Title: The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1)
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Summary: Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major-league trouble. When he loses his cool at the revelation that his wife Thea has always faked the Big O, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Then Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him. 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 a steamy Regency, 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.
Note: an eARC of this title was acquired via NetGalley.
When I started The Bromance Book Club, I immediately thought “oh, no” and all but rolled my eyes. Like oh, no this book is going to be garbage. And oh, no Lyssa Kay Adams is going to make fun of romance. And oh, no I’m just going to hate-read this, aren’t I? And then I read a couple more chapters and basically completely changed my opinion. Because this book is awesome, y’all. I 100% neglected all of my grown-up responsibilities one Sunday afternoon to just binge read it—something I think I’ve done only a handful of times. I immediately got sucked into the plot and cared about the characters and laughed out loud before literally making heart eyes once I’d finished.
When we first meet our leading man, Gavin, he’s drunk in a hotel room, distraught over the knowledge that his wife, Thea, has been faking her orgasms for their entire three-year marriage. And Gavin’s (imo overblown) reaction to this fact—he refers to it as a “betrayal”…like come ON dude 🙄—was one of the reasons I thought I’d hate the book. I assumed that Adams was going to make me read 350 pages all about a dude who couldn’t fathom why his wife would feel the need to fake her orgasms. And while that was indeed part of the story (and provided wonderful character growth), it wasn’t everything.
Mostly, The Bromance Book Club was a story of a marriage—Thea and Gavin’s—as well as how they both need to grow and change within their partnership and outside of it as individuals. As Gavin’s teammate and friend Malcolm notes to Gavin, “you need to stop focusing all your attention on the fact that she faked it and start asking yourself why the fuck you didn’t notice.” And if that introspection just happens to come through hulking men in peak physical condition reading historical romances—whose writers “use the patriarchal society of old British aristocracy to explore the gender-based limitations placed on women today in both the professional and person spheres” and end up writing work that is “feminist as fuck”—well, then, so be it. 🤷♀️
I mean, was I was a soft puddle of heart eyes and good vibes at the end of the book? Did I immediately add Undercover Bromance to my tbr? Did I kind of want to read the book again? Yes, yes, and yes. I’ve had an arc of The Bromance Book Club since June and the book was published more than a month ago… which is to say that I wish I would have read this one sooner. But I’m also sure it pulled me out of a rut so… maybe I was meant to read it when I did.