The Bromance Book Club

The Bromance Book Club

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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. 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 novel 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.
Publisher: New York : Jove, 2019
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781984806093
Characteristics: viii, 339 p. ; 21 cm

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TLCMom582
Jan 21, 2020

I listened to the audio version of this book. My first by this author, but it kept me hooked to the app like nothing else has for awhile. It's one of those that you want to get to the end of to see what happens, but you never want to end.
The premise of a popular jock using a Recency Romance to win his wife back is fantastic enough, but when there's a whole "book club" of guys encouraging him because they have done the same, it is just almost too fantastic for the mind and heart to accept. Super swoon-worthy steamy scenes didn't hurt any, either.
The narrations by Andrew Eiden and Maxwell Caulfield were just what this book needed. Superb!

DCLadults Jan 15, 2020

A New & Noteworthy Fiction pick. A star baseball player and his wife have gone from happily married to pending divorce. His teammates suggest he joins their top-secret book club. The secret? They read romance novels. Can reading a good Regency romance save a marriage? It’s very fun to find out.

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Melissahil
Jan 08, 2020

Loved it! Was so cute! Would definitely recommend, and I cant wait for 5he next one.

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RosaReads2
Dec 27, 2019

The main couple in this book are married and recently separated. Gavin is desperate to save their marriage, while Thea has accepted its demise. I enjoyed the unique take on this married romance story, but it was an emotional struggle not to be offended for Gavin. I was becoming incensed at how one-sided the responsibility of the marriage's breakdown felt. A third of the way in, Gavin was still shouldering all the responsibility. Common sense says one person alone is rarely the problem. The author wasn't convincing me that Gavin's offenses were worthy of his groveling or his alone, I should say. I also wasn't feeling empathy for Thea since the author had portrayed her as fairly bitter most of the time, even though she married Gavin while knowing the demands of a pro-baseball player. By all accounts, he seemed like a great husband, aside from their breakdown in communication, which ironically, seemed to be more Thea's problem.

By the end, there was turnabout, but I felt like the author waited too long to show Thea's vulnerable side. The book did have some light and funny moments. The idea of a romance reading male book club was fabulous. That aspect of the book introduced some great secondary characters who elevated the story a little. I really liked how the author handled the ending and reconciliation, but I would have preferred more of a balance when it came to responsibility between the husband and wife throughout the rest of the book.

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Sibelle60
Dec 17, 2019

This book was a pleasant surprise! It's a bit "tongue in cheek" around the romance genre, but the effort to save a marriage on the rocks is worth a few laughs at the expense of romances.
The relationships between the men, all members of "The Bromance Book Club" are pretty realistic and funny. The support the men provide for each other is a great lesson on how "real men" can deal with their problems. Not anger, (although there's a bit of that from the hero), not lashing out - but finding a support group! With all the various characters, I feel a series is on the way. Not a problem for me because I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next story!

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Missmrecommends
Dec 11, 2019

Fantastic idea, great concept, perfect title. Too many sex scenes and excerpts from the "novel" inside the novel for my taste; rather have the reading time and the narrative focus on the main characters and their issues outside the bedroom. The writer is much better at writing contemporary than Victorian, and the novel that's supposed to be teaching the romance lessons sounds more like a parody, unfortunately. I'm glad I read it but I'm afraid to read another.

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rsmunoz
Dec 04, 2019

I absolutely loved the whole idea of this plot, and it was funny seeing men solving real-life issues with the guidance of a regency romance novel. And they had rules, too! It's an entertaining peek into the lives of athletes, their marriages, and the lengths friends go to to support a teammate in jeopardy of losing everything. I wonder if there are bromance book clubs out there for real? We women can only hope! 4 stars.

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Bookbybook
Nov 09, 2019

Liberal use of the f word

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Hellion
Oct 28, 2019

Just read this book as a review for a book review website. It is hilarious, heart-warming, and adorable. High marks from me. :)

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darladoodles
Oct 15, 2019

Take a baseball player at the top of his game with a marriage on the line and invite him to a book club. This book club has men reading romance novels so they understand how to relate to their wives. It is a refreshing twist on the second chance love story. Gavin (grew up with a stutter) and Thea (her father nicknamed her "Shotgun") have some baggage to unpack and this book deftly explores those themes. What I appreciate most is the message to work hard to preserve the marriage you are in. A wise pastor once asked his congregation: "How do you know you are married to the right person?" Answer: "You're married to them!" (Sadly there are desperate situations where abuse or illegal activities are occurring and this does not apply.)

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Jan 23, 2020

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Nov 09, 2019

Coarse Language: Liberal use of the F word

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