Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

*Spoiler free*

Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef. Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club. Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assists Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart… even though she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.

I finally plucked up the courage to try out The Bromance Book Club series. And because I wanted to live on the edge, I started with Undercover Bromance. Also because I need to be in a very specific mood to try out second chance romances. Plus, this one sounded like it would be something I really enjoy. Two people with lots of dislike between them teaming up to take down a horrible powerful man. And the heroine is a pastry chef! And I was intrigued about a book club made up of men, who read romance books, helping out to take down this powerful chef.

Alright, I can see where the love of this series comes from now. I was just as pulled in by this book club, by Liv and Mack, as everybody else seems to be. I was able to fly through this book since it was just so well written and just so good.

Liv and Mack. Wow. I will admit that I didn’t quite see where their story would take them, but wow, where it ended up was something special. Both of them are carrying so much pain with them. They both have their own emotional burdens to work through, to figure out, to face and come to terms with. And the way they reflect each other, how they push against each other, but how they allow for more understanding was amazing. Just, I could talk about this for so long. They both fear having their hearts broken. They both crave love. They both have hidden pains they have to grapple with. And they way they were able to come together, able to make a bridge towards friendship and understanding each other, just wow. They work together, they work together so well that it makes me want melt.

So, since I blabbed for so long about Liv and Mack, I know I already touched on the emotional aspect of this book, but I’m going to touch on it again, just briefly. Because wow, does is it amazing. There’s even emotional side plots that are just as important as the main one. This book is just overflowing with hidden emotion (I know that’s kind of weird, but it’s true), and while it might not be obvious right off the bat, it makes me teary eyed thinking about it.

And the side characters! I loved them so dang much. I cannot wait for The Russian’s book. And Alexis’s! The cat café, oh my gosh. Beefcake and Howler! I love fat cats so much and these two life in a cat café run by a woman I cannot wait to get her own book.

I was really cool to see all these tough men reading romance books and talking about how to be better men. They cry together, they talk about their feelings, they read romance books, and they’re really great friends. I have to admit, it was quite cool to see.

After getting the hype surrounding this series, I am ready to plow through the rest of this series. Despite not all the books being out yet; I still want them all. I absolutely loved reading this book. It was hilarious and adorable and emotional and just so, so good.

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