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Review ❤️ Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

March 10, 2020

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Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction. 

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.

Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.

Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assists Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart. . .even though she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.


Release Date: Mar 10, 2020
Series: Bromance Book Club
Book: 2
Heat Level: Hot
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley
Price: $9.99


 

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.

~ Landra

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