THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB
If you haven’t heard of The Bromance Book Club yet, I’m here to change that. This one is the next high hype and I’m on the hype train. Choo choo, y’all.
Major League baseball star Gavin Scott is having marriage trouble. His wife has been faking it in bed for years, and his childish reaction to the news pushes his wife, Thea, over the edge. Now she wants a divorce and Gavin’s losing the best thing he’s ever had. Enter: the secret bromance book club (because the first rule is, obviously, you don’t talk about book club) that’s comprised of star athletes and other high powered men in the area. With their help and the words within the romance books they read, Gavin’s on a mission to save his marriage.
Honestly, it’s too fuckin’ bad that there isn’t a bromance book club (OR IS THERE?) because I feel pretty strongly that men could learn a bit from reading romance books. Lyssa Kay Adams is definitely onto something here.
I loved that all of these “alpha men” (I say this with quotes because they don’t fit the stereotypical romance alpha mold) have all had trouble in the marriages and used romance books to help them better understand women. I loved that the characters debated whether Disney movies perpetuated antiquated ideals (ahem, they do) and demanded that men always ask for permission.
More than that, we see both characters change and evolve. Gavin goes from man-child to emotionally in-touch. He sees the error of his ways and realizes he has to change in order to keep the people he loves. And he accepts help when he’s sure he doesn’t need it. His wife, Thea, honestly is every wife. Every wife who’s sick of being the sole caretaker, of putting their needs or dreams second, and eventually has a breaking point. Every wife who is tired of the same words over and over without change. And Thea changes, too. That’s the best part. Because in marriage, it’s not just one person who has to change, it’s both.
Side note but related: I hated Thea’s sister but her character is SO NECESSARY. Everyone has had a family member (or a friend) who thinks they know your relationship best. She’s frustratingly spot-on in that regard.
All in all, this one was a cute read, a unique change from other contemporary romance out there, and a book we’ll be hearing about more frequently as everyone boards The Bromance Book Club train.