Title: Undercover Bromance
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Series: Bromance Book Club #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Andrew Eiden
Length: ~9 hours (320 pages)
Release Date: March 10, 2020
Source: Library (Libby app)
Content Warnings: sexual harassment, sexual assault
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.
I want to start out by saying that this is the first audibook I listened to entirely at home during shelter in place for the COVID-19 outbreak. Normally I listen to audiobooks during my commute, but I was only able to listen to this while multitasking at home instead of giving it my full attention, and I think that took away from my overall enjoyment.
I do not think this book lived up to The Bromance Book Club, but it still had some really great moments. Braden Mack is an amazing MC; he is tough, hilarious, and has a heart of gold. I loved the development of the enemies to lovers romance with Liv (and I love that he was aware they were enemies to lovers). However, I found Liv to be very unlikeable, even though I supported her mission to expose her former boss for sexually harassing female employees at his restaurant.
I continued to love the Bromance Book Club. While the premise of a bunch tough, powerful dudes getting together to read romance novels is comical, they actually learned a lot of valuable lessons from their meetings. They learned not only how to please women, but how to respect them. While the book club helped them improve their personal relationships, it also helped them be more sensitive and supportive of all women.
While I supported the mission to seek justice for abused women, I found some of the “spy” stuff to be a bit far-fetched and farcical. I enjoyed the ending and the story overall, but I found some of the steps along the way to be unbelievable.