This book almost hit it out of the park.
The Bromance Book Club by Alyssa Kay Adams follows professional baseball player Gavin Scott after he and is his wife, Thea, separate due to issues in their relationship. In order to save his marriage, Gavin’s friends invite him to join their a book club where they read romance novels to learn how to improve their own relationships.
I remember when this book came out, it landed many four and five star reviews. It was definitely a hyped book online upon its release, which made me curious to read it. Like with many hyped books, I didn’t find myself fully in agreement with the hype, even though this was an overall solid book.
One aspect of this book that I enjoyed was the character development for the two main characters, Gavin and Thea. We learn a lot about the history of their relationship, as well as their experiences before their relationship, which greatly impact their current status. Both characters confront issues in their marriage and change for the better, which makes it easy for readers to believe that the characters will last off of the page.
I have read all of the books in this series released so far, and by far, this one includes the book club element most effectively. I found some of the members of the book club to be a little cartoonish and while I am not a huge fan of reading parts of a book within a book, I think many readers appreciate how Gavin and Thea’s story relates to the book club element.
While there were several aspects of this book that I enjoyed, it was missing an extra spark for me to keep me fully invested. I found myself picking up this book and putting it down after finishing one chapter. This book has a solid idea and solid main characters, but at some points, the plot dragged for me a little bit.
Overall, The Bromance Book Club is a solid romance, and for me, the strongest in the series. That being said, this book just didn’t grab me, although I can see why other readers would rate it higher. Since this book was only average for me, I give it three out of five stars.