It’s no secret that this was not my favorite book in this series.
Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams is the second book in The Bromance a Book Club companion series. This installment follows Liv, Thea’s independent sister, who uncovers that her boss is making unwanted sexual advances towards her co-workers. After she is fired, one of the member of The Bromance Book Club, offers her a new job and support to bring the actions of her former boss to light.
When I first saw that this book included Liv as the main character, I was hesitant. I wasn’t a huge fan of Liv in the original book in the series because she seemed unwilling to give people second chances and overstepped her boundaries in her sister’s relationship, in my opinion. Unfortunately, I found many of these aspects present in this installment of the series. While some of Liv’s inappropriate behavior is addressed, it still put a damper on the book of me as a whole.
From the first book, readers know that Liv is a strong and independent woman who will share her opinions without any reservations. In some moments this can be a good thing, like when she tells off her former boss who sexually assaults women. On the other hand, Liv often does not change her tone when speaking to victims of her old boss. Often, her words come across as victim shaming, as many of the victims of the high profile chef are too scared to come forward with the allegations. Despite the victims’ fears, Liv continues to push them. While one of the victims calls out Liv for insensitive comments she makes throughout the book, and Liv does apologize, it seems that Liv’s actions are almost brushed over too quickly with the rushed ending of the book.
One aspect of this book that I did not enjoy as much as the previous book was the relationship. Gavin and Thea both matured so much throughout the book. They both had distinct personalities with a deep history. I did not see that as much with Liv and Mack, the couple within this book. In this book, and the subsequent book in this series, Mack changes from the cool and interesting Bromance book club member to a caricature of himself. They both have past experiences which impact how they view relationships, but it wasn’t woven as seamlessly in this book. I also did not like how Mack’s “secret” was used as leverage against him (not by Liv). Although it is pointed out that this is wrong, it seems that this book consistently has characters pushing other characters to reveal past trauma in a very public setting which doesn’t sit right with me.
Another aspect of this book that I think some readers will not enjoy is that the book club doesn’t make as large of an appearance within this installment. The book that they are reading is barely referenced. If you enjoyed the structure of the first book and how it included the book within a book element, you may be disappointed that it is lacking within this installment. As I mentioned in my review of the first book, I am not really a fan of this element in books, so it didn’t bother me, but the lack of consistency within the series regarding this element may bother other readers.
I appreciate that this romance book tried to tackle large current topics. However, I do not think this book addressed these topics in a successful way. While there were some moments of this book that I enjoyed, they were few and far between. I give this book two out of five stars.