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Today I’m going to be reviewing The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams. I had seen this book around a lot on the book-twitterverse and I was intrigued enough to want to read it. It took me while to get round to buying it and reading it but it didn’t take me long to read it. I started reading it one Friday evening and finished reading it the following Saturday morning. But first, the deets.
Title: The Bromance Bookclub
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Date published: 5th November 2019
Length: 352 pages
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Adult
Blurb: 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.
I’ve read my fair share of ‘trashy’ romances, not that I think any of them a trash, but this is one of the best I have ever read.
The book follows Gavin and his ex-wife-to-be Thea on the journey toward divorce, and maybe back toward a happy marriage. When Del and friends find Gavin in a cheap motel, drowning his sorrow in alcohol after Thea asks for a divorce, they decide he could be in need of some help from their book club. Del’s marriage was helped through the book club and by reading the ‘manuals’, their methods are tried and tested and now Gavin is going to be on the receiving end of their help. But their are rules to the book club.
- You don’t talk about book club
- Don’t let the Russian use your bathroom
- Don’t re-enact the ‘manuals’
Let’s see if Gavin can follow all these rules.
Overall I like the progression of the story. Like a lot of romances the ending was predictable but I haven’t read a romance where I don’t know what is going to happen in the end. But the journey is what makes the story worthwhile and I loved the journey. Men helping other men understand women by reading romance books. Please someone recommend this to real men. The book is right when it says that romance books show how women want to be treated by men. Part of me wishes that a man had had this idea and that it was real life, but I know womenkind is not that lucky.
But down to the characters. I love Gavin and Thea I think they are great characters and maybe what their marriage needed was a good dose of communication. I read one review that complained that the characters were too self centred, but I think that is part of the story. They are both thinking about themselves. Thea hasn’t been. She’s dedicating her life and happiness to Gavin and not been thinking about herself and now she finally is trying to be her own person beyond her marriage. Gavin has only been thinking about himself and instead of thinking about her when he finds out about faking the Big O he only thinks about himself. For me this books shows a lot of personal growth and development of the characters.
My favourite character from this book would have to be Mack, the only non-married, non-relationship member of the book club. Part of me sees this series ending up with the characters we meet along the way eventually helping Mack find the love of his life. Is that a pipe-dream?
And I think that is all I have to say. I hope you pick the book up and read it. It was really good and well worth reading. If you’ve already read the book, let me know in the comments whether you agree and disagree with my assessment.