Series: Bromance Book Club #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
Published: March 10, 2020
Published: March 10, 2020
Where I Got It: Borrowed from Library
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.
I read book 1 a while back and it was okay. I remember having some issues, but I simply loved the premise so much that I decided to do the next book. This time I found book 2 as an audiobook at the library!
Here we now follow Liv and Braden. Liv is Thea's salty sister who doesn't trust anyone for anything. She has a quick wit and doesn't believe in love. Liv had landed her dream job as a pastry chef at Nashville's hottest restaurant. However, after an incident with a cupcake (thanks a lot Braden) and then catching her boss harassing a young hostess, she is fired. In order to bring down her ex-boss, she will need to team up with Braden. Braden is a rich entrepreneur who is more than happy to bring down that scumbag. He'll need to call in reinforcement....the Bromance Book Club.
Okay....I hated Liv in book 1. She was just an unrelenting ball of hate. I get their father was a piece of shit, but damn was she overly bitter. She is still bitter and a live wire, but I did warm up to her after seeing her POV and seeing that her hate and wit were a cover. Her dawn of realization at the end made me cheer!!! Yayyyy!
Mack is a good egg. Sure did he suck at being real and actually committing? Yes, but he has trauma too. However, once he fell in love he FELL. You could see how much he cared for Liv and how much Liv cared for him. So much trauma between the two of them that it took FOREVER for them to realize they needed each other. I def see some therapy in the future. Maybe not marriage counseling, but they both need to talk to someone. They both had such a shitty upbringing.
I really enjoyed this. I loved seeing all of our side characters again and meeting some new friends. Awwwww Liv's landlady was adorable. I loved that side romance. CUTE! And the friendship between Vlad and the chicken made me "aww". I am happy to report that our couple from the first book seems to be living their HEA. I had my doubts, but they seemed to have worked out their issues and were communicating and being happy. Yayy.
The narrator was fantastic. Even for the girl parts, I was stunned by how perfect his lady voices were. Some were a little similar to each other, but he did well. Guys doing girl voices tend to be harder, but I am content. I hope he does book 3 ;)
All-in-all, I really enjoyed this one. I had my worries because Liv was unbearable in book 1, but getting inside her head and seeing her slowly warm up to love and trust made me happy. Onto the next! 4 stars from me.
- #49 for Audiobook challenge