A non-traditional romance

By Abbie Ford

If you’re looking for a romantic read this Valentine’s Day, look no further than The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams!

After Nashville Legend’s baseball player Gavin Scott’s wife, Thea, kicks him out after a huge fight, he resigns himself to the fact it would take a miracle to save his marriage.

When his best friend Del sees the state Gavin is in, he decides it’s time to induct Gavin into Nashville’s best-kept secret society: the Bromance Book Club. Gavin learns that many of his teammates (and other area A-list dudes) have been secretly meeting to read romance novels in order to learn about women and get help improving their own relationships.

When Gavin reluctantly joins the group, he begins to learn that romance novels aren’t just the fluff he thought they were and is determined to woo his wife back and save their relationship - if she’ll let him.

The Bromance Book Club is a fun, light-hearted read for anyone who is a fan of second chances and redemption. The story alternates between Gavin and Thea’s points of view with occasional chapters inserted from the regency romance novel Gavin’s reading - Courting the Countess. I personally love a good story-within-a-story, and it was a lot of fun to see what lessons Gavin took away from his first romance novel.

Adam’s characters are loveably human and relatably flawed - there are no two-dimensional knights in shining armor or damsels in distress in this romance novel. I loved every character, and getting an inside look at their thoughts and decisions had me alternately wanting to hug them or throw the book at the wall out of frustration with their stubbornness and pride.

Adams also gives us a fascinating look at the feminism of romance novels. While many people (myself included until very recently!) dismiss romance novels as brain candy or low-brow literature, The Bromance Book Club explores the way the genre portrays women, giving them power and agency over their relationships and sexuality. Through Gavin’s experience reading romance for the first time and through the chapters from Thea’s POV, Adams really digs into the challenges women face in life and in their relationships.

Sprinkled throughout the Gavin/Thea chapters and Courting the Countess are a handful of steamy scenes. If you prefer your romance to be rated PG-13 or less, this may not be the book for you. None of the sex scenes are overly prolonged and could be pretty easily skimmed or skipped past if that’s not your thing, but there are a few that are integral to the story.

If The Bromance Book Club sounds like it’s up your alley, now is a perfect time to check it out! The sequel, Undercover Bromance, comes out March 10 and is currently available for pre-order at Blue House Books. A third book in the series, Crazy Stupid Bromance, is slated to be released in October 2020, so you won’t have to wait long to get more bromance in your life.

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