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
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂