Title: The Bromance Book Club
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Publication: November 5th 2019
Synopsis: 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.
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MY RATING: 3.5/5 STARS
I received an ARC from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review.
This book was a very highly anticipated read for simply because of the title and the cover. It’s gorgeous like any other Berkley Romance being published since last year so really? What could have gone wrong? For people who are not familiar with the story, it’s existentially boils down to a wife of a major baseball player who decides that one day, her life has changed too much and not for the better. She lost her sense of self and believes her husband doesn’t even love her so she decides to break it off. Well, also the fact that she kind of told him that she’s been faking her orgasm the entire time they were together. Talk about buried down emotions and secrets.
This book’s plot is very similar to another novel I read which is Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey. Now, Tessa’s book comes out in January 2020 so really, it’s Tessa’s book is similar to this one? Both follow the trope of marriage breakdown and their complications and the difficulties of piecing things back together. I preferred how Tessa solved her couple’s issues better. Why?
Because our main heroine, Thea, is forever right in this novel. It’s definitely not her fault that she doesn’t open up to her husband so they can create a deeper bond or a connection. And it’s definitely not her fault if her husband decides to pack up and leave when every single sign she’s been given to him since him trying is that he needs to leave her alone because she won’t change her mind about the divorce. It was so frustrating for me to read because Gavin really loved Thea. He would have done everything to break down her walls so he could love her more but Thea, damaged by her relationship with her playboy father and cynical mother, won’t ever do it.
Until the last 20% of this book, Thea finally realizes she’s not always right and Gavin was doing his best. But too little too late and I couldn’t see Thea being painted as the victim any longer so I had to give this 3.5/5 stars.
It was a fun and light read. Hilarious in a lot of parts when Gavin’s buddies all got around and I’m excited to see what Lyssa has in store for the next novel.