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When in Rome

Sarah Adams dishes up a small-town romance that's sweet as pie!

When in Rome by Sarah Adams

What a cute, heartwarming, charming romance that's a modern take on the Audrey Hepburn classic film Roman Holiday.

Amelia, stage name Rae Rose, is a lonely and burned-out pop star who escapes the pressures of celebrity one night and ends up with her car broken down in the front yard of a small-town pie shop owner, Noah. Noah helps her out and agrees to let her stay in his guest room until her car is repaired. Noah may be a cinnamon roll, but he has his walls up due to a broken engagement and is not looking to start anything new. But sparks a slow-burn kind of way.

This dual POV, lighthearted and sweet story, had some of my fave tropes, including grumpy/sunshine, forced proximity, reluctant love, and small-town romance. And speaking of the small town, the characters who populate it are scene-stealers, especially Mable and Noah's sisters. I thought the vivid portrayals of those side characters and life in Rome, Kentucky were some of the book's biggest strengths. I also loved all the Audrey Hepburn references! This was my first Sarah Adams book, and I enjoyed her writing style, particularly the way she wrote dialogue and the fun banter between the MCs, so I will be picking up more of her books!

If you're looking for a warm, uplifting romance with pie, flowers, and small-town appeal, add this to your tbr!

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group- Ballentine Dell for the opportunity to review this ARC, I enjoyed it!

My steep was one of my all-time fave Fall teas, Hot Cinnamon Spice by Harney and Sons. Pick up this classic at

SYNOPSIS: Opposites certainly attract for the stranded pop star and small-town baker in this charming slice of romance from the author of the TikTok sensation The Cheat Sheet.

“This modern take on the Hepburn classic Roman Holiday is a quick, fun, slow-burn rom-com.”—Abby Jimenez, bestselling author of The Friend Zone

Amelia Rose, known as Rae Rose to her adoring fans, is burned-out from years of maintaining her “princess of pop” image. Inspired by her favorite Audrey Hepburn film, Roman Holiday, she drives off in the middle of the night for a break in Rome . . . Rome, Kentucky, that is.

When Noah Walker finds Amelia on his front lawn in her broken-down car, he makes it clear he doesn’t have the time or patience for celebrity problems. He’s too busy running the pie shop his grandmother left him and reminding his nosy but lovable neighbors to mind their own damn business. Despite his better judgment, he lets her stay in his guest room—but only until her car is fixed—then she’s on her own.

Then Noah starts to see a different side of Rae Rose—she’s Amelia: kindhearted and goofy, yet lonely from years in the public eye. He can’t help but get close to her. Soon she’ll have to return to her glamorous life on tour, but until then, Noah will show Amelia all the charming small-town experiences she’s been missing, and she’ll help him open his heart to more.

Amelia can’t resist falling for the cozy town and her grumpy tour guide, but even Audrey had to leave Rome eventually.

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