Title: Isn’t it Bromantic?
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Series: The Bromance Book Club #4
Date of Publication: July 20, 2021
With his passion for romance novels, it was only a matter of time before Vlad wrote one.
Elena Konnikova has lived her entire adult life in the shadows. As the daughter of a Russian journalist who mysteriously disappeared, she escaped danger the only way she knew how: She married her childhood friend, Vladimir, and moved to the United States, where he is a professional hockey player in Nashville.
Vlad, aka the Russian, thought he could be content with his marriage of convenience. But it’s become too difficult to continue in a one-sided relationship. He joined the Bromance Book Club to learn how to make his wife love him, but all he’s learned is that he deserves more. He’s ready to create his own sweeping romance—both on and off the page.
The bros are unwilling to let Vlad forgo true love—and this time they’re not operating solo. They join forces with Vlad’s neighbors, a group of meddling widows who call themselves the Loners. But just when things finally look promising, Elena’s past life intrudes and their happily ever after is cast into doubt.
Lyssa Kay Adams does it again! This yet another smart, funny, tugging-at-the-heart-strings instalment in the Bromance Book Club series!
Finally, Vlad “The Russian” gets his happy ever after. Just like the other books in this series, his story is a common romance novel trope made fresh again. He’s been married to childhood friend Elena for six years before she asks for a divorce. He’s heartbroken, even though they’re technically not even together, and they haven’t even been living in the same state for the duration of their marriage. How can this be? Because they’re in a marriage of convenience!
For the last three books, Vlad has been an integral member of the Bromance Book Club. He’s provided much-needed comedic moments, and he’s the heart of the group. He’s mentioned his wife only occasionally, and we already knew how madly in love with her he is. However, he’s neglected to mention to his best friends the circumstances surrounding his “marriage”. Vlad married Elena six years ago so she could have her green card to leave Russia and her tragic past behind. They’ve only ever kissed once, and it was during the wedding ceremony.
The book is told in dual POV, with scenes from both Vlad and Elena’s points of view. But we also get a third narrative interwoven throughout the novel. Vlad has been writing a historical romance set during WWII, and we get to see excerpts from this book. This is a throwback to the very first book in this series, where Gavin was reading a regency romance, and using the lessons he learned from it to woo his wife. Just like in the first book, Vlad’s romance novel mirrors his own relationship with his wife. I absolutely love that the author returned to this extra-meta-goodness, since I’d missed it in the second and third instalments in this series.
Isn’t It Bromantic is a beautiful second-chance-at-love romance, with a hint of suspense that nicely complements the historical war romance that Vlad is writing. Of course, this book wouldn’t be as incredible as it is without the bookclub bros. I love how they all come together to help Vlad, just as Vlad has helped them in the past with their own love lives.
This book has plenty of humour, and even Hazel the chicken makes a reappearance. There are also tons of heartfelt moments. The theme that men can be “manly” but still show a vulnerable and soft side is just as strong in this book.
Highly recommend this book to romance book lovers–regardless of their gender!
*Thank you to the publisher, Netgalley, and the author for the ebook to review*
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