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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 real 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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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 real 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.

30 review for The Bromance Book Club

  1. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    this story is cute, funny, heartwarming, a tad bit steamy, and a realistic portrayal of what it means to work to save a marriage. i really enjoy when a book is pure entertainment, but can also teach value life lessons in the process. and i didnt expect such depth from this story, but its what i got and i couldnt be happier. and while i did enjoy the story, i was really impressed with the writing. the pacing is phenomenal and there is no wasted page, no wasted scene. everything has a purpose and, this story is cute, funny, heartwarming, a tad bit steamy, and a realistic portrayal of what it means to work to save a marriage. i really enjoy when a book is pure entertainment, but can also teach value life lessons in the process. and i didnt expect such depth from this story, but its what i got and i couldnt be happier. and while i did enjoy the story, i was really impressed with the writing. the pacing is phenomenal and there is no wasted page, no wasted scene. everything has a purpose and, even though there are some really entertaining scenes, they also play an important role in the narrative. as i admired the writing, i couldnt help but find myself really rooting for the main characters. i knew how it would end, but i was still invested in their effort to work on their marriage. overall, this has some really great storytelling and im so ready for the sequel to be released! ↠ 4 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    “You guys read romance novels?” “We call them manuals.” Gavin Scott, second baseman to the Nashville Legends, seems to have it all under control. His career has taken off like crazy, he has a gorgeous wife and two twin daughters - everything is coming up aces...or is it? He loses his cool when he learns that Thea has been faking it in the bedroom and his reaction was the straw that broke the camel's back for her. Thea asks for a divorce and Gavin is devastated. He has no idea how things g “You guys read romance novels?” “We call them manuals.” Gavin Scott, second baseman to the Nashville Legends, seems to have it all under control. His career has taken off like crazy, he has a gorgeous wife and two twin daughters - everything is coming up aces...or is it? He loses his cool when he learns that Thea has been faking it in the bedroom and his reaction was the straw that broke the camel's back for her. Thea asks for a divorce and Gavin is devastated. He has no idea how things got to this - he's desperate enough to try anything. And that's when...he gets an invite to the most exclusive of groups. “Book club isn't just about books.” The guys have figured it out - women write romance books for other women. They are literally writing out what to do in every situation under the sun - and men just never bother to pick them up. Will this be enough to save his marriage? Or is it too little, too late? Well, let's just say that Gavin has a lot of reading to do? “First rule of book club?” They finished in unison. “You don’t talk about book club.” This one ended up being SUPER cute! I really did not expect to love this one so much - so special shout out to Tucker the Reader for putting this one on my radar! This book was such a fun role-reversal with the way romance occurred. I LOVED watching the guys pour over the romance books - nitpicking them and tearing them apart as they sought out the hidden messages and tips for rebuilding the relationships. I also adored the twins in this book - I very (very) rarely enjoy children in books (they often feel just too...precocious...) but this time I was quite pleased with the way they were written. The girls were cute but never cloying. I do think there was a smidge too much cheese - the constant winking did stick out like a sore thumb - but other than that, this book worked really well. I cannot WAIT for the next one!! YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  3. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    Reread x2. Still as perfect as I remembered it to be. ——————————— “Book Boner.” Introducing: my new favourite bookish phrase! This book was the one! My emotional state is in a frenzy right now. THIS WAS SO GOOD!!! All you need to know is that it’s a book-club starring all dudes, who read romance novels to help them understand the women in their lives better. The relationship these men had between them was so awesome and full of humour and support! It was such a great bromance! The story was adorable Reread x2. Still as perfect as I remembered it to be. ——————————— “Book Boner.” Introducing: my new favourite bookish phrase! This book was the one! My emotional state is in a frenzy right now. THIS WAS SO GOOD!!! All you need to know is that it’s a book-club starring all dudes, who read romance novels to help them understand the women in their lives better. The relationship these men had between them was so awesome and full of humour and support! It was such a great bromance! The story was adorable, it was (at times) cheesy, but it fuckin’ worked for me! 'Twas the perfect amount of cheese. We are so in need of more romance stories that actually explore the dynamics of a relationship. About couples who are going through rough times and seeing how they salvage their relationship. Or not. What I loved about this book is that the main plot runs parallel to an actual story-line from a book our main character is seeking guidance from. I liked what that indicated. That books are what we turn to for answers when we run away from life. I loved this book! I already want to reread it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    preoccupiedbybooks

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.5 stars A light hearted second chance sports romance, which sadly didn’t really deliver I seem to be in the minority here, but I didn’t love this. I thought I would, as it’s a sports romance, and is a story about a couple staying together, getting a second chance. It even has a men’s book club supporting each other, helping each other to understand their partners more! It was an original concept! ✔️ I liked that it was about men in a secret book club, trying to understand and connect more with t 2.5 stars A light hearted second chance sports romance, which sadly didn’t really deliver I seem to be in the minority here, but I didn’t love this. I thought I would, as it’s a sports romance, and is a story about a couple staying together, getting a second chance. It even has a men’s book club supporting each other, helping each other to understand their partners more! It was an original concept! ✔️ I liked that it was about men in a secret book club, trying to understand and connect more with their partners and wives. ✔️ I liked that it was a quick read.✔️ I liked that it was a story about a couple staying together, I don’t see that much! ✔️ I liked that it was quite steamy! ✔️ The second half of the book was quite cute!✔️ Unfortunately, there was also a lot that I didn’t like… I have to start with the female main character, Thea. She was unreasonable, irritating and a liar. The woman faked her orgasms for over three years, and it wasn’t the only thing she was faking. What was the point in that? She didn’t get what she wanted, and her husband thought he was doing all the right things, so carried on doing them! I’ve never understood women who do that. You should be able to be honest with your husband, and communicate your needs. But that’s the crux of this story. This couple aren’t honest with each other about anything! They don’t talk to each other. How was Gavin to know that she was unsatisfied, she acted, and lied about it. I’m not just talking about in the bedroom. She didn’t like the life of a WAG, she wanted a different life, wanted different things, but expected him to know all of this! Did she tell him any of this? NOOOO! He was not a mind reader! Another thing that bothered me was that Thea accepted no responsibility for the breakdown in her marriage. Gavin was in the wrong, and she was in the right, and my goodness the book hammered that home to me! I actually ended up hating her, and feeling sorry for Gavin! She even kicked him out the house, and then was mad when he left? It was a test, and he wasn’t supposed to leave Like. She. Asked. Him. To? So of course he failed that, and then she asked him for a divorce… Poor Gavin actually hadn’t done much wrong. Yes he wasn’t as attentive as he should be, but with young twins, and a busy career, these things happen. He also wasn’t that sexually experienced, so didn’t always hit the spot with Thea, but she could have helped him out there…There are two people in a marriage, and Thea could have voiced her wants and needs, and they could have worked on their marriage together. He really loved her and his kids! Thea also compared all men to her absent, philandering father. Yes we get it, your father was an arsehole, but you can’t judge everyone by his standards, you have to have a little faith and trust. I actually think she needed some counselling, to move past her unhappy childhood, and perhaps they could have had some couples counselling? Gavin spent the whole book trying to win her back, and she shot him down over and over. By the end of the book, Thea realised these things and her character does grow, but by that point, at about 80% it was too little, too late for me! I just couldn’t stand her! Other things that bothered me was the unsubtle feminism. The men in the book club, turning to regency romance novels to help them with their love lives, was just pure fantasy! And all of the unrealistic things that came out with..like talking about toxic masculinity! It felt preachy and overly political to me. I keep reading romance books with all of these “woke” men in, and it just makes me roll my eyes! You can have male characters who are feminists, and all round decent guys, without shoving it down my throat! The chapters from the regency romance which Gavin was reading also felt unnecessary to me. They were overly cheesy, and made me cringe. Then there was the fact that Gavin actually used the actual lines and moves from the book he was reading! Word for word! It was really manipulative and Thea was angry about it, but got over it. I would have been furious to find that out. That the lovely, sweet things my husband was saying were straight out of a book, and not his real feelings! I didn’t like Thea’s sister either! She was such a jealous, interfering bitch! She was the one who encouraged Thea to throw Gavin out, and every time they made any progress, there she was trying to undo it! One final thing that bothered me was the twins. They were about 2-2 1/2 years old, yet were written as if they were 4/5 years old! I know it’s a minor thing, but it really irritated me how they didn’t act like toddlers! To sum up, I felt that this story was too light hearted for the serious topic it covered. And the couple would have avoided all of the hassle and heartbreak if they had actually just talked to each other like mature adults. Urgh I hate the miscommunication trope! It might work in YA, but it really irritates me in adult fiction! JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER DAMNIT! Many thanks to Berkley and edelweiss for the chance to download an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    The romance genre has its problems which I discussed in my latest booktube video that you can click here to watch) but there are occasionally books like these that break down the problematic tropes. Skip to 9:44 to here my thoughts on this specific book and what it does to push back against problems with the romance genre. ------------ AHHHHHHHH IT'S STILL SO GOOD also Liv sucks ------------ AND AWAY WE GOOOOOOO aka i'm re-reading this masterpiece ----------- Many thanks to Berkley and Edelw The romance genre has its problems which I discussed in my latest booktube video that you can click here to watch) but there are occasionally books like these that break down the problematic tropes. Skip to 9:44 to here my thoughts on this specific book and what it does to push back against problems with the romance genre. ------------ AHHHHHHHH IT'S STILL SO GOOD also Liv sucks ------------ AND AWAY WE GOOOOOOO aka i'm re-reading this masterpiece ----------- Many thanks to Berkley and Edelweiss+ for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review Gavin had called this little proposition a competition. No, this wasn't a competition. This. Was. War. This is one of those rare displays of love at first page. I was barely five minutes into the audio book when I thought to myself, Yup, this one’s a keeper. And when the final seconds played, my heart ached because the definition of bittersweet is finishing an amazing book. So, what’s this book about? The Bromance Bookclub follows Gavin, a hot baseball player whose marriage is in trouble. After being kicked out of the house by his wife, Thea, Gavin realizes that he wants to save his marriage. And so, he reluctantly enlists the help of the Bromance Book Club, a secret group of men who read romances to better understand women’s perspectives. You’re probably thinking that this sounds super romantic and funny but you’d be wrong because that doesn’t even begin to describe it. I think one reason I loved this so much was because it was so meta. Kind of like Waiting for Tom Hanks, this book referenced plot points of romance novels and tons of pop culture. I haven’t had too much experience with middle aged romance so I can’t say that this is the best one out there but I can say that it is the best one I’ve ever read. I think I have discovered a new favorite romance trope. Falling In Love Again. This trope seems to only be found in middle aged romances so I’ll definitely need to read more of them. Finally, the sex. I don’t remember the last romance I read (yes, I do. I just don’t want to name names) but it was very disappointing when it came to sex so I was going into this novel with low(ish) expectations. (Why? I don’t know. I’m weird.) But this did not disappoint. There were many sexy and steamy scenes and each one of them were perfectly sexy and steamy. Overall, I cannot put into words how much I loved this book. GO READ IT NOWWWWWWWWWW!!!!! Bottom Line 5 Stars Age Rating: [ R ] Content Screening (Spoilers) - Educational Value (0/0) ~ Violence (1/5) - [Punches are thrown, walls are broken] ~ Sex (5/5) - [Detailed sex scenes, sex innuendos, constant sexual content] ~ Langauge (4/5) - [F**k, cl*t, d*ck, b*tch, sh*t] ~ Drinking/Drugs (4/5) - [Alcohol, main character is drunk multiple times throughout the book] Trigger and Content Warnings - Female sexual dysfunction, Divorce, Vomiting. NOTE: This is an adult novel. It contains frequent and detailed sex scenes. Please do not read if those details make you uncomfortable. Reps: [Female sexual dysfunction (?)] Cover (4/5) ~ Characters (5/5) ~ Plot (5/5) ~ Audio (4/5) Publication Date: November 5th, 2019 Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group Genre: Romance/Comedy ➵ The Bromance Book Club (#1) - ★★★★★ ➵ Undercover Bromance (#2) - ★★★★☆ ----------------- F*ck... ----------------- goddamn it, that big green DOWNLOAD NOW button is so tempting... i just couldn't resist ----------------- | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  6. 4 out of 5

    Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading

    Standalone Series #1 The Bromance Book Club — 4.5 Stars #2 Undercover Bromance — 3 Stars #3 Crazy Stupid Bromance — 3.5 Stars #4 Isn’t It Bromantic? — 3.25 Stars Huh, and people say romance books are trash . . . They obviously haven’t found the wonders inside them and need a lecture of their own from the guys at The Bromance Book Club. Am I right? XD “You guys read romance novels?” “We call them manuals.” This book didn’t give me a book boner, but it did leave a HUGE smile on my face Standalone Series #1 The Bromance Book Club — 4.5 Stars #2 Undercover Bromance — 3 Stars #3 Crazy Stupid Bromance — 3.5 Stars #4 Isn’t It Bromantic? — 3.25 Stars Huh, and people say romance books are trash . . . They obviously haven’t found the wonders inside them and need a lecture of their own from the guys at The Bromance Book Club. Am I right? XD “You guys read romance novels?” “We call them manuals.” This book didn’t give me a book boner, but it did leave a HUGE smile on my face and made me cackle like a madwoman in the middle of the night. LOL. It was brilliant, marvelous, refreshing, cheesy, and hilarious. If you think about it, the conflict behind the marriage (miscommunication) and the couple’s personal issues (their backstories) were typical. But it was the concept of the story and how it was executed that made this such a unique book. “Men are idiots. We complain that women are so mysterious and shit, and we never know what they want. We fuck up our relationships because we convince ourselves that it’s too hard to figure them out. But the real problem is with us. We think we’re not supposed to feel things and cry and express ourselves. We expect women to do all the emotional labor in a relationship and then act confused when they give up on us.” I appreciated the relationship dynamics in this book. It seems baffling how anyone can live under the same roof with their spouse for years, yet rarely do they have proper adult communication. However, I’ve also seen it happened in real life. I love the idea of a married couple trying to reconnect, win each other’s heart back, and salvage their marriage. Gavin and Thea did all of it with flying colors. The side characters were an absolute treat to read, except maybe Liv. The twins were total adorbs even though I did think they acted older than their three years. The unsubtle feminism from the male characters was a little too in your face, but I didn’t mind. Also, the chapters from Courting the Countess were a cringe fest, but at least I got a good laugh out of them. They might seem redundant, but I think it’s cool seeing how they mirrored and influenced Gavin and Thea’s predicament. The audiobook was P H E N O M E N A L. I absolutely adored the narration. Gah, it was all that Southern drawl that did it. The British accent was a nice complement too. I’m adding it to my top audiobooks of the year list. With all that being said, make sure you don’t miss out on this quirky rom-com! And I believe audiobook is the best way to do it. Oh, also I’m raising a petition for Netflix to turn this into a movie. Anyone, who’s with me? (Read as an Audiobook)

  7. 5 out of 5

    peachygirl

    10 pages in and I knew I was gonna love this book when the Bromance Book Club (or BBC boys, as I like to call them) claimed that they didn't help cheaters and stood up for Pumpkin spice latte. "If masses of women like something, our society automatically begins to mock them. Just like romance novels. If women like them, they must be a joke, right?” Imagine what a great place the world would be if all bros took a stance and stopped enabling toxic masculinity.This was so much more than a chick-lit 10 pages in and I knew I was gonna love this book when the Bromance Book Club (or BBC boys, as I like to call them) claimed that they didn't help cheaters and stood up for Pumpkin spice latte. "If masses of women like something, our society automatically begins to mock them. Just like romance novels. If women like them, they must be a joke, right?” Imagine what a great place the world would be if all bros took a stance and stopped enabling toxic masculinity.This was so much more than a chick-lit. Also, the redemption/second chances trope was so neatly done. Gavin and Thea's relationship was flawed, yet beautiful. Behind the rose tinted glasses and glamour of a perfect celebrity marriage, Thea is unsatisfied. In the bedroom and outside of it. And Gavin throws a fit when he realizes she's been faking it for 3 years. Tempers escalate and divorce is on the cards. Enter the BBC to mend Gavin's broken heart and marriage. Despite the serious tone of Gavin's marital woes, his mind voice is bound to crack you up. Especially his regency-swears. And the parallels between his relationship and Lord Chest Hair's story in the HR novel/manual he reads to save his marriage were on point. "That’s why fiction resonates with people. It speaks to universal truths.” This line has my heart! Thea was a good heroine, but kinda forgettable. I only got glimpses of her as a dedicated mom/sister or as a despondent wife. There's nothing much about her personality as an individual. The secondary characters were great, especially Mack and the BBC boys. Should be interesting to read about his relationship with Liv in the next book. This was overall a fun, feel good romcom guaranteed to make you smile. 4.5 ⭐

  8. 5 out of 5

    emma

    I need a jetpack. Ideally, actually, I would like to transform into a small bird (the best animal inarguably - if I could spend the rest of my life watching lil finches hop around and eat crumbs, that would be bliss). I would settle for a proportionate set of wings that I have on my human body if necessary. But a jetpack seems most realistic. Anyway, the reason that I now have the life ambitions of a more whimsical Wright Brother is this: I’ve decided I do not want to grow up. Yes, I’m 22 years old a I need a jetpack. Ideally, actually, I would like to transform into a small bird (the best animal inarguably - if I could spend the rest of my life watching lil finches hop around and eat crumbs, that would be bliss). I would settle for a proportionate set of wings that I have on my human body if necessary. But a jetpack seems most realistic. Anyway, the reason that I now have the life ambitions of a more whimsical Wright Brother is this: I’ve decided I do not want to grow up. Yes, I’m 22 years old and technically an “““adult,””” or something heinous like that, and so this might seem a little late to make that decision, but better late than never as they say. It’s time for me to find that second star to the right and fly straight on till morning because I’m pulling a Peter Pan and opting out of being a grown-up PERMANENTLY. The idea of romance in this book, where the main characters are in their mid-to-late thirties and a handful of years into a depressing marriage, is not something I want to sign up for! No thanks. I read romance for an ESCAPE. Not for realism. If I wanted to experience men doing the bare minimum in order to lock down a beautiful and caring woman I could just live my daily life with open eyes. I’m here for happily ever afters and healthy emotions and communication! Not reality. Gross. Instead this book gave me shotgun weddings, people who weren’t mature enough for long term relationships OR babies and had both, unplanned pregnancies resulting in TWINS, lack of communication, arguments that could validly end a relationship, basic incompatibility... The fun of a romance novel is rooting for a couple to get together because you feel the chemistry. The fact that the potential of divorce between our lovely protagonists seemed like more fun to me is not a good sign. There were just so many problems between these two!! On top of that, it relied too heavily on female stereotypes for me. Like, the whole point of this book is that the wifey, whose name I don’t remember, is too #NotLikeOtherBaseballWives. She’s better than them. She wears, like, black and band shirts, you guys. You wouldn’t get it. But still, she and every other woman in this book is portrayed as exactly the same. All of them love and read romance novels. All of them love and collect washi tape. All of them are obsessed with what they wear. It’s silly. And then, I sh*t you not, every relationship somehow falls apart AGAIN in the last 10% and has to be hurriedly pressed back together like a wedding cake getting dropped on a sitcom. And it’s equally stressful and unpleasant. With a similar lack of edible cake. Bottom line: Now I want cake. And also to never think about this book again. ------------- pre-review women be reading romance novels!!! review to come / 2 stars i think ------------- not sure if i'm capable of reading anything besides romance right now. better not risk it

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    A Rom Com book from a man’s perspective! Brilliant! Gather around ladies (and gentlemen)! You are going to love this! A love story. Gavin and Thea have hit an impasse in their marriage! It all started in the bedroom, escalating off the charts from there. Ultimately ending with Gavin moving out. Only problem is....they really love each other! I mean pure, deep-down, can’t ever see myself with anyone but you kind of love!❤️ But alas, their lines of communication have broken down and they’re on very A Rom Com book from a man’s perspective! Brilliant! Gather around ladies (and gentlemen)! You are going to love this! A love story. Gavin and Thea have hit an impasse in their marriage! It all started in the bedroom, escalating off the charts from there. Ultimately ending with Gavin moving out. Only problem is....they really love each other! I mean pure, deep-down, can’t ever see myself with anyone but you kind of love!❤️ But alas, their lines of communication have broken down and they’re on very different paths. Thea is asking for a divorce, while Gavin is determined to win her back! Sometimes you need to go back to the beginning... Enter his baseball teammates and affectionately known as The Bromance Book Club! That’s right ladies, look out! These husbands and boyfriends developed their own book club to read romance novels hoping to learn the art of “wooing”!! Is that sweet, or what?! Oh my gosh, this was one of the most fun and delightful reads I’ve come across this year! I read this with a permanent smile on my face from start to finish, only to be interrupted by fits of giggles!🤭 If you’re looking for an adorable, fun Rom Com look no further! A Rom Com buddy read with Susanne that we both just loved! Thank you to Edelweiss , Berkley Publishing and Lyssa Kay Adams for an ARC to read and review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    4.5 stars This may be a book I bump up to 5 stars depending on how it sits in my feelings. Y'all know I am a sucker for second chance romance, and this is a story between a young married couple on the verge of divorce. The husband, Gavin, is brought into the "Bromance Book Club", where a group of men all read romance novels in order to unpack their own toxic masculinity, be vulnerable, explore their feelings, and reconnect with their partners. IT IS A DELIGHT! We get both Gavin and Thea's perspec 4.5 stars This may be a book I bump up to 5 stars depending on how it sits in my feelings. Y'all know I am a sucker for second chance romance, and this is a story between a young married couple on the verge of divorce. The husband, Gavin, is brought into the "Bromance Book Club", where a group of men all read romance novels in order to unpack their own toxic masculinity, be vulnerable, explore their feelings, and reconnect with their partners. IT IS A DELIGHT! We get both Gavin and Thea's perspective in all this and what allows it to work is neither person is an asshole; just flawed from past experiences. When they come together and open up more, it's magic. This was an excellent depiction of two people trying to work it out, and I was pulling for them. The only thing that grated on me slightly was Thea's sister, who also has her own baggage but was being way over the top about them not getting back together, and also that this couple reads like they are in their early 30s instead of mid-20s. But other than that, I adored it. Also, Gavin has a stutter which is shown in dialogue throughout the story and Thea is supportive and it's great to read. I plan on continuing with the books in this series, even though I know the next one involves Thea's sister. Maybe it can make me pull for her...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Might be more of a 3.5 but I'm rounding up because this was a lot of fun! I can't lie and say that it wasn't a smidge pander-y and contrived at some parts, but overall this was a really fun ride and I definitely recommend checking it out if you're interested in reading a romance about a couple staying together rather than getting together. I 10000% will be carrying on with the series! Might be more of a 3.5 but I'm rounding up because this was a lot of fun! I can't lie and say that it wasn't a smidge pander-y and contrived at some parts, but overall this was a really fun ride and I definitely recommend checking it out if you're interested in reading a romance about a couple staying together rather than getting together. I 10000% will be carrying on with the series!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Whitney Atkinson

    4.5 stars When I went into this book, I was crossing my fingers that the execution of it and the writing style matched how great the synopsis was. I'm so glad the book held up to how good it sounds, and it's definitely a memorable romance I'll be recommending! My primary concern about this book was that since it's about a married couple with kids, I wouldn't be able to relate to it or enjoy it since they're several years ahead of me on the maturity scale. Attached to that, I was hoping this wouldn 4.5 stars When I went into this book, I was crossing my fingers that the execution of it and the writing style matched how great the synopsis was. I'm so glad the book held up to how good it sounds, and it's definitely a memorable romance I'll be recommending! My primary concern about this book was that since it's about a married couple with kids, I wouldn't be able to relate to it or enjoy it since they're several years ahead of me on the maturity scale. Attached to that, I was hoping this wouldn't become a women's fiction book about fixing a marriage with no steamy scenes. Quickly, both of my fears became obsolete. The fact that this book follows characters who are already in a relationship makes it so much more real. Rather than two characters living out a dolled up romance, this is about a relationship that's dead and both characters having to fight to reanimate it. It's different than anything I've ever read and was so interesting and realistic and human. In addition, the scenes of Gavin and Thea interacting with their kids were SO wholesome. I jokingly told my friend while I was reading this that it reads like what a Nicholas Sparks book would be if Nicholas Sparks books were actually good. It talks about family issues--both in their current relationship and in their childhood trauma--while also being a cuddly romance about two adults rediscovering each other through honesty. This book was SO soft because Gavin was making an effort to be attentive to Thea's needs and insecurities, and watching them reblossom to one another was so heart warming and emotional. The writing of this book is spectacular in all areas except one. I loved when the author would delve into the character's backstories and they way she wrote their dialogue and all the humor that was folded into the Bromance Book Club. I especially loved how this book was a mix of real-time action with scenes interspersed from the regency romance book the men were reading. The reason I took off .5 stars, however, was there were moments in this book where the characters would randomly get on a soapbox about feminism that didn't match the context of the conversation at all. There were seriously some paragraphs that read like an essay for a women and gender studies class rather than a romance book because it wasn't subtle at all. The men in the book club are self-aware about feminism and toxic masculinity, which is good, but it wasn't subtle at all and ended up sounding like fan service to other women reading the book because those random feminism rants didn't sound authentic to the men's voices at all. But a part of the book I did like is that Thea, the wife, was strident in her independence and her feminism, which I enjoyed way more than when the characters went off on tangents about the male gaze and the patriarchy. But overall, this book was so addicting and enjoyable. It was quick and sweet but also the perfect amounts of meaningful and realistic. I love any romance book that takes the shininess away from relationships and delves into real human lives, and this book definitely fits that category. I can't wait to pick up a copy when it comes out!

  13. 4 out of 5

    chan ☆

    this was pretty damn good, even for a trad published romance ;) the premise of the book is that this MLB player has "lost" his wife in a sense... and the fact that he's never given her an orgasm is a big part of that. other guys on his team apparently has suffered similarly so they've formed a book club to read romances to learn how to reconnect with their wives/gf/whatever and COMMUNICATE. i'll start by saying that i typically do not like second chance romances. i'm a pretty forgiving person in this was pretty damn good, even for a trad published romance ;) the premise of the book is that this MLB player has "lost" his wife in a sense... and the fact that he's never given her an orgasm is a big part of that. other guys on his team apparently has suffered similarly so they've formed a book club to read romances to learn how to reconnect with their wives/gf/whatever and COMMUNICATE. i'll start by saying that i typically do not like second chance romances. i'm a pretty forgiving person in real life but to make a second chance romance angsty you typically have to make the guy a jack ass and a half. and i'm not really here for that. this book worked because if you've ever been in a long term relationship you get it. sometimes you lose each other and need to reconnect. and we get to see this relationship built almost from scratch. not to mention the whole idea behind the plot is cute as hell. i think that our hero, gavin, could have stood to grow a bit more throughout the book. and thea could have been more forgiving/tried to grow a bit more as well. but overall i found this to be a really sweet romance and by the end of the book i was swooning.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs. Whew! Where to start with this problematic, trainwreck of a book? The Bromance Book Club is a fun, endearing, and exciting concept. Unfortunately, it should have remained a concept, because the execution of this story was the worst I've ever experienced. As my friend concluded within the first 20 pages of reading, "Gavin didn't need to win his wife back, he needed a new wife." I felt nothing but pity for Gavin throughout this story and any real-life Gavin's who hav Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs. Whew! Where to start with this problematic, trainwreck of a book? The Bromance Book Club is a fun, endearing, and exciting concept. Unfortunately, it should have remained a concept, because the execution of this story was the worst I've ever experienced. As my friend concluded within the first 20 pages of reading, "Gavin didn't need to win his wife back, he needed a new wife." I felt nothing but pity for Gavin throughout this story and any real-life Gavin's who have to deal with monsters like Thea. This book starts out with the characters contemplating divorce after Gavin discovers his wife has been faking the big O for their entire marriage. However, this isn't the real issue - Thea asks Gavin to leave as some sort of test regarding his mind-reading abilities. Apparently, she didn't actually want him to leave, and when he did as she asked, she decides to hold this "failure" over his head for the entirety of the story. What? This is where the book club comes into play - the guys decide to mend Gavin's floundering marriage by consulting a romance novel. This sounds like a cute idea, but things continue to spiral further down the toilet. Unfortunately, the guys' dialogue in this story did not resemble real male conversation in the least. Every interaction between the men in the story seemed fake, forced, and utterly laughable. I highly doubt professional male athletes are going to drink their pumpkin-spiced lattes over a romance novel while discussing their habits of toxic masculinity. This read as a feminist manifesto of male stupidity rather than a fun ROM-COM. As with many novels heavy on feminism, there was also plenty of cat-fighting and bickering between the female characters. This makes absolutely no sense to me. If we are going to encourage women to be strong and have each other's backs, why are the women always playing games and trying to one-up each other? Will our gender never get past this fifth-grade drama? Every decision or word of Gavin's was written in a way to make him seem moronic and wrong, while his wife was the genius alpha in the relationship. Not only was this endlessly annoying, but Thea's sister, Liv, was consistently pressuring her to give up on her marriage. When Liv didn't get her way, she held it over her sister's head, guilting her out of loving her husband. Again - what?! I honestly can't believe the amount of hype this book received as problematic as it was, and I especially cannot believe I trucked through it to the final page. 

  15. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    4.5 stars Dude! The Bromance Book Club is everything you have heard it is - fun, sexy, heartwarming and addictive. I didn't want to put this book down! This is Rom-Com done right! A book from the male perspective! Sometimes love isn't enough. Especially when you find out your wife has been faking the big "O" and you flip out which gets you kicked out, so you walk out, and decide you want back in, but she is not having that. Whew! What's a guy to do? Turns out Gavin's friends know exactly what to d 4.5 stars Dude! The Bromance Book Club is everything you have heard it is - fun, sexy, heartwarming and addictive. I didn't want to put this book down! This is Rom-Com done right! A book from the male perspective! Sometimes love isn't enough. Especially when you find out your wife has been faking the big "O" and you flip out which gets you kicked out, so you walk out, and decide you want back in, but she is not having that. Whew! What's a guy to do? Turns out Gavin's friends know exactly what to do as they come together and suggest a book club of sorts where they read romance novels to learn how to keep love alive and in in Gavin's case, how to win back his wife. As this group of guys give him advice, Gavin attempts to save his marriage to Thea. I wasn't a big fan of Liv, Thea's sister who I felt was annoying and went out of her way to be rude to Gavin. I didn't see her reactions as being justified and when she told him she lived there in the house he paid for and she was being a jerk - I was thinking "show her the door". Seriously, I hope she gets her head out of her you-know-what in the next book. She did soften up at the end but has a long way to go! Enough about her, Thea and Gavin (and their daughters and dog) were adorable and very human. They both had issues and worked on them. I found this to be a pleasant surprise and could not put this book down. This isn't a book about people falling in love, it's a book about people in love with issues, and them finding their way back to the beginning, trying to get back what they lost, to become better individuals, and to move forward. The result is a fun, sexy, heartwarming and clever story. Thank you to Berkley and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Yun

    The Bromance Book Club has quite the interesting premise. Men who are experiencing trouble in their relationships read romance novels together to better understand their women and what they want, with the ultimate goal of building stronger relationships. Gavin is in this exact position. He and his wife Thea are having trouble in their marriage, and he will do anything to save them. There's a lot that I liked in here. Gavin is a sweet and well-meaning husband, though a little clueless and makes a The Bromance Book Club has quite the interesting premise. Men who are experiencing trouble in their relationships read romance novels together to better understand their women and what they want, with the ultimate goal of building stronger relationships. Gavin is in this exact position. He and his wife Thea are having trouble in their marriage, and he will do anything to save them. There's a lot that I liked in here. Gavin is a sweet and well-meaning husband, though a little clueless and makes a lot of mistakes. When he realizes his relationship is in trouble, he makes the pledge that he'll do whatever it takes to win her back, including reading romance novels. His gestures and words are kind and endearing. And I have to say it was interesting to read a romance book from a man's perspective for a change. The story also includes some blurbs from a Regency romance thrown in, which is a genre I've never read before, and I found it all to be great fun. But a lot in here didn't work for me. The biggest issue is that Thea doesn't meet Gavin halfway. She has this attitude that since he messed up, well tough luck she's done. She lies to him for years and then complains that he doesn't know what she's thinking. It really shows her lack of understanding and maturity. I found the parts written from her perspective to be considerably less compelling than Gavin's. Also she and her sister Liv spend a lot of effort bashing Gavin behind his back. It was all very whiny and childish. Overall, this was a bit of a mixed bag. I found Thea to be grating, but I liked Gavin enough to keep reading. Having men read romance novels to improve their relationships is an interesting concept, but for me, it didn't quite hit the touching or charming notes it should have. But I am excited this book introduced me to Regency romances, which I can't believe I've missed till now.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    4.5 stars This book is so stinking cute!!!!!!! I wasn't expecting to like this one as much as I did because I'm not usually a fan of second chance romance, but this book was everything. It follows a baseball player Gavin Scott who is having problems in his marriage and him and his wife are on the brink of divorce, so he joins the "Bromance Book Club" which consists of Nashville's 'top alpha men' and they read romance novels in order to understand women better. Gavin joins in the hopes he will be 4.5 stars This book is so stinking cute!!!!!!! I wasn't expecting to like this one as much as I did because I'm not usually a fan of second chance romance, but this book was everything. It follows a baseball player Gavin Scott who is having problems in his marriage and him and his wife are on the brink of divorce, so he joins the "Bromance Book Club" which consists of Nashville's 'top alpha men' and they read romance novels in order to understand women better. Gavin joins in the hopes he will be able to win his wife back. I just loved this book so much. I love that Gavin and Thea have twin daughters who are so freaking adorable, and I loved seeing them work together as parents through the good and the bad. I also just adored Gavin so much - he's my favorite type of male character because he can be hot-headed and hard on the outside at times but then he's so soft and pure and he has a stutter and he's just so sweet. Thea is also an interesting character because her parents were really fucked up and because of that she has issues with trusting people. These two were just absolutely adorable and my heart was soaring this entire novel and rooting for them every step of the way. (view spoiler)[The scenes of him taking her to the art store were freaking precious and I love the scenes of them reading together like freaking cute and relationship goals!!!!! I also love how gradually Thea just started falling for him again but how she didn't let her guard down too easily, it all just felt so authentic and real. (hide spoiler)] The ending did get a little cheesy for me, which is why I bumped off a half star, but I still highly recommend this. It was so so so cute and I can't wait to read more in this series and from this author!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a romance book, and this is the first book in the Bromance Book series. This book is about a couple a man that are having troubles in their marries, and they makes a book club where they read romance books to help save their marries. I really love this book because it was so cute and well written. I main characters are Gavin and Thea. Gavin is a baseball player and Thea is a stay at home mom that wants to go back to school. Thea asks Gavin for a divorce after Gavin moves into the guestro This is a romance book, and this is the first book in the Bromance Book series. This book is about a couple a man that are having troubles in their marries, and they makes a book club where they read romance books to help save their marries. I really love this book because it was so cute and well written. I main characters are Gavin and Thea. Gavin is a baseball player and Thea is a stay at home mom that wants to go back to school. Thea asks Gavin for a divorce after Gavin moves into the guestroom because of some issues they where having in their sex life. Gavin works hard through out this book to win her back. This is a really cute romance book. (*)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    The Bromance Book Club is adorable, sweet, and sexy, giving a new twist to the rom-com. This one was definitely lots of fun! Gavin Scott should be on top of the world. He’s a star for the Nashville Legends, a Major League Baseball team, he’s playing really well, and he has a beautiful wife and adorable twin daughters. But things between him and his wife, Thea, haven’t been good for a while, and she just kicked him out of the house, saying she wants a divorce. But Gavin’s teammate and best frie The Bromance Book Club is adorable, sweet, and sexy, giving a new twist to the rom-com. This one was definitely lots of fun! Gavin Scott should be on top of the world. He’s a star for the Nashville Legends, a Major League Baseball team, he’s playing really well, and he has a beautiful wife and adorable twin daughters. But things between him and his wife, Thea, haven’t been good for a while, and she just kicked him out of the house, saying she wants a divorce. But Gavin’s teammate and best friend knows how much his marriage means to him, so he recommends group counseling—the group being a number of local guys who have been in the same situation as Gavin and wanted to save their marriages. The key, they say, isn’t apologizing or declaring your love. It’s getting to know your wife again, reconnecting with her and recapturing the romance and passion you once had. And the best learning material? Romance novels, because they can help you woo her the way she’s always dreamed. But the most important thing is you can't share any of this information with your wife! It sounds like a ridiculous idea, but Gavin doesn’t see much alternative. Thea is ready to end their marriage permanently, and his ego and pride keep getting in the way of what he’s learning. He doesn’t realize that they both have to change, however, if this plan will work. Not only are there issues between them which need work, but each of them has their own issues they need to deal with as well. It's not going to be easy, that's for sure! This book was really adorable and pretty sexy, too. I thought it was a fun twist on the story we see so often, given that we're dealing with romance between a married couple. I love that Lyssa Kay Adams made Gavin real instead of your stereotypically sexy baseball player, and I liked most of her characters. (I will say I’m not a fan of those who sabotage relationships for whatever reason, and if you read this you’ll know who I mean.) If you're a rom-com fan, you should definitely plan to add The Bromance Book Club to your list!! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  20. 4 out of 5

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    Hero gets love advice from bro’s and books. I didn’t really know what to expect from this book. I knew it was a romantic comedy because of the premise, But I wasn’t sure if the story would be any good aside from the inherent hilarity of a bunch of guys reading and talking about romance novels. To tell the truth, that premise did lead to a few laugh out loud one liners and quotable sections of the book. The storyline was good as well. This was a book about a marriage in trouble with one of the part Hero gets love advice from bro’s and books. I didn’t really know what to expect from this book. I knew it was a romantic comedy because of the premise, But I wasn’t sure if the story would be any good aside from the inherent hilarity of a bunch of guys reading and talking about romance novels. To tell the truth, that premise did lead to a few laugh out loud one liners and quotable sections of the book. The storyline was good as well. This was a book about a marriage in trouble with one of the parties Gavin, fighting to keep the marriage, and the other, Thia is past the point where she already gave up on the marriage. Gavin couldn’t take the fact that his wife had been faking the big “O”. His pride was hurt and his insecurities blew up. He didn’t react well to the news and Thea kicked him out and he wants to make his marriage work. Thea blames him for leaving even though she kicked him out, but that isn’t the only reason she is done with him. So Gavin doesn’t have an easy road ahead of him to convince her to give him another chance. His best friend Del, from his baseball team brings him in on a secret club. Gavin thinks it is a joke at first but soon finds out that he really needs it. The club gives him a regency romance novel to read where the Hero is in a situation similar to Gavin. The book club also offers him advice on how to win Thea back. The members are famous athletes and political figures from the area. Gavin is reading the novel throughout this book. It is funny to see the comparisons between his situation and the Hero’s from the book. The Bro’s in the club also tell Gavin about how steamy the romance novels can get. Gavin decided to catch up on some reading after putting the girls to bed, but holy shit. He had no idea a major sex scene was coming up. And not just any sex scene. This was fucking filthy. Did people actually do that shit back then? Of course, we did, Lord Jelly Finger responded. Do you really think white, Western civilization invented cunnilingus in the twentieth century? Whatever. All Gavin knew was that it finally happened. He got a goddamned book boner. One thing I really liked which endeared Gavin to me was the fact that he has a stutter. He wasn’t the standard Sports Hero with all kinds of confidence and cockiness. I guess That was why I liked him so much more than Thea. Plus the fact that she basically blamed him for the fact she was faking it, saying he should have known. But did she ever tell him there was an issue? No she didn’t. Overall the books was enjoyable and it did have some steamy moments. I will give this one a heat index of 3 out of 5 flames 🔥🔥🔥. The story was extremely interesting and I have thought for a long time that if more men read romance novels, us girls would have a lot more fun in bed. Not that it isn’t fun already. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog|Goodreads|Facebook|Amazon|Twitter|BookBub

  21. 5 out of 5

    Norma

    Holy Shooty Balls! This was one amusing, sweet, and sexy rom-com that I absolutely fell in love with….it was love at first page!! I was cherishing and revelling in every single word written, not wanting it to end. THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB (Bromance Book Club #1) by LYSSA KAY ADAMS is an engaging, delightful, fun, witty, adorable, lighthearted, romantic, and brisk read that was so darn good and so refreshing to read. I was smitten with these characters, laughed out loud numerous times, and had a per Holy Shooty Balls! This was one amusing, sweet, and sexy rom-com that I absolutely fell in love with….it was love at first page!! I was cherishing and revelling in every single word written, not wanting it to end. THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB (Bromance Book Club #1) by LYSSA KAY ADAMS is an engaging, delightful, fun, witty, adorable, lighthearted, romantic, and brisk read that was so darn good and so refreshing to read. I was smitten with these characters, laughed out loud numerous times, and had a permanent smile on my face pretty much the whole time I was reading this story. LYSSA KAY ADAMS delivers quite the exciting home run here that is so adorably funny and packed full of awesome deliciousness. I thought the storytelling was absolutely brilliant and played right into my heart and the addition of the Bromance Book Club was ingenious. The book club is for men only and get this they read romance novels to boot to get a little bit of insider info on how to woo their significant other back. Loved it! I was totally taken and smitten with Gavin Scott’s character and this storyline that had me swooning and eagerly flipping those pages as fast as I could. I didn’t necessarily always love Thea’s character and wanted to have a word or two with her but let me tell you I definitely was rooting for a happy ending for them both. So I said in my short review that my full review would make a little more sense. So here it is trying to make a little more sense.....I tried reading many books while I was going through some of those horrible six (6) hour long gallbladder attacks without much luck with them distracting me from them or let alone even wanting to escape into a book for that matter. Well this is one book that totally helped distract me and made it a little bit easier to get through. Pain or fab story? Well I guess I totally escaped and endured the pain and this book was worthy enough for me to do just that!!! BTW - I had emergency gallbladder surgery so no more pain for me and on my last week of recovery! :) I read this one with my real-life sister, Brenda and we both absolutely loved and adored it! Norma’s Stats: Cover: Fun, quirky, eye-catching, attractive, appealing, colourful, intriguing and an effective representation to storyline. Cover love!!! The cover definitely caught my eye and I also knew by that cover alone that I had to read this one!!! Title: Intriguing, adorable, refreshing, clever, meaningful, and a fabulous representation to storyline. I absolutely love the title of this book and everything it represents! Writing/Prose: Well-written, fresh, clever, engaging, captivating, humorous, fluid and charming. Plot: Steamy, fun, delightful, adorable, lighthearted, fast-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and highly entertaining. Ending: A swoon-worthy and huggable ending that left me feeling quite content, happy and satisfied with. Overall: A romantic comedy that is packed full of heart that left me feeling such warmth for this book and these characters. I had so much fun with this extremely engrossing, enjoyable & entertaining book and so looking forward to reading the second book in this series. Would highly recommend! Thanks so much to Elisha from Berkley Publishing for kindly gifting me a copy of this amazing book to read! It was an absolute pleasure spending time with this one!! This review can also be seen at Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog: https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/

  22. 4 out of 5

    ✨ A ✨

    Second chance romance and a book club for guys who are trying to repair their relationships by reading romance novels ‹-- that alone made me read this book 😂 Famous baseball player Gavin Scott, has screwed up his marriage. He let his pride and fear push away the love of his life. When his wife asks for a divorce, Gavin knows he won't give up was and needs help to win her heart and trust back. And so that's where the Bromance book club comes in. A group of men, who have all found themselves in th Second chance romance and a book club for guys who are trying to repair their relationships by reading romance novels ‹-- that alone made me read this book 😂 Famous baseball player Gavin Scott, has screwed up his marriage. He let his pride and fear push away the love of his life. When his wife asks for a divorce, Gavin knows he won't give up was and needs help to win her heart and trust back. And so that's where the Bromance book club comes in. A group of men, who have all found themselves in the same situation as Gavin, read romance novels to better understand women and to improve their relationships. Gavin returned to his chair. “You guys read romance novels?” “We call them manuals,” the Russian said I loved this unique plot. I mean, just from the premise I knew I'd enjoy this one but I didn't expect it to be this awesome. It being a second-chance-romance I knew it would be heartbreaking and sad, so the book club added a great layer of humour and fun. I liked that we got POV from both Gavin and his wife, Thea. We get to view the situation from both sides and I appreciated that. The book club was honestly the best. Those parts had me laughing and aw-ing because of how serious these men were to better themselves and help one another. In my experience, the relationship - in contemporary romance - of an already married couple (especially one already with kids) is hardly explored. It was so refreshing to read about. Another unique thing about the plot was that Gavin has a stutter and it's not often I read about speech problems in books especially when it's the male MC. So props to Lyssa Kay Adams for that. The writing and pacing was A+. I finished this in one day and was left wanting more Thank goodness there is already a sequel planned because I really need more from the Bromance Book Club. « Thanks to Berkley and Edelweiss+ for providing this arc in exchange for an honest review »

  23. 5 out of 5

    elena

    I LOVED THIS SO MUCH ONE OF THE BEST CONTEMPORARY ADULT ROMANCES IVE READ ♡ ✧ a broken marriage ✧ a book club made of men who read romance novels to fix their relationship and help themselves specifically ✧ two cute twin daughters ✧ a protective sister who wants the best for her older sister that you may or may not hate but it really depends on how you take her ✧ a big guy named mack who literally thinks toxic masculinity needs to end !!! ✧ mack loves pumpkin spice lattes and thinks its sad how men fee I LOVED THIS SO MUCH ONE OF THE BEST CONTEMPORARY ADULT ROMANCES IVE READ ♡ ✧ a broken marriage ✧ a book club made of men who read romance novels to fix their relationship and help themselves specifically ✧ two cute twin daughters ✧ a protective sister who wants the best for her older sister that you may or may not hate but it really depends on how you take her ✧ a big guy named mack who literally thinks toxic masculinity needs to end !!! ✧ mack loves pumpkin spice lattes and thinks its sad how men feel embarrassed for shopping, drinking psl's, and reading romance novels !!!!!!! ✧ oh he also believes women should not change themselves for the man they love !!!!!!!!!!! ✧ he used the little mermaid as an example and how the message of it is wrong for little girls because they could get the assumption that they need to change for them which um, no, you shouldn't ✧ protect the bromance club including del, yan, the russian, and everyone else ✧ BASEBALL ✧ GAVIN IS OFFICIALLY IN SECOND PLACE FOR 'BOOK BOYFRIENDS' UNDER CAMERON HAMILTON FROM TRUST IN ME LIKE I LOVED HIM SO FUCKING MUCH I AM SO IN LOVE WITH HIM GOD HE WAS SEXY WHERE CAN I GET MYSELF A GAVIN SCOTT??? ✧ A DOG NAMED BUTTER ✧ GAVIN TAKES THEA ON A DATE TO AN ART SUPPLIES STORE BECAUSE HE KNOWS SHE LOVES ART SO MUCH ✧ GAVIN STUTTERS AND THEA DOES NOT FEEL EMBARASSED OR SAD OR PITY OR ANYTHING AND LOVES HIM FOR WHO HE IS ✧ THE BASEBALL TEAM EMBRACING THE BEAUTY OF PINTEREST AND PINTEREST BOARDS AND FINDING THEMSELVES ON THERE pls read this

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    5 Fabulous and Fun Stars. Men who read romance novels to save their ailing marriages? What a novel idea! The First Rule of Book Club: You don’t Talk about Book Club. When Gavin’s wife Thea asks for a divorce, Gavin is devastated. She is the love of his life and their little family makes him the happiest man in the world. When his teammates suggest that he join them at Book Club for a “lesson,” he gets a lot more than he bargained for - including a way to get his wife back. “The Bromance Book Club” s 5 Fabulous and Fun Stars. Men who read romance novels to save their ailing marriages? What a novel idea! The First Rule of Book Club: You don’t Talk about Book Club. When Gavin’s wife Thea asks for a divorce, Gavin is devastated. She is the love of his life and their little family makes him the happiest man in the world. When his teammates suggest that he join them at Book Club for a “lesson,” he gets a lot more than he bargained for - including a way to get his wife back. “The Bromance Book Club” stole my heart from the first. It had me smiling and rolling on the floor laughing almost immediately. The premise is wholly fresh and the character development is spot on. Marriage is tough and sometimes you need a little help from your friends to get through it. Here, the boys take their ideas of helping each other to another level and that makes you love them all the more. If you’re looking for a rom-com that will steal your heart and make you laugh, “The Bromance Book Club” is it. This was an absolutely fabulous buddy read with Kaceey! Thank you to Edelweiss, Penguin Publishing Group and Lyssa Kay Adams for the arc. Published on Goodreads and Edelweiss on 11.17.19.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I had heard lots of good things about this book and I wanted to see if they were all true -and they are! At first I wasn't into the book for some reason. I put it away for a few days and the picked it up again and then... we clicked. I can't pinpoint exactly what part I was reading that had me rolling my eyes and laughing at the same time but it was great. Reading about this men trying to be better husbands and men in general by reading romance novels and working on their toxic traits was an expe I had heard lots of good things about this book and I wanted to see if they were all true -and they are! At first I wasn't into the book for some reason. I put it away for a few days and the picked it up again and then... we clicked. I can't pinpoint exactly what part I was reading that had me rolling my eyes and laughing at the same time but it was great. Reading about this men trying to be better husbands and men in general by reading romance novels and working on their toxic traits was an experience. I liked all the characters and while I struggled a bit with Thea and her sister (even knowing where it was all coming from) I knew I was going to end up loving them all and I did. I don't know if I see myself reading this story multiple times but I will pick up the next book soon.

  26. 4 out of 5

    EmBibliophile

    4.5 stars After hesitating for so long, I’m glad I finally picked this book up! It was so sweet and cute as hell! "You guys read romance novels?” “We call them manuals.” Unfortunately, the reason for my hesitation is the same as why I didn’t give this a five star. Thea. I tried. I really tried to get over how I feel about her, but I couldn’t. I mean, there are problems? Talk about them honey! I didn’t like how she handled everything from the beginning. It was annoying and frustrating how she was co 4.5 stars After hesitating for so long, I’m glad I finally picked this book up! It was so sweet and cute as hell! "You guys read romance novels?” “We call them manuals.” Unfortunately, the reason for my hesitation is the same as why I didn’t give this a five star. Thea. I tried. I really tried to get over how I feel about her, but I couldn’t. I mean, there are problems? Talk about them honey! I didn’t like how she handled everything from the beginning. It was annoying and frustrating how she was constantly attacking her husband for being oblivious when she’s the one who should have been honest from the beginning! It was so easy for her to believe the worst about him. I understand her, but I didn’t like how she dealt with everything and I was frustrated with how she was continuously attacking Gavin! Gavin was so sweet! He’s my favorite character in this book! He’s a little bit oblivious but so sweet and caring. I loved his relation with his friends and his little girls. I loved how he was willing to do everything to get his wife back. Watching him trying to get his wife back was so freakin adorable. Thea’s sister was kinda annoying too. I understand that she loves her sister and care about her, but loving someone is supporting their decisions, not getting mad if they didn’t do what you want. I didn’t like how she handled everything. This was a really fun enjoyable read tho. I loved the bromance bookclub and the idea of the book. I mean, a bunch of sporty guys who read romance books to help them understand women? Yeah, super cute! Song recommendation: Happier by Marshmallow ft. Bastille All you had to do was stay by Taylor Swift Sorry by Justin Bieber

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linaria

    Her: OMG I HATE YOU MOVE OUT Him: Ok, if that's what you want Her: HOW DARE YOU MOVE OUT, THIS RELATIONSHIP IS OVER Seriously, this is how the book goes. I thought that this would be a light, funny romance. Unfortunately, while the premise was absolutely ridiculous in the best way, the book took itself way too seriously. Not to mention the book gets awfully serious in parts which just didn't vibe with me with the wacky premise. I took a chance on this book, and it definitely didn't hit a home run. Her: OMG I HATE YOU MOVE OUT Him: Ok, if that's what you want Her: HOW DARE YOU MOVE OUT, THIS RELATIONSHIP IS OVER Seriously, this is how the book goes. I thought that this would be a light, funny romance. Unfortunately, while the premise was absolutely ridiculous in the best way, the book took itself way too seriously. Not to mention the book gets awfully serious in parts which just didn't vibe with me with the wacky premise. I took a chance on this book, and it definitely didn't hit a home run. I know, I'm hilarious.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Gavin Scott is the second baseman for the Nashville Legends pro baseball team and his marriage is in trouble. He recently discovered that his wife Thea has faked having orgasms with him, all but one, and he didn’t handle it well. Not realizing this was just a symptom of bigger problems, Gavin’s reaction was the proverbial straw that broke their fragile relationship. Now he’s desperate to get his family back and when he’s approached by some of his biggest alpha team members about joining their se Gavin Scott is the second baseman for the Nashville Legends pro baseball team and his marriage is in trouble. He recently discovered that his wife Thea has faked having orgasms with him, all but one, and he didn’t handle it well. Not realizing this was just a symptom of bigger problems, Gavin’s reaction was the proverbial straw that broke their fragile relationship. Now he’s desperate to get his family back and when he’s approached by some of his biggest alpha team members about joining their secret book club, he’s skeptical. I wanted this book the moment I heard about it and I knew I wanted it on audio. Best decisions ever because I loved both. This book club was all about reading romance novels to learn more about what women want and applying that knowledge. To say Gavin was leery is an understatement but he’s given a regency romance novel as his guide. There are too many laugh-out-loud moments to recount and they help balance the more serious moments devoted to the very real marital issues Gavin and Thea shoulder. I loved this book and one surprise element was the inclusion of whole passages from the regency novel, performed by Maxwell Caulfield, which linked clearly to Gavin’s next steps. As the story is told primarily from Gavin’s point of view, it was insightful to get a male’s point of view. We also get Thea’s regularly, which underscored that both of them contributed to the sad state of their marriage. This was the fun I was looking for and the story of substance I didn’t expect. I hadn’t heard Andrew Eiden before but he was excellent as Gavin. Loved listening to this so much that I finished it in a day. Bravo that this is now a series, one with so much fertile material for future stories I don’t want it to end anytime soon. (Thanks to Penguin Random House Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    The first rule of book club: You don't talk about book club. Lyssa Kay Adams has hit a homerun with this fun and clever story. This was a second chance romance with a unique angle. A married couple on the brink of divorce trying to heal (well at least Gavin was). Gavin is a big-time professional baseball player who is hitting grand slams on the field and striking out in the bedroom. After the game of his life Gavin discovers that his wife of three years Thea has been faking it. Gavin’s ego an The first rule of book club: You don't talk about book club. Lyssa Kay Adams has hit a homerun with this fun and clever story. This was a second chance romance with a unique angle. A married couple on the brink of divorce trying to heal (well at least Gavin was). Gavin is a big-time professional baseball player who is hitting grand slams on the field and striking out in the bedroom. After the game of his life Gavin discovers that his wife of three years Thea has been faking it. Gavin’s ego and pride are wounded so he moves into the guestroom and that ultimately leads to Thea asking him to leave. Gavin does not want a divorce, so after a night of drinking several of the best known men of Nashville including some of his teammates approach him with an answer to his problems. The Bromance Bookclub, A group of alpha men reading romance and learning the secrets of what women truly want. Told from the perspectives of both Gavin and Thea, I have to admit I found Gavin the more empathetic character. I mean the guy was trying so hard. I just found him to be such an endearing character I loved how he was this big strong athlete and yet he was so vulnerable and insecure. I was thinking hey if Thea won’t take you back, I will! Thea was hard to understand, I know she had some major daddy issues and like to be the martyr, but she needed to accept some responsibility in the breakdown of this marriage. And her sister Liv did not help at all. A tiny niggle I had with this book was the age of the twins, I could never put my finger on how old these girls were supposed to be. Three? They acted much older than that, but I couldn’t make the math work any other way. Not a big deal, but it does seem to be a common problem in Books. The best part of the story really was bookclub itself, it was so hilarious listening to these men discuss romance books. This book in emojis: ⚾️ 📚 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 *** Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book *** ~you Can Also Find My Reviews At Instagram| Twitter| Blog|

  30. 5 out of 5

    Navessa

    I’m buying ten copies of this book and giving it to all of the idiot men in my life for Christmas. Subtle? Nope. Fucks given about that: zero. “Look, man. Men are idiots. We complain that women are so mysterious and shit, and we never know what they want. We fuck up our relationships because we convince ourselves that it’s too hard to figure them out. But the real problem is with us. We think we’re not supposed to feel things and cry and express ourselves. We expect women to do all the emotiona I’m buying ten copies of this book and giving it to all of the idiot men in my life for Christmas. Subtle? Nope. Fucks given about that: zero. “Look, man. Men are idiots. We complain that women are so mysterious and shit, and we never know what they want. We fuck up our relationships because we convince ourselves that it’s too hard to figure them out. But the real problem is with us. We think we’re not supposed to feel things and cry and express ourselves. We expect women to do all the emotional labor in a relationship and then act confused when they give up on us.” I needed this book. I’m 35 years old. I’ve been with my husband for well over a decade. I love him. So much. But sometimes I want to shake him until his teeth rattle. This book is cathartic AF for anyone who has been in a long term relationship and has (at any point in time) been absolutely baffled by their partner’s behavior. Or fed up with it. There’s a passage in here about how men expect a gold star for loading the dishwasher when it’s nothing more than a basic responsibility that any goddamn adult in the house should do automatically, without congratulations, and friends, I have HAD THIS CONVERSATION with other women. This book is also relatable AF for anyone who has been in a long term relationship and has (at any point) felt like they’re being consumed by it. That they’ve lost part of themselves or lessened themselves for their partner. I feel like most of us experience this crisis of self eventually. This story really centers around that premise and portrays it in such a believable way. It doesn’t just happen overnight, but in increments so small that you don’t even realize what’s happening and then one day you wake up, take a look at your life, and just think, “My God.” This is the headspace of the female lead, Thea. Her husband, Gavin, is a professional baseball player. Between their whirlwind courtship (and unplanned pregnancy), and him being suddenly called up into the majors, neither had time to prepare for the limelight. When your partner is away half of the year, any communication problems can quickly become massive roadblocks to a relationship. And that’s just what happens here. The dam finally bursts between them, and the resulting flood of words is…not very constructive (<- massive understatement). Things left unsaid are dragged into the open, secrets are revealed, and their marriage is left in tatters. Thea is done. She’s had enough of Gavin, his shit, and the world that he now lives in. Gavin is not done. And when he realizes just how close he is to divorce, he decides he’ll do whatever it takes to win his wife back. Including joining a…book club? For men? Who read romance novels to learn how to be better at relationships? I have to admit, that blurb sold me. This level of WTFery is right up my alley. I thought it would either be brilliant, or ridiculous (I prayed for brilliance). I mean, trying to learn how to be a better husband by reading historical romance? A genre, that can sometimes be cliched, antiquated, and problematic AF? What could go wrong there? Lyssa Kay Adams pulled it off SO HARD THOUGH. The men in this are woke as hell. They realize that they can’t take these books at face value. That beneath the over the top miscommunications and grand gestures there are valuable life and relationship lessons to be found. Does Gavin do everything right? Oh, no. He’s new to wokeness, and he makes some pretty big mistakes. But he is determined, and kind, and steadfast. Be warned: Thea can be small-minded, petty, and just as culpable as her husband in destroying their marriage, while also refusing to examine or admit to her own behavior. Look, I GET IT. I understand why she is so upset. Her anger is so valid. But what I’m not okay with is how that anger materializes. She tells Gavin to do things to test him – wanting him to do the opposite. Right. Totally fair. She at one point uses sex as a weapon. Super uncool. And while Gavin does everything he can to recognize his own shortcomings in their relationship and work on them, she does…nothing. For most of the book. Real talk: I think a lot of readers are going to struggle here. Even I did, and I got married and divorced for the first time when I was very young. By the time our relationship ended, I was DONE. I was so done that I gave him everything and walked away with nothing. In the end, I didn’t want to forgive him. There was literally nothing he could have done to save our marriage at that point. So Thea really resonated with me at times because of this, and yet I still struggled with her character. The main reason is because while Gavin’s character learns and evolves throughout the story, all of her character growth came towards the very end. I just wanted to point this out less to gripe and more to warn other readers that you might get VERY frustrated with this female lead at times, but in the end, it’s definitely worth it. Aside from Thea, my one other issue is that the men were more woke/progressive/feminist than the women in here? It was…confusing for me. What didn’t help matters was that other than Thea and her sister, almost all of the other women portrayed in the book were WAGs (wives and girlfriends) of famous athletes, and they were so…stereotypical. They were the “mean girls”, complete with all of the problematic behavior that comes with that. For once I would love to read a sports romance in which the female side characters break the mold and help each other instead of trying to bring each other down in a million small and petty ways. My few qualms aside, I really enjoyed this book. It was at turns hilarious, uplifting, steamy, and cathartic as all get out. If you’re looking for a hero with a killer character arc and an incredibly refreshing set of male friends, this one is for you. Blog | FB | Twitter | IG | Pinterest | Tumblr | YouTube

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