Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Bromance Book Club #2
Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
March 10, 2020 by Berkley
I enjoyed the first book in this series quite a bit. Fun, sexy, and I really liked that it was the marriage in trouble trope. We’ve met both of the main protagonists before as they both appeared in book one. Braden Mack is a club owner and member of the Bromance Book Club and Liv is a pastry chef and Thea’s sister.
I wasn’t a huge Liv fan in the last book, mainly because I think she jumped to conclusions and was too against Thea trying to work on her marriage to Gavin. I kind of went into this book not knowing what to expect from her, only to end up a Liv fan right away, despite still thinking she jumped to conclusions too often and tended to be judgmental at times. Her snark and sarcasm made me laugh. Braden is her perfect counterpoint. He’s fashioned himself the after the heroes in a romance books, determined that he will be the perfect man. He’s all charm and big smiles and cocky swagger. They had this back and forth dialogue that really worked for me. The enemies to lovers, complete opposites, slow burn romance worked for me too.
The main plot of the book is the two of them (and the members of the book club, Liv’s friends Rosie and Hop, and a few other allies) trying to take down Liv’s lecherous former boss who she caught sexually harassing a young woman in his employ. This is a heavy theme and I think the author did a good job of balancing it with the lighter, comedic aspects of the book.
Rosie and Hop are an added joy, and I loved their secondary romance. I hope we see them again.
I’m very much looking forward to the next book in the series.
Final grade- B
Love Hard by Nalini Singh
Hard Play #3
March 10, 2020 Self Published
Every time I see a new Nalini Singh release I immediately go into gimme mode. It doesn’t matter the sub-genre. It doesn’t matter the series. It doesn’t matter if I have a stack of books to read and adding one more will put me behind on reviews. It just doesn’t matter. I will set everything aside for a Nalini Singh book.
Love Hard is an adversaries to lovers, single dad, ex’s best friend, slow burn romance. And if that isn’t tropey enough for you, throw in some hot rugby players and a cutie pie, princess loving you lady who just couldn’t be any more adorable. That right there should have you poised to one-click.
If you’ve been following the Rock Kiss and Hard Play series’ you’ll be happy to know that the first 25% of Love Hard is Gabriel and Charlie’s wedding and OMG it’s the bestest. Sweetly romantic and with all the special touches that leave you breathless and sighing. I still adore this couple and I was so glad that their wedding coincided with Jacob seeing Jules again after so long. What a lovely gift from this author to her faithful readers!
I really enjoyed this couple. I loved their snappy banter and sizzling chemistry. It takes them a while to get to know each other again and their courtship is so romantic. This is a very low angst love story. There is an external conflict that has to do with Jule’s douchey ex-husband, but there is very little drama between the main protagonists once they decide to see where their attraction takes them. It was lovely.
I thoroughly enjoyed this new contemporary romance from Ms. Singh and all I can say is… I hope it’s not too long a wait for Danny’s book.
Final grade- B