My Rating: ★★★★★
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 20th 2021
Publisher: Berkley Romance
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.
All I know is, I don’t know what to read next because I’m so in love with Isn’t It Bromantic?.
Among the books in the series, this is my TOP favorite. My copy is filled with sticky notes and I almost ran out of it for marking my favorite scenes and lines. It’s a marriage of convenience / friends to lovers about Vlad Konnikov, or you may know him as The Russian and childhood best friend, Elena Konnikova.
Vlad pursues his career as a professional hockey player in America and marrying his best friend, Elena seems like a dream come true. However, they aren’t acting as a couple since their marriage. No one knows he has a wife until she shows up.
Elena has a lot of emotional baggage especially when her father mysteriously disappeared and murdered leaving her orphaned. She wants to follow her father’s footsteps as a journalist and finished what he started. Her life is at stake and doesn’t want to put anyone she loves in danger. She asked for a divorce so she can return to Russia even if it’ll break their hearts. In the meantime, she stays with Vlad to take care of him after suffering a leg injury in the league.
I’m so sorry Braden Mack, Vlad Konnikov just dethroned you. 😂😛 MY GENTLE, RUSSIAN BEAR. MY PRECIOUS SOFTIE CHEESE LOVER.😍❤️ How can I NOT love The Russian? He’s the sweetest, the kindest and the most thoughtful book husband EVER. I love him so much and the bros are so lucky to have him in the Bromance Book Club okay? He’s respectful and he values all the people in his life especially Elena.
Let me also compliment Elena Konnikova. Such a brave woman. She may not be the perfect wife but I will always appreciate her selflessness and loyalty. I was waiting for her to finally admit her feelings towards Vlad. I know she loves him but fears it’s not reciprocated.
It’s true when Malcom said: “But sometimes the most tender people can be the most stubborn, because they the most to lose when things go wrong.”Vlad and Elena had a stubborn streak. They put their guards up and it’s a bit frustrating. I couldn’t blame them and they had a lot of things to work through. The anticipation and yearning makes their romance blissful. I SWOONED WHEN THEY FINALLY LET THEMSELVES VULNERABLE AND POUR OUT THEIR EMOTIONS. I love the character and relationship development between these two.
As always, the bros are still funny af and more characters, the merrier! I can’t with Mack and his salami. I know Colton can be childish and he’s definitely a womanizer but the dude is batshit hilarious. Also Claud, this grandma is straightforward and sassy as hell. I was a bit annoyed by her grumpiness but she kinda grew on me. For the love of everyone, CHEESE MAN NEEDS A BOOK IN THIS SERIES.
I highly recommend this series. It’s worth the hype. It’s worth binge-reading. The bromance is top tier. Absolutely swoon-worthy, I cry. I can’t wait for the upcoming books in the series. I hope it’s either Colton or Cheese Man.