When I read The Bromance Book Club in November 2019 I never expected it to take me almost a year and a half to read the next book in the series. I loved that book, so I’m surprised I didn’t jump right in when I had the chance. That being said after loving the first book so much I was afraid my expectations would be too high when I picked up Undercover Bromance. Was that the case? Keep on reading to find out more about the book and what I thought!
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 pastry 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.
“Fear is a powerful motivator, but so is love.”
After reading The Bromance Book Club I was a bit hesitant about starting Undercover Bromance when I found out one of the main characters was Liz. I honestly didn’t really like her in the first book and was afraid this would continue into this book. Luckily I was wrong and I ended up loving Undercover Bromance.
Liz is doing her best to reach her dream of opening her own restaurant, but until then she’s working somewhere else. Her boss is not the kind of man you want to be working for, so when she gets fired and sees someone being harassed she’s determined to make sure he can’t keep doing what he has been for way too long. I loved how the author approached these subjects . Powerful men get away with a lot. Especially when the “good men” turn the other way. Also the fact that survivors all live under different circumstances and may not feel that they are able to fight against everything that has happened. The author definitely managed to approach a serious subject in a book otherwise filled with humor.
Liz ended up turning out to be a character I really enjoyed. It’s clear that her childhood left it hard for her to accept love and give it, because she never really had an example of someone sticking around and telling the truth. So to protect herself she didn’t let herself fall. I loved seeing her slowly let her walls down as she got closer with Mack.
“I am judgmental. I’m so scared of my own weaknesses that I punish other people for theirs. I . . . I don’t make it easy for people to trust me. To love me.”
And we can’t forget Mack. His story was definitely a lot deeper than I was expecting and his reason for reading romance definitely made me want to cry. Relationships seemed to not work for him, because he was always being someone he thought he should be like in the romances he read. Mack was afraid of turning into someone he never wants to be and Liz made him realize he’s not that person. I love how protective Mack is of everyone in his life and he’ll do anything he can to keep everyone safe.
Of course, this book has romance and I loved Liz and Mack together. They bicker and fight, but it’s clear they have a connection. This was a bit of a slow-burn romance, but it fit these characters perfectly. They had me laughing out loud often while reading their story. When I finished this book I had a smile on my face.
Besides all of the things I’ve talked about there is also an amazing cast of side characters in this book that really make this story even more amazing. I can’t wait for The Russian to get his own story, because he’s hilarious. I loved that we saw everyone from this Book Bromance Club, but I also wished that got just a bit more time and attention like the first book. I also missed the little excerpts from the romance book talked about during the story.
All in all, this was such a great installment in this series and I came to love all of the characters. I’ll definitely be reading the next book soon and will keep an eye out for everything that has to do with this series.
All in all I really enjoyed Undercover Bromance and plan on reading Crazy Stupid Bromance really soon! I’m also really excited for Isn’t it Bromantic? This one releases in July and I’m so excited. Have you read any of the Bromance Bookclub books? Let me know in the comments if you have and what you thought. I’d love to hear from you!