The Plot (from Goodreads):
Elena Konnikova has lived her entire adult life in the shadows. As the daughter of a Russian journalist who mysteriously disappeared, she escaped danger the only way she knew how: She married her childhood friend, Vladimir, and moved to the United States, where he is a professional hockey player in Nashville.
Vlad, aka the Russian, thought he could be content with his marriage of convenience. But it’s become too difficult to continue in a one-sided relationship. He joined the Bromance Book Club to learn how to make his wife love him, but all he’s learned is that he deserves more. He’s ready to create his own sweeping romance—both on and off the page.
The bros are unwilling to let Vlad forgo true love—and this time they’re not operating solo. They join forces with Vlad’s neighbors, a group of meddling widows who call themselves the Loners. But just when things finally look promising, Elena’s past life intrudes and their happily ever after is cast into doubt.
I read the first three books in the Bromance Book Club series last month, and I have to say I absolutely adore this series. I’ve always loved Vlad and his big heart, so I was especially excited for him to have a book of his own (and to learn the mystery behind Elena).
This book felt a little heavier to me than some of the previous books in the series–given the subject matter Elena was researching, mainly. There were definitely positives to these differences, but it didn’t feel like the lighthearted rom-com I was expecting.
I LOVED that Vlad was writing his own romance novel! I definitely didn’t expect that, but it felt so right once I read it. I loved Elena and that she went out of her way to make his favorite foods that his mother used to make. All the talk of her cooking made me so hungry, and I definitely need to try more Russian food now. I think Elena and Vlad did make a good couple in the end, but I’ll never understand how couples can go that long without having a real conversation about their feelings.
I’m not sure how I felt about the Loners–I get that we needed some fresh characters (will Andrea be the love interest in Colton’s book?), but it ended up being a lot of people to keep straight.
Overall, though, I enjoyed the story and can’t wait for Colton’s book!
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