The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams – A Review

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The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Romance | Contemporary
Published by Berkley
Released November 5th, 2019
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Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_5_stars

“We are all the sum total of our experiences at any given time, and our reactions to things are shaped by them. Just like in romance novels. Whatever a character went through before the start of the book will eventually determine how they react to things that happen in the book.”

I have a feeling that many of you have read, heard of, or have seen this book already. It’s been all over the book community since it’s release at the end of 2019, and it was definitely one of the most hyped romance books of last year.

After hearing a few of my favorite reviewers talk about how much they loved this book, I decided to put it on hold at my library. There was a very long wait, but it was absolutely worth it.

The novel focuses on a single couple: famous baseball player Gavin and his wife Thea. Gavin discovers that his wife has been faking it in bed, which leads to his moving out and her seeking a divorce. Gavin wants to smooth things out, but Thea is determined that their relationship is over.

Gavin’s friends, mainly other players from his team, help him out by inviting him to a secret book club where they read romance novels in order to improve their relationships. Skeptical at first, Gavin is hesitant to read Courting the Countess, but then he discovers that there might be some good advice in the book after all. Gavin convinces Thea to let him move in and attempt to woo her back within a single month, or the divorce will become final.

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Lyssa Kay Adams

The book had all of the elements that I expected it to. Plenty of hilarious scenes, sexy and strong men, sweet moments, steamy moments, and a solid story. I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did, but it deserves the five stars that I’m giving it!

Let’s talk about the characters first. Gavin was definitely my favorite character, and the one I sympathized with the most. He’s loyal to his family and wants to fix things, and eventually manages to admit his own mistakes in the marital problems that he and Thea are having. I definitely had a massive book crush on him throughout the book, and I’d be surprised if many readers didn’t feel the same way. Plus, I love the insults that Gavin picks up while reading Courting the Countess: “Qualling shard-bone canker blossom” is definitely the best insult that I’ve ever heard!

Thea, on the other hand, I had a harder time with. Her character was well-written and I understood her motivations, but at the same time, she seemed to get mad at Gavin for doing things she asked, such as moving out. She also lied to him for their whole relationship and then felt like the victim when he got mad. Again, I get where she is coming from for a lot of the book, but that doesn’t mean I agree with her actions.

The side characters also had big personalities, and I enjoyed the banter between Gavin and his friends. Such as this quote from his friend Mack that I loved:

“Don’t be ashamed for liking [pumpkin spice lattes]. The backlash against the PSL 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?”

When I went into this novel, I was worried that the sports aspect of it would turn me off. I hate sports, especially baseball. Fortunately, however, the baseball aspect of this story is all in the background. If you’re like me and tend to avoid sports-heavy novels, you’ll be safe with this one.

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One of the things I really enjoyed about Lyssa Kay Adams’ storytelling is her ability to write in two very distinct voices for her characters. The novel is told in alternating perspectives, from both Thea and Gavin, and it was refreshing to read the man’s perspective in a romance novel. Also, there are excerpts of Courting the Countess woven throughout the book, which by itself is an intriguing story.

Finally, I want to talk about my absolute favorite aspect of this novel. Gavin has a stutter. I’ve mentioned plenty of times on this blog that I have a speech impediment, and although it’s of a different type than Gavin’s, I was so excited to see that kind of representation. It was so well done, and his having a stutter was not treated as a huge deal, it was just part of who he was while not defining him.

There was so much that I loved about this novel, and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel, Undercover Bromance, which was released on March 10th. If you’ve been searching for a sweet love story that focuses on mending a relationship rather than starting one, I’d 100% recommend The Bromance Book Club.


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The Protector by Elin Peer – A Review

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The Protector (Men of the North #1) by Elin Peer
Romance | Science Fiction
Self-Published
Released July 6, 2017
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Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_2_stars

The Protector is a book that is way out of my comfort zone because it’s a smutty romance novel, which I don’t read very often. I was in the mood for some romance, though, and found this book for free on Kindle Unlimited.

This is the first book in a ten-book series set in a futuristic dystopian world recovering from a devastating war. The inhabitable parts of the world are split in half, one half being the Motherland and the other being called the Northlands.

The Motherland is ruled entirely by women, a decision that was made due to their belief that World War III was caused by men. The story is set 400 years into the future, and the war left much of the planet completely uninhabitable. The Motherland is pacifistic, vegan, and people no longer enter into marriages or paired relationships. Men living in the Motherlands tend to be small and docile, with many “feminine” qualities.

Then we have the Northlands. In the Motherlands, it is against the law to visit the Northlands or possess photos of the “Nmen” who live there. The Northlands are inhabited almost entirely by men, with only a few women. Whereas men in the Motherlands are small and docile, men in the Northlands are strong, eat meat, hunt, and have more traditional views on relationships (some of which are outdated by even our standards).

Our main character, Christina Sanders, is an archaeologist who convinces her government to let her enter the Northlands to excavate the remains of a library. When she arrives, she is given a bodyguard, as the ruler of the Northlands knows it will be difficult to protect her in a land where women are scarce. However, Christina is horrified to find that she has to choose her “protector” after men fight to the death to be considered for the position. She chooses Alexander Boulder, one of the most prominent men in the kingdom and a very successful businessman (although we never learn much about what he does in the book). In order to remain in the Northlands to excavate, she is forced to marry Alexander.

Now that we have the plot out of the way, let’s get into my thoughts on the book. While there were definitely some very, very steamy scenes in the book, I just couldn’t get behind this novel. The world-building was weak at best, the characters were all walking cliches, and the sexism was so blatant that I was barely able to get through it.

In the Motherlands, men are docile and delicate (I know I keep using that word docile, but I seriously have no other word to describe them), and due to their lack of masculinity, women no longer enjoy sex. Also, women now rule the world entirely because they believe men to be unfit for ruling and are too warlike and brutish. Christina is swept off her feet by Alexander because she’s never been turned on by a man before. The gender stereotypes were so annoying and off-putting and were such a big part of the book that I had to force myself to finish reading it.

The main characters all act like children and none of them are at all believable. Much of the book was predictable and boring.

I just can’t recommend this book. There have got to be better dystopian romances out there. If you know of any, please leave your recommendations in the comments!


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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – A Review

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
Romance | Contemporary
Published by Gallery Books
Released May 14, 2019
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Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_4_stars

You may have already heard of Christina Lauren’s The Unhoneymooners because it is one of the most hyped romance books of 2019 and has been making its way through the book community. It’s no wonder – the book is pretty damn good.

The Unhoneymooners starts with a wedding. The bride, Ami, is obsessed with winning contests and getting things for free, so most of the wedding was won (which doesn’t sound all that bad!). Her maid-of-honor is her identical twin sister Olive.

At the wedding reception, the guests enjoy a seafood buffet, which was provided for free as Ami won the catering in a contest. The only two people who do not partake of the buffet is Olive, and the best man, Ethan, Ami’s new brother-in-law. Turns out that Olive and Ethan are the two luckiest people at the wedding, as everyone who ate the buffet gets violently ill.

Ami’s honeymoon is also something that she won, and it’s non-refundable and non-transferable. Ami convinces Olive to go on the honeymoon posing as her, along with Ethan.

Oh, and I forgot to mention – Olive and Ethan loathe one another.

As you can imagine, their hatred leads to a hate-to-love story with a lot of hijinks. It’s a trope that is often overplayed, but it was done very well in this book. The growing chemistry between Olive and Ethan was realistic and exciting, making the steamy scenes in the book that much better.

The book is told from Olive’s perspective, which is great, but I do wish we had gotten a dual narrative here because Ethan’s thoughts about Olive would have been fun to read.

There is also an interesting sub-plot in this novel concerning Ami and her new husband Dane, but due to not wanting to give away spoilers, I’ll just say that it made the book more interesting.

The Unhoneymooners is an absolutely perfect summer read. It’s hilarious and sweet in equal parts. This was my introduction to Christina Lauren, and I’ll be reading their other books for sure.


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