ARC Review | The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Series: Bromance Book Club
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 5th, 2019
ARC from the publisher

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.

| Book Review |

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.

| Rating |

Series: Bromance Book Club

11 thoughts on “ARC Review | The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

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  1. I really liked this book, but Thea was difficult for me, too. I hated that she never even told Gavin anything she was feeling and just jumped right to divorce.


  2. Yeah, those early scenes were tough to stomach for sure and her sister danced on my nerves a lot, but I did end up liking it a great deal. Now, her sister’s book… we shall see. LOL


    1. I’m glad you ended up enjoying it! Yes…I have reservations about the sister’s book, too, but think I’ll end up reading it. There was a lot of fun to be had in these pages, so I won’t be able to resist.


  3. YES!!! Oh my goodness, we are in total agreement about Thea! It’s not like I didn’t warm to her or I didn’t click with her. No, I actively disliked her. And she almost ruined the book for me. Like you said, I wanted Gavin to be happy so if he wanted Thea I was just going with it. By the time she started to come around it was too late for me. But I adored Gavin and loved his group of friends. His banter with Mack was priceless! 🙂

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books


    1. Thank you for saying so! I will admit, I was really nervous about posting my review because there is so much hard love out there for this book. I can kind of see it, because it was fun, but it’s hard for me to see how anyone could like Thea. She and her sister are two women I wouldn’t want in my friend circle in real life, that’s for sure.

      Yes! That banter with Mack was stellar! 🙂


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