THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB by Lyssa Kay Adams

From the Back Cover

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.

My Thoughts

Contemporary romance is the genre I turn to when I crave easy page-turners I know I’ll enjoy, and THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB was the perfect book for me to read right now!  It’s an immensely feel-good story, perfect for this time of crisis, with a ridiculously fun, unique premise: a group of high profile men reading romance novels to fix their love lives.  Over the past year, I’ve been working to broaden my reading horizons, and I know this book will become a romance I recommend over and over again.

“If masses of women like something, our society automatically begins to mock them.  Just like romance novels.  If women like them, they must be a joke, right?”

One of my favorite things about THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB is its structure.  As Gavin works to fix his marriage by reading his book club assignment, “Courting the Countess,” the reader gets to read excerpts right along with him, and then see what he’s learned as he puts it into play in his own relationship.  It’s a fun form of foreshadowing and an unexpected addition to the narrative, and it plays an important role in the conclusion to Gavin and Thea’s story.

“That’s why fiction resonates with people.  It speaks to universal truths.”

As I frequently read literary fiction, romance can often feel very one-note and lack a certain amount of depth.  With THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB, however, author Lyssa Kay Adams balances that cute rom-com feel with a steady level of emotional severity.  I love the exploration of Thea’s complicated childhood, the deep dive into the story behind Gavin’s stutter, and the overall message regarding “faking” it: if you’re faking one aspect of your relationship, you’re faking the whole thing (and both parties are to blame!).

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB and its wildly fun premise.  I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series (having bought the sequel, UNDERCOVER BROMANCE, immediately after finishing this one) and seeing it on the Netflix screen!

4 Comments

  1. Literary Elephant

    Great review, I’ve had this one on my radar and it sounds like the sort of romance I’d like! I’m especially happy to see you liked the depth this one went into, as someone who reads a lot of lit fic. Also, I didn’t know this was going to be on Netflix, that’s exciting!

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