for me and it made me want to look for more information about this aspect of American history.

A sweet romance, good conversation and humour made it a very enjoyable read. This
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
This is a sweet & clean romance that plays out predictably but is still enjoyable to read. The characters are quite likable and their chemistry is palpable. Roman's journey - both literal and figurative - during his holiday provided some emotional depth alongside the romance, but while I see what the author was doing in having Lottie play tour guide to Roman - having her play tour guide to us the readers mired the pace a bit throughout the story. Also, some of the dialogue included some "inf ...more
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it

This was an interesting mixture of: American history, Native American history, civic lessons and some Anthropolgy. All of this rolled into a romance. Not just any romance, this is of the rock star variety. Roman is the hottest ticket in the Country music world. But, he is tired. He is not enjoying his dream. He wants off the treadmill. He goes looking for pie and finds a beautiful tour guide. This is a guide with a "celebrated" past. They decide to tour the four corners region. Lottie know that
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not only was this book a great read, it was full of ancient history and American scenery! It gave me many new places to add to my travel bucket list, and I am excited to see the Four Corners and surrounding areas for myself. I loved both Roman and Lottie, and I enjoyed their journey to love. I found myself cheering and hoping things would work out for this fun couple, and I loved the twists and turns along the way. I did not realize that this was a book in a series, but I was not confused while ...more
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Susan Aylworth loves books, poems, plays, words in almost all polite forms, and good raspberry jam. Her first book, started when she was nine, "was a rip-off of Black Beauty. I wrote eight whole pages." For her fifth grade career day, she stated her ambition to become "a rich and famous author." Decades later, she is pleased to have achieved the 'author' part of that goal.

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