Bromance Book Club Series review

This time it’s not one book review but two!

Hi all! I realised I hadn’t review Bromance Book Club and instead of making two separate posts I thought why not dust off that book series tag and finally make another series post. I am a big fan of this series, I hardly can’t wait for the third to come out!


The Bromance Book Club Series

by Lyssa Kay Adams

Genre: Adult Romance
Release Date: November 5th 2019
Publisher: Berkley

Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5


The Bromance Book Club

Release Date: November 5th 2019

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.

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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

CW: graphic sex scenes, fatphobic comment, divorce, sexual insecurities

Gavin Scott, second baseman star of the Nashville Giants just found out her wife has been faking her orgasms with him. He’s humilliated and doesn’t react well which for Thea, who has been holding back so much, it’s the last straw. Thea loves Gavin but she just doesn’t see how this marriage can continue. The best thing would be for them to divorce.
Gavin distraught as he knows his fear and pride got in the way of his marriage, he turns to the most unexpected source of help. A secret romance book club made of Nashville’s top men, sports players and other “elite”. They’re convinced they can help him save his marriage, but only if he’s prepared to open up and realise what and where he went wrong. Gavin is determined to save his marriage but sometimes doing the same empty gestures will get him nowhere, it’s time for him to examine himself and his actions.

I admit I hardly ever read romance novels with couples who are already established, or in this case together but almost at the end of their relationship. I do love the excitement of two people getting to know each other, finding out if that connection or spark is enough, the first kiss, and so on. This book though completely blew my expectations.

Here you have two characters, Gavin and Thea who have gotten married, have their HEA but realise all the ways in which they were hurting each other. I loved the exploration of their insecurities (male insecurities with sex especially), their assumptions about each other, and how they just let their communication drop. I remember talking about this book with a friend (who will be married soon, sometimes soon I think?) and she kept saying how this book made her examine her needs within a relationship.

Honestly, I think that’s the beauty of this book, it’s very much a second chance romance, where we get the point of view of a man with his pride and ego, who has been hurt and has to unpack his own reactions and thoughts to be able to move past and convince his wife their relationship is worth it.
Gavin was an amazing hero, Thea was such a relatable heroine, I mean we haven’t all been there with her particular situation but the holding back and not sharing, or pretending everything is okay, is very relatable.

This book will forever be on my list of recommended books.


Undercover Bromance

Release Date: March 10th 2020

Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction. 

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.
Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.
Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assists Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart… even though she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.

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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

cw: sexual harrassment, allusions to rape, sexual assault, victim blaming, bribing, mentions of domestic violence, parental abuse, sexist commentary,

Liv Papandreas works as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Unfortunately the owner who also happens to be a celebrity chef is the worst person to work for. Thanks to Braden Mack, the flirty nightclub entrepreneur she finds herself in the chef owner’s shit list but worse, when she goes to find out her punishment she finds him harrassing a young hostess. Liv can’t let this slide she confronts him, gets fired and threatened.
But she still can’t let this go, she gets the help of Braden and his Bromance Book Club to figure out a way to expose this serial harrasser chef. She’s not expecting to find herself feeling things that aren’t just annoyance for Braden, and Braden will do her best to figure out a way to Liv’s heart.

I have to admit that compared to the previous book, I do have to admit I wasn’t as invested. The main argument or point of tension of this book wasn’t handled as I expected, Liv came out as very judgemental, and while I’m fine with characters having flaws or not being perfect, her reaction to some of the sexual harrassment had me cringing at times. This didn’t ruin the book for me or anything, as by the end you see her thinking shifting to more respectful. And I was still very much invested in the couples happiness but I think the previous had my standards so high, it would have been difficult for this one to follow.

Braden as a main character was interesting, more than I expected, he was charming, flirty but also had a depth to him. His emotional backstory, his caring and protectiveness had me easily liking him. He also confirmed my hunch that I love flirty characters who hide behind that to not show how soft they actually are. In comparison, Liv was headstrong, independent and determination, even when all that wasn’t channeled in the best way.

I loved that we got a glimpse of Thea and Gavin, because 2 books from now, I still need to know they’re happy and working out.

Overall, both stories are very distinct from each other and while Bromance Book Club has my heart, I still am looking forward to the next chapter of this series.


Coming up next is my long overdue list for Anticipated books for the rest of 2020 🙂

[22] Lgbt+ werewolves ftw!

I might be a bit late with this series review but, at least I didn’t forget?

Green Creek series

by TJ Klune

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (overall)

I’m a big fan of werewolf stories but there’s few books out there touching on the subject that don’t end up being kind of the same, without much surprise. This series not only caught my eye because it was an interesting portrayal of werewolves, it wasn’t groundbreaking but because it focused on one pack and developed each of its characters to the point where you can feel like a part of their world, that’s what caught my eye. TJ Klune’s writing is also something I can’t praise enough, he just has a way with words that I end up feeling them in the back of my stomach, I feel a tug when it’s happy and I can feel myself getting all choked up when it’s a sad story. Both books are not generally happy but they feel hopeful at the end. This series explores one pack and their story in a special town that ends up also part of the plot.

I’m trying not to spoil, so onto each book

Wolfsong

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Ox was twelve when his daddy taught him a very valuable lesson. He said that Ox wasn’t worth anything and people would never understand him. Then he left.
Ox was sixteen when he met the boy on the road, the boy who talked and talked and talked. Ox found out later the boy hadn’t spoken in almost two years before that day, and that the boy belonged to a family who had moved into the house at the end of the lane.
Ox was seventeen when he found out the boy’s secret, and it painted the world around him in colors of red and orange and violet, of Alpha and Beta and Omega.
Ox was twenty-three when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his bloodred eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces.
It’s been three years since that fateful day—and the boy is back. Except now he’s a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them. 

You know when you start reading a book and you’re introduced to the main character, in this case Ox, and you feel yourself fond of him from the first few pages. That is how I would describe Ox and the feelings this book gave me. Wolfsong introduces Ox, his life and how it changes drastically when he meets Joe and how he discovers there’s more to his friends, his town and even himself. This book has a slight melancholic feel to it, from the beginning to the end, even when the ending is more positive than the beginning. Most of all, what made this book so special to me was getting to experience Ox’s life, Joe, his family and Ox’s found family. This book is as much about growth and fantastical beings (werewolves) than it is also about courage, found families, sorrow and overcoming great tragedies. It is also about trust and love. I can’t say enough about this book, and everything I could say it is just spoilers. So do yourself a favour and pick this one up.

Ravensong

🌟🌟🌟🌟

Gordo Livingstone never forgot the lessons carved into his skin. Hardened by the betrayal of a pack who left him behind, he sought solace in the garage in his tiny mountain town, vowing never again to involve himself in the affairs of wolves.
It should have been enough.
And it was, until the wolves came back, and with them, Mark Bennett. In the end, they faced the beast together as a pack… and won.
Now, a year later, Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them.
But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within.
Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.

I have to admit that after Wolfsong, Ravensong was never going to live up to my expectations. It isn’t that I didn’t enjoy it but compared to the feelings Wolfsong gave me, well it wasn’t the same this time around.
Ravensong follows from Book 1 (so don’t try to read this without first having read Wolfsong) focusing on Gordo, Ox’s kind of father figure, boss, work-mate and witch extraordinaire, formerly of the Bennett Pack. As it follows Gordo we can see his struggles with himself, his family, his (tragic and brutal) lifestory and how he came to be part of the Bennet Pack. This bit is especially important to understand why Gordo is the way he is and in more detail what the Bennett Pack has gone through. This book feels darker, more intense and fast-paced. Kind of fitting with the main character, as he is serious, hardened and morally gray at times. Although it has an undercurrent of love, in contrast with Wolfsong, it is not about a more teenage love with declarations and gestures, it is more about how to overcome when love feels like betrayal and distorted communication prevents what should have been an easy/loving relationship. This book feels darker and it kind of is but at the end, hopeful. No tragic endings here.

There’s two more books to go in this series and I can’t wait to read each. Both, Heartsong (#3 with main character Robbie) has an expected publication of September 24, 2019 and Brothersong (#4 main character unannounced) December 17, 2019.
Look at the beautiful covers!

For more information you can check out TJ Klune’s website or follow him on twitter. If you’re interested in buying the books you can find them at Indiebound and Amazon.

That’s all for me, next review will be in a few days. Hopefully I can keep to schedule if not,

[21] gay caribe romance ftw!

Dreamer series

by Adriana Herrera

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (overall)
Publisher:  Carina Press
Genre: LGBT+, Romance, Contemporary

When I heard of this series with an all caribbean/latinx main characters I knew I had to read it. If you’ve followed my twitter you probably noticed I started talking about American Fairytale prior to American Dreamer, that’s why because I decided to buy that one on kindle without knowing that it was the 2nd of the series. While that didn’t really have an impact on how much I liked both books I still think there’s something to be said about following the order. Both books were unapologetically latinx (caribbean/island latinx), unapologetically dominican and cuban with some sprinkles of the other islands. Both books dealt with being immigrants, identity, positivity and relationship issues. These are romance novels so they are mainly focused on two characters who meet and find ways to be happy together. The cast surrounding both characters in the both books were brilliant, diverse and funny. I saw some of my tias and family members reflected on them. And for a caribbean latina like me, having romance novels written about characters that come from backgrounds like mine will always continue to be the best thing I can experience.

Now moving onto each book, under a read more because this will be long.

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[16] pre-pride: starting off

Before my June (Pride) Month post I thought it was fitting to post this review of a series of novels I had decided to check out thanks to receiving the ARC of the last novel through Netgalley.

Riven Series by Roan Parrish

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (overall)

As I mentioned previously I’m a big fan of the middle of somewhere series by Roan Parrish so I decided to check this series after I received the Raze ARC, Thanks to Netgalley. Since it was a series I didn’t think jumping to the last novel was probably going to help me understand the theme of the series or the characters in it. Overall, the series is very character-driven and about personal and emotional growth of two characters (in each series) that are just a tiny bit damaged. These novels focus on healing, hope, change and growth. I would content warn for substance (drugs and alcohol) abuse, anxiety, mental health and panic attacks. Now onto each book (under a read more for spoilers)


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