Review: Undercover Bromance (Lyssa Kay Adams)

Undercover Bromance
Series: Bromance Book Club, #2
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction.

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.

Undercover Bromance is one of those reads that feel effortless. From the moment it began, I was immediately in love with the story. Liv and Mack’s antagonistic relationship from The Bromance Book Club spilled over perfectly into this book. Liv’s love to hate on Mack and his constant need to impress her and make her admit she liked him made for some spectacular banter and chemistry. It made for a really fun enemies to lovers romance.

Liv and Mack’s romance wasn’t the only thing that stood out positively in Undercover Bromance. The way Lyssa Kay Adams approached sexual harassment in the work place and the way society has normalized it over the years was outstanding. She brought opinions from all sides and educated while she entertained. I also have to applaud the way such a serious subject was also made to feel “lighter” within this romance — even when it really wasn’t.

I also have to say how much fun it was to be back with the gang from The Bromance Book Club. I love those guys. Their advice and love of romance novels always makes me smile. (Now, can I get a book for the Russian, please?) Undercover Bromance was a hit for me and a great sophomore addition to the Bromance Book Club series.

30 thoughts on “Review: Undercover Bromance (Lyssa Kay Adams)”

  1. I had mixed feelings about The Bromance Book Club and most of that was do to Thea and Liv. Because of that I decided to forgo Undercover Bromance when I heard it would focus on Liv. (Truth: I really, truly disliked her in TBBC.) I did really like Braden, though. He always made me laugh. 🙂 I’m so glad this was a hit for you!

  2. I was on the fence on whether to continue the series after the first book (liked The Bromance Book Club but didn’t love it), but after reading this I think I’ll give Undercover Bromance a try after all. Thanks for the review!

  3. OK I have no idea why I haven’t read the first book in this series yet but I’m hoping that it gets read in this “week of love and romance!” I love when stories make it so easy to fall in love with not just the MCs but all the other characters too. Great review!

  4. I was glad Adams was able to have workplace sexual harassment be part of this story, and still keep the overall tone in the rom-com zone. I would like the thing the Russian’s book is next, because the other guys are married, no? Either way, I am there for Bromance 3

      1. Did you see – next book is Noah. I thought Mack said only he was unattached, but I guess I missed Noah in that conversation. I still hope The Russian gets a book at some point

        1. Yes! I just saw that! Not The Russian book I was hoping for, but I think a Noah one would be good. I think maybe he wasn’t counted because I don’t think he’s in the book club? I think he just got pulled in for the intel this time.

  5. I’ve seen this book around (on Amazon, Goodreads, Youtube, etc.), but haven’t picked it up. Appreciate your review, and will certainly have to see if it’d be one I’d eventually enjoy. 🙂

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