Crazy Stupid Bromance
Bromance Book Club
By Lyssa Kay Adams
Author’s website: lyssakayadams.com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra
Alexis Carlisle and her cat café, ToeBeans, have shot to fame after she came forward as a victim of a celebrity chef’s sexual harassment. When a new customer approaches to confide in her, the last thing Alexis expects is for the woman to claim they’re sisters. Unsure what to do, Alexis turns to the only man she trusts—her best friend, Noah Logan.
Computer genius Noah left his rebellious teenage hacker past behind to become a computer security expert. Now he only uses his old skills for the right cause. But Noah’s got a secret: He’s madly in love with Alexis. When she asks for his help, he wonders if the timing will ever be right to confess his crush.
Noah’s pals in The Bromance Book Club are more than willing to share their beloved “manuals” to help him go from bud to boyfriend. But he must decide if telling the truth is worth risking the best friendship he’s ever had.
A hacktivist and a cat café owner decode the friend zone in this romantic comedy from the author of Undercover Bromance. (Goodreads)
Each book in the Bromance Book Club series by Lyssa Kay Adams gets better and better and Crazy Stupid Bromance is no exception. In my mind, the best of the three so far.
Crazy Stupid Bromance is the story of Noah Logan and his gal pal Alexis Carlisle. Noah has feelings beyond friendship for his best friend Alexis, but he is hesitant to tell her as any relationship is better than no relationship, and Noah is crazy worried that Alexis does not reciprocate those feelings. What is a guy to do? Well, Noah’s buddies tell him he must read the next book in the Bromance Book Club (and join the book club as well). The story begins with the guys having to learn a group dance for Mack’s wedding. All I have to say is, what a fun way to start this story. I love that Mack has taken over the planning of his upcoming wedding to Liv. This definitely was chuckle-worthy, especially when they actually performed the dance at the wedding (at the end of the story). There was also one poignant message given by Mack to Noah when discussing the upcoming performance – made my heart swoon for these men:
“…The point is to allow ourselves to be vulnerable in front of the women we love.”
On the path to moving from the friend zone to the boyfriend/girlfriend zone both Alexis and Noah encounter some heavy-duty real-life issues, which most definitely added depth and an emotional rollercoaster for each of them:
First, there was the whole meet an unknown sibling that Alexis had to go through, and the reasons for this encounter. Very much a gut/heart-wrenching experience for Alexis. Very glad she had Noah there to help with this emotionally charged event.
Second, Noah had to finally go through another stage of grief with respect to the acceptance of father’s death many years ago. Again, a highly emotionally charged process which was a tough read but interesting to see Noah finally see what he was doing to himself and his life by being stuck in the past.
As with any good romance – the journey is what is important. I loved the lessons each of the protagonists learned (and a good reminder to the reader) … that we are all human and work through issues in our own time, but at some point, a little push may be required and for that, we can count on our family. I cheered when Noah FINALLY read the romance book – doggone stubborn guy.
Let us not forget (Lexi’s BIG rescue cat) – Beefcake certainly put fear in Noah. Especially after the first time we read of Noah sleeping over:
“This was it. This was the moment when he died. Beefcake had seen him sleeping next to Alexis and was finally getting his revenge. The cat stood on his chest, claws digging into his skin through his T-shirt. Hate radiated from his eyes…. Beefcake opened his mouth and dropped the remains of a dead mouse on his chest.”
It was certainly a chuckle-worthy moment to read about Noah quacking in his boots (metaphorically speaking) with respect to his relationship with Beefcake J.
Another character we must not forget is Vlad Konnikov (aka – the Russian), a hockey player. He really showed his sensitive side with this book. I must say – am looking forward to his book real soon!
For some reason, this book cover is my least favorite of the three in the series so far. Luckily – that is the only problem I encountered with this book.
Thank you Ms. Adams for writing such a fun, romantic, sexy (hot… did I mention HOT) book with a solid storyline that kept me engaged throughout and reading far into the night to find out how it all ends! I will wait with baited breath for the next book in the Bromance Book Club series, Isn’t It Bromantic?