Review: Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Posted August 7, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Undercover Bromance

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Series: Bromance Book Club #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on March 10, 2020
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

After having my emotions blown away and my sense of humor tickled by Bromance Book Club, I was all in to get the founding member, Mack, and the man-hating sister of the first heroine, Liv’s story.  I knew it was going to be a humdinger and I was not wrong.  Cupcakes crash, roosters rumble, and hearts might truly break.


Review

Undercover Bromance is the second in the series and would probably work best read in order since the characters and the world of the series is introduced in book one.

Liv Papandreas is one tough cookie and a fabulous pastry chef, but working for the rotten Royce has her counting down the days until she has the funds and can shove his spatula where the sun don’t shine and start her own restaurant.  Unfortunately, one dropped expensive signature dessert and watching Royce sexually assault a co-worker has her fired and threatened that he’ll get her blackballed so she can’t get a job in Nashville.  He’s got power and privilege, but she is determined to bring this slimy predator down even if it means teaming up with the annoying Braden Mack who claims he’s irresistible and, the scary part, he may be right.

Braden Mack has studied romance through novels like no other.  He founded the Bromance Book Club and has helped a hundred marriages, but his last failed attempt at a relationship and the home truths she game him about trying too hard and being too perfect instead of real has rattled him.  Then he feels worse when he was part of the reason Liv got fired.  He wants to help, but the prickly pear woman wants him to go away.  He discovers her mission and he hates knowing that he had associated with such a sleaze so insists on being her partner and dragging the Bromance Club into the caper with him.  Liz hates liars and Braden knows his whole life is a lie.  But, she could never love the truth, right?

Undercover Bromance is a book I really hesitated over.  Liv was by far one of the most annoying characters I have ever read.  She’s a loud mouth man-hater and she worked really hard to break up her sister’s marriage.  It was obvious that it was all about her own issues which is what really irritated me.  Braden was somewhat annoying in a bouncy, flirty puppy sort of way, too.
But, I did enjoy the author’s writing style and how she told a truly well-done second chance for a married pair.  Plus, the guys of the Bromance Book Club- even Mack- are so fun.  I gave it a chance and I’m so glad I did.

It helped that her own book got me inside Liv’s head.  Her brash manners and ugly attitude were cover.  She was so scared to trust and let herself feel.  My heart went out to her.  Speaking of hearts, she was so generous and brave to go after a powerful man who preyed on women and bullied people to get what he wanted.  She knew the costs and charged in anyway.
Braden was also a surprise.  All the smarm was hiding his own past pain and vulnerability.  He, too, had a big generous heart.  I was definitely on board with seeing them work through their issues to a chance at happy.

There was a fun and feisty secondary romance for Liv’s landlady out on the farm and I had a good time meeting both those characters.  And, let’s not forget Randy the man-hating, horny rooster.

But, my ever-loving stars, people!  I cracked up so hard over the Russian’s lactose-intolerance issues (yes, I have reverted back to grade-school humor) and each meeting with the guys of the club had me grinning especially as they discussed their books and how to apply them to real life relationship issues.  ‘The Grand Gesture’ indeed.

As with book one, this romance brought together some deeper issues and showcased them- emotional neglect of a child and also abuse witnessed and felt of a child scarring the adults they became as well as the ugliness of sexual predators and abusive use of power toward employees.  It worked into the story well and only gave more depth.

So, all in all, I enjoyed getting my mind changed about the two lead characters, the world of the stories, and the thoughtful, emotional writing.  Those who enjoy fun and a little spicy, but also engagingly emotional Contemporary Romances where the guys are the romance students and experts should give this series a go.

My thanks to Berkley for providing the book 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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Sam@wlabb
1 month ago

I agree. Liv was a tough sell for me, though she redeemed herself a bit at the end of book 1. Getting inside her head absolutely helped me understand her more and I ended up loving her and Mack together.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Sam@wlabb

Exactly. Getting her point of view made a big difference. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
1 month ago

I’ve read good things about this boo on several blogs.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Oh yes, I think this series is pretty popular. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

I enjoyed this even more than the first book. Great review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

I did too. I was stressed out from the high angst in the first book. 🙂

Carole Rae
1 month ago

Hahaha that cover and title makes me giggle .

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Isn’t whimsical? Love it!

Rachel
1 month ago

Liv irritated the heck out of me in the first book, too, so I didn’t know if I could like her when I heard she was the heroine for this book. I think the author did a great job showing the reasoning behind her actions and also that she was sorry about the way she acted. Randy the rooster! Omg, those hens need to get together and kick his horny ass! That is chicken assault! Loved the Russian, and I hope he gets some medical advice, because it’d be hard to have a romance with all his intestinal issues, and… Read more »

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Rachel

Oh man, she was a pistol even in her own book, but I was ready for it and it turned out not so bad when it was her POV.
Randy!!!! You are so right.

Ah, our poor Russian. I had a teacher assistant years ago who had the same plumbing issues and she didn’t realize Ranch Dressing was made from Buttermilk so we had some incidents before she stopped eating it on her salad. 🙂

Lover of Romance
1 month ago

Great review you have here. Still on the fence of the series but I am glad that you liked this one and that it had some feisty tones to it for you to enjoy.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

Yeah, I think I know what holds you back. Maybe you can try a library read to see if it would work for you.

Ethan
1 month ago

I’ve seen a lot of people loving the first book, so I’m happy to see the series has continued!

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Ethan

Oh yes! It has been a definite hit. Something a little different.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I have been having such fun with this series. The men crack me up.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago

Don’t they ever! I appreciate the well developed romance plots, but I get more excited to see what the guys are up to and how they help.

Jen
Jen
1 month ago

I’ve heard really good things about this series. Some day I’ll give it a try. I love when an author can get me to love a character I hated… That’s awesome.

Sophia Rose
1 month ago
Reply to  Jen

I do too. I still didn’t like her for much of the book, but I could root for her until she got a clue with nudges from others and then I started to like her. 🙂