Hey all, Dani here.
I hope you are all having a wonderful day and a wonderful week. I’m halfway through my work week now, which means that I only have two more official days of work this year. Honestly, that’s great because I still have so many books that I’d like to read before the end of the year. I haven’t had as much reading time as I would have liked so far this month, so my TBR stack is still rather large.
Anyway, today’s review is for a book that I read last week, and said I would review this week, so here we are. It sounded like an interesting concept and I heard some pretty great reviews for it, so did it live up to the hype? Let’s jump into the review and talk about it.
The first rule of this 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.
Rating: 5 stars
Okay, so obviously based on my rating, this book absolutely lived up to the hype. It was such a fun read, and I thought the set-up and the characters and the romance of it all was so well done. I can’t think of any other time I’ve found a book with a somewhat similar concept, which made this all feel very fresh and exciting.
I got so invested in this story, and I kept pausing to gush about what I was reading to Damian. He said he actually might–just maybe–be interested in picking this one up. Considering that pretty much his only experience in the romance reads department is from reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I think that’s a pretty ringing endorsement for this book.
Honestly, I am so excited to keep reading this series, because while we did a great job of getting into Gavin and Thea’s relationship and story, we only hinted at so much more with the rest of the guys in the book club, so the Bromance Book Club definitely ranks pretty high on my anticipated releases list.
I absolutely loved the set up of the novel itself, too, because not only were we following Gavin and Thea, but we also got to read scenes and chapters of the book that the guys were having Gavin read to learn how to better understand and woo his lady. So it was fun to have a book within a book, and there was a pretty decent parallel between both stories, which I also thought was pretty darn cool.
Oh, and on the diversity front: Gavin has a stutter, and it is majorly present in the book. Seriously, it is introduced on like the second page, and then continues to pop up. Watching Gavin deal with that struggle, especially when faced with some people who want to make fun of him for it was a bit emotional, especially when some of the other characters step up to defend Gavin.
I’m glad that this book didn’t try and “fix” his stutter, and that it didn’t have the “issue” simply disappear for the sake of convenience or anything.
So yeah, I definitely count this book for my Diverse December reads as well.
Finally, is it March yet? I really want to read the next book.
Where to Get a Copy
You can also check with your local library.