I realized that I've never talked about The Bromance Book Club series by Lyssa Kay Adams on here, which is just unacceptable since I love it so much! Seeing as how the fourth installment just came out, I thought it'd be the perfect time to rectify that.
|Pub Date: 11-5-19|
Adult - Contemporary
The Bromance Book Club: Gavin Scott may be a big star on the baseball field, but his home life is another story. Humiliated after discovering his wife, Thea, has been faking it in bed, their marriage is strained to say the least. When Thea asks for a divorce, Gavin realizes he's let his fear and insecurities ruin the best thing in his life. Desperate to find a way to save his marriage, Gavin soon finds himself in the last place he'd expect: being inducted into a secret romance book club with some of the most well-known Nashville alpha males. The club, along with their steamy Regency read, help coach Gavin into wooing his wife again and saving their marriage. However, Gavin is quick to discover that if he really wants to win his wife back, it'll take more than sweet words and grand gestures.
You don't see many books following the male character, so this was such a refreshing take on the chick-lit genre. I adored Gavin, he was so likable and charming. The love he has for his wife and how he'll do anything to win her back was so endearing. I also really loved Thea as a character, she was so feisty and didn't take any crap. The both of them went on this journey of rediscovering one another that was so heartwarming and lovely to read. The whole Bromance Book Club was also hilarious and I loved their whole dynamic together. All in all, this was so solid and a must read if you love a good rom-com.
|Pub Date: 3-10-20|
Adult - Contemporary
Undercover Bromance: Braden Mack is a smooth-talking king of the Nashville nightclub scene who's never had to work hard to impress the ladies. All that changes when he crosses paths with Liv Papandreas. Liv has her dream job working as a pastry chef at one of Nashville's hottest restaurants. But after an unfortunate series of events involving a cupcake and Braden-freakin'-Mack leads to Liv stumbling upon her skeeze-ball boss harassing one of the young hostesses, she's fired and blacklisted from the restaurant scene. Liv swears to get her revenge and Mack offers his help in exposing her ex-boss. Despite being suspicious of his motives, Liv agrees and the pair, along with the rest of the Bromance Book Club and some new faces, set up a sting operation that puts the romantic suspense novel they're reading to shame. Somewhere along the way though, Mack and Liv start to feel more than just annoyance for one another, and Mack is determined to figure out a way to break down all the walls that Liv keeps building between them.
I really enjoyed this. The glimpses we saw of Mack's character in the first book always made him out to be a player, but you really get to dive into his backstory and personality in this one which I loved. There's so much more to him than meets the eye. The same can be said of Liv as well. You really get a good look into these characters lives and what makes them tick and what caused them to be the way that they are. I'm such a sucker for an hate-to-love romance and watching them go from their constant bickering to something more was everything. The actual plan of taking down Liv's corrupt ex-boss felt very timely, and I liked how it all wrapped up in the end. I think I may have liked this one a smidge better than the first one. So, if you were a fan of that one, or just love hate-to-love tropes in general, definitely check this out.
|Pub Date: 10-27-20|
Adult - Contemporary
Crazy Stupid Bromance: Noah Logan was once a rebellious teenage hacktivist but now spends his time running a computer security business and hiding his feelings for his best friend Alexis Carlisle. The pair have been attached at the hip ever since Alexis helped take down a sexually abusive celebrity chef. Her popularity has brought many a woman to her café looking for help, so Alexis thinks nothing when a young woman approaches her one day, but she's completely blindsided when the woman claims to be her sister and was hoping Alexis might undergo a medical procedure to help save the life of the father who abandoned her. Completely rattled and unsure of what to do, Alexis turns to Noah for help. While his friends in the Bromance Book Club think this is the perfect opportunity for him to express his feelings, Noah can't help but think he may be jeopardizing the best relationship he's ever had.
This was by far my favorite in this series so far. I love a friends-to-lovers trope and Noah and Alexis quickly became one of my favorites. They have such a strong bond and are completely supportive and caring towards one another. They're both also huge nerds which I loved. I really enjoyed seeing them open up to one another and how their relationship naturally progressed into something more. Despite dealing with some heavy family topics, there was still a feeling of lightheartedness and fun woven throughout. Adams delivers once again with the witty flirty banter and characters that feel real and genuine, and I can't wait for the next installment.
|Pub Date: 7-20-21|
Adult - Contemporary
Isn't It Bromantic?: Vlad, affectionately known by his friends as "The Russian," is head over heels in love with his wife, Elena. The only problem is, she doesn't seem to feel the same. The pair grew up together in Russia, and when Elena's father, a noted journalist, went missing after speaking out about the government, Vlad and his family took her in without a second thought. When Vlad received the opportunity to move to America to play professional hockey, Elena jumped at the chance to escape the dangers her father tried to hide her from by accepting Vlad's marriage proposal. Vlad thought he could learn to live with their marriage of convenience if that was what Elena wished, but as the distance grew between them, Vlad couldn't help but feel like he deserved more than a one-sided relationship. After an injury brings the married couple back together, Vlad and his friends in the Bromance Book Club, with the help of a set of neighborhood widows dubbed the Loners, set out to save Vlad's marriage by creating their own real-life love story. But when secrets from Elena's past come to light, their happily ever after quickly turns into a life or death situation, and this time Vlad won't let Elena go without a fight.
I was a little hesitant when I heard about this one since the most we have gotten from the Russian in the previous books was just a running gag about his GI issues, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved him! At first glance, Vlad is this hulking, intimidating hockey player, but once he opens up, he's this sweet, gentle giant, and I couldn't get enough. I loved getting to learn more about him and his relationship with his estranged wife, Elena. The pair have been friends for all their lives and have harbored feelings for one another for just as long, but neither are great at communicating and are incredibly stubborn, so their whole dynamic goes haywire once they get married. Vlad doesn't believe she feels the same for him, and Elena feels like a burden since Vlad has always taken care of her. Both are so caught up in their worries that they're blind to the fact that they could solve their issues if they just talked. Once they got the ball rolling, it was so sweet to see them fall for one another again over Russian dishes and poetry. Of course, I loved the boys in the club doing their part to help the reconciliation, and the introduction of the new Loner ladies was perfect. They added so much humor and lightness to this. I did think the parts about Elena's father and the Russian mob being after her were a little dramatic, but it wasn't enough to lessen my enjoyment. Overall, this was yet another solid installment to this series, and I can't wait to see what Adams has in store next.
Have you read this series yet? If so, lemme know what you thought!