Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Review - - Isn't it Bromantic?
Elena Konnikova has lived her entire adult life in the shadows. As the daughter of a Russian journalist who mysteriously disappeared, she escaped danger the only way she knew how: She married her childhood friend, Vladimir, and moved to the United States, where he is a professional hockey player in Nashville.
Vlad, aka the Russian, thought he could be content with his marriage of convenience. But it’s become too difficult to continue in a one-sided relationship. He joined the Bromance Book Club to learn how to make his wife love him, but all he’s learned is that he deserves more. He’s ready to create his own sweeping romance—both on and off the page.
The bros are unwilling to let Vlad forgo true love—and this time they’re not operating solo. They join forces with Vlad’s neighbors, a group of meddling widows who call themselves the Loners. But just when things finally look promising, Elena’s past life intrudes and their happily ever after is cast into doubt.
I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed Isn’t It Bromantic by Lyssa Kay Adams. It was a five-star read for me. It is the fourth book in the Bromance Book Club (BBC) series but it can be read as a standalone. I read it as such but I can tell you I will be going back and reading all the other books.
Isn’t It Bromantic follows BBC member Vlad Konnikov, a Russian hockey player on the Nashville team. Vlad is one of the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever read. He is a kind, loving, sincere, considerate man, friend, and lover. He’s like that guy who, after overhearing him in Starbucks, you think “Too bad I’m happily married for thirty-five years, because that guy’s a keeper.”
Vlad is married to Elena, but theirs is a non-traditional marriage. Vlad asked Elena to marry him when they were in Russia after her father, a Russian journalist, disappeared. Vlad and Elena grew up together. They enter the marriage as friends, but each harbors deeper feelings that they decide to repress for the first six years of the marriage with her in Chicago pursuing a degree in journalism while he’s in Nashville.
Elena is not a light character. She has had a tough life with a father who even before he disappeared was rarely around. She keeps Vlad at a distance but then circumstances bring them together and they try to become a couple.
But life keeps throwing them curve balls or, in this case, hockey pucks, with a vicious force. Just when a happily ever after is on the horizon something knocks it out! And that’s when the cavalry comes charging in. The men of the Bromance Book Club come to Vlad’s aid and their significant others along with a group of widows called the loners and a cat named Michelle work their magic. The Bros use their collective wisdom garnered from the romance books they have read.
Vlad and Elena work hard for their HEA and it is so gratifying. Run - do not walk - to get your hands on Isn’t It Bromantic! I am on my way to catching up with the rest of the series before more books come out. I’m looking at you, Colton!