Title: The Bromance Book Club
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Series: Bromance Book Club #1
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Contemporary, Contemporary romance
Format: eBook, Novel
I actually read the first book in this series after reading the fifth book, because Christmas. So I did already know that the premise was that there is a Bromance Book Club that helps men to connect with the women in their lives. And, also, just lets men connect in whatever way they need to. It also meant that I already knew I was going to enjoy this because I enjoyed A Very Merry Bromance so much. Having said that, I actually think that I enjoyed this even more. For starters, it was wonderfully refreshing that this is a romance that actually starts in the middle of a marriage. That point when there is no more communication and the two leads are just struggling to figure out how to get back to who they were. Not just as a couple, but to find who they are as individuals as well. Of course, the complications and stressors of children made it all that much more volatile and difficult. I loved reading about not that moment of falling in love, but how you fall back in love with your significant other after life impacts you.
Although you can see how drastically Thea and Gavin could’ve gotten off track, I definitely I felt like Gavin was the one with his head further up his arse. His unwillingness to give up on his marriage is ultimately a good thing, and this stubbornness gives him an edge when others might have given up. But this same stubbornness is kind of what lands him in trouble in the first place – an inability to see past his own hurt and nonsense and actually listen to his wife gets his butt kicked to the curb. I do love though how is friends in the BBC (Bromance Book Club) consistently kick his butt and make him see reality. And that his hurts aren’t all about him, sometimes your hurts bleed over to others and you need to just stop and deal with your shit. In fact, that seems to be the underlying theme of not only this book, but the book they read within the book – backstory is everything and if we understand just what the backstory is, we can understand the hurts of today.
There are a few moments throughout this novel that had me grinning like a damn Cheshire cat – but two stand out in particular. Firstly, the moment when Gavin just yells “Backstory!” at Thea and storms out. Not only is it a great reminder that it took both of them to break up their marriage, but he also has been able to learn what the damn bromance has been pushing at him. Then, there’s the moment where Thea finally manages to regain some of her strength and independence – she not only shuts down the other, horrible women who are attached to the players. But, she also owns her relationship with her husband. “He stutters in bed, and it’s fucking amazing”. Quite possibly one of my favourite mic drop moments that I’ve read in a very long time.
There are so many brilliant moments throughout this novel. Ones that I look forward to revisiting again and again. Not just in Gavin and Thea’s romance. But also in Courting his Countess, the novel that Gavin is actually reading. I love that it looks like Adams has actually written this in entirety, because honestly, that’s a book that I actually want to read as well…
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