Review: THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB by Lyssa Kay Adams
Also by this author: Undercover Bromance
Series: Bromance Book Club #1
Published by BERKLEY on November 5, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Also in this series: Undercover Bromance
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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB Review
I knew I wanted to read Lyssa Kay Adams’ new novel, The Bromance Book Club, as soon as I read the synopsis and realized it has three of my favorite things: a sports theme, a second chance romance, and a book club. And not only does it have a book club, it’s a secret romance book club whose members are professional baseball players. Their goal: to use romance novels as a way to better understand women so as to improve their relationships with their wives. That just sounded like a recipe for a hilarious read so I was thrilled when Berkley approved my review request.
Let me start by saying yes, this is an absolutely hilarious read! I lost count of how many times I laughed out loud while I was reading and I just loved everything about the idea of the book club. The group of guys that are in the book club are just so much fun together and I just loved all of their scenes. The focus of their attention in this book is Gavin, a fellow teammate who is separated from his wife, Thea, but desperately wants to try to save his marriage. At each of their meetings, the guys gently rib Gavin over some of the dumb things he has done in his marriage, but at the same time, their hearts are ultimately in the right place and they do whatever they can to coach him to make better choices when it comes to Thea.
While the promise of humor is what initially drew me to The Bromance Book Club, the heart of the story is what really won me over. I just truly adored Gavin and Thea. Gavin is such a sweetheart, and Thea is too so it just broke my heart to see them at odds with each other. I became invested in them immediately and was desperate for them to work through what had gone wrong between them. I also loved how authentic their relationship issues felt, particularly when it came to issues with communication. I think many readers will relate to the sad truth that a few heartfelt talks along the way could have kept Gavin and Thea from the breaking point we find them at when the novel opens.
The Bromance Book Club was everything I hoped it would be and more. It’s delightfully funny, heartwarming, and oh yes, a little hot and steamy too! It’s also one of those books that I was immediately picturing as a film and casting the various characters in my head as I was reading, which made it even more of a fun read. If you’re interested in a fresh take on the second chance romance trope, you definitely need to add The Bromance Book Club to your reading list.
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.
EEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! OMG, I have been looking forward to this for months and can I say just how DAMNED GLEEFUL I am this is as good as it looks?!?!
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Right?! I was so worried that it wouldn’t live up to the hype I had built up in my own mind, but it was wonderful.
I am so happy to see that you really loved this one! I’ve seen raves at GoodReads but it’s always good to hear from someone whose opinion you trust. I can’t wait to meet Gavin and the rest of the guys! I have a feeling I’m going to love this one, too. 🙂
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It was such a fun read for me. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!
I think this would make a great movie, too! I loved the book club scenes, I was actually laughing out loud, too! Those guys were hilarious.
Right? This is just so meant to be made into a film. I’ll be disappointed if that doesn’t happen.
This sounds adorable and really original! Can’t wait to read it.
It’s so good!
Oh this sounds like so much fun! And what a great set up. I can see all sorts of funny scenarios in store for the reader.😁
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It’s hilarious, especially the banter between the guys. They cracked me up so much, lol.
Oh, I was hoping you’d like this, let alone love it, Suzanne💜 Great review and I’m adding this to my shelf as I’ve been dancing around it.
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I really loved it and hope it’s a great read for you as well. 🙂
Oh yay, I’m so glad you loved this one. I definitely want to check it out.
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This sounds like it is such a fun read! Great review!
It really was a lot of fun. 🙂
I love the sound of this one – what fun that it is from the male perspective. And that he wants to get back with his wife…
It really was a fun read. The jocks in the bookclub just cracked me up with their teasing banter.
This was a total win for me as well. Like you, I was laughing up a storm. The bromance was strong and it was fantastic. I loved that Gavin was committed to winning back his wife, and though I felt bad for Thea, I feel like she should have spoke up sooner. Neither here nor there, I am excited about this series, and cannot wait for the next book
I’m so glad to hear it was a win for you too. I also hadn’t realized at first that this was going to be a series so I’m really excited about that too.
So glad you enjoyed this one! I’m hoping to get to it soon!!
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Oh, man. I cannot wait to get to this book, and your review has me even more excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I loved this one. I giggled aloud so often. it was fresh. Wonderful review. Mine will post on release day.
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I look forward to your review and yes, I know what you mean about the giggling. So many hilarious moments. 🙂
I really really really need to read that one Suzanne!
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What a great review! You really captured the essence of this book. There was so much to love about it!
There really was a lot to love. And I’m so excited there’s going to be a second book too!
Everyone seems to be reading this book lately and absolutely loving it. It sounds so sweet and I love the idea of him trying to follow a romance novel to win his wife back. I have this one on my kindle and cannot wait to read it for myself now too 😀
It’s such a fun read! I hope you enjoy it!