Review: The Bromance Book Club – Lyssa Kay Adams

Review: The Bromance Book Club – Lyssa Kay AdamsThe Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Series: Bromance Book Club #1
Published by Berkley
Published: November 5, 2019
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four-stars

The first rule of this 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 received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

There is something oddly amusing thinking about a group of professional athletes sitting around reading romance books. Just the idea of these guys that play these sports like football and hockey picking up a swoony romance book makes me giggle. So the concept of The Bromance Book Club had me from the start. I was curious how a story like this would play out. It had the potential to be too cliché and out there, but all in all it lived up to my excitement and I’m so happy to have read it.

The Bromance Book Club is about Gavin, a professional baseball player that has been asked for a divorce from his wife Thea after she reaches her  limit when Gavin loses his cool by something she reveals…she has been faking it in bed. Having been kicked out of the house Gavin gets super drunk one night and is brought into the fold of the Bromance Book Club. What is the Bromance Book Club? It is a club filled with Nashville’s top athletes/alpha males and it is used to better these men for the women they love and in the long run the women they are raising. With the help of the book club and a steamy romance book Gavin starts to woo his wife in a way he should have done to begin with. The question is, is it too late or can Gavin and the Bromance Book Club save his marriage?

What I really loved about this book was how it tackled the alpha male stereotype.  These guys were aware how they were behaving, how their toxic masculinity was effecting their lives and the lives of the women they loved and they did something about it in the most “girly” way imaginable. They took something so ‘feminine’ and ‘cliché’ like reading a romance book and used it to help them see the errors of their ways. Was it a perfect plan? Definitely not. They seriously got themselves into a whole boatload of trouble this way, but it also softened them. They learned that being a strong male doesn’t mean you have to be an alpha male. Through their friendship and the books they were reading they made themselves better and I just adored that aspect.

The Bromance Book Club was a quick read and a fantastic debut to this series. It was a fun journey and I honestly don’t want to give too much away because I think you should read it. Did it sometimes become over the top? For sure.  But in the end it was all worth it. Pick this one up and get ready for book 2. That one is going to be a doozy.

 

 

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Briefly Romantic (5)

Briefly Romantic (5)Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books
Published: October 22, 2019
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three-stars

As an adventurous send-off to her childhood, eighteen-year-old Tate Jones travels with her grandmother from their small town in Northern California to London. But the vacation of a lifetime is wonderfully derailed by the appearance of two charming Vermont farmers: grandfather Luther and his handsome grandson Sam.

Sam and Tate fall hard and fast. For two glorious weeks, the couple share their hopes, dreams, and secrets. Sam admits he suspects his grandfather is dying and that this could be the last trip they take together, and Tate reveals that she is the hidden daughter of one of the biggest film stars in the world—a secret she’s never told anyone before.

But when Tate is exposed by a crush of cameras and reporters, she knows she's been betrayed by the one person she thought she could trust. She is forced to decide whether she will return to her quiet life or embrace being in the public eye. So when Sam reappears in her world more than a decade later, can Tate forgive the past and rekindle the passion they shared on their magical trip abroad? And does she even want to?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

What to say about Twice in a Blue Moon. I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed this enough and had a mostly fun time reading it, but when I hit about the 75% mark the book took a drastic turn for me and I didn’t love it as much as I originally was. Sam and Tate had a great relationship and I could see their chemistry but the end of this one really threw me for a loop and it took so much away from what I was loving to begin with. Long after I read it I am still wondering what was the point of some of the stuff that went down in the end. I also didn’t love how we didn’t really get to know Tate as Tate and not this actress. I guess in the end this was just not what I expected from the minds of Christina Lauren. It was good, but not the best. Something was missing for me.

Briefly Romantic (5)The Play by Elle Kennedy
Series: Briar U #3
Published: October 7, 2019
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four-stars

A brand-new standalone novel in the New York Times bestselling Briar U series!

What I learned after last year’s distractions cost my hockey team our entire season? No more screwing up. No more screwing, period. As the new team captain, I need a new philosophy: hockey and school now, women later. Which means that I, Hunter Davenport, am officially going celibate…no matter how hard that makes things.

But there’s nothing in the rulebook that says I can’t be friends with a woman. And I won’t lie—my new classmate Demi Davis is one cool chick. Her smart mouth is hot as hell, and so is the rest of her, but the fact that she’s got a boyfriend eliminates the temptation to touch her.

Except three months into our friendship, Demi is single and looking for a rebound.

And she’s making a play for me.

Avoiding her is impossible. We’re paired up on a yearlong school project, but I’m confident I can resist her. We’d never work, anyway. Our backgrounds are too different, our goals aren’t aligned, and her parents hate my guts.

Hooking up is a very bad idea. Now I just have to convince my body—and my heart.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I always get so excited when Elle Kennedy releases a new Briar book. I know that not only will we get new, fun characters, we will get to see some old favorites. But The Play was a little more than that for me. Basically The Play made Hunter my the new Dean(from The Score)! He made me laugh so much with some of the things he said and did I couldn’t help but be reminded of my favorite Elle character, Dean Di Laurentis. And Hunter and Demi together were fire. They had such a great, natural chemistry and I loved how it started with a friendship. With that said, there was a part toward the end that I wasn’t crazy about and seemed a little out of left field and I think there could have been drama added another way. But all in all I loved this one a lot and look forward to more in the Briar universe for sure. FYI, this is a long one so be prepared.

Briefly Romantic (5)Moonlighter by Sarina Bowen
Series: The Company #1
Published by Tuxbury Publishing LLC
Published: October 21, 2019
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four-stars

Only in my family could a professional hockey player earning seven million dollars a year be considered a slacker.

I’m at the height of my athletic career. Yet my arrogant brother is always trying to recruit me into the family business: a global security company so secretive that I don’t even know its name.

Pass, thanks. I don’t need a summer job.

But the jerk ambushes me with a damsel in distress. That damsel is Alex, the competitive, sassy girl I knew when we were kids. Now she’s a drop-dead gorgeous woman in deep trouble.

So guess who’s on a flight to Hawaii?

It’s going to be a long week in paradise. My job is keeping Alex safe, while her job is torturing me with her tiny bikinis. Or maybe we’re torturing each other. It’s all snark and flirting until the threat against Alex gets serious. And this jock must become her major league protector.

Moonlighter is a stand-alone novel. No cliffhangers, no prior experience necessary. Contains: hackers, hockey players, and a hotel room with only one bed.

So far my all time favorite book in the Brooklyn Bruiser universe has been Brooklynaire. I loved that the moment I read and I loved it even more when I read it again. So I was super excited to hear we were getting a book about Alex, a friend of Nate that appeared in Brooklynaire. She had an interesting character arc in Nate’s story so I was curious where that would lead. Well in Moonlighter we find out and let me tell you it was worth the wait. Alex’s journey is amazing and seeing her interact with Bayer was even better. The two of them together definitely brought out sides the other needed to show. They were a fantastic couple that had oodles of chemistry and were a pleasure to read. You could really see their history when they were around each other and I for one loved that, that natural vibe between them. I do think the book was a tad long with some stuff happening that didn’t feel needed, and some stuff I still want answers on (I hope that is to come in more books), but all in all it was a seriously fun read and one I think you need to pick up.

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Blog Tour: The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand {Giveaway}

Blog Tour: The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand {Giveaway}The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand
Published by HarperTeen
Published: November 5, 2019
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five-stars

A poignant exploration of family and the ties that bind, perfect for fans of Far From the Tree, from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand.

Today Melly had us writing letters to our babies…

Cassandra McMurtrey has the best parents a girl could ask for. They’ve given Cass a life she wouldn’t trade for the world. She has everything she needs—except maybe the one thing she wants. Like, to know who she is. Where she came from. Questions her adoptive parents can’t answer, no matter how much they love her.

But eighteen years ago, someone wrote Cass a series of letters. And they may just hold the answers Cass has been searching for.

Alternating between Cass’s search for answers and letters from the pregnant teen who gave her up for adoption, this voice-driven narrative is the perfect read for fans of Nina LaCour and Jandy Nelson.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Back in 2015, I picked up a book called The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand. She was a new to me author (although I had heard of her Unearthly series). It had been on my TBR for about 9 months and I decide to read it and fell completely in love with it. I was engrossed from the start and devoured it in 2 days. So to say I was excited for The How and the Why when I got my hands on it is an understatement. But just like she did with The Last Time We Say Goodbye, Hand once again blew me away with The How and the Why. Simply put, it was phenomenal.

The How and the Why is about Cassandra McMurtrey, a girl that was adopted and given an amazing life with two parents that love her and have given her almost everything she has wanted. No matter how much they want, they can’t give her answers about her birth parents. But there are letters out there written to Cassandra that may just hold the answers to what she is looking for. It is just a matter of deciding if it is worth the effort to find out or if it is better to stay in the unknown.

First and foremost, what I loved about this book was the way the story was told. Each chapter alternates between Cassandra’s search for answers and the letters written 18 years earlier. It was a genius way to have the story unfold. As a reader I was able to see what Cassandra was feeling and the feelings of her birth mother at the same time. I was able to notice similarities between the two stories and make connections while I read which I really enjoyed.

I don’t want to say too much more because I don’t want to give anything away about the story. And really all I wanted to do for this review was to yell to read the book, but I will tell you that it is powerful and emotional and you may need the tissues. This is a book you do not want to miss, especially if you like realistic contemporary YA. A must read!

About Cynthia Hand

Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of several books for teens, including the UNEARTHLY trilogy, THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, MY LADY JANE and MY PLAIN JANE (with fellow authors Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows), THE AFTERLIFE OF HOLLY CHASE, and the upcoming novels THE HOW AND THE WHY and MY CALAMITY JANE (also with Ashton and Meadows). Before turning to writing for young adults, she studied literary fiction and earned both an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. in fiction writing. She currently resides in Boise, Idaho, with her husband, two cats, one crazy dog, two kids, and mountain of books.

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Briefly Romantic (4)

Briefly Romantic (4)A Love Like Yours by Robin Huber
Published by Forever Yours
Published: May 21, 2019
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three-stars

True love deserves a second chance.

I've been a fighter all my life, even before I made it my career. As a kid in the foster system, I didn't have any other choice. But I've never fought for something--for someone--as hard as I fought for Lucy. I was her protector, her hero--and she was my everything. From the day we met, she made our grim days in Atlanta's notorious Brighton Park fade away--leaving only us.

But we broke each other's hearts, and we did a damn good job of it. A decade has passed since I last saw her, but not a day goes by that I don't think of her clear blue eyes or easy smile. So when I see her at one of my matches--and find out that she's engaged--I need to understand why she turned her back on me all those years ago. Because no matter what I do, no matter how many guys I knock out in the boxing ring, I can't forget her.

So I'm not giving up on her. I'm not walking away.

I'm going to fight for Lucy one last time.

A Story Like Ours, book 2 in the Love Story duet, will release June 18, 2019.

Love Story Duet:Book 1: A Love Like YoursBook 2: A Story Like Ours

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Honestly, I had some issues with A Love Like Yours on a few points that made not love it like I thought I would. Don’t get me wrong, it was entertaining and a fast read, but there were just things in it that I didn’t love, Lucy being one of them. I loved Sam and how much he loved Lucy, but she just couldn’t seem to make up her mind and had such little empathy for his feelings and faith in him that it annoyed me a lot more than I wanted it to. I also found Sebastian to be a little too much most of the time. And don’t even get me started on Drew and his mother. They were taking advantage of Lucy and she was letting them and that really bothered me. Plus there was some really bad advice given. I know it sounds like I hated this book, but it didn’t. I struggled with it and that is on me. I recommend not taking my word for it and trying it yourself.

 

Briefly Romantic (4)A Story Like Ours by Robin Huber
Series: Love Story Duet #2
Published by Forever Yours
Published: June 18, 2019
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two-half-stars

Praise for Robin Huber

"If you love second-chance romances, you do not want to miss this duet that delivers all the feels.."―Frolic

"A Love Like Yours has angst, heat, conflict, tension, and heart.... Fans of Meghan Quinn and Katy Evans will enjoy."―Harlequin Junkie

"Sexy, emotional, and heartfelt. I read this second chance love story in one sitting and eagerly anticipate A Story Like Ours!"―Mia Sheridan, New York Times bestselling author, on A Love Like Yours

"A story that doesn't shy away from the complexities of tangled hearts. Achingly romantic."―K.A. Tucker, USA Today bestselling author, on A Love Like Yours

"Robin Huber is a fantastic storyteller. A Love Like Yours is a breathtakingly romantic debut."―Melanie Harlow, USA Today bestselling author

In the riveting, powerful conclusion to the Love Story duet, Sam and Lucy discover that sometimes it's not about finding love, it's about saving it.

Even when we were kids, the connection between us was overwhelming. I knew Sam and I were soulmates, destined to be together. Breaking that love would mean breaking us. And for a little while, that happened. I lost the man who had always been my other half.

After too much heartache and too many years apart, we've finally found our way back to each other. But Sam's professional boxing career is getting in the way of our happy ending. I don't know how much longer I can watch him take another crushing punch, knowing each one knocks him closer to danger. He's killing himself. For me. For us. And for one tiny other...

Then the blow comes. It's not the one I thought it would be--fist in glove--but the result is the same. We're on the verge of losing everything we fought for. Everything we sacrificed for.

We thought we paid the price. We thought we had it all.

But what if my love isn't enough to bring Sam back to me?

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After finishing A Love Like Yours (even though it wasn’t a favorite) I needed to read A Story Like Ours to find out what happened after the cliff hanger of an ending in book 1. Sadly it just didn’t work for me at all. Everything was a little too much and way over the top for my particular taste. The drama was just non stop and there was one part of the book that really had me scratching my head. I get that the author really wanted to test Lucy and Sam, but they were put through soap opera level drama and it just didn’t work for me. Once again I know people that did enjoy it so check out their reviews and decide for yourself.

Briefly Romantic (4)The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Series: Modern Love #1
Published by Avon
Published: August 6, 2019
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four-stars

Alisha Rai returns with the first book in her sizzling new Modern Love series, in which two rival dating app creators find themselves at odds in the boardroom but in sync in the bedroom.

Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career—and the occasional hookup. The cynical dating app creator controls her love life with a few key rules:

- Nude pics are by invitation only

- If someone stands you up, block them with extreme prejudice

- Protect your heart

Only there aren't any rules to govern her attraction to her newest match, former pro-football player Samson Lima. The sexy and seemingly sweet hunk woos her one magical night... and disappears.

Rhi thought she'd buried her hurt over Samson ghosting her, until he suddenly surfaces months later, still big, still beautiful—and in league with a business rival. He says he won't fumble their second chance, but she's wary. A temporary physical partnership is one thing, but a merger of hearts? Surely that’s too high a risk…

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I have been a fan of Alisha Rai since I read Hate to Want You so I was really excited for The Right Swipe. As someone who uses dating apps I was really into the idea of a book about one, and Rai did not disappoint. She nailed everything about this book. Rhiannon was amazing and powerful and didn’t take crap and Samson was the perfect counterpart. There push-pull was really fun and the driving force of the book. The other great thing about Rai and her storytelling is the unexpected depth that she adds to her stories and The Right Swipe was no different. I truly enjoyed all aspects of this book and Alisha’s writing. Highly recommend.

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ARC August: The Final Count

Tomorrow is the last day for ARC August and I must say I’m pretty pleased with how I did this year. Did I read everything I wanted to? Nope. And I did read 2 non-ARCs (one because I reread Anna and the French Kiss for my birthday and the other because it was the Michelle Obama book that came in from the library) which wasn’t completely in the plan, but all in all I read 6 ARCs, hopefully 7 by the time the challenge ends tomorrow. Out of those 6 completed ARCs, 2 of them were 5 stars reads and 2 were 4 star reads. All in all it was a good month. Here are the books I read:

4 Stars

2 Stars

5 Stars

4 Stars

2 Stars

5 Stars

Currently I’m about 50% done with Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren.

How did you do on ARC August? What was your favorite out of the books you read?

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