Crazy Stupid Bromance
*opens Crazy Stupid Bromance and reads for 7 hours* What an absolute DELIGHT!
How do these books just keep getting better and better? Is that allowed? Ugh, I devoured this book, and it has earned 5 stars and a place in my heart forever. A swoonworthy friends-to-lovers (the superior trope, IMO) romance between two loveable characters is really all I ever want, and Lyssa Kay Adams delivered. It was sweet and tender and heartwarming and funny, and I’m not going to lie to you, I choked up a few times.
“The best love affairs start as friendships.”
Alexis Carlisle became famous overnight after coming forward as a victim of a celebrity chef’s sexual harassment. Consequently, her cat café ToeBeans became a sort of refuge for other survivors, and when one woman walks in claiming to be her sister, Alexis’ life is upended.
Noah Logan, tech mastermind and former ‘hacktivist’, is Alexis’ best friend and closest confidant. Noah and Alexis are the cutest of friends and obviously like each other but haven’t found the right moment to explore those feelings. They have pure chemistry from the very beginning – I feel like a friends-to-lovers trope will do that. Their friendship is easy and effortless, and it just blooms naturally and beautifully (with the help of the Bromance Book Club, of course) throughout the rest of the story.
I think Noah and Alexis are my favorite main characters from this series yet. I love how supportive and sweet and attentive Noah is; he is always readily available and willing to just sit and listen to Alexis, which is everything! Their dynamic just works for me and I think they complement each other really well.
“Come here,” he rasped. He opened his arms to her. She fell into them, and it felt like coming home after a long trip. Home to a place she belonged, where she was safe and desired and cared about.
The character development here, the growth (!!), is insane and Adams tackles really tough themes in this one. Some of the conversations, thoughts, and emotions that Noah and Alexis have in regard to dealing with grief, losing a parent, and learning to forgive had me choked up. Ultimately, this is what upped this book for me — the advice and wisdom oozing from some of the pages was a delightful surprise.
I also choked on laughter at one scene in particular that involved all the men going to the spa and getting massages… I had to put the book down to properly laugh at the hilarious situation and conversations that were happening. Also, the Russian was just the best in this book, his one-liners are comedic gold. I am so excited that he is getting his own book.
I just got lost, completely immersed, in this story. It was so beautiful and so wholesome, and it goes without saying that I loved it. This entire series is just gold. I’ll love the Bromance Book Club boys forever.
Publication Date: Oct 2020
Date Read: Feb 5 — Feb 6, 2021
CW: grief, death of a parent, sick parent, sexual assault survivors (no description of assault on page)