The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club, #1)
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.

The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club, #1) Details

TitleThe Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club, #1)
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ReleaseNov 5th, 2019
PublisherBerkley
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GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Adult, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Sports, Sports Romance, Adult Fiction, Writing, Books About Books

The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club, #1) Review

  • ✨ A ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Second chance romance and a book club for guys who are trying to repair their relationships by reading romance novels ‹-- that alone made me read this book 😂 [why did I put this gif here idek]Famous baseball player Gavin Scott, has screwed up his marriage. He let his pride and fear push away the love of his life. When his wife asks for a divorce, Gavin knows he won't give up and needs help to win her heart and trust back. And so that's where the Bromance book club comes in. A group of men, who have all found t Second chance romance and a book club for guys who are trying to repair their relationships by reading romance novels ‹-- that alone made me read this book 😂 [why did I put this gif here idek]Famous baseball player Gavin Scott, has screwed up his marriage. He let his pride and fear push away the love of his life. When his wife asks for a divorce, Gavin knows he won't give up and needs help to win her heart and trust back. And so that's where the Bromance book club comes in. A group of men, who have all found themselves in the same situation as Gavin, read romance novels to better understand women and to improve their relationships. Gavin returned to his chair. “You guys read romance novels?” “We call them manuals,” the Russian saidI loved this unique plot. I mean, just from the premise I knew I'd enjoy this one but I didn't expect it to be this awesome. It being a second-chance-romance I knew it would be heartbreaking and sad, so the book club added a great layer of humour and fun. I liked that we got POV from both Gavin and his wife, Thea. We get to view the situation from both sides and I appreciated that. The book club was honestly the best. Those parts had me laughing and aw-ing because of how serious these men were to better themselves and help one another. In my experience, the relationship - in contemporary romance - of an already married couple (especially one already with kids) is hardly explored. It was so refreshing to read about. Another unique thing about the plot was that Gavin has a stutter and it's not often I read about speech problems in books especially when it's the male MC. So props to Lyssa Kay Adams for that. The writing and pacing was A+. I finished this in one day and was left wanting more Thank goodness there is already a sequel planned because I really need more from the Bromance Book Club.‹ Quote might change after publication. ›•ARC provided by publishers via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review•« Publishing date: 5 November 2019 »
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Might be more of a 3.5 but I'm rounding up because this was a lot of fun! I can't lie and say that it wasn't a smidge pander-y and contrived at some parts, but overall this was a really fun ride and I definitely recommend checking it out if you're interested in reading a romance about a couple staying together rather than getting together. I 10000% will be carrying on with the series!
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  • Whitney Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsWhen I went into this book, I was crossing my fingers that the execution of it and the writing style matched how great the synopsis was. I'm so glad the book held up to how good it sounds, and it's definitely a memorable romance I'll be recommending!My primary concern about this book was that since it's about a married couple with kids, I wouldn't be able to relate to it or enjoy it since they're several years ahead of me on the maturity scale. Attached to that, 4.5 starsWhen I went into this book, I was crossing my fingers that the execution of it and the writing style matched how great the synopsis was. I'm so glad the book held up to how good it sounds, and it's definitely a memorable romance I'll be recommending!My primary concern about this book was that since it's about a married couple with kids, I wouldn't be able to relate to it or enjoy it since they're several years ahead of me on the maturity scale. Attached to that, I was hoping this wouldn't become a women's fiction book about fixing a marriage with no steamy scenes. Quickly, both of my fears became obsolete. The fact that this book follows characters who are already in a relationship makes it so much more real. Rather than two characters living out a dolled up romance, this is about a relationship that's dead and both characters having to fight to reanimate it. It's different than anything I've ever read and was so interesting and realistic and human. In addition, the scenes of Gavin and Thea interacting with their kids were SO wholesome. I jokingly told my friend while I was reading this that it reads like what a Nicholas Sparks book would be if Nicholas Sparks books were actually good. It talks about family issues--both in their current relationship and in their childhood trauma--while also being a cuddly romance about two adults rediscovering each other through honesty. This book was SO soft because Gavin was making an effort to be attentive to Thea's needs and insecurities, and watching them reblossom to one another was so heart warming and emotional.The writing of this book is spectacular in all areas except one. I loved when the author would delve into the character's backstories and they way she wrote their dialogue and all the humor that was folded into the Bromance Book Club. I especially loved how this book was a mix of real-time action with scenes interspersed from the regency romance book the men were reading. The reason I took off .5 stars, however, was there were moments in this book where the characters would randomly get on a soapbox about feminism that didn't match the context of the conversation at all. There were seriously some paragraphs that read like an essay for a women and gender studies class rather than a romance book because it wasn't subtle at all. The men in the book club are self-aware about feminism and toxic masculinity, which is good, but it wasn't subtle at all and ended up sounding like fan service to other women reading the book because those random feminism rants didn't sound authentic to the men's voices at all. But a part of the book I did like is that Thea, the wife, was strident in her independence and her feminism, which I enjoyed way more than when the characters went off on tangents about the male gaze and the patriarchy.But overall, this book was so addicting and enjoyable. It was quick and sweet but also the perfect amounts of meaningful and realistic. I love any romance book that takes the shininess away from relationships and delves into real human lives, and this book definitely fits that category. I can't wait to pick up a copy when it comes out!
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  • Corina
    January 1, 1970
    Not exactly a debut novel, but definitely a new, and fresh take on a second chance romance. A unique story with an engaging plot, The Bromance Book Club was a solid performance by the author.Who doesn't like a second chance love story. Especially if the couple is married, with kids and the husband is fighting for another chance. I really have been enjoying this trope lately. A romance about a married couple adds another layer to a second chance story. Clearly there is more on the lin Not exactly a debut novel, but definitely a new, and fresh take on a second chance romance. A unique story with an engaging plot, The Bromance Book Club was a solid performance by the author.Who doesn't like a second chance love story. Especially if the couple is married, with kids and the husband is fighting for another chance. I really have been enjoying this trope lately. A romance about a married couple adds another layer to a second chance story. Clearly there is more on the line, including family and kids. And the twist of all things - the big O - really made this book a hell of a fresh take on romance, and a very relatable too. I've never seen an author pick up this storyline and I can only compliment her for doing so.Overall there is so much to say about Gavin. I loved Gavin's unwillingness to give up, to fight for his marriage and family, even if the way he went about was outside of his comfort zone. And he wasn't always the best student either, but he clearly cared about the outcome, so I forgive him for any mishaps - because there were a couple. Also he was a bit clueless, especially in bed, which was a bit worrying. But it helped that there was without any doubt still feelings between the couple. It just took time to peel away all the hurt feelings on both sides, and to get to the matter at hand - the big O, or in this instance the missing of an O.Thea was maybe not an outstanding, or incredibly unique heroine, but she was trying. I wouldn't say that I connected with her overly much, but I also didn't dislike her. Let's just say that there weren't any deep feelings on my part either way.Besides it being a tender and heartwarming story, the bookclub part was hilarious.I wish more guys would start a romance book club, and of course I would want to be the fly on the wall because it would be entertaining as hell.Although some predictability throughout the book prevents me from giving it a higher rating, all in all, from written style to plotting this novel should be on everyone's reading list.I hope a certain overly charming athlete, Mack, is getting a book next, because he was hilarious. And he was definitely my favorite supporting character in this book.________________________________ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.For more book recommendations, follow me on Instagram________________________________
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  • chan ☆
    January 1, 1970
    this was pretty damn good, even for a trad published romance ;) the premise of the book is that this MLB player has "lost" his wife in a sense... and the fact that he's never given her an orgasm is a big part of that. other guys on his team apparently has suffered similarly so they've formed a book club to read romances to learn how to reconnect with their wives/gf/whatever and COMMUNICATE.i'll start by saying that i typically do not like second chance romances. i'm a pretty forgivin this was pretty damn good, even for a trad published romance ;) the premise of the book is that this MLB player has "lost" his wife in a sense... and the fact that he's never given her an orgasm is a big part of that. other guys on his team apparently has suffered similarly so they've formed a book club to read romances to learn how to reconnect with their wives/gf/whatever and COMMUNICATE.i'll start by saying that i typically do not like second chance romances. i'm a pretty forgiving person in real life but to make a second chance romance angsty you typically have to make the guy a jack ass and a half. and i'm not really here for that. this book worked because if you've ever been in a long term relationship you get it. sometimes you lose each other and need to reconnect. and we get to see this relationship built almost from scratch. not to mention the whole idea behind the plot is cute as hell.i think that our hero, gavin, could have stood to grow a bit more throughout the book. and thea could have been more forgiving/tried to grow a bit more as well. but overall i found this to be a really sweet romance and by the end of the book i was swooning.
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  • preoccupiedbybooks
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsA light hearted second chance sports romance, which sadly didn’t really deliver I seem to be in the minority here, but I didn’t love this. I thought I would, as it’s a sports romance, and is a story about a couple staying together, getting a second chance. It even has a men’s book club supporting each other, helping each other to understand their partners more!It was an original concept! ✔ I liked that it was about men in a secret book club, trying to understand and connect more with their partnersstarsA 2.5 starsA light hearted second chance sports romance, which sadly didn’t really deliver I seem to be in the minority here, but I didn’t love this. I thought I would, as it’s a sports romance, and is a story about a couple staying together, getting a second chance. It even has a men’s book club supporting each other, helping each other to understand their partners more!It was an original concept! ✔️ I liked that it was about men in a secret book club, trying to understand and connect more with their partners and wives. ✔️ I liked that it was a quick read.✔️ I liked that it was a story about a couple staying together, I don’t see that much! ✔️ I liked that it was quite steamy! ✔️ The second half of the book was quite cute!✔️ Unfortunately, there was also a lot that I didn’t like…I have to start with the female main character, Thea. She was unreasonable, irritating and a liar. The woman faked her orgasms for over three years, and it wasn’t the only thing she was faking. What was the point in that? She didn’t get what she wanted, and her husband thought he was doing all the right things, so carried on doing them! I’ve never understood women who do that. You should be able to be honest with your husband, and communicate your needs. But that’s the crux of this story. This couple aren’t honest with each other about anything! They don’t talk to each other. How was Gavin to know that she was unsatisfied, she acted, and lied about it. I’m not just talking about in the bedroom. She didn’t like the life of a WAG, she wanted a different life, wanted different things, but expected him to know all of this! Did she tell him any of this? NOOOO! He was not a mind reader!Another thing that bothered me was that Thea accepted no responsibility for the breakdown in her marriage. Gavin was in the wrong, and she was in the right, and my goodness the book hammered that home to me! I actually ended up hating her, and feeling sorry for Gavin! She even kicked him out the house, and then was mad when he left? It was a test, and he wasn’t supposed to leave Like. She. Asked. Him. To? So of course he failed that, and then she asked him for a divorce… Poor Gavin actually hadn’t done much wrong. Yes he wasn’t as attentive as he should be, but with young twins, and a busy career, these things happen. He also wasn’t that sexually experienced, so didn’t always hit the spot with Thea, but she could have helped him out there…There are two people in a marriage, and Thea could have voiced her wants and needs, and they could have worked on their marriage together. He really loved her and his kids! Thea also compared all men to her absent, philandering father. Yes we get it, your father was an arsehole, but you can’t judge everyone by his standards, you have to have a little faith and trust. I actually think she needed some counselling, to move past her unhappy childhood, and perhaps they could have had some couples counselling? Gavin spent the whole book trying to win her back, and she shot him down over and over. By the end of the book, Thea realised these things and her character does grow, but by that point, at about 80% it was too little, too late for me! I just couldn’t stand her!Other things that bothered me was the unsubtle feminism. The men in the book club, turning to regency romance novels to help them with their love lives, was just pure fantasy! And all of the unrealistic things that came out with..like talking about toxic masculinity! It felt preachy and overly political to me. I keep reading romance books with all of these “woke” men in, and it just makes me roll my eyes! You can have male characters who are feminists, and all round decent guys, without shoving it down my throat! The chapters from the regency romance which Gavin was reading also felt unnecessary to me. They were overly cheesy, and made me cringe. Then there was the fact that Gavin actually used the actual lines and moves from the book he was reading! Word for word! It was really manipulative and Thea was angry about it, but got over it. I would have been furious to find that out. That the lovely, sweet things my husband was saying were straight out of a book, and not his real feelings! I didn’t like Thea’s sister either! She was such a jealous, interfering bitch! She was the one who encouraged Thea to throw Gavin out, and every time they made any progress, there she was trying to undo it! One final thing that bothered me was the twins. They were about 2-2 1/2 years old, yet were written as if they were 4/5 years old! I know it’s a minor thing, but it really irritated me how they didn’t act like toddlers!To sum up, I felt that this story was too light hearted for the serious topic it covered. And the couple would have avoided all of the hassle and heartbreak if they had actually just talked to each other like mature adults. Urgh I hate the miscommunication trope! It might work in YA, but it really irritates me in adult fiction! JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER DAMNIT!Many thanks to Berkley and edelweiss for the chance to download an e-arc in exchange for an honest review
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    The first rule of book club:You don't talk about book club. Lyssa Kay Adams has hit a homerun with this fun and clever story. This was a second chance romance with a unique angle. A married couple on the brink of divorce trying to heal (well at least Gavin was). Gavin is a big-time professional baseball player who is hitting grand slams on the field and striking out in the bedroom. After the game of his life Gavin discovers that his wife of three years Thea has been faking it. Gavin’s ego and The first rule of book club:You don't talk about book club. Lyssa Kay Adams has hit a homerun with this fun and clever story. This was a second chance romance with a unique angle. A married couple on the brink of divorce trying to heal (well at least Gavin was). Gavin is a big-time professional baseball player who is hitting grand slams on the field and striking out in the bedroom. After the game of his life Gavin discovers that his wife of three years Thea has been faking it. Gavin’s ego and pride are wounded so he moves into the guestroom and that ultimately leads to Thea asking him to leave. Gavin does not want a divorce, so after a night of drinking several of the best known men of Nashville including some of his teammates approach him with an answer to his problems. The Bromance Bookclub, A group of alpha men reading romance and learning the secrets of what women truly want. Told from the perspectives of both Gavin and Thea, I have to admit I found Gavin the more empathetic character. I mean the guy was trying so hard. I just found him to be such an endearing character I loved how he was this big strong athlete and yet he was so vulnerable and insecure. I was thinking hey if Thea won’t take you back, I will! Thea was hard to understand, I know she had some major daddy issues and like to be the martyr, but she needed to accept some responsibility in the breakdown of this marriage. And her sister Liv did not help at all. A tiny niggle I had with this book was the age of the twins, I could never put my finger on how old these girls were supposed to be. Three? They acted much older than that, but I couldn’t make the math work any other way. Not a big deal, but it does seem to be a common problem in Books. The best part of the story really was bookclub itself, it was so hilarious listening to these men discuss romance books.This book in emojis: ⚾️ 📚 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧*** Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***~you Can Also Find My Reviews AtInstagram|Twitter|Blog|
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    Heart-warming... It's great to know, or rather have a bookish confirmation of something I have always believed in, there are good men out there, who care about their families, wives and children, to the extent of doing whatever it takes to make their marriage work. Even if it is reading a Regency romance book.I absolutely adored the characters in this sweet rom-com. Gavin is a professional baseball player who spends a lot of time travelling for work. Thea, his wife of three years, is Heart-warming... It's great to know, or rather have a bookish confirmation of something I have always believed in, there are good men out there, who care about their families, wives and children, to the extent of doing whatever it takes to make their marriage work. Even if it is reading a Regency romance book.I absolutely adored the characters in this sweet rom-com. Gavin is a professional baseball player who spends a lot of time travelling for work. Thea, his wife of three years, is understandably upset about the situation. She put her career on hold and has done her best to blend in and become a worthy member of WAGs - wives and girlfriends of the players of her husband's baseball team. Thea feels she is losing herself and is forgetting the dynamic, non-conformist, independent, artistic, fun girl she used to be. Then, one night, after her husband's greatest sports triumph, the big secret is out: Thea has been faking her orgasms, and Gavin refuses to speak to her for a month. Thea asks him to leave, which he does, adding fuel to her childhood fear of being abandoned by people she loves the most. Gavin is distraught and ready to do anything for Thea to give him a second chance. His teammates approach him with quite an unusual solution. Gavin is to become the newest member of a secret book club for alpha male athletes who try to understand the mysterious language of women by reading and discussing romance novels. The bros already have the right book in mind: Courting the Countess, a cute Regency number that perfectly matches Thea and Gavin's situation.The Book club scenes were absolutely hilarious, with their witty retorts and serious deliberations on the merits of pumpkin spice lattes and the dangerous message of The Little Mermaid where the main character 'has to literally change from one species to another in order to be with a man'. All the laughs aside, these men meet together and try to help each other learn to save their marriages and relationships by listening and communicating with their loved ones. A few times in the book, Gavin is surprised to find out things about Thea, and she asks 'How come you didn't know that?'' Because I'm not a mind reader'. He keeps saying 'Talk to me. Tell me what you feel , tell me what is important for you, help me to understand what I can DO to show my love'. Gavin is such a wonderful mixture of sweetness, determination, willingness to learn and strength. Thea got pregnant very soon into their relationship, and although their twin girls are absolutely adorable and mean the whole world to them, becoming parents is a huge step in any marriage, and a big change in a couple dynamics. It helps if you have already addressed (or at least are aware of ) your issues with your parents' dysfunctional marriage. It also helps to trust your partner to put your family and your relationship first, above anything else.The Bromance Book club may be a sweet and entertaining rom-com, but there is certain depth to it, as it is also a very relatable tale of second chances and family dynamics. The second book in the series is going to focus on Liv, Thea's little sister, who was fiercely (and annoyingly at times) loyal to Thea, and surely deserves her own Good Man. Will the Bromance Book Club help Gavin's mate Mack win Liv's ever-cautious heart and lead them to their own HEA? Thank you to Edelweiss and Berkley for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Baseball player Gavin Scott's marriage is in trouble, he thought his relationship was pretty much perfect but after discovering his wife has been faking her orgasms for the entire time he's known her he felt humiliated and his first reaction was to walk away. Now that Thea is asking for a divorce he's realised what he's about to lose and now he's determined to do whatever it takes to get her to give him a second chance. The only trouble is he has no idea where to start. That is until a teammate Baseball player Gavin Scott's marriage is in trouble, he thought his relationship was pretty much perfect but after discovering his wife has been faking her orgasms for the entire time he's known her he felt humiliated and his first reaction was to walk away. Now that Thea is asking for a divorce he's realised what he's about to lose and now he's determined to do whatever it takes to get her to give him a second chance. The only trouble is he has no idea where to start. That is until a teammate steps in and invites him to a rather exclusive club. The Bromance Book Club includes some of Nashville's most successful men and one thing they all have in common is a wish to understand the women in their lives. They've decided that the best way to do that is by reading romance novels and they have a cunning plan to help Gavin get Thea back.I love second chance romances, most books end when a couple gets married but meeting and falling in love is only a small part of a relationship, the hardest part is keeping that marriage alive. Thea and Gavin met and married very quickly after an accidental pregnancy, it's obvious that they were very in love but meeting, getting married and having twin daughters all in just over a year is a lot to deal with for any couple. Especially when you consider that Gavin's job has him travelling a lot and leaving Thea at home basically acting like a single parent. They love each other and they both adore their daughters but it's not so surprising that their relationship has hit a tough spot. Thea feels abandoned and uncared for while Gavin is hurt and humiliated when he realises that he's never really been able to satisfy Thea in bed and it's the final straw that broke the camel's back.I really enjoyed seeing how hard Gavin was willing to work to win back his wife, he's really reluctant to even consider reading a romance novel at first but at the same time he doesn't want to lose his wife so he decides anything is worth a shot. The camaraderie amongst the guys from book club was just perfect, the banter had me laughing out loud and they made so many clever observations on Gavin and Thea's relationship. Thea was great too, she was learning to become independent and knew that she didn't need a man in her life to be happy but that doesn't mean she doesn't still love Gavin, she was just reluctant to let him back into her life in case she got hurt again. Once Gavin started dialling up the tension between them you could cut the chemistry with a knife and I was left wanting to shove the two of them into a bedroom together so he could practice his new skills.It’s been a while since a book last kept me up until 5am but this was definitely a one sitting read and I couldn't put it down no matter how tired I got. Laugh out loud funny, great characters, a believable second chance romance and strong feminist themes, The Bromance Book Club has it all and Lyssa Kay Adams has earned herself a new fan. I'm ridiculously excited that the next book, Undercover Bromance, is going to be about Mack and Liv so it's an automatic preorder for me!____________________Thoughts before reading:A book about a bunch of guys creating a book club to read romance as they try to understand their wives better? Oh this is going to be hilarious!
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  • .
    January 1, 1970
    update: after reading a really shit romance book immediately after this, i’ve realised it was an absolute gem and deserved a higher rating. that’s all. Just like the bar for heterosexual men treating their wives with respect, my standards for romance books are low. However, I do think this is an exceptional, hilariously sweet rom-com with subtle feminism embedded within the plot. In my opinion, it's a stand-out in its genre. You'll love this book if you want:☑an imperfect female character who's trying update: after reading a really shit romance book immediately after this, i’ve realised it was an absolute gem and deserved a higher rating. that’s all. Just like the bar for heterosexual men treating their wives with respect, my standards for romance books are low. However, I do think this is an exceptional, hilariously sweet rom-com with subtle feminism embedded within the plot. In my opinion, it's a stand-out in its genre. You'll love this book if you want:☑️an imperfect female character who's trying her best and finally gives up on society's expectations for women and allows herself to be carefree, pursuing the career she was forced to give up for her children while her husband was allowed to freely continue his☑️a dumbass male character who's obviously an idiot for not cherishing and loving his wife, but he learns from his mistakes☑️athletic, typically manly men standing up against toxic masculinity and acknowledging most of their relationship issues with wives/girlfriends are their fault ☑️men acknowledging things women typically love, like pumpkin spice lattes and romance novels, genuinely aren't bad and they only initially hated them because women liked them ☑️men realising they aren't as close with their children because they sit back and allow their wives to raise them then take all of the credit☑️a.k.a Lyssa Kay Adams said: men ain't shit. Gavin Scott realises his relationship with his wife is in turmoil when he discovers he's never given her a true orgasm. After receiving the cold-shoulder, spending years raising his children, giving up her career, and faking being satisfied with her life, Thea finally asks for a divorce. However, Gavin joins a group of men who read romance books and use the actions of their heroes to win back their wives and girlfriends. They start a new Regency romance about a Duke and Duchess whose marriage is in peril, and Gavin uses these cues in an attempt to win Thea's heart back. My main reason for not rating this a full five stars is because I don't think men deserve any credit for doing the absolute bare minimum in a relationship. The fact that complimenting your wife - let alone [cough] eating her out so she can reach orgasm - is a foreign concept to Gavin is ridiculous to me, especially since he has to be told these things by other people. Another human being had to sit this grown male down and inform him that he should've been complimenting his wife's appearance. In addition, a lot of the discussion within the book club was too far-fetched for me to believe. I know it's fiction, but I doubt a group of heterosexual men would ever be fine getting manicures together and discussing whether The Little Mermaid is damaging to young women - or whether they have the intellect to acknowledge it's fiction. I found these particularly difficult to believe because even celebrity men who proclaim themselves as feminists are eventually exposed as sexual harassers or say something disgusting against another minority and completely turn against the "social justice warrior" movement. Though, I highly, highly appreciated these discussions coming from a woman trying to discuss issues through these men. Another complaint I have was the fact that their children played a huge part at the beginning of the plot, but she completely forgets about them in the second half. I feel like the twins didn't appear at all in the last 40% of the book, which was slightly worrying since they're 2/3 years old and obviously need to be looked after or considered in a repaired marriage. Furthermore, one of them is described to have a speech impediment like Gavin, but it's used a few times in the beginning, then ignored in the rest. It's never elaborated on or referenced in the second half as well. I thought it was strange to make it into a huge deal and constantly have her saying "chocolate thips", then ignore the development towards the end.➵ Thea: the new love of my life. She essentially gave up her entire career and personality to raise her and Gavin's children and withstood so much mediocrity. She finally decides to go back to university, stand up to people who made her feel lesser than she was worth, and acknowledges that she deserved respect from a distant husband who was too self-absorbed to notice her pain. I loved Thea from the moment we're introduced to her in chapter two, but that was solidified when she uttered the word "heteronormative" in a conversation about baseball wives and girlfriends (WAGs). Other authors willingly use that phrase - and "puck bunnies" - but Lyssa Kay Adams had Thea crumple it into a ball, throw it to the ground, jump on it repetitively, then threw it into a waiting fire. I formally identify as bisexual, but informally I'm sexually attracted to women who realise their worth and don't settle for mediocre treatment from the men they're in relationships with while acknowledging they have the autonomy to be a mother AND have a career, just as their husbands have done with no consequence. ➵ Gavin: kind of an idiot, but sweet at the same time. Has a stutter, which is the source of a lot of his insecurities. I don't have one myself, but my father does, and I've noticed it jumps out at random times instead of when he's nervous like Gavin's does in this book. Not that something like a speech impediment needs to be an accurate representation, but I wanted to point it out. If you're wondering where the above gif is from, it's an episode of Rachel Bloom's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, where a man realises he's never given his wife an orgasm since she masturbates in the bathroom after sex. Here's a link to the music video!It's surprising Gavin ever got Thea to marry him with the sheer amount of ignorance he has in regards to women. The scene where Thea asks him to get towels from the linen closet, but he 1) can't find the closet and 2) can't find any towels, then Thea proceeds to find a stack, was so accurate. Anyone who lives with a male human being knows they're hopeless, especially with laundry. The scenes with the book club were absolutely hilarious. There's a scene after they've played dress ups that had me cackling at 1 am. It was non-stop joke after joke, and the character's interactions with each other were peak comedy. I loved how the men openly admitted they only hated things like romance books and Pumpkin Spice Lattes because women loved them. At the beginning of the book, Gavin goes from a romance-hating fiend to someone who genuinely enjoys reading them, and he even starts reading them to Thea for another connection between them. I can't elaborate more on all of the discussions these men had without continuing this review for the next year, but there were plenty and I appreciated all of them. In addition, I hope there's a spin-off or sequel with Liv, Thea's sister. And I hope Lyssa Kay Adams acknowledges that she is definitely not heterosexual. Whenever Liv interacted with her friend from the cafe, I thought she was eventually going to say they were dating. There was even a scene between Mack and Gavin where one was obviously flirting with the other (and turned-on). But, alas, maybe this entire book is heteronormative - to use Thea's words - after all. The Bromance Book Club is a wonderful, comedic, and heart-wrenching story. I loved every minute of reading it and never wanted it to end. I hope the trend of rom-com novels that are genuinely hilarious continue, and I'm desperate for some more diversity. Thank you to Berkley for kindly providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Nalini Singh
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet and funny and emotional. I zoomed through this one Sunday, totally compelled by the romance (and the bromance!) I'm so looking forward to seeing more of this book club.
  • Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️
    January 1, 1970
    Hero gets love advice from bro’s and books.I didn’t really know what to expect from this book. I knew it was a romantic comedy because of the premise, But I wasn’t sure if the story would be any good aside from the inherent hilarity of a bunch of guys reading and talking about romance novels. To tell the truth, that premise did lead to a few laugh out loud one liners and quotable sections of the book. The storyline was good as well.This Hero gets love advice from bro’s and books.I didn’t really know what to expect from this book. I knew it was a romantic comedy because of the premise, But I wasn’t sure if the story would be any good aside from the inherent hilarity of a bunch of guys reading and talking about romance novels. To tell the truth, that premise did lead to a few laugh out loud one liners and quotable sections of the book. The storyline was good as well.This was a book about a marriage in trouble with one of the parties Gavin, fighting to keep the marriage, and the other, Thia is past the point where she already gave up on the marriage. Gavin couldn’t take the fact that his wife had been faking the big “O”. His pride was hurt and his insecurities blew up. He didn’t react well to the news and Thea kicked him out and he wants to make his marriage work.Thea blames him for leaving even though she kicked him out, but that isn’t the only reason she is done with him. So Gavin doesn’t have an easy road ahead of him to convince her to give him another chance. His best friend Del, from his baseball team brings him in on a secret club. Gavin thinks it is a joke at first but soon finds out that he really needs it. The club gives him a regency romance novel to read where the Hero is in a situation similar to Gavin. The book club also offers him advice on how to win Thea back. The members are famous athletes and political figures from the area. Gavin is reading the novel throughout this book. It is funny to see the comparisons between his situation and the Hero’s from the book. The Bro’s in the club also tell Gavin about how steamy the romance novels can get. Gavin decided to catch up on some reading after putting the girls to bed, but holy shit. He had no idea a major sex scene was coming up. And not just any sex scene. This was fucking filthy. Did people actually do that shit back then? Of course, we did, Lord Jelly Finger responded. Do you really think white, Western civilization invented cunnilingus in the twentieth century? Whatever. All Gavin knew was that it finally happened. He got a goddamned book boner. One thing I really liked which endeared Gavin to me was the fact that he has a stutter. He wasn’t the standard Sports Hero with all kinds of confidence and cockiness. I guess That was why I liked him so much more than Thea. Plus the fact that she basically blamed him for the fact she was faking it, saying he should have known. But did she ever tell him there was an issue? No she didn’t. Overall the books was enjoyable and it did have some steamy moments. I will give this one a heat index of 3 out of 5 flames 🔥🔥🔥. The story was extremely interesting and I have thought for a long time that if more men read romance novels, us girls would have a lot more O’s than we do and there wouldn’t be so many fake O’s going on. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.Blog|Goodreads|Facebook|Amazon|Twitter|BookBub
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness did I have so much fun with this book!! It's not often that an author comes up with a unique plot for a romance novel and well Lyssa Kay did just this my friends! What a breathe of fresh air!! I mean come on... a bunch of manly dudes reading pure romance novels?! Lyssa Kay girl I'm HERE for it!!I feel like there was so much more to this book then just humor. I really connected with this one because we see Thea and Gavin a married couple on the cusp of getting divorced. Oh my goodness did I have so much fun with this book!! It's not often that an author comes up with a unique plot for a romance novel and well Lyssa Kay did just this my friends! What a breathe of fresh air!! I mean come on... a bunch of manly dudes reading pure romance novels?! Lyssa Kay girl I'm HERE for it!!I feel like there was so much more to this book then just humor. I really connected with this one because we see Thea and Gavin a married couple on the cusp of getting divorced. Lyssa does an amazing job portraying how much effort, love, and communication needs to come from both sides to maintain that healthy marriage. What I really loved was the majority of the book was from Gavin's side which you usually don't see in romance novels. Yes.. we were able to hear from Thea but it was so nice to see it from the man's eye. And let me tell you there is plenty of sexy men in this novel and the humor attached to this sexy studs! Bromance Book Club had a little bit of everything... raw, sexy, spicy, hot, and emotional to it's core.AND.. it's going to be a series?! Ugh I can't get enough!!4.5 stars for this little gemThank you so much to Berkley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.Publication date: 11/5/19Published to GR: 10/27/19
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  • Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5-4 stars! You have NO IDEA how excited I was for this book. A group of baseball players getting together to read and talk about romance books? How perfect. There were scenes from the guys that had me genuinely laughing out loud and I did enjoy Gavin and Thea's second chance romance. They were funny, down to earth, and both had issues to work through in order to get their second HEA. The only issue for me was that parts of the story were too meta – the book club constantly referred back to the 3.5-4 stars! You have NO IDEA how excited I was for this book. A group of baseball players getting together to read and talk about romance books? How perfect. There were scenes from the guys that had me genuinely laughing out loud and I did enjoy Gavin and Thea's second chance romance. They were funny, down to earth, and both had issues to work through in order to get their second HEA. The only issue for me was that parts of the story were too meta – the book club constantly referred back to the romance genre and while this might be great for new romance readers, it took me out of the story a few times. Other than that, I loved Lyssa Kay Adams’ writing and am PRAYING we get a book for Liv and Mack. I can't wait to read more from this author.
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  • ☽ TheBibliotheque
    January 1, 1970
    Just when you think that a genre can’t surprise you, a book about an all men book club that read romance and help each other with their relationships comes along and bang! Knocks your socks right off. “You guys read romance novels?”“We call them manuals,” the Russian said.“And it’s a lot more than just reading,” Malcolm said.I was going to start this review pointing out my favourite thing about this book, but quite frankly, I can’t decide on just one single thing./> Just when you think that a genre can’t surprise you, a book about an all men book club that read romance and help each other with their relationships comes along and bang! Knocks your socks right off. “You guys read romance novels?”“We call them manuals,” the Russian said.“And it’s a lot more than just reading,” Malcolm said.I was going to start this review pointing out my favourite thing about this book, but quite frankly, I can’t decide on just one single thing.It could be the fact that reading about a group of grownass men trying to get better at treating and understanding their significant others brought hope to my chest. It could also be the fact that these men read and praised romance books because they are not just books, they are the fantasies, hopes and hearts of women on paper and a vehicle for them to learn and appreciate what they truly desire (respect is the masculinity that we stan). On the other hand, the reason why I cannot decide what I loved the most, could be because of how much fun this book was despite the ugliness of having the main characters struggling with their marriage, and how much I loved Gavin and Mack’s banter above all (and yes, I am anxiously waiting for Mack and Liv’s book). I am pretty sure the way Gavin’s stutter melted my heart had also a big role in me falling hard for this book. Almost as much as seeing both Thea and Gavin slowly but rewardingly opening up and finally patching up old wounds.But over all, I think the reason why I cannot decide what my favourite thing about The Bromance Book Club was, is basically because I simply loved every single page and word of it.*Copy gifted by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Berkley and Edelweiss+ for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewgoddamn it, that big green DOWNLOAD NOW button is so tempting... i just couldn't resist-----------------| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Reddit | LinkedIn |
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    This was one of my most anticipated books and when I finally got it in my greedy hands, I was a bit afraid that it might not live up to the hype. Love love loved Thea and Gavin. I loved the loyalty and the absolute love between them. I loved how Gavin was ready to absolutely anything to get her back. And...I don’t have words for this group of men who shamelessly read romance to help their relationships. Plot wise, it was everything I wanted. I was happy to see that Thea was trepidatious and didn This was one of my most anticipated books and when I finally got it in my greedy hands, I was a bit afraid that it might not live up to the hype. Love love loved Thea and Gavin. I loved the loyalty and the absolute love between them. I loved how Gavin was ready to absolutely anything to get her back. And...I don’t have words for this group of men who shamelessly read romance to help their relationships. Plot wise, it was everything I wanted. I was happy to see that Thea was trepidatious and didn’t give in right away. The flip between the story and the snippets of the book Gavin was reading was just fantastic. Overall, it was exactly what I wanted to read. I loved these characters and this story and I can’t wait to read it again. **Huge thanks to Berkley for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Mara
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh, this was just so cute I can't stand it. Caveat here: stories where the h/h are married & trying to keep from getting divorced are one of my least favorite tropes in romance... it just STRESSES ME OUT. That said, the sheer charm of the story and earnestness of the characters completely won me over. The writing was delightful, the characters were lovely (sidenote: loved seeing a hero with a speech impediment & how that was handled), the conceit (which is that a bunch of dude bros have Ugh, this was just so cute I can't stand it. Caveat here: stories where the h/h are married & trying to keep from getting divorced are one of my least favorite tropes in romance... it just STRESSES ME OUT. That said, the sheer charm of the story and earnestness of the characters completely won me over. The writing was delightful, the characters were lovely (sidenote: loved seeing a hero with a speech impediment & how that was handled), the conceit (which is that a bunch of dude bros have a romance book club where they use romance novels to try to help them understand how to communicate with women) was just so rompy & fun, and I just had a great time reading this. I cannot wait to read the next in the series, because we already know/love the hero and it will be a trope that works better for me. Definitely recommend this one!And side note-- I was way into the book within the book that they were reading for the book club... they should 100% publish it as an accompanying novella
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks Berkley pub #partner for gifting me a copy via edelweiss. Cute and funny. A bunch of dudes reading romance novels to improve their relationships? I WISH! Will definitely read book two!
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    January 1, 1970
    This romantic novel focuses on the relationship between Galvin and Thea. He recently found out his wife had been faking it in the bedroom, which shocks and angers him but also has him wondering what else could she be faking in their lives. With their marriage on the rocks, Galvin will do anything to save it, even joining a romance book club.I was initially drawn to the novel by the premise of a men’s romance book club, I thought it’d be interesting to read their takes on the genre. A This romantic novel focuses on the relationship between Galvin and Thea. He recently found out his wife had been faking it in the bedroom, which shocks and angers him but also has him wondering what else could she be faking in their lives. With their marriage on the rocks, Galvin will do anything to save it, even joining a romance book club.I was initially drawn to the novel by the premise of a men’s romance book club, I thought it’d be interesting to read their takes on the genre. And we do hear some of it, but mostly the novel focuses on the relationship of Galvin with this wife and family.Overall, it’s a humorous, lighthearted romance. I recommend it to readers of contemporary fiction and romance (of course!).ARC provided by Publisher via Netgalley
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  • book bruin
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThe moment I read the synopsis and saw the amazing cover, I knew I needed to read The Bromance Book Club. I fell in love with the idea of a bunch of men forming a secret romance book club in order to better understand women and help their own relationships. I will admit that I was a little worried that the book might not live up to all the hype and buzz, but I can happily say that for me, it was just what I needed and more. The Bromance Book Club is a hilarious and heartfelt romance 4.5 starsThe moment I read the synopsis and saw the amazing cover, I knew I needed to read The Bromance Book Club. I fell in love with the idea of a bunch of men forming a secret romance book club in order to better understand women and help their own relationships. I will admit that I was a little worried that the book might not live up to all the hype and buzz, but I can happily say that for me, it was just what I needed and more. The Bromance Book Club is a hilarious and heartfelt romance that had me laughing out loud one moment and clutching my heart the next. The story is told in the 3rd person, but we do get to hear and know the thoughts of both main characters. There’s also a wonderful romance novel called Courting the Countess that runs parallel with the main story, which our hero, Gavin, uses to better understand his wife and himself.Gavin and Thea’s story of a marriage in crisis is all too relatable. They are so perfectly human. Each making mistakes, struggling to find themselves, and facing hard truths. I may not share the same past histories and experiences as Gavin and Thea, but I think all relationships over time face challenges. I found myself contemplating my own marriage throughout the book and the give and take that occurs to make a relationship thrive. How sometimes you have to “open a vein” and lay yourself bare to come out stronger on the other side. The message of loving someone for their whole self and not despite their faults, was so powerful. I loved how Gavin and Thea both grew and matured individually through the course of the book and that in the process, their marriage did as well. One thing I found really refreshing was that Gavin was not the typical over the top alpha romance hero. He stutters, has insecurities, and he is all in for Thea and their daughters from page 1. All these things only endeared him to me more.This review wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention the actual bromance book club. I loved the inspiration and purpose of the club, as well as the diversity of the members and how they each had their own insights into the “manuals”. I thought the secondary characters were just as wonderful as Gavin and Thea. Mack was especially hilarious and provided wonderful comic relief for some of the heavier moments. I’m excited to hear that his book will be next, especially after his awkward meet cute with Thea’s sister, Liv. Speaking of Liv, as a little sister myself, I can completely relate to the fierce protectiveness and unapologetic support she gave to Thea (even when it wasn’t necessary). I know her behavior may rub some readers the wrong way, but I believe her heart was always in the right place. The Bromance Book Club is a fantastic read from start to finish and I’m already counting the days until Mack’s book!*I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*
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  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    January 1, 1970
    MY RATING: 3.5/5 STARS I received an ARC from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review. This book was a very highly anticipated read for simply because of the title and the cover. It's gorgeous like any other Berkley Romance being published since last year so really? What could have gone wrong? For people who are not familiar with the story, it's existentially boils down to a wife of a major baseball player who decides that one day, her life has changed MY RATING: 3.5/5 STARS I received an ARC from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review. This book was a very highly anticipated read for simply because of the title and the cover. It's gorgeous like any other Berkley Romance being published since last year so really? What could have gone wrong? For people who are not familiar with the story, it's existentially boils down to a wife of a major baseball player who decides that one day, her life has changed too much and not for the better. She lost her sense of self and believes her husband doesn't even love her so she decides to break it off. Well, also the fact that she kind of told him that she's been faking her orgasm the entire time they were together. Talk about buried down emotions and secrets.This book's plot is very similar to another novel I read which is Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey. Now, Tessa's book comes out in January 2020 so really, it's Tessa's book is similar to this one? Both follow the trope of marriage breakdown and their complications and the difficulties of piecing things back together. I preferred how Tessa solved her couple's issues better. Why?Because our main heroine, Thea, is forever right in this novel. It's definitely not her fault that she doesn't open up to her husband so they can create a deeper bond or a connection. And it's definitely not her fault if her husband decides to pack up and leave when every single sign she's been given to him since him trying is that he needs to leave her alone because she won't change her mind about the divorce. It was so frustrating for me to read because Gavin really loved Thea. He would have done everything to break down her walls so he could love her more but Thea, damaged by her relationship with her playboy father and cynical mother, won't ever do it. Until the last 20% of this book, Thea finally realizes she's not always right and Gavin was doing his best. But too little too late and I couldn't see Thea being painted as the victim any longer so I had to give this 3.5/5 stars.MY RECOMMENDATIONIt was a fun and light read. Hilarious in a lot of parts when Gavin's buddies all got around and I'm excited to see what Lyssa has in store for the next novel.
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  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
    January 1, 1970
    Strike out at 30%/NRI baseball punned!This is my first experience with this author and I want to stress that her writing is not bad. This is a case of it's not you, it's me. Clichéd, I know but in this case it's true.I requested this and went into it truly believing it would be comedic. A bunch of baseball players reading romance in secret in their man caves to keep their partners happy? Comedy gold, right?Not... exactly. At the 30% mark, not even a snicker fr Strike out at 30%/NRI baseball punned!This is my first experience with this author and I want to stress that her writing is not bad. This is a case of it's not you, it's me. Clichéd, I know but in this case it's true.I requested this and went into it truly believing it would be comedic. A bunch of baseball players reading romance in secret in their man caves to keep their partners happy? Comedy gold, right?Not... exactly. At the 30% mark, not even a snicker from me.But, if you are looking for a second chance/rekindling the romance in a marriage that's seen better days then I highly recommend it. The tone was far more serious than I expected and I simply wasn't able to temper my expectations. That coupled with the fact that Gavin doesn't have much meat on his fictional bones character-wise, nothing I could sink my teeth into at any rate, and his estranged wife Thea wasn't a likable character all added up to my interest waning. I also found the historical novel within a contemporary novel concept odd and somewhat jarring.However, as always my opinions are my own and YMMV.An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Zoe
    January 1, 1970
    Quirky, humorous, and refreshing!The Bromance Book Club is a lighthearted, charming read that takes us into the life of Gavin Scott, a successful, professional baseball player who after learning his wife wants a divorce decides to do whatever it takes to win her back, including taking advice from his friends, fellow teammates, and the seventh Earl of Latford.The prose is playful and fun. The characters, including all the supporting characters, are amusing, bawdy, and enga Quirky, humorous, and refreshing!The Bromance Book Club is a lighthearted, charming read that takes us into the life of Gavin Scott, a successful, professional baseball player who after learning his wife wants a divorce decides to do whatever it takes to win her back, including taking advice from his friends, fellow teammates, and the seventh Earl of Latford.The prose is playful and fun. The characters, including all the supporting characters, are amusing, bawdy, and engaging. And the plot told from alternating POVs is a sweet, flirty tale full of tricky situations, tender moments, hilarious mishaps, friendship, family, miscommunication, self-discovery, determination, and a little steamy, regency romance.Overall, The Bromance Book Club is an alluring, easy, spicy read by Adams that has characters you can’t help but root for and a storyline that is highly entertaining.Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Bex | TotallyBex.com
    January 1, 1970
    The title alone had me wanting to read this book, but throw in that cute cover and fun blurb, it became a must-read. And I’m so glad I did! The Bromance Book Club shows that men can get in touch with their feelings and when push comes to shove, they will do what it takes to save their marriages.When Gavin’s marriage starts to fall apart, his friends and MLB teammates swoop in to save him from himself and an avoidable divorce. His wife, Thea, has finally had enough with faking her life (and her o’s) with her husba The title alone had me wanting to read this book, but throw in that cute cover and fun blurb, it became a must-read. And I’m so glad I did! The Bromance Book Club shows that men can get in touch with their feelings and when push comes to shove, they will do what it takes to save their marriages.When Gavin’s marriage starts to fall apart, his friends and MLB teammates swoop in to save him from himself and an avoidable divorce. His wife, Thea, has finally had enough with faking her life (and her o’s) with her husband and becoming a person she hardly recognizes. Reinforced by her tough as nails sister and her twin toddlers, Thea holds firm in her resolve to find herself again—with or without Gavin.The premise of a ‘romance book club for men’ is highly entertaining and I snort-laughed several times while reading this book. Gavin worked so hard for his happily-ever-after and it endeared him to me almost instantly. Yes, he’s a little clueless, but he takes direction really well, especially after he starts to see some positive changes. Thea’s animosity and stubbornness made it hard for me to connect with her at first, but learning more about her family history had me rooting for her by the end.The Bromance Book Club is a feel-good story with serious undertones, but it will put a smile on your face nonetheless. Gavin’s dedication to his family is heartwarming and their twins are pretty adorable. His growth throughout the story is one for the record books. 'Rescuing a marriage in trouble' isn't a trope you see often, but this is done really well. I’ll definitely be reading more from this author in the future and I am looking forward to the second book of the series, Undercover Bromance !▸ ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.▸ Purchase: Amazon US | Kobo | Apple Books▸ For more reviews, visit http://www.totallybex.com
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  • Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐
    January 1, 1970
    THIS BOOK IS FUCKING GENIUS. Genius I tell you. A group of macho guys getting together READING ROMANCE NOVELS, helping each other fix their relationships?!?!?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!? I loved every. single. aspect. Of this damn thing. Like I want this to be a really, really great review but I think it’s going to end up being one of those where I flail around like a cray person because I am so in love. Like everything about this entire book was PERFECT. EVERYTHING.Like at one point, THIS BOOK IS FUCKING GENIUS. Genius I tell you. A group of macho guys getting together READING ROMANCE NOVELS, helping each other fix their relationships?!?!?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!? I loved every. single. aspect. Of this damn thing. Like I want this to be a really, really great review but I think it’s going to end up being one of those where I flail around like a cray person because I am so in love. Like everything about this entire book was PERFECT. EVERYTHING.Like at one point, when the main character, Gavin, is being initiated into the group, one of his friends is telling him why they read romances and that women LOVE reading them and secretly want that kind of stuff in their life. Gavin denies that his wife, Thea likes them because she doesn’t have any around the house. His friend saying something along the lines of “does she have an e-reader? I guarantee you that thing is full of romance novels.” HAHAH I FELT PERSONALLY ATTACKED. I have so much smut on my Kindle that it’s not even funny. But in all seriousness, other than me loving the funny of a bromance book club in general, this book had a lot of important things you don’t see in every day romance. #1 it had a couple working to fix their relationship on the brink of a divorce. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like that before. #2 Gavin had a stutter and it came out during every day conversation and was just a normal thing. There were several things brought up about it (him tell Thea he had been teased about it in high school, Thea bitching a woman out for being incredibly rude about it, him saying that one of the reasons he fell in love with Thea was because she never acted weird around him for it, never interrupted him, etc.) and again, I’ve read books where character have had stutters in the past but have worked past them so that it only comes out when they’re nervous or something. This was just a part of Gavin and I just loved it. Just one more book that people can relate to in a world where so many characters are too perfect.There was the tiny, temporary fall out in the end but I think it was really necessary to their overall story and to Thea’s healing and self-discovery. The ending was perfect in every way and I seriously hope this series is a million books long because I will CHERISH EVERY ONE. Seriously, if you guys don’t go out and read this when it comes out, you’re all nuts!!! Lol, but really.Huge thanks to NetGalley and Berkley books for allowing me to read an eARC in exchange for an honest review!♥
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    What, in concept, should be such an excellent take on a second-chance/save-the-marriage romance, with manly men learning to navigate the pitfalls and stumbling blocks of their relationships from romance novels, really only 100% succeeds in concept form. The problem I think, for me, is lack of context and foundation. Which I think in theory is what the author was going for. We didn't know who these characters once were, and why we should be sad about their current state, because they've lost them What, in concept, should be such an excellent take on a second-chance/save-the-marriage romance, with manly men learning to navigate the pitfalls and stumbling blocks of their relationships from romance novels, really only 100% succeeds in concept form. The problem I think, for me, is lack of context and foundation. Which I think in theory is what the author was going for. We didn't know who these characters once were, and why we should be sad about their current state, because they've lost themselves (or, really, the heroine has). They have changed, faked their way through happiness, and more, until they — she — reaches her breaking point. But conversely this worked against the story — again, probably only for me — because I didn't.. care as much? And also I found neither of them really had a leg to stand on. But, I mean, I'm not married, so what do I know?The romance novel/story within the story was sometimes fun but also a little much, too on the nose considering how meta this was already feeling with some of the discussions amongst the bros, but it also kinda proved that this author could write a historical romance and I would probably really enjoy it. Her writing seemed better suited to those passages than the contemporary ones. This is on the shorter end of things reading wise, and it does move fairly smoothly, I felt like I made a lot of progress in a short time, but overwhelmingly the characters just kind of failed to live up to the potential. I adored the ensemble of dudes as a supporting cast because it was less of the relationship drama, though can fully admit they read more like caricatures for the comedic relief.I would definitely read on, and read more from this author, but I might suggest lowering expectations just a tiny bit. I definitely could've done with that before diving in. Full review to come on release.2.5 stars?** I received a ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • mel
    January 1, 1970
    Men reading romance? Sign me the f up.
  • Tracy C
    January 1, 1970
    An absolutely delightful book. Thea and Gavin have some really true to life issues. At first I was put out by Thea's insistence that they divorce. It seemed like she didn't really try to fix the problems. But as I kept reading, I really got where she was coming from. Such a wonderful story filled with humor (the nicknames for the book characters were hysterical!) and growth. This was my first time reading this author and I can not wait for Mack and Liv's book!
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  • Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    January 1, 1970
    Professional athletes reading romance novels to save their relationships? Seriously, color me intrigued. Gavin and Thea's marriage is down to it's last thread and just when it seems that there may be no saving it, enter the Bromance Book Club - fellow professional athletes (just like MLB player Gavin) who use romance novels to better understand women - not just in the bedroom but overall. Lyssa Kay Adams writes a novel that hooked me from page one and kept me turning the pages faster and faster Professional athletes reading romance novels to save their relationships? Seriously, color me intrigued. Gavin and Thea's marriage is down to it's last thread and just when it seems that there may be no saving it, enter the Bromance Book Club - fellow professional athletes (just like MLB player Gavin) who use romance novels to better understand women - not just in the bedroom but overall. Lyssa Kay Adams writes a novel that hooked me from page one and kept me turning the pages faster and faster until the very last one. Her writing is fresh and her characters are endearing, plus let's face it, the woman can surely write some steaaaaam. Adams is a new voice to me and I was happy to learn the Bromance Book Club will continue as a series, because I know I will be preordering ALL of them in the future.Thank you to Berkley for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.
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