Summary (from the publisher): Alexis Carlisle and her cat café, ToeBeans, have shot to fame after she came forward as a victim of a celebrity chef’s sexual harassment. When a new customer approaches to confide in her, the last thing Alexis expects is for the woman to claim they’re sisters. Unsure what to do, Alexis turns to the only man she trusts—her best friend, Noah Logan.
Computer genius Noah left his rebellious teenage hacker past behind to become a computer security expert. Now he only uses his old skills for the right cause. But Noah’s got a secret: He’s madly in love with Alexis. When she asks for his help, he wonders if the timing will ever be right to confess his crush.
Noah’s pals in The Bromance Book Club are more than willing to share their beloved “manuals” to help him go from bud to boyfriend. But he must decide if telling the truth is worth risking the best friendship he’s ever had.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
I hold a few contemporary romance series close to my heart, but Lyssa Kay Adam’s The Bromance Book Club is one of my all-time favorites, if not my favorite. I’m going to wait & see if the fourth book coming out in June 2021 cements it as one of my favorites. I love, loved The Bromance Book Club, and Undercover Bromance was such a strong sequel that embraces the book’s feminist themes. The third book in the series, Crazy Stupid Bromance, picks up Undercover Bromance’s conversation surrounding workplace sexual abuse and harassment.
I don’t want to be too spoilery, but this third installment follows Noah and Alexis, whose cat-inspired cafe has become a meeting place for sexual and domestic abuse survivors. Noah and Alexis are best friends, and Noah has been there for Alexis throughout her story coming out to the public over the past year and half. As the two and their friends prepare for an upcoming wedding, Alexis finds out that she has a half sister and a whole family she never knew.
Crazy Stupid Bromance fully embraces the friends-to-lovers trope, and Lyssa Kay Adams completely nailed it. I think what helped us as readers is that we do get to know both Noah and Alexis in book #2, Undercover Bromance. We’ve already established them as characters and friends as they enter this something-more stage. Don’t get me wrong, the two still undergo a ton of character growth in this installment, as Alexis meets her father’s family and has to help them in a way she didn’t expect. Meanwhile, while trying to approach his feelings for Alexis, Noah is grappling with the loss of his dad years ago and how that’s impacted his view of his family and relationships ever since. When it came to Noah and Alexis as a couple, their chemistry is just so instantaneous and natural. Their friendship was the perfect foundation for this new relationship, and there was no sense of them rushing into it.
While I appreciate that Lyssa Kay Adams is able to balance so much in this book, between the romance, the character’s self-growth, family, friendship (yes, this includes the Bromance Book Club), feminism, loss, sexual abuse, and other serious conversations, I almost felt like we strayed away from Noah and Alexis too much? I really wanted to be immersed in their relationship, and I don’t know if I lacked connecting to them because of all the other seriousness or realness going on in their lives. I just feel like this book was missing that something that made me head over heels for The Bromance Book Club. Again though, I really respect Lyssa Kay Adams for putting so much relevant and serious conversations into a contemporary romance. Last but not least, I also just loved being back in The Bromance Book Club world, the Russian of course included – I’m SO ecstatic for the fourth book with HIS perspective! I do wish we got to see more of the females in the series or the leads from the first two books, Thea and Liv.
Overall, Crazy Stupid Bromance was a great installment in The Bromance Book Club series. I don’t think it’s my favorite book in the series, but I did enjoy the relationship between Noah and Alexis and getting back into this world. Excuse me as I cry until we have the Russian’s book, Isn’t It Bromantic?, in June 2021 – I know it’ll be worth the wait, but I’m really hoping the release date gets pushed up!
Have you read Crazy Stupid Bromance? Have you read The Bromance Book Club and Undercover Bromance? What’s your favorite book in the series? Share in the comments!