What I Loved:
❤️ A group of men finding relevant love advice through trashy romance novels.
What Didn’t Work:
👎 Most of the characters were completely unlikable.
How I Felt:
The story introduces the reader to Gavin, a major league baseball player, and a man with a marriage falling apart. After a fabulous win, he and his wife get down and dirty and Gavin discovers that she’s been faking it their entire marriage. This leads to an awful argument and a separation. Some of the other players on his MLB team approach him and introduce him to their Bromance Book Club. The club is a group of men reading Regency romance novels and taking away the love advice.
Gavin is skeptical but does try it out. His first step is to offer his wife, Thea, a deal. They agree for him to move back in until Christmas, and if Gavin can’t win her back, he’ll give her a divorce. Gavin has some guidelines though, she must kiss him goodnight every night and go on a date with him each week. Will Gavin’s plan to win Thea back work or is the advice from the romance novels a waste of time?
I enjoyed the idea of this plot. I liked that Gavin was expanding his idea of how to love his wife. He’s trying new things, and working at the relationship. I struggled though, with Thea’s end of the bargain. I felt like she was putting nothing into the relationship. I know that it was Gavin’s job to win her back, however, she was the one faking it through their entire marriage. Her frustration and ultimate reason for a divorce comes down to her not trusting people, and yet, she was the one keeping secrets from Gavin for so long.
Which leads me to the characters. They really fell flat for me. I liked Gavin, but that’s just about it. I found his wife, Thea, to be a bit deceptive and indecisive. Gavin is working so hard to put their marriage back together, and Thea seemed to just take and take without ever giving back. Thea’s sister Liz is just about the worst character. She completely unsupportive of her sister, and I couldn’t understand why Thea let her be a part of her life at all.
Overall, this was an interesting premise for a book, but I was unable to connect with the characters. I wasn’t really rooting for Gavin and Thea to get back together, and found myself at times, hoping Gavin would realize this marriage wasn’t worth saving.
This book does contain some sexual scenes that may not be suitable for all readers.
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend The Bromance Book Club for readers that enjoy a light, easy read with some steamy scenes.
Where to Find This Book:
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams is available at these sites.
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.
Just the Facts:
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Series: Bromance Book Club, Book 1
Page Count: 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley / Penguin Group
Pub Date: November 5, 2019
I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.