The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Series: Bromance Book Club
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 5th, 2019
ARC from the publisher
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The Bromance Book Club is much like The Bride Test in terms of on-line anticipation. It was on so many readers most anticipated lists, including mine. I totally fell into the hype of this book. And I was left so confused. At first I rated this book four stars. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought it was more like three. For one thing, I was 120 pages in before I could even stomach to read a scene with Thea – who, in my opinion, was the most toxic thing in this book. The number of times she pissed me off is endless. But I will say, once she became a bit more self-aware and basically dubbed herself as ‘the queen of petty,’ it was a bit easier to deal with her. But I also feel like it came so close to the end of the story that the damage was done, and by that time, I was just rooting for Gavin to get what he wanted, and since that was Thea, I guess I was rooting for her? There wasn’t a ton of masculinity to be found in this book among Gavin or his friends, but I found myself liking them despite this. (I’m a fan of masculinity.) I thought the scenes with them were fun and funny, and the hostility between Gavin and one of them was hysterical to see every time they were on the page. I don’t want it to seem like Gavin is without his faults; what he pulled that led to Thea telling him to leave was childish. And when he tried to make amends, it was too little too late for Thea, and I can understand that. What frustrated me was her essentially channeling all her anger from anything anyone had ever done to her to her husband. Not to mention the fact that she quit school to raise the girls – lots of anger there, as well. But instead of discussing this with him, she lets it essentially boil over. And the part that made me the most frustrated about this book was anytime she said ‘why didn’t you know?’ Umm…because you didn’t tell him? I felt like she couldn’t take responsibility for a single aspect of her situation, and I’m never going to be able to warm up to a heroine like that. This book was pretty much Gavin winning Thea back, when quite frankly, I’m not sure she deserved him. Not after all the effort he put in to trying to win her back. I also couldn’t stand Thea’s sister, who was so anti-Gavin and treated him like crap while she stayed in the house he pays for. She was so entitled, and there is nothing good or ‘sisterhoody’ about a woman who cheers on her sisters divorce on instead of saying ‘hey, you seem angry. Let’s talk about this.’ Two wrongs don’t make a right, and the sisters together just seemed to egg each other on. Thea did eventually stand up to her sister, but again, it was too little too late. The damage was already done at that point. So why the three stars? The Bromance, like I mentioned before were a hoot, and there were parts of this story that were entertaining. I loved the scene where Thea finally stands up to the queen bee WAG, and her and Gavin’s daughters were absolutely adorable. While The Bromance Book Club wasn’t a solid winner for me, I am interested in reading the next book in this series. Even if I do loathe myself a bit for it.
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