My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Many thanks to Berkley and Edelweiss+ for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
Gavin had called this little proposition a competition. No, this wasn’t a competition. This. Was. War.
This is one of those rare displays of love at first page. I was barely five minutes into the audio book when I thought to myself, Yup, this one’s a keeper. And when the final seconds played, my heart ached because the definition of bittersweet is finishing an amazing book.
So, what’s this book about?
The Bromance Bookclub follows Gavin, a hot baseball player whose marriage is in trouble. After being kicked out of the house by his wife, Thea, Gavin realizes that he wants to save his marriage. And so, he reluctantly enlists the help of the Bromance Book Club, a secret group of men who read romances to better understand women’s perspectives.
You’re probably thinking that this sounds super romantic and funny but you’d be wrong because that doesn’t even begin to describe it. I think one reason I loved this so much was because it was so meta. Kind of like Waiting for Tom Hanks, this book referenced plot points of romance novels and tons of pop culture.
I haven’t had too much experience with middle aged romance so I can’t say that this is the best one out there but I can say that it is the best one I’ve ever read. I think I have discovered a new favorite romance trope. Falling In Love Again. This trope seems to only be found in middle aged romances so I’ll definitely need to read more of them.
Finally, the sex. I don’t remember the last romance I read (yes, I do. I just don’t want to name names) but it was very disappointing when it came to sex so I was going into this novel with low(ish) expectations. (Why? I don’t know. I’m weird.) But this did not disappoint. There were many sexy and steamy scenes and each one of them were perfectly sexy and steamy.
Overall, I cannot put into words how much I loved this book. GO READ IT NOWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!
Age Rating: [ R ]
Content Screening (Spoilers) – Educational Value (0/0) ~ Violence (1/5) – [Punches are thrown, walls are broken] ~ Sex (5/5) – [Detailed sex scenes, sex innuendos, constant sexual content] ~ Langauge (4/5) – [F**k, cl*t, d*ck, b*tch, sh*t] ~ Drinking/Drugs (4/5) – [Alcohol, main character is drunk multiple times throughout the book]
Trigger and Content Warnings – Female sexual dysfunction, Divorce, Vomiting.
NOTE: This is an adult novel. It contains frequent and detailed sex scenes. Please do not read if those details make you uncomfortable.
Reps: [Female sexual dysfunction (?)]
Cover (4/5) ~ Characters (5/5) ~ Plot (5/5) ~ Audio (4/5)
Publication Date: November 5th, 2019
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
goddamn it, that big green DOWNLOAD NOW button is so tempting… i just couldn’t resist