Top positive review
Such a cute, little bit spicy, funny & romantic story
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 11, 2022
Marriage on the rocks, wife wanting to get divorced, but husband wants to win her back? You would think the story would be straightforward, but nope not with this story. With the help of his best friend/team mate and being newly introduced into the all male book club, Gavin was getting all the help and insight in order to win back his wife, Thea. This book had second chance romance, sports romance (baseball athlete), family, passion, and changing the stereotypes of males who, read interesting books in the book club.
First of all, the idea of all these men having a book club, and using it to learn how to be better husbands, boyfriends, lovers, and truly understand their respective partners was great. In addition, using the stories they read, Gavin and the men were able to reflect on their own mistakes, and tried resolving them. Gavin definitely had his work cut out for him considering Thea was done with him, she was tried of pretending to be something she wasn’t and felt like their marriage, their relationship wasn’t how it use to be. A lot of deep rooted problems played a factor in why Thea wanted a divorce from Gavin, and I felt bad seeing Gavin having to hear that Thea wanted nothing to do with him anymore. In addition, as if Gavin wasn’t in enough pain from learning Thea wanted a divorce, he found out that Thea had been faking the big “O” for quite some time during their marriage, talk about a blow to his male ego.
Gavin had a lot of learning to do when it came to Thea and figure out how to solve his personal issues. Like Thea mentioned, it wasn’t just one thing, there were multiple reasons as to why their relationship essentially went down the drain. Thea also felt like she lost sight of who she was, she realized that she wasn’t the same person she use to be, and gave up on achieving her career in order to raise her daughters and help Gavin with his dream of being a baseball player. Thea was a strong woman and mother, and I admired seeing her rediscover parts of herself as well as trying to get her footing back into getting her degree.
Now, with the book club, I enjoyed reading how all the men banded together to help Gavin to learn from his mistakes, and help him see from Thea’s point of view of where their marriage went wrong, etc. I also liked how the men were in touch with their feelings and embraced the ideas that they too could like feminine things from pumpkin spiced lattes to reading romantic regency novels. The fact that they read books that were set in the regency era reminded me so much of Bridgerton that I absolutely loved it. In addition, the fact that some of the chapters were from the actual novel that Gavin was assigned to read was fun because, not only did you get to follow along with the story but, also see how Gavin implemented parts of the story into his plan into winning Thea back.
Gavin was an absolute sweetheart and I loved seeing him being cute and shy around Thea, but also him being so overcome with desire over wanting Thea was fantastic, I was like, “THEA YOU KNOW YOU WANT HIM GIRL BECAUSE I SURE DO!” Gavin was equal parts endearing, a bit possessive over Thea, and could instantly become a dominant man that had me GASPING! I officially love Gavin Scott! And let’s not forget about the lovely Thea, she was not only an amazing mother, but she finally gave up on caring what others thought of her, and said and did as she pleased. I especially liked the part where Thea totally shut Rachel up at the baseball dinner in front of everyone (as well as kind of brag about Gavin’s bedroom behavior *wink).
I absolutely loved this story! I loved Gavin and Thea’s personalities, and their willingness to work on themselves in order to better their marriage. Thea and Gavin individually had to work on their own issues, but they learned a lot about themselves and how to be a better partner to one another. Of course, the reading of regency romance novels was fun for me, and I loved the fierce, passionate love that Gavin and Thea had for each other. The spice was amazing, loved when Gavin and Thea went absolutely feral to get each other’s clothes off haha. This was a sweet, wholesome, reflective story that made Gavin and Thea truly see what they wanted out of their marriage and the importance of being honest and truthful to one’s self and love. I will definitely keep reading the rest of the series! I’m so excited!