Isn’t It Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams

Isn’t It Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Nothing beats a Bromance book club read! I’ve been so excited to read the Russian’s story – he’s a fixture in every novel of hers and I was so happy to finally sit down and enjoy his own romance. I tore through this whole book on a single plane ride, I literally couldn’t put it down!

Vlad (the Russian) Konnikov is a bromance book club member with a big secret: his marriage is fake. When he left Russia to play hockey in the United States, he married his childhood best friend, Elena – but their marriage has never been real and their friendship grew further apart. Now, Elena is back from school, but she doesn’t want to give their marriage another shot…she wants to go home.

Elena lost her father when he was murdered while following a story as a journalist in Russia. The Konnikov’s raised her, and when her childhood best friend Vlad promises to whisk her away in the wake of that death, she takes it – but it’s not the love and companionship she always wanted. Instead, she goes away to school to learn to be a journalist herself, and finally solve the story that ended her father’s life.

Now, Vlad is injured and Elena sees caring for him as the last good deed she can do her friend before she returns home to move on with her life. But, it’s bringing them closer together: closer than they’ve been in years, to truly unpack their marriage.

Sorry for the long description, but there’s so much happening in this book! There’s a lot of different elements holding your attention and keeping you interested from moment to moment. There’s even more to it than I was able to describe here; just so many characters and plots and amazing intricacies this series has been able to pick up along the way.

You just can’t help but love anything Lyssa writes. Vlad is my favorite “bro” so far, honestly, and when the arc of the story finally came down to dealing with the problems in their marriage, I just didn’t want to believe he could be in the wrong! He’s just too adorable, like a big puppy. Elena’s actions felt hurtful and self motivated and I wanted to ruthlessly defend poor Vlad – but it’s fair to acknowledge he was also part of the problem. Communication, and communication issues, take a front seat in many of these books and even have me calling myself out on occasion. I learn so much reading these and their total dissection of the romance novel.

I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating: if you haven’t listened to Lyssa on The Laydown Podcast with Gibson’s Bookstore out of Concord, NH, do it!! The interview will absolutely give you a whole new appreciation for this series and her ability to weave a good story. These are honestly underrated, even though they’re highly rated…(especially by me).

I loved that Vlad was also writing his own romance novel! The intermittent parts of the books that usually pull in the story the book club is reading instead take the form of Vlad’s own book, where he grapples with much of his own marriage and the things he’s learning about love. It was cute and creative, and again, highlights the softness of the Russian and the whole group.

Obviously, five out of five from me. Ten out of five, if my rating system went that high. I will read everything she ever publishes, honest to goodness. Please, please go get yourself a copy of Isn’t It Bromantic? on July 20, 2021.

A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I am writing this VERY TIRED from the couch because I could not control myself and I read this whole book last night. Please send help, and caffeine.

I actually hadn’t ever read The Bromance Book Club even though this book is all over the internet and a highly recommended romance. I figured it was about time, so I grabbed a copy. And now here we are, without sleep but with exceptionally sized bags under my eyes!

Gavin, a Nashville baseball player in the major leagues, has officially screwed up his marriage. After a debacle we’re calling “The Big O-No”, his wife Thea has filed for divorce. But a group of Nashville’s rich and famous have a secret that just might save him: a romance book club.

With the help of a book called Courting the Countess, Gavin is going to win over his wife and get her back. But there’s so many more problems at play here beyond The Big O-No, and Thea isn’t going down without a fight.

I just LOVED this book. I think Lyssa nails a male perspective in Gavin AND all his book club buddies that has depth, and care, and even some feminism tied into it… and it made me love this book all the more. Additionally, Thea is a remarkable heroine really reclaiming herself and the things she loves, after years of living in the shadow of a MLB star. She’s a true super mom, and I loved following her character on this journey.

This book actually reminded me of Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey. As it turns out, both characters have a lot of growing and working to do on their marriage. I really like that, because I think too often the faults get piled onto one character, but it’s often so much more dynamic than that. Gavin and Thea represent a dose of reality, even if it is too much to ask that men start reading romances to understand modern relationships and feminism (hahaha). 🙂

Also, the kiddos?! Adorable. Thea and Gavin have twin toddler daughters named Ava and Amelia and they are my weakness. They’re definitely the cutest part of this book! They also add a dynamic element to Gavin and Thea’s relationship and the breaking down of it. Thea has a history of being ignored by her divorced parents, and her and her sister both carry that weight into the present. It affects her willingness to try again with Gavin when she’s already made up her mind, because the kids are clearly hurt by their personal pain. It’s heartbreaking!

I definitely can’t wait to read Undercover Bromance, and I may or may not be picking up a copy today… I’m just overall really impressed with Adams’ story ideas and writing, and I can’t wait to get my hands on another book. 🙂 Have a great week everybody!