REVIEW: LYSSA KAY ADAMS – UNDERCOVER BROMANCE

REVIEW: LYSSA KAY ADAMS – UNDERCOVER BROMANCEUndercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Also by this author: The Bromance Book Club
Also in this series: The Bromance Book Club
Series: Bromance Book Club #2
Published by Berkley on March 10, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Suspense Elements
Format: eARC
Source: Berkley, Netgalley
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Narrator: Andrew Eiden
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
Cliffhanger: No

Goodreads
four-stars

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.

UNDERCOVER BROMANCE

by Lyssa Kay Adams

 

There is something about Lyssa Kay Adams’s group of male friends who read romance and give each other plenty shit I find utterly charming and endearing. I loved Gavin in book 1, The Bromance Book Club but wasn’t entirely happy with Thea, his wife. I also wasn’t a huge fan of her sister Liv and was more than worried that I would hate her. And honestly, I did. At least in the beginning.

When Liv loses her job, she blames hunky Braden Mack although her boss is the asshole who fired her for witnessing abusive behavior towards a co-worker. She holds on to that grudge like nobody’s business. Good guy and bar owner Braden even offers her a job, but nope, Liv is a pastry chef and she won’t be caught tending a bar. She wants to out her ex-boss who isn’t just a simple asshole but an sexually abusive one to boot. Braden is totally on board with that.

Liv is such an abrasive, cranky heroine that you wonder if there is anything that would light up her day. I started to warm up to her when I realized how wounded she was and how distrustful of men. However, it’s thanks to Mack’s thick skin that didn’t make him run the other way when it came to Liv, that made her soften up to him and that in turn made me fall in love with her. She was fighting her attraction tooth and nails but it was hard to resist a good man like Braden Mack and I loved seeing her lighten up.

She smelled like rum and tasted like a mistake, and he didn’t fucking care.

Of course there is a secret Mack hides and it’s being hinted at throughout the story. I start to get a little tired of this plot tool authors use to keep the secret hidden in the characters mind to keep up the suspense, especially if it is being repeated ad nauseam. Thankfully, this author was pretty good at keeping it balanced and I wasn’t too aggravated when it finally came to light.

Now Braden Mack was the bomb dot com. He was charming and funny and oh so romantic. He felt so deeply behind his happy-go-lucky exterior and only wanted someone to share his life with. He also had a slightly unhealthy obsession with a chicken’s reproductive organ which provided some comedic relief.

“I’ve made a decision.”
“Good decision or bad decision?”
“Probably bad.”
“My favorite kind.”
He inched closer, bringing his body flush against hers. “What is it?”
She set down her glass on the shelf and turned around in the heat of his half embrace. “You and I are going to have sex.”
He smacked his hand across his chest. “I’m officially scandalized. Are you suggesting we rub our cloacas together?”

He couldn’t tame his protective instinct sometimes which led to him telling his group of friends something that Liv asked him not to share. I thought that this could have been handled a little bit better. It felt a little glossed over.

I enjoyed Undercover Bromance more than The Bromance Book Club. I’m never easy on the heroines but Liv totally caught me by surprise with her toughness yet gooey center. The boys gave me lots to laugh and swoon about and the suspense and romance packed into this story kept me invested until the end. Now I’m looking forward to Crazy Stupid Bromance which will pair up Liv’s friend Alexis and nerdy computer genius Noah.

“Hey, Liv?” She looked down, ready for another smart-ass comment and, frankly, desperately in need of it.
“What?” He brushed his thumb over her knuckles.
“My chest is yours anytime you need it.”
This was the Mack that scared her most. This sweet, charming version of the man who tried so hard to pretend he didn’t have a care in the world.

four-stars

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