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Monday, March 9, 2020

I'm Ready To Have This Man's Children: Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

UNDERCOVER BROMANCE

by Lyssa Kay Adams
Series: Bromance Book Club #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: March 10th 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2
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Oh.my.goodness. This series is quite possibly one of the funniest contemporary romance series I've ever read. I wasn't sure how Lyssa Kay Adams could top the first book in the series, The Bromance Book Club, but she delivered another hilarious, heartfelt, and delightful love story with Undercover Bromance.

The author is great at delivering on every aspect of a good romance novel, but for me, it's her characters that deserve all the awards. She has created a cast of characters in this series who take these books to a whole other level. In Undercover Bromance, the story centered around, Liv, a talented (recently fired) pastry chef, and Mack, a nightclub owner/entrepreneur. These two together were fire! Especially considering Liv's sarcasm, sharp tongue, and wit. She was a woman who had no time for nonsense and wasn't afraid to mince her words. This was what led to her being fired after she has a few choice words with her grotesque boss when she caught him sexually assaulting a young hostess. Liv was a firecracker and I loved that she was so willing to fight for what was right even if it could cost her her entire career. She could be stubborn and emotionally closed-off at times, and I thought that those traits made her all the more real to me; Liv channeled her anger into plotting revenge against her boss, Roy, and this was where dreamboat, Mack swept in to be her partner in crime.

Listen, I love a lot of fictional men (whatever, don't judge me), but Mack, man! Such a swoony loveable doofus this man was. He was charming and funny and unapologetic about his love for romance novels - he started the bromance book club, how could you not fall for him??? I thought he was the perfect balance to Liv's grumpy side. I loved that he was so devoted to helping Liv in her quest, no questions asked. The man was a big romantic and was craving his own happily-ever-after and books were his way of learning more about women and how to woo them. Mack was also shouldering a pretty big secret regarding his father, so he could at times be as closed off and guarded as Liv was. The romance between Mack and Liv was adorable. I thought the progression was very sweet and I loved every moment of it, especially when Mack would keep pushing Liv's buttons just to rile her up.

The side characters were also a complete riot! I loved the bromance that exists between the romance book club boys. They are supportive and funny and so good for each other. There were some absurd moments involving the Russian and his bowel issues that had me clutching my stomach on the floor (in laughter, not in bowel issues of my own). Liv's landlady, Rosy, and her "friend", Hob, were also such great additions to this cast. I was very entertained by the whole will-they-or-won't-they dynamic they had going on! And then there were Liv's chickens. There's a reason I love animals in books so much. I have to say though I've learned a bit too much about chicken and their reproductive anatomies - haha!

On a more serious note, when a major portion of a book surrounds workplace sexual assault, I expect a lot of care to go into the storyline. I personally found that Lyssa Kay Adams handled it remarkably well. She didn't brush aside the ugliness that could come with such cases in Undercover Bromance. For instance, I thought it was realistic how she had Liv not fully understanding the dilemma that some of Royce's victims' felt because of their unwillingness to go to the authorities. Yes, it is frustrating when you are looking from the outside on such cases and the author captured that frustration through Liv's point of view. She also did a very good job of repeatedly hammering this idea that we need to be much much more sensitive to the victims and their potential mindsets.

If you enjoyed The Bromance Book Club, you won't be disappointed with Undercover Bromance. Give this series a try if you're in the mood for a humorous and sweet romance series.

Did you read The Bromance Book Club last year?
Have you read any romance books you thought mishandled sexual assault if it was used a plotline?
Let me know in the comments below!