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'Tis the season for a Bromance Book Club matchmaking mission! This time, they're pulling out the mistletoe for everyone's favorite country music star, Colton, and his second chance at love.
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.
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Love triumphs over humbug in Lyssa Kay Adams’ fun holiday rom-com, part of her winning Bromance Book Club series. Colton fell for Gretchen after their first night together. She felt the spark too—and it made her run in the opposite direction. Now Colton’s determined to win Gretchen over with the help of his romantic book club bros. Adams populates her story with characters you’ll absolutely love—or love to hate. While Colton’s supportive family delights in carol-singing and tree-trimming, Gretchen’s family farms out the decoration of their mansion and engages in corporate back-stabbing. No matter the season, this comfort-food read will warm your heart.
It's time for the famous men of Nashville's Bromance Book Club, who last appeared in Adams's Isn't it Bromantic?, to read a Christmas romance in this fun holiday romp. Country music superstar Colton Wheeler would be excited, if only his career weren't at a standstill—and if he weren't nursing heartache over immigration lawyer Gretchen Winthrop. After meeting at a mutual friend's wedding, the pair spent one unforgettable night together—which, to Colton's mind, was not enough. When they're thrown back together by Gretchen's immensely privileged family, Colton finally has a chance to show her how much more they could have. Gretchen's finding it difficult to enjoy the Christmas season while her clients are struggling just to stay in the country, and Colton is determined to raise her spirits—with help from the book club and the knowledge they've gleaned from their Christmas romance "manual." Slowly, his easy charm and enthusiasm for the Christmas traditions she never experienced with her cold, distant family warm her chilly heart. The romance-loving men that give the series its name are a reliable joy, and fans will be especially pleased by all the cameos from past heroes. The result is cute, funny, and heartfelt.)
Overall, it was a decent story. I kept reading. The pacing was good, but I had difficulty liking the characters. Gretchen seemed far too much like a “poor little rich girl,” and when all the big secrets finally tumble out, it felt like too little too late in terms of story timing.
Colton also felt far too two-dimensional, compared to other Bromance Book Club characters. Speaking of whom, where were they? There was far less interaction with the group in this book.
Also, what happens to Evan? Nothing? There was absolutely no resolution with that plot point, and may as well have been nothing with the rest of her family. A cursory line about counseling does NOT neatly tie things up.
Honestly, it almost felt like Adams was rushed to put this book out and it therefore didn’t get the same attention as previous BBC stories. It also bears mentioning, in my opinion, if these books continue to get more and more political, it’ll be a complete turn-off.