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Book Review: The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: Bromance Book Club #1
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
Recommend to Others?: Yes
Favorite Quotes: (see below)

ABOUT: 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.

 

My Review: The Bromance Book Club is an emotional, character-driven read. Gavin and Thea’s marriage is barely hanging on by a thread and divorce looms precariously overhead unless Gavin can earn her trust and love back. Both have to reconcile with their pasts and analyze what their relationship has become.

I like the book club and its objective. Real life invaluable truths can be learned in fiction, especially in self-exploration. The men are serious about helping each other with fixing their respective relationship – not to go back but to move forward better. They conduct an in-depth analysis of the romance books they read.

I like the book they chose for Gavin, “Courting the Countess” and that the author includes excerpts from it, which were perfect parallels for Gavin (and the reader) to understand things more. Many surprising revelations are revealed as the plot gets more and more complicated. I would read “Courting the Countess” because it sounds like a really good read.

I found myself quietly consuming The Bromance Book Club. I didn’t know what would happen next. Both Gavin and Thea had issues to work out with themselves and each other. One’s past is really important in this book. Such retrospection and growth would be necessary for the conflict of the story to be resolved. Divorce can be brutal, especially with kids involved. Seeing how the turmoil was affecting Gavin and Thea’s twin daughters (who are so cute!) and Thea’s sister, Liv, made things more realistic.

I really enjoyed The Bromance Book Club. The many light-hearted, funny moments in between the more heavier scenes were delightful to read. Gavin’s friends/main members from the book club – Del, Mack, Yan, and Vlad – were hilarious. This story was a real page-turner whose characters experience tremendous change.


Favorite Quotes:

“We are all the sum total of our experiences at any given time, and our reactions to things are shaped by them. Just like in romance novels. Whatever a character went through before the start of the book will eventually determine how they react to things that happen in the book.”

 

“All your life, you thought you needed to find a woman who would love you despite the stutter, but you should have been looking for a woman who loved you because of it, because it was part of who you are.”

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