#BookReview: When In Rome by J. Lynn Rowan

Reviewer: Christy

I received a review copy

when in romeSummary:

Love isn’t always picture perfect . . .

Atlanta-based photographer Kate Miller doesn’t believe in fairytale romance or relationships of the forever kind. She’s determined to build her own happiness through hard work and professional success. So, when the opportunity arises to join an exclusive fashion photo shoot in Rome, she jumps on the chance to gain international recognition. But she’s not counting on an instant attraction to the charismatic, sexy, and irritatingly arrogant director of the shoot.
World famous, Domenic Varezzi is used to calling the shots. His clients trust his instincts and they’re willing to pay for the best. But while his career is thriving, his personal life has been lackluster at best. Hoping Kate could be the answer he’s been looking for, he’s determined to win her over. Every challenge she sends his way drives him to break through her tough-as-nails exterior to reach the vulnerable heart that matches his own.

Surrounded by the beauty and magic of Italy’s “Eternal City,” a foundation begins to form that could lead to a lifetime partnership, both in business and in love. Until Domenic’s past comes back to haunt the present and threatens to destroy everything.


Kate Miller is a self-sufficient, successful photographer based in Atlanta. She doesn’t believe in love everlasting, happy endings or fairytale romances. But when a friend from Manhattan asks her to assist renowned fashion photographer Domenic Varezzi on a photo shoot in Rome, she takes a chance on leaving her successful photography studio in the hands of her assistants and heads to Italy with Domenic and his tight knit team.

Domenic hasn’t faired well in the relationship department as of late, either. While he’s trying to focus on a high profile fashion shoot that lasts two months in Italy, he’s also trying to get used to Kate, the newest member of his entourage. While others in his group aren’t quite sure of Kate’s ability still unsure if they should trust her, Domenic is attracted to her spunk and is challenged by her lackluster interest in him. Strong willed and standoffish Kate is a hard person to get to know.

While Kate is trying hard to not be affected by his subtleness, she realizes it’s getting harder and harder to not look at him “that” way.

Domenic is used to being in charge and commands that he calls the shots. When Kate doesn’t fall fast for him, he knows he has a challenge on his hands – and he’s up for it.

Walls are broken down, slowly, and they come to the agreement to take things slow. But when they return back to the States, things go downhill. Fast. Can Kate let walls down that she’s built up since her childhood, and can Domenic convince her that he is in this for happily ever after – something she doesn’t believe in?

The beautiful landscape of Italy and the ruins of Rome serve as the main backdrop for this romance. The author writes very well, and this is the second book I have read and really enjoyed by J. Lynn Rowan. I loved the characters, the story, and WHEN IN ROME was one of those books that I wish had lasted longer. I didn’t want it to end.

A quick read, wonderful story, and outstanding writing makes WHEN IN ROME one of my favorite books of the year!

5 Stars

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