THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB
by Lyssa Kay Adams
November 5, 2019
Reviewed by Hellie
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.
TLDR: Hellie says GO ORDER THIS BOOK NOW. If Hellie could have given more than 5 stars, she would have.
In case you need a bit more persuasion, let me say this book has flown to the top of my 2019 Best Reads. It may even be in the top 10 of best books for the decade. It was so funny and emotional and clever, I could not put the book down.
I realized this was SUCH A BOOK when I brought in the book to work and read parts of it to my co-worker, Unicorn, who does not read romances herself. But I’ll make her listen. One day I’ll get her converted to the charm and brilliance of romance novels. This book definitely tipped the scales to it being a possibility because even she was completely charmed by the diverse group of men who made up the Bromance Book Club. I hadn’t even gotten a quarter way through the book before I’d logged onto Facebook in order to be part of Lyssa Kay’s Book Club. But I was a complete goner when I thought to myself: this woman could give Julie Anne Long a run for her money when it comes to funny and heart-felt. And now that Jules has gone back to historical set funny and heart-felt, Lyssa Kay has come and created a contemporary world I can’t wait to read more of.
Please, please, please tell me there will be a book for Braden Mack. A scene stealer of the highest order, it was a miracle Gavin (the hero) still managed to outshine him (which is hard to do when you have secondary characters who steal scenes--but Lyssa Kay handles it well.) In fact, I would love a whole slew of books about the men in this book club, or at least a hopeful trilogy. Gavin, Mack...and some other hottie. A nice hat trick, you could say. Excuse me while I spin in a web of reader speculation….
That aside, the modern day twist of a marriage of convenience (so to speak) where the husband needs to woo back his wife was absolutely delicious. The drama of the WAGs (wives and girlfriends) and their hierarchy was such a rich setting conflict to the storyline--and you won’t be able to help but root for Thea. If you’ve ever been in a relationship where you didn’t know yourself anymore--and you came to a cross roads to determine if staying in the relationship was worth it, this is your story. A hero and heroine to truly root for and adore. And obviously plenty of secondary characters to add hilarity and drama.
Put this book at the top of your TBR pile. I would share favorite scenes with you, but there are too many and I don’t want to ruin the New to Me Experience of reading it. In fact, I wish I could read it again for the first time...it was that delightful.