Review: The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
“That’s why fiction resonates with people. It speaks to universal truths.”
Name: The Bromance Book Club
Author: Lyssa Kay Adamas
Series: Book 1 of The Bromance Book Club Series
Genre: Adult, Romance, Sports
A Book club and hot men? Sign me up! This story was definitely fun and very unique. It discusses the issue of men not being able to be sensitive and how this is a misconception of how men should really behave. They utilize romance books to "guide" themselves on how to be good men and good with their significant others. The whole premise was good and I enjoyed the message the author was trying to bring to the table, but overall there are scenes and dialogue that felt too much like a Ted Talk and not like a real conversation.
One of Nashvilles biggest hotties and baseball players is on the brink of getting a divorce of the woman he actually loves. One of the reason is that our main heroine has been faking the Big O, in the years of their marriage (which is pretty much the whole relationship). However, the biggest issue for her is his disappearing act and him not actually being there. Toss that to the fact that they have twins together and a messy relationship. the divorce is about to get nasty. But, the main problem is that they are still wholly in love with each other.
I enjoyed the getting back together part of the story. I enjoyed how they didn't give up on each other. How Gavin searches everywhere on how to win his wife back and how the love he has for his family really shows. I believe in second chances, and I feel the author dealt with this part amazingly.
Now, the main problem of the book for me was how unrealistic it was at parts. One of the ways that Gavin tries to win his wife back is by joining this guys book club, where they read romances in order to know how to be good lovers. Although I understand the message, I kind of thought it was a little immature and not realistic. The romantic dialogue between Gavin and his wife were spot on, but the "Feminist" conversations the men were having seemed too forced for the message to actually come across.
“Don’t be ashamed for liking them. The backlash against the PSL [Pumpkin Spice Latte] is a perfect example of how toxic masculinity permeates even the most mundane things in life. 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?”
“We shouldn’t assume that women and girls don’t know the difference between reality and fantasy. We don’t fear that men who read murder mysteries and thrillers are going to have a hard time not becoming serial killers, so why should we assume that a girl won’t know that she doesn’t have to change from a mermaid to human in order to find love just because of a movie?”
-- 3 stars --