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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on October 27, 2020
Solidly in the Friendzone until he wants more. Bromance Book Club to the rescue! I’ve come to love this group of eclectic guys and the romantic issues they tackle.
Crazy Stupid Bromance is third in a series of standalone romances that connect through the recurring characters and the ongoing series themes.
Alexis Carlisle owns a cat cafe and helps abuse victims. She has her friends and her life is pretty stable if a little lonely after her mother’s death to cancer until an unknown sister blows into her life and drags her into a family she didn’t know she had since her dad left her and her mom. Between painful issues of her personal past and family cropping up, an attraction rising up between her and her good friend is not welcome since she can’t lose her friend. And, then she gets the wrong end of the stick and it’s all broken anyway, isn’t it?
Noah Logan was on assignment when his dad was killed in a bombing. He’s angry at circumstances, but he’s also so tired of not having his skills appreciated or career taken seriously by his family. His friendship with Alexis means everything and he supports her in her efforts and with this startling family tangle all the way. But, he’s ready to rock the boat when he’s feeling a lot more than friendly toward that wonderful woman. He doesn’t want to push her into doing what she doesn’t want so what does he do? Does a romance book have the answers? The guys of the secret Bromance Book Club think so.
I loved the first books in spite of their heartwrenching angst-filled situations, but I confess that a good friends to lovers with family issues had me flying through the pages. This was a good blend of romance development and drama with humor set against the backdrop of the wedding for the previous pair. There are some serious topics here- grief, secret families, family expectation and disappointment, abuse, etc- and they are handled thoughtfully even as the romance presses forward.
I liked both of them when they appeared in Undercover Bromance and was perfectly happy to see something grow between them when they connected over losing a parent. They had a true, solid friendship and that was easy to see. I loved the way Noah was patient and understanding of Alexis and stood up for her with her new-found family who I thought treated her poorly even while wanting something from her. Just as she was well-liked by his and supported him as he worked through his issues. Families being families, really. I was somewhat frustrated over the miscue she had when she got him wrong, but it was also a time when the guys jumped in to the rescue which is always good comic relief. I loved how the bridesmaids for Mack and Liv’s wedding (and wasn’t Mack a hoot over his wedding planning?) helped Alexis untangle her issues, too.
Another fabulous installment, but yes, I am over the top excited for the Russian to get his story next. He’s so funny, but now I can see there is a lot going on in his life and I can’t wait. Contemporary Romance fans who liked well-developed romance situations, friendly camaraderie, and some humor mixed in don’t want to miss this one. or the series.
My thanks to Berkley Romance for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Book
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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.
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