The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams – 5 Star Book Review

Title: The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1)
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: March 2020

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.

The hype for this book was HIGH last year. As with all hyped books, I tend to have a healthy dose of skepticism surrounding their supposed ‘amazingness’. Is that a word? You know what I mean! Where this book is concerned though, the hype was valid.

In my current rom-com mood The Bromance Book Club had (almost) everything I was after. Cute storyline (honestly, an all-male romance book club is progressive and so fun to read about), admirable male MC (Gavin was all I could have really asked for) and strong side characters (seriously, my squeals of joy in hearing Mack would be the male MC in the sequel…) and a strong female MC with Thea.

To be honest, the only issue I had with this book was that it felt too short. Maybe that’s because I wanted MORE. Oh, and Thea’s sister Liv. She annoyed the pants off me. Luckily she disappeared (mostly) by half way through (YAY!). Unluckily, she’s the female MC in the sequel… which made me INCREDIBLY FRUSTRATED. More on that in the sequel’s review though…

It wasn’t even the unique all-male romance book club that won me over in this read (although that was SO FUN to read about). It was a whole host of things. Gavin’s improvement in communication skills (from reading regency romance) and his heart-warming pursuit of Thea. Their adorable twin girls! Barney the Goldie. But ultimately, this book won me over with a turn-about near the end.

Relationships take two people to break (unless there’s cheating, which wasn’t the case here) and I liked that this book explored Thea’s short-comings in the relationship toward the end of the book. While I adored Gavin’s concerted effort to win Thea back, I could understand the reasons and HURT behind his initial (admittedly childish) behaviour. Thea had some communication battles to face as well and I’m glad that this was addressed.

I loved the fast-paced nature of this book and honestly would LOVE to see a screen adaptation of this. Can you even imagine it??

5 STARS

26 thoughts on “The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams – 5 Star Book Review

    • I hope you enjoy this! I’ve been reading the sequel too but don’t know if I like it as much as the first. Liv really annoys me but Mack is adorable! What are your thoughts on it?

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  1. So glad to hear you loved this one too! I had some issues with Thea but overall I’m really glad that her issues were also explored because like you said, it takes two! I loved Gavin and absolutely ADORED the men in the bookclub. They were so genuine in their desire to improve their relationships, it was just the sweetest thing! I’m so gutted that the next book is about Liv… Like, I really *really* didn’t like her and I’m loathe to read a book about her 🤣 I hope you enjoy it though! Great review, Jen ❤

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    • Thanks Dini! I’m glad to not be the only one who doesn’t like Liv. I’m about 3/4 of the way through Undercover Bromance and… urgh. Mack is amazing and deserves SO MUCH BETTER. She’s so damn rude to him ALL THE TIME. It’s not his fault she has issues with men and he shouldn’t have to deal with her taking it out on him. My review is going to be a rant for this one I think 😂😂😂

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  2. I really liked this book! The romance was so sweet and I’m really glad the message that it takes two to make a relationship work. Of course the guys in the club were hilarious! Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

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  3. I just finished The Bromance Book Club this weekend, and I loved it! I laughed out loud many times. But I know how you feel about Liv. She was a hater. Lol. But she had the family backstory that provided some reasoning. And she provided good tension for the story. At first, I wasn’t very excited about her being on book 2. But I love the idea of Mack being in it. It’ll be interesting to see how he breaks down Liv’s walls.

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    • I found The Bromance Book Club a funny, adorable read too! I’ve started reading Undercover Bromance and… still dislike Liv, haha. Mack is amazing though! He makes up for any frustration Liv creates. I hope you enjoy the second book two Rene 🙂

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  4. Great review! I’m glad you loved this one too! I definitely would like to see a movie adaption but I believe it is getting turned into a tv show. If I remember correctly, ha. I can’t wait for book three!

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    • Ah, a TV show? That has so much potential! Multiple romances at the same time and bookish bromance meetings? I CAN’T WAIT. I’m not enjoying Book 2 so far but I’ll still read book 3. Are there any hints about the main characters in it? Jen

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