Arc Review: A Very Merry Bromance (Bromance Book Club #5) by Lyssa Kay Adams

Title: A Very Merry Bromance (Bromance Book Club #5)
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Publication Date: November 1st, 2022
Publisher: Berkley
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a complimentary earc to review! All opinions are my own.

‘Tis the season for a Bromance Book Club matchmaking mission! This time, they’re pulling out the mistletoe for everyone’s favorite country music star, Colton, and his second chance at love.
Country music’s golden boy Colton Wheeler felt the most perfect harmony when he was with Gretchen Winthrop. But for her, it was a love him and leave him situation. A year later, Colton is struggling to push his music forward in a new direction. If it weren’t about to be the most magical time of year and the support of the Bromance Book Club, he’d be wallowing in self-pity.
It’s hard for immigration attorney Gretchen not to feel a little Scrooge-ish about the excess of Christmas when her clients are scrambling to afford their rent. So when her estranged, wealthy family reaches out with an offer that will allow her to better serve the community, she’s unable to say no. She just needs to convince Colton to be the new face of her family’s whiskey brand. No big deal…
Colton agrees to consider Gretchen’s offer in exchange for three dates before Christmas. With the help of the Bromance Book Club, Colton throws himself into the task of proving to her there’s a spark between them. But Gretchen and Colton will both need to overcome the ghosts of Christmas past to build a future together.” (Goodreads)

I LOVED this book! It was the perfect mix of romance and Christmas. And of course, our Bromance Book Club was back!

The book is told from two point-of-views and they come from Gretchen and Colton. They both come from different backgrounds and met by chance through a mutual friend. They both share one passionate night and she’s off without ever making contact again until a year later. I’m not usually one for second-chances, but wow! This was done so well and I couldn’t help but root for this sunshine and grump duo.

Colton and Gretchen are both dealing with their careers. One has a new job opportunity (well they both do in some way, ha) and the other is trying to find their muse. It’s not just about careers though. Gretchen has been the outcast of her family for as long as she can remember. She has lived life to the beat of her own drum. It was sad to read about her hardships and the way they treated her. It does cause a lot of drama and it definitely had my jaw dropping! Gretchen just wants a place to call home and “family” that cares. Colton wants to make all of that happen and more. A real swoony guy and I was here for it all.

The book club aspect wasn’t as big in this one and I was okay with that. The featured romance book pick was a thing between Gretchen and Colton and I think it was very sweet that he was showing her that love can happen in unexpected ways. The book club men, and their partners/families, are still around and give the best found family vibes. I wish it was a real group because I’d love to be a part of it.

Overall, this was another amazing edition to the series. I feel like I said this for the last one but, this was by far the best! I laughed and I cried all the way through. It had the perfect Christmas atmosphere and I just can’t help but fall more in love with these characters. This author seriously outdoes herself! Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face (9/5/21)

Hello Bookworms!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s prompt is Books Guaranteed to Put a Smile On Your Face. I’m going to assume that I am recommending you all books that would do that from the books that I have read that did it to me! If not, then I don’t know, haha! I’m just going to roll with it and go through my memory to remember some lovely books.

1.) Well Met Series by Jen DeLuca

2.) Moose Springs, Alaska Series by Sarah Morgenthaler

3.) The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

4.) XOXO by Axie Oh

5.) A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor McNamey

6.) Glimpsed by G.F. Miller

7.) The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty

8.) Made in Korea by Sarah Suk

9.) The Marriage Game by Sara Desai

10.) The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

What’s a book or series has put a smile on your face and you would recommend to others? Any of these on your tbr or that you have read?

Let me know in the comments below!

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-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Arc Review: Isn’t It Bromantic? (Bromance Book Club #4) by Lyssa Kay Adams

Title: Isn’t It Bromantic? (Bromance Book Club #4)
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Genre: Adult Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date: July 20th, 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for an earc to read in exchange for a review!

With his passion for romance novels, it was only a matter of time before Vlad wrote one.

Elena Konnikova has lived her entire adult life in the shadows. As the daughter of a Russian journalist who mysteriously disappeared, she escaped danger the only way she knew how: She married her childhood friend, Vladimir, and moved to the United States, where he is a professional hockey player in Nashville.

Vlad, aka the Russian, thought he could be content with his marriage of convenience. But it’s become too difficult to continue in a one-sided relationship. He joined the Bromance Book Club to learn how to make his wife love him, but all he’s learned is that he deserves more. He’s ready to create his own sweeping romance—both on and off the page.

The bros are unwilling to let Vlad forgo true love—and this time they’re not operating solo. They join forces with Vlad’s neighbors, a group of meddling widows who call themselves the Loners. But just when things finally look promising, Elena’s past life intrudes and their happily ever after is cast into doubt.” (Goodreads)

From the beginning of this series, I loved the Russian aka Vlad. He was humorous and romantic. I’m so glad that the author decided to give him his own book because he deserves all the love and happiness that this book had to offer!

One thing I always enjoy about these books is the dual point-of-view. We already know Vlad but we know nothing about his mysterious wife, Elena. I liked getting to know her and the feelings she has towards Vlad both before and after their marriage of convenience. Also that trope was exceptional in this book!

Elena is very passionate about journalism and uncovering her father’s truth that is connected with his disappearance. When it comes to this series, this was the most intense. I do like seeing the continual theme of how women can be poorly treated whether it’s a work environment or being trafficked from another country in hopes for a better future. Trafficking is such an important issue and I’m glad to see it get page time.

Vlad is the best cinnamon roll in the world. His love life wasn’t what I was expecting at all but it made me appreciate him more. I also love his love for animals because it’s exactly how I am, haha. Give me all the animals! His life doesn’t just revolve around hockey either. Since Vlad is passionate about romance novels, he has decided to write his own. It’s always nice to get snippets of what the men are reading or in this case, working on.

Their relationship is rocky from the beginning. They tiptoe around one another and don’t have the best communication. I loved seeing them work through their problems slowly and get the help they need from those around them.

Another trope I loved in this book was the found family. Not only is the Bromance Book Club always there for their members but Vlad also had another group made up of ladies who had lost their husbands and were alone. They also came to the rescue for his marriage and worked with Elena. It just gave me all the feelings.

Overall, this was my favorite book so far. I’m glad I finally sat down to read it as it was so worth it! I am curious if there will be more books. I feel like there was a hint at a new relationship but only time will tell!

E-Arc Review: Crazy Stupid Bromance (Bromance Book Club #3) by Lyssa Kay Adams

Title: Crazy Stupid Bromance (Bromance Book Club #3)
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: October 27th, 2020
Publisher: Berkley

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an e-copy to review. All opinions are my own.





“A hacktivist and a cat café owner decode the friend zone in this romantic comedy from the author of Undercover Bromance.

Alexis Carlisle and her cat café, ToeBeans, have shot to fame after she came forward as a victim of a celebrity chef’s sexual harassment. When a new customer approaches to confide in her, the last thing Alexis expects is for the woman to claim they’re sisters. Unsure what to do, Alexis turns to the only man she trusts—her best friend, Noah Logan.

Computer genius Noah left his rebellious teenage hacker past behind to become a computer security expert. Now he only uses his old skills for the right cause. But Noah’s got a secret: He’s madly in love with Alexis. When she asks for his help, he wonders if the timing will ever be right to confess his crush.

Noah’s pals in The Bromance Book Club are more than willing to share their beloved “manuals” to help him go from bud to boyfriend. But he must decide if telling the truth is worth risking the best friendship he’s ever had.” (Goodreads)

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the cover. I love it! The cat is just so adorable I want to snuggle it! Out of the covers, this one is my favorite.

I was really excited to continue on with this series. I was pleasantly surprised by the first book and even the second book had me hooked. This one was good in it’s own way but it was my least favorite and I didn’t enjoy it as much as the other two.

This book follows Alexis and Noah and their relationship from friends-to-lovers. This trope isn’t a favorite but I liked how close they were as friends. Each one would do anything for the other. When others didn’t understand their dynamic, they didn’t make much of it. They knew how important it was to be together even if that meant staying friends just in case the other didn’t feel the same.

I will say that they aren’t my favorite couple in the series and it may be because they just weren’t two of my favorite characters. I do remember Alexis from the second book but I actually don’t remember much about Noah. Where as with Gavin I could relate because he was married and Mack is just so lovable!

When it comes to the plot, there is a lot going on. An angry shop owner, organ transplants, figuring out the past, and finding the courage to make the next step. There is plenty of drama from all of them! Some were done better than others. One didn’t really have a conclusion and I wanted to know what the verdict was.

Since this is a part of the Bromance Book Club many old characters are still a part of the plot. I liked seeing them once again and they are always ready to help a fellow man in need!

If there is a next one, I hope it is about the Russian. I know he has an interesting story to tell and I felt like the author was hinting at him in this one! (P.S. It has been confirmed!)

Overall, it was still a good book but it just didn’t hit a high mark for me.

Undercover Bromance: E-Arc Review

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46842429Title: Undercover Bromance (Bromance Book Club #2)
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Genre: Contemporary/Romance
Publication Date: March 10th, 2020

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction.

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.

Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assist Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart… even while she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.”(Goodreads)

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After reading The Bromance Book Club, I knew I needed to continue with this series. A book club made by men to read romance novels is so appealing! I also came to really Mack’s character because even though he did flirt a lot, I wanted to know his story. This book was perfect for that!

Just like in the last book there are two point-of-views: Braden Mack and Liv.

Braden Mack is a very charming and interesting guy. He loves to woo the ladies and at times it can be a bit overwhelming for them. Sometimes he relies too much on the romance books and doesn’t let the women he dates see the real him. He does try really hard to hide his family’s past and that does eventually catch up to him. I love how even though he is seen as this confident guy, he really is a soft teddy bear who just wants to find love.

Liv, like her sister Thea, has issues due to their parents. It’s hard for her to trust, especially men. I definitely could relate when it comes to trusting others. It’s hard and its even harder coming from a hard past. She uses her hard exterior to keep people at bay but who can resist Braden Mack? Seriously, these two together was everything I needed. They banter and they have to learn a lot about one another and also learn to let go of their pasts.

The plot for this one focuses on sexual harassment in the workplace. It’s a hard subject and one that isn’t talked about often but has been getting more press lately over the past few years. I think that it was handled nicely and it was good to see many of the guys in the book sticking up for the women and wanting to help them in any way they could.

My one complaint would be that this one lacked the pages of the book they read as a club. Only one small part was mentioned unlike the last book where it was throughout.

Overall, I think this was a great second book and that ending had me swooning!