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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ARC August: Check-In

Unlike last year I am checking in in the middle of ARC August to show my progress. So far I have done pretty well for myself. I have finished 4 books, I’m in the middle of 2, and I DNFd one . Not too bad considering I went away for a few days and celebrated both my birthday and my mom’s. Would I have liked to have read more over the last 16 days? Sure. But I’ll take what I can. Here are two mini reviews for what I have read:

ARC August: Check-InStealing Home by Becky Wallace
Published by Page Street Kids
Published: July 9, 2019
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four-stars

Fight for your dreams, even if it means breaking a few rules.

Seventeen-year-old Ryan Russell has life perfectly planned. If she keeps up her hard work, one day she’ll take over the family business: owning the Buckley Beavers, a minor league baseball team, and become one of the only female General Managers in the sport.

But when the newest member of the Beavers, child-phenom Sawyer Campbell, shows up, Ryan’s carefully laid plans are thrown a major curveball. Sawyer is far more charming than the arrogant jocks she usually manages, his ambition rivals her own workaholic nature—and he’s completely out of bounds. Fraternizing is against every rule in the Beaver’s handbook.

Then Ryan’s divorced parents butt heads over the future of the Beavers, and her mom plans to sell her shares to a business group known for relocating teams. If this happens, Ryan’s dreams of becoming GM disappear. In a bid to save her future, she partners with Sawyer to use his star power to draw in sponsors who will keep the team in Buckley. But the more time she spends with him, the more impossible it becomes to play by the Beaver’s rules, and she can’t afford a strikeout on the path to her dreams.

Full count with two outs, Ryan’s one pitch away from losing the whole ball game.

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Stealing Home was a great summer read! It ticked all the boxes for things I love in a sports themed romance. Sawyer and Ryan had amazing chemistry and the bantered back and forth so well. There was also oodles of tension between them because they wanted something they couldn’t have, each other. But what I really loved about it was the fact that it was also a story about going after your dream no matter what it takes. It is so easy to think something is impossible and to give up on it, but Ryan was not that person. She fought for what she wanted and went for it. I struggled a lot with Ryan’s mom’s portrayal and the way she kind of turned towards the end, but all in all it was a quick, enjoyable read with a hot of heart and depth.

ARC August: Check-InHot to the Touch by Jaci Burton
Series: Brotherhood by Fire #1
Published by Berkley
Published: May 7, 2019
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two-stars

Love burns white-hot in this first scorching romance in an all-new trilogy about a family of firefighters from the New York Times bestselling author of the Play-by-Play novels and the Hope series.

Firefighter Jackson Donovan doesn't look back--as a rule. So when his past comes roaring back to life in the form of not-so-damsel-in-distress Becks Benning, the last thing he wants to do is relive old times. No matter how tempting she makes it seem...

Now thanks to his two interfering brothers, Becks is living with them while she looks for a new place and tries to pick up the pieces of her tattoo business that went up in flames. Which means a grown up, smokin' hot Becks is in his house, sharing meals, and digging up old wounds. And despite his better judgement, the more time he spends with this smart, artistic, incredible woman the more he wants her in his bed--and his future.

Becks always had it bad for Jackson. Unfortunately for her, not much has changed--he's still honorable, hard-working, sexy as sin--and closed off. But there's more than one way to get to a man's heart and if Jackson doesn't want to recall old memories, she'll just have to help him make new ones. Because now that she's found Jackson again, she's not letting him go.

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Hot to the Touch has been on my TBR for some time now but something just didn’t work for me with this one. When I was reading the book I felt more like it was being told at me and not to me and that really rubbed me wrong. I also didn’t find any chemistry at all between Jackson and Becks so I had no interest if they were a couple of not. His personality changed so much I just didn’t like him at all. Plus the pacing felt a tad off. Honestly, I have been struggling with Jaci Burton books for sometime and I think this was the one that finally has made me believe this author just isn’t for me anymore. This book just didn’t do it for me.

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*I will be reviewing The Bromance Book Club closer to release and November and Tweet Cute closer to release in January.

How is your ARC August progressing?

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