The Bro-Magnet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted


The Bro-Magnet: A Nice Guy Romance Novel


Synopsis:

Women have been known to lament, "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride." For Johnny Smith, the problem is, "Always a Best Man, never a groom." At age 33, housepainter Johnny has been Best Man eight times. The ultimate man's man, Johnny loves the Mets, the Jets, his weekly poker game, and the hula girl lamp that hangs over his basement pool table. Johnny has the instant affection of nearly every man he meets, but one thing he doesn't have is a woman to share his life with, and he wants that desperately. When Johnny meets District Attorney Helen Troy, he decides to renounce his bro-magnet ways in order to impress her. With the aid and advice of his friends and family, soon he's transforming his wardrobe, buying throw pillows, ditching the hula girl lamp, getting a cat and even changing his name to the more mature-sounding John. And through it all, he's pretending to have no interest in sports, which Helen claims to abhor. As things heat up with Helen, the questions arise: Will Johnny finally get the girl? And, if he's successful in that pursuit, who will he be now that he's no longer really himself? THE BRO-MAGNET is a rollicking comedic novel about what one man is willing to give up for the sake of love.

Review:

Bro-Magnet was not the book for me. It was another comedic novel that I just didn't find funny. It is not my sense of humor so I didn't like it that much. This is why I don't watch a lot of comedies. I just don't seem to find the same things funny as most people. Oh well.

Johnny has never been good with women. He's a man's man, but really he didn't come off that way to me. He loves sports, but besides that I didn't see him as much of a man's man. Anyways men always love him, but women hate him for reasons unknown to him. Well his real issue is he doesn't know how to talk or interact with women. No wonder he never has luck with them...Anyways he is looking for someone, anyone it seems, and this is his journey to be someone else to try and get a lady.

One of my biggest issues with this book? The secondary characters. I hated all of them. Why did he even like Alice? For years and years he liked Alice, but why? She was horrible to him always. Then there is Sam. I absolutely hated Sam. Sam who yells at him for not raping the passing out drunk girl. Yep, Sam is a winner. Way to be. I suppose that was supposed to be a funny part, but just no. 

Then I just got annoyed with all the all girls are like this, all boys are like that thing. Like all women watch General Hospital. The amount of time dedicated to this show in this book was too much for me. I don't actually know anyone who watches soaps. Not that that means anything, but it was just...over the top. I did not like it. Again I suppose it is supposed to be funny, like haha! Women do watch GH! This is hilarious! kind of thing, but it just annoyed me. Really most of this book was just me being like when is this going to be over.

So then Johnny does meet Helen and they hit it off. He changes his ways, his clothing, his furnishings, etc and then he gets the girl. Yey I suppose. The end was way too quick, like here you go this is who we are instant happily ever after. I don't know. Obviously not the book for me.

Rating: ★ ★

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