Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Penguin Group
Released on November 5, 2019
A story about a group of men belonging to a book club with the sole function of saving their marriages and helping other men save their own, grabbed my attention from the book blurb onward. The positive hype surrounding the book only fueled my desire to read this story. And with only a couple of misgivings, I can say it delivered.
Thea and Gavin Scott are a married couple with deep problems. Only Gavin had no idea there were any problems until his wife has to admit to faking orgasms. Instead of trying to talk about their problems, Gavin shuts his wife out and moves into the guestroom. Eventually, she asks him to leave. Gavin is devastated, as is Thea. Neither are talking and a divorce seems imminent. Del, Gavin’s best friend and fellow baseball teammate comes to the rescue. He takes Gavin to a meeting of the book club to help him save his marriage. This means lots of personalities get involved in the intimate details of Gavin’s life. The main tool they use is a historical romance that Gavin has to read. He also has to keep the details of the book club hush hush and do exactly what they tell him to do. It’s not exactly smooth sailing.
I really enjoyed how real the characters of Thea and Gavin were written. They are both good people, no matter how clueless Gavin has been in the past. His life revolves around baseball and he doesn’t have much left over for his wife and twin daughters. Thea gave up finishing her degree to raise the children and keep the home fires burning while Gavin travels for his job. She’s a good mom and homemaker, but she wants more. She grew up in bad circumstances and has residual problems due to that. Gavin has had baseball his whole life to fall back on. There never was any hint he would do anything but play. When he met Thea, they immediately fell for each other and married soon after. They never got that alone time together before life got in the way. Thea’s sister Liv moves in with Thea when Gavin moves out. She was not my favorite character. I found her to be a snarky woman, one that wouldn’t let up against Gavin, who really needed to mind her own business. To be fair, she too has some of the same issues as Thea. Braden Mack is a member of the book club. He was an egotistical man who thought he was God’s gift to women. I also disliked him immensely. Those two characters are my misgivings/problems about this book. Thank goodness for Del and his wife. They were the good guys in this story.
It comes down to a story about forgiveness and taking responsibility for one’s actions. Gavin has a bit of growing up to do and some groveling to accomplish and Thea has some real issues in her past to let go of in addition to her problems with Gavin. It was fun reading the historical romance right along with Gavin at times and then seeing how he used the information. The guys in the book club are in the middle of everything-sometimes being outright funny. I just wished for Liv to lighten up and for Braden to get over himself. I’m sure I am in the minority about them though.
After all is said and done, it was a 4 star read for me so I do highly recommend it to adult romance readers. You really need to meet these engaging characters, Gavin and Thea.