Release Date: Mar 10, 2020
Series: Bromance Book Club
Heat Level: Hot
Publisher: Penguin Group
Adams follow up to her debut was enjoyable, but not blow it out of the park.
Undercover Bromance is the second book in the Bromance Book Club series. It features a fan favorite character from the first book, Braden Mack. He’s the only member of the book club who isn’t married and has been reading romance novels since his teenage years. An enjoyable process that he feels has taught him everything about wooing a woman… too bad everything about Braden’s wooing talents doesn’t possess a molecule of honesty and exposure. No, Braden uses what he’s learned to give him this classic mask, the playboy with a heart of gold.
Enter trouble in the form of one pastry chef, Liv Papandreas. Since I read the first book in this series, I already knew that Liv is the sister of our book one heroine. She’s feisty, super independent and likes to call her own shots. She’s also a bit of a She-ra man hater… but I quickly determined that my belief was merely a front, one she’d been perpetrating since book one.
How do these two wind up together? Well, it has something to do with a cupcake, a misogynistic-tool of a chef, a potential scandal, and Liv losing her job. There’s a lot more, but needless to say these two form an unlikely partnership to topple the misogynistic chef. Said partnership puts Liv and Braden at odds and then knee-deep in attraction neither of them wanted.
I liked these two coming together, they are the epitome of opposites attract and the whole idea that you don’t really know what you want until it literally gives you a black eye and gets you chased by a rooster named Randy. Braden gets to really fall in love and Liz has to give up this idea that she can be a one-person army for the rest of her life. It’s okay to have people take care of you and it’s okay to put your heart on the line.
The external plot, the tool-y chef is very timely and it’s like a ‘ripped from the headlines’ style storyline. It worked very well, and I liked how Adams kept me wondering how they would pull this off because as a woman living in this world, I’ve seen too often how the good guys and gals don’t win. Of course, this is a romance, you can rest assured there is a happily ever after.
What didn’t work for me? Braden and Liz finally coming together seemed off… like it was a puzzle piece that didn’t quite fit right. I kept waiting for something, and still after a week of finishing this story can’t put my finger on it.
Overall, it’s a good story. Adams proves she’s got the chops for romantic storytelling with a touch of comedy. Here’s hoping the third installment is just as good. For readers who enjoy Avery Flynn and Alisha Rai.