Isn’t It Bromantic?
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Series: Bromance Book Club, book 4
Publisher: Berkley Books (July 10, 2021)
Paperback, 352 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary Romance
Elena Konnikova has lived her entire adult life in the shadows. As the daughter of a Russian journalist who mysteriously disappeared after speaking out against government corruption, she escaped danger the only way she knew how. She agreed to marry her childhood friend, Vladimir, and move to the United States, where he is a professional hockey player in Nashville.
Vlad, aka The Russian, thought he could be content with his marriage of convenience. But after four years, it’s become too difficult to continue in a one-sided relationship. He joined the Bromance Book Club to learn how to make his wife love him, but all he’s learned is that he deserves more. He’s ready to create his own sweeping romance–both on and off the page.
The Bros are unwilling to let Vlad forgo true love–and this time they’re not operating solo. They join forces with Vlad’s senior citizen neighbors, a group of meddling widows who call themselves The Loners. Just when things finally look promising, the danger from Elena’s past life intrudes, and the book club will face their first-ever life-or-death grand gesture as they race to a happy ever after.
I gave the last two books in this series 3 stars, and was going to be done with it, but then I saw this next book is the Russian’s book, and. Well. I clearly needed to read it. And oh my gosh, I am SO GLAD I did! This is my favorite book in the series by far.
I loved finally getting Vlad (aka the Russian)’s story (and am so glad he got his GI issues figured out!) Marriage of convenience isn’t a trope I see much on contemporary romance, so it was great to see this spin on it! This book basically plucked my heart out right from the first chapter and I was DEEP in my feels through the entire thing. If you’re into mutual pining, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. Stop reading this review and go pick up the book. I mean it. GUH. Just… gutted. I got to the 80% point and was like “I would like the book to just end now please. They seem happy enough. I don’t know if my heart can handle the third act Black Moment.” However, I’m so glad I kept reading. (“We always run for grand gesture.”) The chemistry between Elena and Vlad is just… everything. I adore them. I love them to pieces. One of my favorite books I’ve read this year, I don’t even have more words to say. Just go read it.
This is the fourth book in the Bromance Book Club series. While it can be read as a stand-alone, there are a lot of characters to keep track of and it’s easier if you’ve read the first three. There are some spoilers for the first books as well.
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.