Yeah… I have no regrets about reading this book over the course of two days. It was an absolute delight. I really enjoyed The Bromance Book Club but heard some reservations about Undercover Bromance. However, I didn’t let that affect how I read the book or my rating. I absolutely LOVED this one.
Content warning: sexual assault
Title: Undercover Bromance (Bromance Book Club #2)
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Release date: March 10, 2020
Genre: New adult, contemporary, romance
Length: 320 pages (paperback)
Synopsis: (via Goodreads) “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 assist 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 while she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.”
I’m a sucker for enemies-to-lovers and this has it down to a pat. Mack comes off as really maxi and arrogant in book 1, so I’ll be honest and say I was put off when I heard this second book was about him. But I really adored Liv in the first book so it was a bit of a toss-up. I think I need to add “male acts macho but is really a big softy” to my trope list or something because this was literally the sweetest thing. I was laughing by page 2! And this book made me cry as well! Mack’s backstory is sad, but it makes him loyal and protective of those he cares about the most is really endearing and made me warm up to him so much.
Liv has her own problems as well and it really made me indignant that she felt the way she did about her own father. She puts up a tough front but it’s all a facade. She wants to be loved but the wall she built around herself may be just as high as Mack’s. So it really seems perfect that the two of them got together.
I adored all the characters as well. I love companion novels like these where we see characters we’ve met before and learn more about them. I love the new characters as well and how this felt like a kick in the balls to the patriarchy and a war cry for women. (Though Liv could have been a bit more understanding when it came to Alexis. I’m glad things between them ended the way they did because I felt like Liv really have Alexia the courage she needed all while delivering a punch to Liv’s ego when she really needed it.)
Needless to say I can’t wait for book 3, Crazy Stupid Bromance!