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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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Book/Library Hauls

Second Library Haul of November (even though I’m still reading books from the previous one shhh!!!)

Happy Thursday, Bookworms!

Today’s post…is exactly what you think. 😊 I had a couple books on hold that needed to be picked up and – since my library will be temporarily switching back to curbside pickup/virtual soon – I ended up taking out more volumes of Yona of the Dawn. I’ve just been enjoying the series so much these past few days that I couldn’t resist. And I’m almost done the books from the last haul, so this is me being bookish-ly proactive. 😂

In this library haul, I checked out:

The Awakening by Nora Roberts

The Dragon Heart Legacy #1
Adult Fantasy Romance

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In the realm of Talamh, a teenage warrior named Keegan emerges from a lake holding a sword—representing both power and the terrifying responsibility to protect the Fey. In another realm known as Philadelphia, a young woman has just discovered she possesses a treasure of her own…

When Breen Kelly was a girl, her father would tell her stories of magical places. Now she’s an anxious twentysomething mired in student debt and working a job she hates. But one day she stumbles upon a shocking discovery: her mother has been hiding an investment account in her name. It has been funded by her long-lost father—and it’s worth nearly four million dollars.

This newfound fortune would be life-changing for anyone. But little does Breen know that when she uses some of the money to journey to Ireland, it will unlock mysteries she couldn’t have imagined. Here, she will begin to understand why she kept seeing that silver-haired, elusive man, why she imagined his voice in her head saying Come home, Breen Siobhan. It’s time you came home. Why she dreamed of dragons. And where her true destiny lies—through a portal in Galway that takes her to a land of faeries and mermaids, to a man named Keegan, and to the courage in her own heart that will guide her through a powerful, dangerous destiny…

 

Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi

Volumes 11-13
Manga, YA Fantasy Romance

Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Soo-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when she witnesses her father’s murder!

Yona reels from the shock of witnessing a loved one’s murder and having to fight for her life. With Hak’s help, she flees the palace and struggles to survive while evading her enemy’s forces. But where will this displaced princess go when all the paths before her are uncertain?

 

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Bromance Book Club #1
Adult Contemporary Romance

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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.


Have a great Thursday and Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it! 🙂


As Always, Happy Reading!!!
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