Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Undercover Bromance
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Series: Bromance Book Club #2
Format: ARC provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review
Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction.
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 don’t often laugh out loud while reading books, certainly not nearly as much as I did while reading this book.
I feel like I have to apologize to my husband, because the majority of the reading of this book was done at night after he was already asleep and I could not hold in my bursts of laughter. I annoyingly felt the need to tell him what exactly I found so funny and read him passages from the book. He took it like a champ, though, and humored me with a grunt of acknowledgment.
Liv. Is. Everything. She’s one of my new favorite book girlfriends.
Normally characters like Liv are relegated to secondary character status (I’m looking at you Reagan from Fangirl), in fact, I wasn’t expecting Liv to have her own book after reading the first book in this series. To be completely honest, I didn’t even really like Liv all that much in the first book, but I absolutely ADORED her in this one.
Her attitude, her spice, her fierce determination, her unapologetic fighting instincts paired with her sarcastic sense of humor made for SUCH an entertaining read.
And then there is Mack.
There is so much to love about him, but I think what I adored the most is that he’s not your typical playboy. He’s confident without being arrogant, he’s got swagger without being a douche, he’s strategic without being manipulative, he’s a feminist without the excess.
He is the Book Boyfriend we all deserve and he certainly deserves someone as kickass as Liv.
Can we get a “hell yeah!” for a bookish romance between two people who deserve one another?
There is such a beautiful balance between these two characters. Where Liv’s ferocity can border on overwhelming, Mack is the calm to her storm without tempering her – he simply redirects. It was so satisfying to read.
Between these two characters, it’s no wonder this book has jumped to a favorite spot.
I could’ve easily enjoyed every page of this book if there wasn’t a plot because I loved the characters so much, but the entire storyline was so important and understandably (and necessarily) frustrating at times.
This entire series, to be honest, is so full of female empowerment, even though it revolves around a group of high-powered male characters. I. Love. That.
Butterfly Rating: 5 Stars
Re-read Worthiness: YES
Bookshelf Placement: I NEED THIS
Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars