Series: Bromance Book Club #1
Published by Berkley on 2019-11-05
Length: 350 pages
Reviewing Paperback from My Book Shelf
Reading Challenges: 2023 Backlist Reader Challenge, COYER 2023
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.
This is a grand slam, out of the park! The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams is about one professional baseball player and his pursuit to win his wife back. When Gavin Scott’s wife asks for a divorce, his world comes to a screeching halt. The reason for it is humiliating and more than a little blow to his ego. His buddies come to his aid though by bringing him into their secret book club. They promise to help him win Thea back, but he has to follow their rules to do so.
It’s been a little while since a book made me laugh out loud as much as this one did. The bookclub and men involved are amazing. These men read romance novels and call them “manuals” for their love life. Just typing that makes me chuckle. The idea that men would use romance books as a guide for their love life is absurd, but also genius. The author puts a fictional book within this story that Gavin is reading to woo his wife back, and the stories parallel each other to some degree…well as much as a Regency romance can parallel contemporary.
I loved the dual POV. At first I thought we’d only be getting Gavin’s perspective which wouldn’t be fair to Thea as she isn’t painted in the best light during the opening. Thea is fantastic. After she orgasms during sex with her husband, he learns that she has been faking them for the last three years. Humiliated and his pride stung, he moves into the guest room. After three weeks of not speaking to her, she asks for a divorce. Love was never a question. Thea always loved Gavin, but somewhere along the way she’s lost herself and who she was before she was his wife and a mom. As much as this book is a romance, it is also about Thea finding out who she wants to be.
Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better story. The Bromance Bookclub has been sitting on my shelf since it came out, and I’m sorry I didn’t read it sooner. I finished this one in less than 24 hours. If you are a fan of romantic, heartfelt comedy, I highly recommend it. Looking forward to starting book two!
#TBRChallenge 2023 ~ Starting Over
This month’s theme was easy to find a book for. I immediately had two in mind (The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary and The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams) and basically tossed a coin to see which I’d read. Both dealt with starting over and second chances, and both have been sitting on my shelf for WAY too long.