Thursday, January 9, 2020

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Release Date - November 5, 2019
Publisher Website - Penguin Random House Canada
Publisher Social Media - Twitter
Pages -  352 pages
My Rating - 5/5
**received from publisher for an honest review**

Here is the Goodreads synopsis
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.
The Bromance Book Club immediately sounded like a fun, cute, humourous read that offered up a unique sounding romance read. I was delighted to find out that it was just as fun, and funny, as I anticipated it being, and just as sweet.

This is the kind of read that leaves you feeling light and bubbly. You'll be grinning your way through most of this, and that is in large part to the breezy feel of the writing. It's a story that feels effortless and I expect a lot of effort went into making it read that way.

Thea's character is one that I found myself liking easily. She is someone who kind of got caught up in this whirlwind and is finding herself untethered. Faking it is a large part of Thea's story in many ways and her journey of rediscovering herself tied into that theme perfectly. She and Gavin both have issues to work through that stem from baggage that both are carrying around and I found this element to be one of the strongest parts of the story.

Gavin is a character with a stutter. A part of his character that I felt was perfectly written into the story. His stutter is not the biggest part of his character. There are so many other aspects of his character that would come up first when describing him. He is athletic, determined, and caring for example. It is portrayed as part of who he is instead of all that he is. It is simply another part of him like anything else.

Gavin's stutter is part of what I loved the most about the love story being told in this one. Thea doesn't treat him differently because of his stutter and that has not always been the case for Gavin with people that he meets. We all want someone who loves us fully and completely and that is exactly what exists here. I loved how Thea didn't push him or rush whatever he was saying. It made Gavin comfortable which is such a huge part of a relationship.

It is not just the two main characters who shine in this novel. The other members of the book club are just as delightful. They are the kind of side characters that you hope books get written about. They not only provide a lot of humour but a lot of the heart as well. The book club itself provides plenty of laughs but is also rather feminist. I loved that they discussed toxic masculinity, and how to be better partners. I predict many romance readers will appreciate the book clubs insights and banter.

This is a must read for any romance fans out there. It's exactly what you are looking for from a romance and more. It is a sweet, charming read that is basically made for book clubs and pairing with a glass of wine.

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