Lyssa Kay Adams
November 5, 2019
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.
Your wife has been faking her orgasms. You’re hurt, frustrated, get upset. She kicks you out and then asks for a divorce. So what do your good friends do? They invite you to join the bromance book club, of course, so that you can read romances and learn how to woo and make grand gestures that will win back your wife. This is the quirky plot of The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams.
With such an innovative plot, I fully expected to love The Bromance Book Club. I did love the main character, stuttering second baseman Gavin Scott. He was a good guy who loved his wife and twin daughters and behaved in a totally human way. On the other hand, wife Thea tested my patience. I know that I was supposed to feel compassion for her due to her backstory but when a person fails to communicate to the extent that Thea failed to communicate and then seemed to blame Gavin, I have no sympathy, or so very little that it might as well be none. And there were so many instances of what seemed to me to be over-reactions, which grew old. As did the behavior of Thea’s sister.
There is a lot of fun in The Bromance Book Club. When Gavin’s friends get together to discuss strategies, there are lots of laughs but some of it, especially the bathroom humor involving “the Russian” was not quite as funny as intended. It seemed like it might be the kind of thing seven year old boys would laugh over.
The writing was good, but I came away with one word to describe the book as a whole: slick. I wanted to feel more about the characters and their situations but never really did. I also thought more could have been done embrace the quirkiness of the plot. Perhaps this is done in the later books in the series.
All in all, The Bromance Book Club is good but also kind of a let-down.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
3 out of 5 butterflies