By Lyssa Kay Adams
Let me hear ya’ll sing “The boys are back in town! Boys are back in town!” My favorite bookclub members are back and it’s time to dive into Braden Mack’s story with Liv (Thea’s sister from Book 1).
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 love that this group of men carry their hearts on their shoulders despite their macho masculinity. Braden Mack was definitely faulty of this. In Book 1, we simply see Braden Mack as a lady’s man but in Undercover Bromance, his story begins to unfold. It is revealed to us readers his backstory, his charms, his boyish but honest manners. Mack is super caring and protective.
The smart dialogues between Mack and Liv were amazing. It was a slow-burn kind of romance (think enemies to lovers) but I loved the genuine connection they had.
Can we also talk about these side characters?! The Russian is THE BEST. He’s hilarious, disgusting , and beyond charming. This man needs his own book! I also fell in love with Hop, ex Vietnam veteran who starts to contribute to the Book Club.
My only downside to this book was (surprise) our heroine. In Book 1, I was not a fan of Thea. She was whiney and annoying. Well it appears the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. While I am sensitive to the fact that Liv has a LOT of family baggage and I know that contributes to her decision making, I just wanted to shake her and tell her to go to therapy and work it out!
Overall, this was a fabulous book and an amazing sequel to an already beloved book. I can’t wait to pick up Book 3!