Goodreads: The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1)
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
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.
I’ve had this one sitting on my shelf for quite a while now and have been excited to read it ever since I first heard about it. There’s a lot of hype around this book and while I did have some issues with it, overall I’m glad to say that this second-chance romance lived up to the hype for me!
I did struggle a bit at the start with my current funky reading mood but once I gave this a proper go I ended up surprising myself by finishing it in a few hours! The story was so well paced and engaging–it was really unputdownable. That said, I honestly wasn’t sure I’d enjoy it as much as I did because I did not like Thea’s sister Liv at all. I know they both had a rough upbringing with two absent and selfish parents, but wow, she was so petty and immature that it really rubbed me the wrong way. I also wasn’t too sure about Mack’s character at the start but thankfully, he ended up growing on me!
Gavin was definitely my favourite. He completely swept my heart off its little feet and I completely felt for him. Yes, his ego and insecurities got in the way and he did screw up, but he really tried his best to redeem himself and to prove his love and his willingness to be more open and to try to make their marriage work. Reading his POV really melted my heart because you could feel how much he loved his wife and daughters. There were a lot of start/stop moments between them but I loved how Gavin kept trying and never gave up.
Thea for the most part was not a bad character but I felt she came off as a a little selfish? She didn’t have good examples of healthy relationships because of her selfish and narcissistic parents, so her reaction to Gavin was understandable. But there were moments I wanted to really shake her because I felt like Gavin was giving so much and she wasn’t giving equally back. She wasn’t perfect especially when it came to being open and honest in her relationship, yet she continued to hold the honesty issue over Gavin’s head when she was doing the exact same thing (I hope that made sense). Basically, Gavin might have been the one to “walk away” initially but she wasn’t blameless. What I really loved about her character though was how she stood up for Gavin especially when he struggled with his stutter and how people reacted to it. That’s the kind of genuine support and love that I love! Also this was much steamier than I expected–I’d say a good 3.5/5 on the steamy scale!
But obviously, obviously the best part of this book was the Bromance Book Club. These men were just… the best? Del, Malcom, Yan, THE RUSSIAN who was kinda gross but also hilarious? There was a date scene that had me laughing uncontrollably! The bromances not only had me giggling, it was also really heartwarming. I loved the talks they had and I found myself saying “Yaaas!” so often because their discussions were so on point! I loved how they were so genuine in bettering themselves and their relationships by reading all kinds of romances. I also thought that it was clever (and unique!) to include chapters of the book Gavin was reading to get his marriage back on track, and watching him really get into the story really had me grinning! 😂
Overall, a fast moving, sexy and sweet second-chance romance that had me laughing, smiling and swooning just a little bit 😉 I want to say that I’m looking forward to continuing the story but I’m apprehensive about the next book because it’s about Liv… I do already have it sitting on my Kindle though so I’ll read it eventually!
Have you read The Bromance Book Club or is it on your TBR?