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Review: The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

on August 4, 2022

The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1)
Lyssa Kay Adams
Berkely
2019, 339p
Read via my local library

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}: 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.

Ever read a book where you’re like yeah this is good and then….after a little bit of time, you’re more like well, it was just okay? That was me with this book. It was decent enough when I was reading it, even though I actually felt like I was coming in mid-series, despite this being the first book in the series. Did I actually miss something? I still have no idea why half the people are in this ‘club’. Especially Braden, although I guess he gets his own book so I assume the reader finds out there. I don’t plan to read his book though, because I didn’t like him or Liv…but I digress.

Gavin plays for *random non-existent* baseball team, the Nashville Legends and his wife of a few years has recently asked him for a divorce after a revelation that shocked and humiliated Gavin. However his best friend pulls him into something that he assures will help: a book club made up of the Who’s Who of Macho Dudes in Nashville where they read romance books and allow them to guide them in their relationships with women by getting in touch with their feelings and learning to listen and understand. They choose a book for Gavin to read and assign him homework and tell him what he can and cannot do in his quest to woo back his wife. Gavin promptly ignores them and does something he should definitely not do.

Did these people have one conversation during their 3 year marriage? It appears not and look, I get it. Gavin is a professional sports person: there are 162 games in the baseball season and I’m assuming 50% of those are on the road. During the season, he’s probably hardly ever home. They also have 3 year old twins – life is hard. Marriage is hard. But we are 100% not given enough of their actual courtship and marriage to get how they went from a bit madly in love, to accidentally falling pregnant a few months in, to three years later and on the verge of divorce, which made it hard to care if they’d get back together or not. Also Thea, Gavin’s wife (just realised I never said her name until now) has been bullied by some of the other WAGs and has conformed her image to fit in and be a part of the team and now she’s over that and has no interest in playing that game anymore. And girl, fair enough. Being a wife to a professional player can be a full time job – you’re often the sole carer and carrier of the entire mental load at home and during the season there are events to attend, including games and charity things and I think with the right personality, that can be fun. Especially when/if you bond with the other women. But if it’s not your thing, it 100% shouldn’t have to be. But once again, Thea never seems to tell Gavin “hey some of these women are horrible to me, can I just….not?” because it honestly doesn’t seem like Gavin cares at all if she embraces the life or not. It just also is a bit Thea’s Not Like Other Girls, even though one of the WAGs is nice and a real friend to her.

I liked the idea of the book club and listening to the guys talk about the books and how they could learn from them, could be quite funny. Although the reason I read this is because book #4, which has a Russian hockey player as the male lead character, was the one I most wanted to read but now after this, I honestly don’t think I want to read that book anymore. I really don’t need to know quite so much about one person’s lactose intolerance, especially if I’m supposed to see that person as a romantic lead in 3 books. Was he written in as comic relief here and then later on, the author decided, oh I’ll give The Russian (he doesn’t even get a name until the final pages, he’s just “The Russian”) his own book? Or did people request it? Also Nashville has a real hockey team whereas it doesn’t have an MLB team so does he play for the Preds…or some other random team superimposed into the city?

I also liked the idea that Gavin had to get to know his wife properly, which seems to mostly just be a warning against getting married simply because you get pregnant after knowing each other a couple of months. But doing the actual wooing after the marriage was better than not doing it at all I guess. And I did think he loved her (wasn’t too sure about Thea loving Gavin really, that’s addressed in the latter part of the book). And Gavin had a stutter, which I seemed to feel the book praised Thea for accepting.

But, for me the ending was incredibly weird. Like if I was the bride in the wedding they weirdly highjacked for their own “grand gesture” moment, I would not be happy. Especially if I had not met either of the people highjacking my wedding, even if one of them is related to the groom. I also dislike the whole “I asked you to leave but now I’m mad that you did because I wanted you to prove you wanted me” type thing. Thea, deal with your issues. She needs therapy.

I hated her sister Liv and her book is next so…. No thank you. Her and Braden together sound incredibly insufferable.

6/10

Book #134 of 2022


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