I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Published by Penguin on November 1, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / Holiday, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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'Tis the season for a Bromance Book Club matchmaking mission! This time, they're pulling out the mistletoe for everyone's favorite country music star, Colton, and his second chance at love.
Country music’s golden boy Colton Wheeler felt the most perfect harmony when he was with Gretchen Winthrop. But for her, it was a love him and leave him situation. A year later, Colton is struggling to push his music forward in a new direction. If it weren’t about to be the most magical time of year and the support of the Bromance Book Club, he’d be wallowing in self-pity.
It’s hard for immigration attorney Gretchen not to feel a little Scrooge-ish about the excess of Christmas when her clients are scrambling to afford their rent. So when her estranged, wealthy family reaches out with an offer that will allow her to better serve the community, she’s unable to say no. She just needs to convince Colton to be the new face of her family’s whiskey brand. No big deal…
Colton agrees to consider Gretchen’s offer in exchange for three dates before Christmas. With the help of the Bromance Book Club, Colton throws himself into the task of proving to her there’s a spark between them. But Gretchen and Colton will both need to overcome the ghosts of Christmas past to build a future together.
This book was simply adorable and I’m in love with the characters, the story, and the entire gaggle of guys making up the utterly ridiculous Bromance Book Club. ~ Leigh – Simply Love Books
While this may be the fifth book in the series, it’s a first for me from this author. But it definitely won’t be the last! This book was simply adorable and I’m in love with the characters, the story, and the entire gaggle of guys making up the utterly ridiculous Bromance Book Club.
I was worried at first that I might be lost coming in midway through an existing series, but I was quicky able to catch on to the premise: A group of alpha-men have tapped into the secret to understanding women. Romance novels. These instruction manuals give clear advice on how women want to be treated, and by following the rules and themes they’ve found in the books, the men work to help each other as they navigate their way through their own personal journeys. And while it is somewhat unrealistic and idealized that a group of guys would be this in touch with their emotional side, the result is hilariously touching. Watching this group take a jazzercise Silver Sneakers class or clamor around one another providing advice is equal parts ridiculous and sweet, and would be so nice in a perfect world.
In this installment, the guys are helping Colton Wheeler find his muse. It’s been a year since attorney Gretchen Winthrop walked out of his hotel room and his life, but Colton hasn’t forgotten her. As a country music star, he could have any woman he wants, but the one that has captured his heart is the one that wants nothing to do with him.
For Gretchen, it’s fear that makes her run from Colton. As the disposable one in her family, Gretchen has always kept people at arms length for fear of being hurt by them. But when Colton is brought back into her life at Christmas time, the time of the year she hates above all else, the attraction between them flares anew. And with some interference by the Bromance Book Club guys in her corner helping Colton, giving instructions on how to handle the Grumpy One/Sunny One trope, she doesn’t stand a chance.
I truly loved this book. While the underlying premise ridiculous, the story is cute, and the banter between the characters was snappy and quick making me love any interactions between Colton and Gretchen. I fell head over heels for everyone in this story, including all of the book club members and their partners, and can’t wait to go back and read from the start how this Bromance club began.