Crazy Stupid Bromance
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Series: Bromance Book Club, book 3
Publisher: Berkley (October 27, 2020)
Paperback, 352 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary Romance
A hacktivist and a cat café owner decode the friend zone in this romantic comedy from the author of Undercover Bromance.
Alexis Carlisle and her cat café, ToeBeans, have shot to fame after she came forward as a victim of a celebrity chef’s sexual harassment. When a new customer approaches to confide in her, the last thing Alexis expects is for the woman to claim they’re sisters. Unsure what to do, Alexis turns to the only man she trusts—her best friend, Noah Logan.
Computer genius Noah left his rebellious teenage hacker past behind to become a computer security expert. Now he only uses his old skills for the right cause. But Noah’s got a secret: He’s madly in love with Alexis. When she asks for his help, he wonders if the timing will ever be right to confess his crush.
Noah’s pals in The Bromance Book Club are more than willing to share their beloved “manuals” to help him go from bud to boyfriend. But he must decide if telling the truth is worth risking the best friendship he’s ever had.
I was really excited for this book (even after telling myself I wasn’t going to bother with any more of the series because Lyssa Kay Adams’ writing style just doesn’t seem to be for me) because I was really intrigued by Noah in the previous books. Lyssa Kay Adams writes really quirky, interesting characters, but they just aren’t at all REAL, despite having various flaws. The guys are too perfect, and it’s kind of… gross… how they verbalize all these things that are true – like men being uncomfortable with talking about and showing their emotions because they’ve been raised to think that’s unmanly but none of that toxic masculinity BS for us, thanks. It’s just weird and kind of awkward, and repeatedly pulls me right out of the story. Other than that, it’s a good book. Liv and Noah have a great, textbook friends to lovers story where both characters have some abandonment issues. Liv and Noah are basically TOO perfect, and that’s my major beef with the book, haha. Seems silly when I write it out..
I *was* like “okay, maybe I can actually be done with this series now” until the end, where it seems like the next book will be about The Russian… so I’ll probably end up picking that one too.
This is the third book in the Bromance Book Club series. While I could be read as a stand alone, a fair bit of Liv’s backstory takes place in the second book, Undercover Bromance.
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley/ for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.