REVIEW: LYSSA KAY ADAMS – CRAZY STUPID BROMANCE

REVIEW: LYSSA KAY ADAMS – CRAZY STUPID BROMANCECrazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
Also by this author: The Bromance Book Club, Undercover Bromance
Also in this series: The Bromance Book Club, Undercover Bromance
Series: Bromance Book Club #3
Published by Berkley on October 27, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance, RomCom
Tropes: Organ Donation, Friends-to-Lovers
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Berkley
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Narrator: Andrew Eiden
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
Cliffhanger: No

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four-stars

Alexis Carlisle and her cat café, ToeBeans, have shot to fame after she came forward as a victim of a celebrity chef’s sexual harassment. When a new customer approaches to confide in her, the last thing Alexis expects is for the woman to claim they’re sisters. Unsure what to do, Alexis turns to the only man she trusts—her best friend, Noah Logan.

Computer genius Noah left his rebellious teenage hacker past behind to become a computer security expert. Now he only uses his old skills for the right cause. But Noah’s got a secret: He’s madly in love with Alexis. When she asks for his help, he wonders if the timing will ever be right to confess his crush.

Noah’s pals in The Bromance Book Club are more than willing to share their beloved “manuals” to help him go from bud to boyfriend. But he must decide if telling the truth is worth risking the best friendship he’s ever had.

A hacktivist and a cat café owner decode the friend zone in this romantic comedy from the author of Undercover Bromance.

The recurring theme in all the books in this series so far is friendship. The men here bond over the romance books they read, the women they love and the woes they go through – together. What I loved most about CRAZY STUPID BROMANCE though is the friendship Noah has with Alexis. He is the rock in her life after it was turned upside down by an abusive predator and the whole sordid affair going public. These two gelled so well and I could see why both of them were so reluctant to move beyond it to something more, despite their strong sensual chemistry. Their connection was on the line and what if it didn’t work out?

In a million ways, Alexis was the best thing that had ever happened to him. And he had no idea how to tell her that without ruining it.

Once they move forward the troubles start and I have to admit I didn’t like how Noah was blamed for everything – by himself and the men. Yeah, I get it, they respect women and always put them first and that’s OK but please, don’t always assume that the guy is at fault. Alexis was as much to blame, in both incidences more than Noah so that annoyed me a little.

Lyssa Kay Adams’s writing is lovely. She weaves some angst and humor into the story that makes it incredibly captivating. I laughed a little, I was outraged and angry and I swooned because Noah is wonderful.

“Talk to me.” He’d said those same words to her countless times, but tonight, she understood the simple gift of them. He never prodded, never pushed. He was just there, willing to listen, always. Expecting nothing in return.

The author portrayed him perfectly, a hurting man whose anger always bubbles under the surface but with so much reverence and love for his best friend, someone he would go through fire for.

The Russian provides some comic relief but I’m a little worried about his book. So far we’ve learned about him that he has some bowel issues and while he seems to have a big heart he never left the impression to be hero material. I don’t know if I can past his gastrointestinal episodes but I’ll give it a chance.

This book is a great reminder that we are all flawed, nobody’s perfect and we all make mistakes. Even our parents. Forgiveness and understanding our mistakes are what makes us grow and turn into a better, kinder version of who we were before. I thought the author treated the family issues with respect and I liked how she wrapped them up. This installment was as enjoyable and entertaining as the previous ones, niggles notwithstanding.

Desire or restraint. Passion or friendship. Lexa or loneliness. His brain knew the right answers, but his brain wasn’t in charge. His heart was. With Alexis, it always would be.

four-stars

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