The Love Fool

Fiction - Literary
314 Pages
Reviewed on 04/20/2018
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Author Biography

Lorenzo Petruzziello holds an MBA in global marketing from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. His background includes publicity and marketing for many of public television’s popular cooking and travel shows. Lorenzo lives in Massachusetts focusing on his writing; and is a contributor for publications on lifestyle, travel, cocktails and cooking. The Love Fool is his first novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

Alex Corso embarked on a new adventure by moving to Rome for a contract position with Zero Otto Marketing. His boss, Eleanora Persini, assigned him to work with Pernille Bjorn. Pernille, Scandinavia’s famous chef and cookbook author, was making her debut in Italy. Alex was in charge of promoting her and her new cookbook through television programs, publicity events and social media. However, he was unable to leave his past behind, especially his convoluted relationship with Emily Whitehead. Emily and he met during freshman year at a Boston college, and he had been infatuated with her ever since. Author Lorenzo Petruzziello has written an unique, complex romantic tale in The Love Fool: A Rome-antic Comedy. It had been seven years since he and Emily had any communication, and her visit to Rome presented a crossroads moment for them. At the same time, his work with Pernille, and a brief interlude with an Italian woman, add to the story’s intricacies.

This book is a quick read, as the writing flows easily back and forth, from the present day 2011 to Alex’s and Emily’s 1990s college days. Rome is beautifully and realistically described, from the restaurant and bar culture, to the old buildings and tourist sites, to the unforgiving paparazzi. The book is written from Alex’s perspective; it is refreshing to delve into the thoughts and feelings of the male side of romantic relationships. The Love Fool: A Rome-antic Comedy, written by Lorenzo Petruzziello, is a delightful and thought-provoking tale. The reader is engaged throughout the entire story, and it is not clear how it will all work out until the last pages of the book. An entertaining read!

Trudi LoPreto

In The Love Fool by Lorenzo Petruzziello, Alex has recently arrived in Rome, Italy to start his new job with a PR firm. Pernille Bjorn is a beautiful Danish model and author. She has come to Italy to star in a cooking show and promote her new cookbook. Alex has been given Pernille as his first assignment. His job is to be there whenever she appears in public and to see to all of her wants and needs, protecting her from the press, her fans, and promoting her appearances. The two quickly become good friends and Alex goes above and beyond to carry out his job. Alex is also kept busy when Emily, his college love and longtime friend, comes to visit. The two have not seen each other for a very long time and their relationship is rocky at best. We share in Alex’s work and personal life, anxiously awaiting each new day with him.

The Love Fool is an Italian travelogue, a romantic romp, and a young man’s journey all combined to tell a great story. I found The Love Fool to be a light, fun and entertaining book that was hard to put down. I visited Italy many years ago and the vivid descriptions by Lorenzo Petruzziello brought back many happy memories of the food, statutes, museums, and sights, making them come alive. The romance was always right there, but I never knew exactly where it would end up, also keeping me reading to find out the answers. I recommend this book and know that readers will enjoy it.

Melinda Hills

Alex Corso is trying to get his life together at a new job in Rome, but women just seem to get in his way in The Love Fool by Lorenzo Petruzziello. After losing his PR job in New York and with nothing to hold him there, Alex embarks on a new life, taking advantage of his language ability and affinity for The Eternal City. Trying hard to impress his new boss, Alex works very hard to smooth the way for his first major client, Pernille Bjørn, a beautiful and accomplished Danish chef trying to break into the Italian market. In the meantime, a former girlfriend re-enters Alex’s life and all his insecurities, heartache and questions from the past come back to confuse him. As Alex tries to figure out what Emily is doing back in his life, and if he really wants her there, what seemed like an easy job with Pernille turns into a sideshow with comic and unfortunate results. When the dust clears, Alex must still decide how to proceed with his life – if he is really in charge of it at all!

Lorenzo Petruzziello has written an engaging and heartfelt story about the ups and downs of relationships in The Love Fool. Clever scenarios (hinted at by the cover illustration), breath-taking descriptions of Rome, and a close look at the psychology behind love, relationships and vulnerability make this story both humorous and poignant. Great mix of humor and heartache, and I love the cat in the ruins! Well written with a steady pace, The Love Fool certainly has something for everyone to laugh at and to think about in comparison to their own lives with, perhaps, a bit of a lesson thrown in as well. Well done!