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With his passion for romance novels, it was only a matter of time before Vlad wrote one.
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.
The fourth rom-com and possibly the best yet of Adams's Bromance Book Club series (after Crazy Stupid Bromance), sees beloved side character and pro hockey player Vlad Konnikov, aka The Russian, diagnosed with a gluten allergy, finally alleviating his intestinal distress and leaving him ready to step up as a hero. Nearly done with her graduate degree in Chicago, Elena, an aspiring journalist and Vlad's estranged wife, reluctantly returns to the Nashville home she's never shared with Vlad after he suffers an injury during the Stanley Cup playoffs. Elena and Vlad were best friends as children, but after a hurried wedding to get Elena a visa, they went their separate ways, each unsure of the other's desires. In nursing Vlad through his recovery, meeting his friends from the Bromance Book Club, and making him his favorite Russian meals, Elena becomes more confident in her feelings for her husband but unless he makes his own emotions clear, she plans to head home to Russia to pursue the truth about her father's long-ago disappearance. Vlad must take the advice of the romance novels he's read and is now writing himself to prove his worth and get Elena to stay. Readers are sure to fall in love with sensitive Vlad and root for him and Elena. This is an utter delight.
unlike anything i’ve ever read in my life. Under the sarcastic quips and jokes told by these characters is a earnest message of love, tolerance, and acceptance. This has got to be the best one yet. I started tearing up when Malcom was trying to reassure Vlad that his virginity was nothing to be ashamed of. It’s such an odd but relevant message in a romance novel. While some people might think it’s far fetched I find it a refreshing way to write a male protagonist.
I do have to wonder, is the author Russian herself?