Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on 7/20/21
The Bro in the know when it comes to romance needs all the help he can get for his own ticklish situation when his wife threatens to defect. The Russian! I have been all sorts of excited for Vlad to get his story since book one, The Bromance Book Club. Were my expectations too high? Stick around!
Isn’t It Bromantic? is book four in the Bromance Book Club. This latest contemporary romance is a self-contained romance, but reader, you don’t want to miss getting to know The Russian from the beginning.
So Vlad aka The Russian married Elena, his childhood friend, in a marriage of convenience to help her out after her dad, a journalist, was killed back in Russia. She has been living in Chicago attending uni while he has continued his hockey career. Somewhere along the way, Vlad fell in love and he goes for broke and tells her that he wants a real marriage when she finished school. Poor romantic bro was shot down cold. Elena is planning to return to Russia and wants a divorce. But, a drastic injury sidelines Vlad and Elena rushes to Nashville to help care for him. Vlad isn’t feeling so optimistic or romantic at the moment.
With the aid of Vlad’s The Loners widowed women friends and the Bromance Clubbers, this pair might stand a second chance- that is if the danger from Elena’s past doesn’t put a permanent end to their chances.
Vlad is the most adorable, romantic man and it is even better because on the outside he’s a big, hulking hockey player. He’s worked out his gastronomic troubles though he still adores his cheese and there is a mysterious ‘The Cheeseman’ going about that catches the attention. From romance fan to author, he impresses even more. But, ugh, he and his gal fall into the dreaded romance novel trap of miscommunication. Instead of talking things out, they get vulnerable and bite their tongues when they have a great opportunity this last chance while stuck together.
Honestly, I was appalled that Elena shut him down so hard in the beginning and it took a bit for me to even care if she got this wonderful guy, but her story comes out later and it’s worth withholding final judgment for. The Bromance guys which includes a new one, Colton, gave her a chance and gave good advice to Vlad just as his group of widow friends do. Turns out I could end up cheering for this pair hard and loved the combo of marriage of convenience with friends to lovers and that sizzle of attraction that showed up when they were together.
The middle was a little laggy to me in one spot, but it didn’t stay that way for long so I had a splendid time with this romance. I’m glad to know that this didn’t turn out to be the end of the line and a few other Bromance Clubbers are going to find their happy in their own way. The books are a combo of light and fun with serious struggles in the variety of romances that appear in the series. I can definitely recommend these to other contemporary romance fans.
I rec’d this e-ARC from Berkley Romance to read in exchange for an honest review.
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