Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Hi Everyone!  It’s Becky.  I was surprised by how much I enjoyed The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams and I knew I wanted to read the squeal as soon as possible.  The second book in the series was different than the first but it was just as enjoyable.

49204102._SX318_Title: Undercover Bromance (Bromance Book Club)
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Note: I listened to the audiobook.

Summary: Braden Mack is a proud member of the bromance book club.  He wants to find a love story like in the romance books but when his girlfriend breaks up with on the night he was planning to confirm their commitment he begins to question his romantic prospects.  Liv Papandreas is a great pastry shelf worker for a nightmare celebrity chef who fires Liv without cause.  Liv and Braden connect and team up to take Liv’s former boss who has been mistreating his female employees for years.  As the two work together for justice they quickly discover an attraction that neither of them can resist.

Review:  I’ve had to take a few days before I can write this review because I have been having difficulty deciding what I want to write about this book.  This book was a little different than I expected.  Undercover Bromance is the sequel to The Bromance Book Club and I was expecting another silly book about men finding the secret to great love through romance books.  While Undercover Bromance does include some moments of the book club this book focuses more on people trying to deal with their past and find peace so they can move on.  Liv has issues from her parents’ abandonment and a horrible experience with her last boss while Mack is trying to hide from the truth of his childhood.  They are not perfectly paired but their broken pieces just fit together perfectly.  Adams created a romance between two people who are not looking for romance but who fall into it.  Liv is a strong female character who is trying to stand up for herself and protect other women from a predator while Mack is trying to live up to his past. Adams made this book is surprisingly timely with the discussion of toxic masculinity and the way women are expected to accept it.  Liv is witness to the horrible treatment of her female coworkers and she is told to smile while Mack is an exmample of what a man should be.  He believes that women should be treated with respect and predators should be punished.  Adams brings the piece of the book: the romance, the silliness of the bromance, and the timely issues of sexual harassment and abuse to create a story that is entertaining while being sweet but that also has a message that you don’t usually find in a basic romance book.  There is a third book in this series is scheduled to be released later in the year and I am eager to read it.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5

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