Review: Isn’t It Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams

Posted August 25, 2021 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 16 Comments

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Review: Isn’t It Bromantic? by Lyssa Kay Adams
Isn't It Bromantic?

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Series: Bromance Book Club #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on 7/20/21
Pages: 350
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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8 months ago

Every time I read a review for a book in this series I think, “This is something I’d really enjoy.” But I’ve yet to read them. Someday… Thanks for the review. I love fake relationship stories!

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Jen

You probably would. She writes some good romance development with a fun balance from the guys’ book club who help. 🙂

8 months ago

Vlad is the most adorable and sweetest hero. Love him! The Cheeseman and the Loners were such a great addition to this world

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Sam@WLABB

I agree. I was so glad his book was all that I was anticipating. I want more of the Loners and The Cheeseman even if it’s someone else’s book.

Lover of Romance
8 months ago

Its always the best when you see a story have a balance of serious and light tones within it. Just bought my first book so excited to pick it up especially reading your review of this one here.
Lovely review Sophia.

Sophia Rose
8 months ago

Oh cool! I found the first one a tough fought romance, but I loved it. Hope you like it, too, Renee!

Mary Kirkland
8 months ago

This does sound like a good read. I would have been mad at Elena for the way she treated him when he told her how he felt too. I’m glad that you liked this one.

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

It really met my high expectations. Yeah, she hurt the poor guy and I didn’t like her for it, but later, I got where she was coming from so I could forgive her. 🙂

sherry fundin
8 months ago

contemporary romance is not high on my list of reading material, but ya never know where you could find that hidden gem
sherry @ <a href=””> fundinmental</a>

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

Very true, Sherry! There is always that one that breaks the rules. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

These are just awesome. I enjoyed Vlad and I was a bit upset with Elena at first too. Wonderful review!

Sophia Rose
8 months ago

Yes! Oh man, I wasn’t sure I was going to get over it when she hurt the big guy. 🙂

8 months ago

Loved Vlad too, and even though Elena tried my patience a bit I did enjoy the romance. These guys are pretty funny!

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

Exactly! I was so glad that the one I most anticipated was pretty good. 🙂

Carole Rae
8 months ago

Oooo boo to the laggy!

Sophia Rose
8 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yeah, but at least there was a lot of fab stuff, too. 🙂