Title: A Very Merry Bromance (Bromance Book Club #5)
Author: Lyssa Kay Adams
Published: November 1, 2022
Country music’s golden boy Colton Wheeler felt the most perfect harmony when he was with Gretchen Winthrop. But for her, it was a love him and leave him situation. A year later, Colton is struggling to push his music forward in a new direction. If it weren’t about to be the most magical time of year and the support of the Bromance Book Club, he’d be wallowing in self-pity.
It’s hard for immigration attorney Gretchen not to feel a little Scrooge-ish about the excess of Christmas when her clients are scrambling to afford their rent. So when her estranged, wealthy family reaches out with an offer that will allow her to better serve the community, she’s unable to say no. She just needs to convince Colton to be the new face of her family’s whiskey brand. No big deal…
Colton agrees to consider Gretchen’s offer in exchange for three dates before Christmas. With the help of the Bromance Book Club, Colton throws himself into the task of proving to her there’s a spark between them. But Gretchen and Colton will both need to overcome the ghosts of Christmas past to build a future together.
In my hunt for Christmas romance stories, my eyes were captured by this lovely cover. Call me shallow, but that’s mostly what we all do. There are a lot of ups and a few downs here and there, but I enjoyed the story immensely.
Colton is an artist apparently struggling with coming up with the next great song. A year after their first encounter, he comes back where it all started between him and Gretchen, in hopes of finding his muse and also the woman he cannot stop thinking about. She comes from a wealthy family but has given up on the luxurious lifestyle and dedicated her work as an attorney to solving immigration cases and making sure people who came to America looking for a home, manage to get one and a decent life. He is all about Christmas and family and love, she is all that Scrooge is. A deal brings them closer than she expected. As much as she tries to stay away, as much as she avoids being enveloped by Christmas lights, as deeper she gets.
I found two main themes in this book, among others: how much growing up in an emotionless family can damage one’s feelings and the Christmas atmosphere, with all the classic elements.
Speaking about the first, Gretchen did not feel the love of a family growing up. As a teenager, she used to act out in hopes of getting some attention. Her brothers always picked on her and even now, all grown up, she is still thought of as useless and a drama queen. I can obviously understand her desire to follow a different path, as far away from them as possible.
Christmas is so well presented in the book. We have Santa in disguise, wrapping presents, homes full of children and Christmas decorations. Everything felt warm and cozy. Even a cold heart like mine and Gretchen’s would melt at that 🙂 I loved how Colton made a crack in her walls and brought love and affection in her otherwise gloomy existence.
There are a lot of other really great elements, but these two just stuck out. There are some scenes that did not stand well with me (not so many, for example, one in which she is extremely eager to have sex with him…too eager, she starts banging her head in the car – eager), which is why I am decreasing one star, but I hope you’ll give this book a try if you are in the mood for a great Christmas romance.
If you want to read more of my thoughts about “A Very Merry Bromance”, check out my article on Moody Melon and remember to comment below on your opinion of the book or the series, if you’ve read it. Until next time, Happy Reading!
About The Author
Lyssa Kay Adams is the pen name of an award-winning journalist who gave up the world of telling true stories to pen emotional romances.
She’s also a diehard Detroit Tigers fan who will occasionally cheer for the Red Sox because her husband is from Boston. Lyssa lives in Michigan with her family and an anxiety-ridden Maltese who steals food and buries it around the house and who will undoubtedly be a character in a future book.
Things Lyssa loves: Baseball pants, mashed potatoes, and that little clicking sound that scissors make on the cutting table at fabric stores.
Things she doesn’t love: Mean people, melting ice cream cones, and finding food in her underwear drawer.
Keep up with Lyssa on Twitter at @LyssaKayAdams. Please note: She mostly tweets about baseball pants and mashed potatoes.