TW/CW: explicit sex, brief mentions of infidelity, discussions of divorce, drinking to excess and disorientation
Synopsis: The first rule of book club: You don't talk about book club.
Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott's marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.
Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.
Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it'll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.
Thoughts: This comes highly recommended by several of my friends and I can see why. This takes a look at a married couple doing the real work that couples have to do after they say "I do." While most modern romance novels focus on young love, people falling in love, The Bromance Book Club focuses on Gavin trying to put his marriage back together after Thea asks for a divorce.
At the beginning of the novel Gavin is at his wits end, drunk off his ass, and it's only when his friends and teammates take it upon themselves to take charge of the situation and introduce Gavin to the all-male romance book club that things start to change. Gavin is given strict instructions to start reading Courting the Countess which we get to read brief snippets of throughout the main story line. The men in this book club use romance novels as manuals to help them understand women, their thoughts, desires, and how to communicate with them. It's actually a brilliant plan. Gavin is reluctant, but is willing to try anything.
Thea and Gavin come to an agreement that Gavin can move back in the house with all of his girls, Thea, their twin daughters, and Thea's sister Liv, but he has to stay in the guest room. Thea gives Gavin until Christmas and plans to make it next to impossible for him. Gavin uses his new manual, Courting the Countess and advice from his book club friends to really woo Thea. Seeing Gavin dissect his wife and really get to know her and her motives is completely swoon-worthy. Thea's suit of armor starts to chink, but will be be enough to save their marriage?
I love how the author shared the character's past and used wit and humor to lighten the mood when things were getting too serious. However, was there were moments where the characters would start randomly talking about feminism that didn't match the context of the conversation at all. They came out of the blue and felt very author inserted. It was like her personal message to the readers. It felt clunky and completely unnecessary. Otherwise a spectacular romance novel that I highly recommend.