TITLE: The Bromance Book Club
BY: Lyssa Kay Adams
SERIES: Bromance Book Club #1 (can be read as standalone)
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLICATION: November 5th 2019 by Berkley
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The first rule of book club: You don’t talk about book club.
Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.
Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.
Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.
First of all, here’s one fact about me as a reader: I rarely give a contemporary romance novel a five-star rating despite the fact that Contemporary Romance is one of my two most favorite genres. So the fact that I’m giving THIS book a perfect 5-star rating means so much.
The Bromance Club is undoubtedly one of the most refreshing stories I’ve ever read this past couple of years. The concept is very new and undeniably intriguing. Right from reading the title, I couldn’t help but be intrigued. I’ve read lots of stories about book clubs before but never about one with guys as members. Of course, it’s not surprising that guys read fiction but they don’t really form book clubs. If one already exists in real life, please let me know. 🙂
The story answered the rhetoric question: If women can, why can’t men do the same? But in a way of not demeaning women but rather understanding women. Why do women love fiction, especially romance books? Why do women love sweeter coffee? The members of the Bromance Club gave me answers (ones I already know as a woman) NOT because they are pretentious know-it-all guys but because they really tried to understand the women in their lives and learned that women act the way they do for a reason. These men learn the language of women, and how amazing is that?
But let me focus on the romance aspect now. Gavin and Thea’s marriage is in trouble. Thea wants a divorce. Gavin doesn’t want that but he has egotistical issues. One more thing, they really, truly, deeply in love with each other. The problem is they lack so many things that a strong marriage should possess – honesty, transparency, communication, even trust. Because really, each of them is too fast to turn their back when they think the other did something wrong. But I do understand why they act like that. If I don’t, I’d be pissed at both of them. I would’ve found Thea so dramatic and Gavin so stupid because wow, they could’ve just been honest with each other from the very beginning. They would’ve avoided the present conflict they have.
As I said, I understand them. Knowing how and why they get married made me understand their actions. Aside from that, their insecurities and past experiences play big roles in the story. That said, I really liked their character arcs. I enjoyed seeing them make mistakes, get stupid and then find a way to make things right.
Gavin and Thea’s journey to reconciliation is very heartwarming and sweet. Also hot. The latter is mostly thanks to the book the Bromance Club is reading, the “Courting the Countess” and it’s so good. You know an author is good if she can write both a contemporary romance and a Historical Romance. Sure, Gavin and Thea’s story is just like a contemporary version of the story of Courting the Countess, but still, the author is really good.
As for the side characters, of course, I love the members of the Bromance Club and if I let myself gush over them, this review will be so long. Let’s just say, I’m so excited to read the next books in the series, though the third one is still unpublished. Speaking of the next books, the next installment stars Mack, one of the funniest members of the Bromance Book Club and Liv, Thea’s sister. To be honest, if I didn’t know that Liv is the MC in the next book, I would’ve been annoyed by her in this book, but I kept convincing myself to get easy on her character. But just to warn you all, she can be really annoying here, always hating Gavin and advising her sister.
Finally, I want to add another reason why I gave this one a perfect 5-star rating. Married people trying to mend their relationship is a favorite trope of mine. I love it when one made a mistake (as long as it’s not cheating) and then do everything to make things right. I’m pretty sure everyone knows Nicholas Spark’s novel, The Notebook. I love that book but I must admit that I love the sequel more. I’m not sure if everyone is aware that there is a sequel called The Wedding. It stars Noah and Allie’s daughter. Everyone loves The Notebook, but I love The Wedding more because the story is about a married couple having a problem. It’s pretty predictable but I love the idea that someone made a mistake and did something about it. I just love that kind of concept. You know when a couple can just give up on the relationship if they want to, but they don’t. Instead, they worked on it. I find that sweet. Gosh, I’m such a romantic.
RATING: 5 blissful pages with lilies
Okay, obviously, I highly recommend this book. I really enjoyed every part of this story and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
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