Thank you to Berkley Romance for providing a gifted copy of Isn’t It Bromantic
It’s no secret to people who have been around my page that The Bromance Book Club series is one of my favorite romance series ever – it features men who read romance novels to improve their relationships with the women in their lives. When I got an ARC of the latest book, Isn’t It Bromantic, I flipped out and dove in pretty much right away.
With his passion for romance novels, it was only a matter of time before Vlad wrote one.
Elena Konnikova has lived her entire adult life in the shadows. As the daughter of a Russian journalist who mysteriously disappeared, she escaped danger the only way she knew how: She married her childhood friend, Vladimir, and moved 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 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 neighbors, a group of meddling widows who call themselves the Loners. But just when things finally look promising, Elena’s past life intrudes and their happily ever after is cast into doubt.
The biggest hurdle this book had was to make Vlad into a romantic lead from the comedic relief character he had been in the previous books. Fortunately, right from the first pages, the book began fleshing him out as a deep and multi-faceted character. He was a total cinnamon roll – deeply compassionate and caring towards everyone in his life. I loved that part of his story was his writing his own romance novel – it made a ton of sense character-wise.
I loved Elena and Vlad’s unconventional love story – they started as a green card marriage to get Elena into the USA. They lived apart for most of their marriage – and when Vlad tried to make their relationship real, she shot him down. They were forced back together when Vlad was injured and needed someone to care for him – this forced proximity really helped highlight the chemistry the two already had, even after being apart for years. As they got to know each other again and discussed their shared history, their chemistry only grew and grew. As they each worked through their personal hangups, it was clear that they were definitely meant to be together. When they finally got together, it felt like great payoff after all of the build up.
I’m so, so glad that Vlad got such an amazing story – he became a well rounded character and is definitely my fave member of the Bromance Book Club. Isn’t It Bromantic might just be my new favorite book of this series – I have no idea how Lyssa Kay Adams keeps getting better with every book. I can’t wait for the next story in the series. If you haven’t read any of the books in this series yet, you have some excellent reading ahead of you. 5/5