Blog Tour: Isn’t It Bromantic by Lyssa Kay Adams

Happy Monday Folks!

Another Blog Tour today, this time it’s for Isn’t It Bromantic by Lyssa Kay Adams, the fourth installment in the Bromance Book Club series. Thank you to the author and Headline / Eternal Publishing for the chance to read this one.

The Book:

With his passion for romance novels, it was only a matter of time before Vlad wrote one.

Elena Konnikova has lived her entire adult life in the shadows. As the daughter of a Russian journalist who mysteriously disappeared, she escaped danger the only way she knew how: She married her childhood friend, Vladimir, and moved to the United States, where he is a professional hockey player in Nashville.

Vlad, aka the Russian, thought he could be content with his marriage of convenience. But it’s become too difficult to continue in a one-sided relationship. He joined the Bromance Book Club to learn how to make his wife love him, but all he’s learned is that he deserves more. He’s ready to create his own sweeping romance—both on and off the page.

The bros are unwilling to let Vlad forgo true love—and this time they’re not operating solo. They join forces with Vlad’s neighbors, a group of meddling widows who call themselves the Loners. But just when things finally look promising, Elena’s past life intrudes and their happily ever after is cast into doubt.

The Author:

From Goodreads…..

Lyssa Kay Adams is the pen name of an award-winning journalist who gave up the world of telling true stories to pen emotional romances. She’s also a diehard Detroit Tigers fan who will occasionally cheer for the Red Sox because her husband is from Boston.

Lyssa lives in Michigan with her family and an anxiety-ridden Maltese who steals food and buries it around the house and who will undoubtedly be a character in a future book.

Things Lyssa loves: Baseball pants, mashed potatoes, and that little clicking sound that scissors make on the cutting table at fabric stores.

Things she doesn’t love: Mean people, melting ice cream cones, and finding food in her underwear drawer.

The Review:

I love when a book gets you with the first line. In this case, it was this:

It’s all fun and games until someone shits their pants.

Yes! A bit of toilet humour to get us started, that’s me in.

I first picked up this series following a recommendation, I believe on one of the Romance subreddits on Reddit. I really enjoyed it and have followed the series but I think I can safely say that this one is my favourite.

We had a little prep for this one at the end of Crazy Stupid Bromance (Book 3) where we found out that Vlad, one of our main characters and Bromance Book Club (BBC) member, was married. After a pretty serious injury, Vlad needs some at home care and Elena, his estranged wife and childhood best friend, steps in to take care of him. The fact that she told him a few months earlier that she wanted a divorce somewhat complicates things.

Vlad is a big sweetie and has been in love with Elena since forever. These two stink at communication however and its going to take some intervention from the BBC to get them sorted.

The main story line with Vlad and Elena is great, we care enough about Vlad to want to see what happens and get to know Elena as the book progresses too so I was rooting for them to get things sorted.

The scenes with the BBC members shine and there’s some great humour in there. Colton plays quite a large part in this book and his scenes and lines with Vlad were great. This one, when Noah is pointing out that he’s seen which links Colton clicks on his laptop and calls him twisted, has found a home in my memory banks to be trotted out at some point:

Hey, don’t yuck someone else’s yum.”

I’m kind of thinking (hoping) that we might see some more of Colton at some point, maybe his own installment soon?

Plot wise, the subplot with Elena trying to carry on the investigation that her father was carrying out just before he died, after she followed in his journalistic footsteps, was good and I could have had a bit more of that, though it was perhaps slightly dark in contrast to the lighter elements of the book. Plus, the Cheese Guy! Great!

As with many, many romance books, the main characters could have resolved things much earlier if they’d just communicated better. But where would the fun in that be? One of the great things about this series is the commentary on tropes in romance novels, so the BBC members point out what the reader has picked up on, which is good fun.

This series continues to get better with each book and I’ll definitely be picking up Book 5!

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