Tuesday Book Pick: A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
How love and the magic of Christmas can change us all.
Believe me, I looked around a lot for some great winter holiday romances. I’ve read 2 other books which were failures and when I started A Very Merry Bromance (book 5 in the series, by the way), I was prepared for a disappointment. But, to my delight, I enjoyed it a lot.
The story brings together Colton Wheeler and Gretchen Winthrop. He is a country music star and she is an immigrations attorney. Some time ago they shared a night of passion, but when he wanted to explore their relationship further, she ran. Now Colton is back looking for inspiration, looking for the woman that never left his thoughts. Little did he expect for her to actually find him. With a little bit of persuasion, she agrees to a date or two, which she actually enjoyed. Their story is a bit complicated and our main character doesn’t make it easy at all, constantly doubting herself and others.
There are 3 levels to this book: the romance, the family (the good and the not so good kind) and Christmas. Oh, maybe I should add men reading romance books as a bonus. Let’s take them one by one.
The romance is explosive. Colton is the sunshiny one (his words) and Gretchen is the grumpy one (also his words). She does not like Christmas. It has always been an impersonal holiday for her, something that her family did for publicity more than for the coziness of the celebration. Colton will make sure she will see his feelings for her are pure and genuine and envelop her in the magic of the winter holidays. Gretchen is more involved in her job than in her personal life. Her desire to help as many of her clients as possible is very delicately presented. They argue, they laugh, they let their guard down.
We have two kinds of families: Gretchen’s — more focused on the business side, with people too busy to spend time as a family and more preoccupied by their image, and Colton’s — like how a real family should be, supportive and loving. Her parents have been too preoccupied with other stuff to actually take care of their children and make sure they grow up as brothers and sister. Gretchen now bares the emotional scares of a childhood devoid of affection.
Last, but not least, there is the Christmas atmosphere: decorating the home and Christmas tree, wrapping presents and even having a disguised Santa. Colton and his friends share presents and bring joy to the little ones. There is when our female main character sees him as not just a music star. It was lovely and cozy and just nice!
The men in this series read romance novels. Ok, how cool is that? Those guys are loud! I started with book 5 in the series, but it can be easily read as a standalone. There are some small issues here and there, but they don’t take away from the fun.
He laughed and reached for her hand. She shoved it deep in her pocket.
“No way. We’re not holding hands.”
“Why not? This is a date.”
“It’s a hostage situation.”
The book is simply a laugh-out-loud. It has several scenes in which the banter is absolutely to die laughing for. It cheered me up so much. I had so much fun reading it!
If you usually read Christmas stories during this period, I think you will like this one as well. It has a little bit of everything: banter, family, betrayal, whiskey, steamy scenes and much more. I will for sure add the other books in the series on my list for the coming months and I may come back with news once I’m done.
Goodreads link: goodreads.com/en/book/show/59831299-a-very-merry-bromance
Amazon link: amazon.com/Very-Merry-Bromance-Book-Club-ebook/dp/B09RPLM8K8
A Very Merry Bromance (Bromance Book Club, book 5) by Lyssa Kay Adams
Release Date: November 1, 2022
My family and I used to spend our Christmas together with my uncle and his family at my grandparents. It was always good to catch up and enjoy good food. How did you spend your Christmas this year? I was mostly reading and it was perfect! Do you have a funny story to share? Let us know in the comments below. Until next time, love a lot!
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I've been a book blogger since 2016. Books have helped me escape my stressful job, keep a positive mind and nurtured my soul. While I mostly read Romance, I also like the Young Adult and Fantasy genres. Every chapter deserves praise and every book should be appreciated.