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RomeAntically Challenged

(When in Rome #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,143 ratings  ·  430 reviews
Amazon Best Romance of the Month
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A witty, sexy, and charming story from the #1 National Bestselling author of the St. Helena Vineyard series that fans of Emily Henry, Jen DeLuca, and Kate Clayborn will adore.

Growing up the lone Asian in a community of WASPs, Annie has always felt out of place.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is advertised and mash-up of Three Men and a baby (correct! Charming hero has a teenage daughter with two other dads who are also straight!) and 27 Dresses( not exactly)! I reminded me of Dane Cook’s “Good Luck Chuck” but of course this time a guy is not dumped by the women who recently got married after the second he had sex with them because he turned their good luck marriage charm! In this story dear Annie dates with the guys and after her breakups she always finds out they get marr ...more
Madison Warner Fairbanks
Romeantically Challenged by Marina Adair

A Contemporary romance with so much heart.
Finding “their person” is such a romantic concept. This novel filled me with joy. Ok, some tears and frustration as the story progressed but I tend to read slower the more I like a story. I really wanted to just stop at 80% and revel in the gooey feelings. But, of course, conflicts still needed to be resolved and men have to freak about something.
It was so worth reading to the end. Absolutely loved this book and
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Check out the review on my blog:

Rating: 4 / 5

This was one of those books that was super cute and funny, but there were definitely some deeper issues masked underneath the fluff.

It follows our main character Anh Nhi (but call her Annie!), who moves to Rome (Rhode Island, not Italy), after being dumped by fiancee who found her s/o after only a month and is getting married at the venue she planned. And it’s been like this her whole life, she gets in a relat
CYIReadBooks (Claire)
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookishfirst-won
Anh Nhi (Annie) Walsh, born Asian, adopted and raised white wants to make a new life for herself after being jilted by her fiance just weeks before their wedding. Annie moves to Rome, Rhode Island and sets up house in a rental, only to discover that the home's owner, Emmitt Bradley, is back on medical leave. You can just imagine what takes place when you combine the prickliness of a jilted woman with the machismo of a GQ-ish man -- chaos.

RomeAntically challenged contains all the elements of a f
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was expecting a completely different book than this. Romeantically Challanged took me by surprise and I'm not mad about it. I was expecting something along the lines of a rom-com, but instead found a great book dealing with deep topics.
Personally, this book made me cry countless times.
I love that Marina Adair decided to write a story with a protagonist her daughter can see herself into. I absolutely love that and you can see she knows what she's talking about when Anh Ni struggles with her li
3 Figuring Things Out Stars
* * * Spoiler Free-A Quick Review
This had a very interesting way to get to the HEA. Our gal couldn't win for loosing. Every time she thought she had met her "Guy" they would break up and then in a New York Minute, the guy would find His Person and boom, married.

Now, this happened repeatedly, and when it finally happened in the worst way possible...and it really was horrific...She decides she has had enough and moves to in Rhode Island.

There she moves into a
Amber J
Aug 31, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF at around 38%

I hate to do this two books in a row. Especially since I wanted to love this book so much. The cover is amazing and I love romance, but this one has just fallen very flat for me. :(
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rom-com
A great story that is highly emotional, enjoyable, and entertaining. I'd hear so much hype about this book that I admit to being on the fence about it, but it definitely earns the high praise it's getting everywhere.
Both the heroine, Annie, and the hero, Emmitt, have great character arcs and growth. It's great to see them opening up to each other and stepping up when needed. And they're surrounded by characters I'm fully invested in. I definitely need to see Gray get his HEA.

I like the way the title was worked into the story, it was more natural instead of being forced in there. Sometimes titles are just an overall feel to the story and other times they actually work in it, and in this case it was the latter and that made me happy. Just a small thing, but sometimes it's the small things that make me happy! And in the case of this book, it was more of the small things that worked for me.

Romeantically Challenged is cute and light read, with a couple of somewhat he
I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Bookish First Impressions in exchange for an unbiased review.

I enjoyed the light, playful cover which aptly displays the story you’re about to read. I fell in love with the characters right away. The confusion placing Ahn Nhi Walsh in the unexpected path of Emmitt Bradley is a perfect storm! This is the perfect escape from life for awhile book.

Anh Nhi Walsh is a physician’s assistant was adopted from Vietnam by two renowned therapists liv
Patty (IheartYA311)
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, rounded up to 4. I very much enjoyed the writing style, plot and character development, but the story had pacing issues with lulls of too much information. The writing style was the redeeming quality that saved it from my overflowing pool of 3 star reviews. Some parts reminded me of Beach Read (which was disappointing) but overall this was much better. In my head, it played out like a Hallmark movie...probably one I'd watch over and over, and after finishing it, I found out that some ...more
Allyson Abu-Hajar
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I, absolutely loved this book!

Anh Nhi Walsh (Annie) is reeling from a recent breakup, an almost- walked- down- the- aisle- saying- I- do fiasco is more like it! Annie is a PA, and left Connecticut to work in Rome, Rhode Island to take a man-break and get away from her mother, who wants nothing better than to set her up again. Annie is also hoping this move will help her find herself. She was adopted at a young age, and views herself as in-betweener, growing up with white parents and having an As
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This is one of those titles where the blurb doesn’t fit the story within. Yes you do have a newly single physician’s assistant involved but that’s about as close as it gets. Is it still a good story, yes. Just not on what you may initially think.

I felt like I was reading two different stories. The first 35% we are solely with Annie (whom suffers from a female version of “good luck chuck”) who has just been dumped by the love of her life a short time before the wedding. Via text no less. It beco
May 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received RomeAntically Challenged as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

Ahn Nhi "Annie" Walsh, on the heels of a cancelled wedding and an ex who almost immediately got engaged to another woman, lands a temporary physician's assistant in Rome, Rhode Island, in an effort for a new beginning. Her fresh start is interrupted, however, by Emmitt, a photojournalist recovering from an on-the-job injury and trying to parent a teenage daughter in concert with her two other surrogate fathers. The pair find the
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! It's the perfect staycation, escape from CoVid chaos, sit by the pool with a iced bevie read! 'RomeAntically Challenged' is a nicely layered story with humor, emotion, drama & romance, & even better, book 2 in this 'When in Rome' series comes out in Jan 2021! 6 short months (unless CoVid has other plans for that release date like so many others...)
'RomeAntically Challenged' by Marina Adair is charming, uplifting, endearing & swoon-worthy with loveable characters you wi
Nica's Musings
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
What a breath of fresh air!

"Other people's choices are not a reflection on me."

Annie Walsh is an ER physician's assistant who moved to Rome, Rhode Island (not Italy) to start a new life. Her heart was broken (once again) by her boyfriend Dr. Clark Atwood, whom she worked with for six years. They were supposed to be married.

Enter Emmitt Bradley, an investigative photojournalist who came home after a recent stint in China that went kaboom. Now he is on medical leave. While back home in Rome,
Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Annie fled to Rome in order to put some distance between her and her former fiancee. With her track record being what it was, she had sworn off men. But when the homeowner of her rental, Emmitt, unexpectedly returned, she found herself wanting to make an exception to her no-men rule.

The synopsis for this book compares it to 27 Dresses and Three Men and a Baby, and I had no problem finding those threads in the story, but it was the focus on what-makes-a-family and feeling as if you belong that re
Shevanty R
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was super cute! It was a pretty standard typical romance with a single dad with teenage daughter, the daughter was my favorite (no surprise right?) but the banter between the main characters were pretty adorable. There was a bit of deeper backstory for both of them but the book focuses more of their friendship-turned relationship more than their backstory plots. This book also has a bit if "play boy settles down by a cute girl" kinda vibes and that is why I really liked this book. I am ...more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked from the first line. "The moment Ahn Nhi Walsh stepped into her wedding dress and shimmied the eighty-year-old silk over her hips, she knew there had been a mistake." What follows has to be one of the most horrifying conversations with an ex-fiance ever. I was literally holding my breath that this book was *not* about the two of them getting back together. Her parents also continued a cordial relationship with her ex which astonished and infuriated me.

Ahn Nhi (usually called Annie)
books nraedunn
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it
This is such a fun read during the whole Covid quarantine! Delightful sweet and fast pace. I like how the MC - both the female and male lead are flawed in their own way. And they lean onto each other for inspiration and growth. The secondary characters are so funny - especially the men bonding. First time reading the author and definitely worth looking into her other books. I do say the storyline is typical rom com but the dialogue makes it enjoyable.
Jessica M.
I received an ARC of this novel that is set to publish in July 2020. Annie is a physician’s assistant who moves to Rome after being dumped by her fiancé. However, she ends up not in Italy but Rhode Island. Annie is surprised by this and the roommate that comes with where she is staying. The pacing of this novel was inconsistent. The first part of the book was slow and the ending was wrapped up too quickly. I would appreciated more development with Annie’s character especially trying to reconnect ...more
Elyssa (Elyssa's Editions)
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
For those of you following along on my Reading Rush progress this weekend and all of my reading sprints, it is of no surprise to you that I read this ENTIRE book this week… outside… during a heat wave.

I was so excited to get this ARC because the premise was too good to pass up. We have Annie whose fiance breaks up with her at the last minute (OVER TEXT) then tries to have his brand new fiancee wear her dress and use the same venue. What the actual heck?! We also have a commitment-aphob who surp
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can two people still looking to find themselves and their place in the world, find happiness with each other? This is a very delightful RomCom about an adopted Vietnamese woman and a world globing investigative journalist. Appealing characters, amusing banter, funny scenes and a provocative story make it a wonderful read.

Anh Nhi Walsh, third daughter of a married Vietnamese couple was given up for adoption at birth to an Irish American couple, both renowned therapists. I think her adopted patern
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: shelf-awareness
You know exactly what you’re getting with a book like this. You see that cover, that cheeky misspelling of a word in the title and the blurb and there’s nothing to surprise you.

It does its job well. It’s cute, and though you know what to expect you just tag along for the ride. What drops the score so low for me was Emmitt’s absolutely atrocious flirting.

I don’t know what the inspiration was for him but my goodness he came off like a 13 year old learning about sex for the first time. There was n
Rhonda Ziglar
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 HAPPY STARS!! This book made me happy with all the banter. Sometimes you need a fun book to scrape everyday stress and this is that book. Annie and Emmitt will give you all the feels with their story, so sit back and enjoy.
Samantha Fink

This is one of the most cute, adorable, and fun books I have ever read. Yet, at the same time it deals with emotional and important topics such as grief, hurt, heartache and figuring out who you truly are and what you want. I think that the author dealt with these topics beautifully and anyone could find a valuable lesson out of this book. This book deals with a broken family, and how the characters put their relationships with each other back together. This w
Under the Covers Book Blog
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it

“Romeantically Challenged was a fun light-hearted read but the character’s stories will completely melt your heart.” ~ Under the Covers

Recently heartbroken, Annie is adamant about moving on and hoping to find her place in the small town in Rhode Island. Emmet, on the other hand, is trying to find his way back to his teen daughter’s life. Accidentally becoming roommates, Annie(Ahn) and Emmit are stuck together in an Airbnb rental gone wrong. To start, the double booking possibility is very tr
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Thank you for the Giveaway!

Fun and romantic read.
I felt like it was the perfect escape read! There were really funny parts in this book and I really liked the 2 main characters Annie and Emmitt. Annie has been dumped and her engagement broken off. She's always being hurt by the men she falls for. She decides to make a new beginning for herself in Rome (Rhode Island, not Italy). There she ends up being a roommate to Emmitt, a hot single dad with a teenage daughter. He has to work for her attention, because she also has a step dad and uncle as f ...more
Kera (featherboundbooks)
This was such a sweet romance, full of hope and character growth.

Anh Nhi is a Vietnamese born, but American raised woman. Adopted by two white therapists and raised in the WASPy state of Connecticut. She is a people pleaser and on her path to make others happy, she lets them walk all over her. Like her ex, Clark. The man who she planned an entire wedding with. The man she planned an entire LIFE with... The man who left her in the middle of the night shortly before said wedding with just a note a
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