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The Bro-Magnet: A Nice Guy Romance Novel (Contemporary Romance) [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Baratz-Logsted
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


"There are so many memorable moments in this book that I could spend page after page quoting them." ~ Mandi Schreiner in USAToday HEA
"Baratz-Logsted writes genuine characters, killer comedic timing and romantic blunders that are truly something special." ~ Romantic Times             
"I started laughing about 5 paragraphs in and didn't stop." ~ Dear Author
"There are books that make you happy to be a reader. This is one of those books." ~ Smitten With Reading
"I have so many good things to say about this book that I don't even know where to start... This is how romantic comedies should be." ~ Romance Around the Corner
"...highly entertaining and laugh out loud funny." ~ Book Reviews & More by Kathy    
"...I think I started laughing pretty close to page one," ~ Kaetrin's Musings         
"Very clever book that had me laughing out loud from beginning to end," ~ Scraps of Me

"I literally laughed out loud while reading this book." ~ Fiction Vixen
"This book was a pure gem of hilariousness." ~ A+/A from The Book Pushers

"...absolutely hysterical...Finally, a book that made me LOL for real." ~ Heroes and Heartbreakers 
"This is what you call an OMG book, hilarious right till the end." ~ BookLoons Reviews

"This whole book is so different and refreshing in a genre that sometimes seems to be too set in its ways." ~ Book Lovers Inc.
"...Johnny stand(s) out in a sea of books filled with cookie cutter heroes." ~ The Brazen Bookworm
"...a hilarious, engrossing read..." ~ Book Binge
"...unlike anything I've ever read before..." ~ Under the Covers Book Blog

From the Author

If you enjoy this, there is a sequel out, ISN'T IT BROMANTIC?

Product Details

  • File Size: 813 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: TKA Distribution (December 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006KYQ36U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awkward January 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
3-1/2 Stars

I can already tell I'm the odd one out on this story. Yes--it was hilarious. Yes--it was very well written. But all the awkwardness just got a bit overwhelming for me. It reminded me of how I felt when I watched Meet the Parents. It was a very funny show and was amazing how it created so many sympathetic feelings in me to the point where I was so uncomfortable watching it I barely finished it and never watched any of the sequels it spawned. Similarly, while reading THE BRO-MAGNET I felt so much of the awkwardness and the embarrassment that I would just groan and not want to continue. This book really made me want to stop reading...and not pick up anything. That's not good, is it? But really, it's kinda crazy that this book created such strong feelings in me isn't?

Johnny Smith is a man's man, every man's friend, every man's best man (no, really. He's been a Best Man going on 8 times or so.) Every man wants to be his friend. Women? Uh, well, women tend to pass. When Johnny meets DA Helen Troy, he's determined to NOT "just be himself" since no woman ever wants Johnny as he is so he goes about reinventing himself with the help of his friend's wife. He once loved the Mets, the Jets, his weekly poker game, and the hula girl lamp that hangs over his basement pool table. But now, he loves opera, doesn't like sports, has a cat (that he walks like a dog), and throw pillows (and no hula girl lamp.) But what happens if Johnny finally gets the girl to like him if Johnny isn't himself?

This story was quite hilarious. Johnny has never quite grown up. Women just don't seem to get him. I loved hearing his stories, his examples, from his childhood and dating life.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL - Really! December 15, 2011
By beegee
Format:Kindle Edition
This book really did have me laughing out loud. Without giving away anything, the transformation of lucky-in-friends, unlucky-in-love Johnny into something he is apparently not is the kind of story I love and Lauren Baratz-Logsted creates some very likable characters that had me cheering for them to both be who they are and to grow up. Yeah, it's a pretty rich book.

Bro-Magnet is kind of the story of all of us, men struggling with their feminine side and women struggling with the masculine. The book is fresh take on the whole thing. And, oh hell, the 'night at the opera' chapter alone is worth the price of admission. Amazing fun and funny!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific fun. Now I want the movie. December 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
You know you're in good hands when a book begins like this:

"Right from the start, I've been a disappointment to women. Here's me at my own birth..."

I don't know how books go about getting filmed, but The Bro-Magnet would make a movie at least a hundred times better than the silly and immature stuff that makes up the whole "bromance" genre these days. It's solid, smart, grown-up fun.

Heck. Never mind the movies. Just read the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit from a different view May 8, 2012
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The Bro Magnet is a story about Johnny, the ultimate man's man, a guy other guys love. But women? Not so much. Johnny is the male version of the perpetual bridesmaid, always the best man, never the groom. When Johnny meets Helen, he's smitten. But Helen is a woman who appears to not like sports and all the other things Johnny is interested in, so he decides to "change" himself in order to win Helen over. He starts calling himself John, declares he's not interested in sports (especially his beloved Mets) and generally makes himself over into the kind of guy he thinks Helen will want.

But Johnny can't hide the real guy inside him--who also happens to be intelligent, kind, and fun to be with (even while attending an opera in a barn!) and soon Helen is just as smitten back. But what happens when Helen discovers that Johnny has been deceiving her all along?

I read this book in one day. It was funny, well written and I absolutely adored Johnny and his wacky crew of friends and family. It's chick lit and romance told from the male point of view. I loved it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review from My Overstuffed Bookshelf March 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Author Lauren Baratz-Logsted is an author who never fails at giving a wonderful read. Whether it be young adult themed such as Crazy Beautiful, or adult contemporary like The Bro Magnet, I always know it is going to be a great read full of emotion. After reading the review of this book by Fiction Vixen, I just knew I had to read and review this book. Seriously, FV never lets me down on recommendations, and frankly, the author has never let me down either. So when I received a copy for review, I stayed up late reading the fun -- and at many times hilarious -- adventure of Johnny finding true love.

Think about it for a minute. Most romance books on the shelves focus on the women finding true love. It is usually a given since women are the main readers of romance. When I read the blurb and it was about a guy who was actually looking for romance I jumped for joy at seeing how it was going to be written.

What is a guy to do when the moment you are born, you realize you are going to be cursed at never finding love? Seriously, when you read about the day he was born, you can't help but laugh and think that poor boy! Either he would turn out with a complex for being a guy or embrace it and be a wonderful man. The only downside is if you turn out to be the all around great guy, you seem to make a bunch of girls as friends and less romantic relationships with them. We get to see flashbacks of his life and finally make it to the present with him in his thirties. When he meets Helen though, he really wants to make a relationship with her work. The only problem is that he needs help from his friends to basically give him a makeover. He likes his beer, sports and backwards baseball hats, but he is also a warm, funny and all around great guy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Perspective From The Male POV
With The Bro-Magnet, readers are introduced to Johnny Smith, a typical nice guy who enjoys guy things and has a lot of friends, but can’t seem to land that one special girl. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Sherri_Hunter
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
It was alright
Published 29 days ago by Katherine Faivre
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not a great read. Cliched and overdone, not well written.
Published 1 month ago by AliciaJones
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous tale of the guy that girls don't want their guys hanging...
Overall it is an enjoyable tale. It was a bit slow in the beginning for me, but that may be due to my normal dislike of first person point of view books. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Rom-Com Read
The Bro-Magnet entertained from start to finish. The protagonist is a goofball, but a lovable goofball that you really root for. Read more
Published 9 months ago by SJ Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars So fun!
I laughed so hard it hurt. And the opera! Laughed so hard and had to read it our loud to my poor family while I snickered and snorted. I know this guy. Like really. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dee Lancaster
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bro-Magnet
The Bro-Magnet is at the top of its genre. I found myself trying to cast it as a good date movie and look forward to reading the next book she writes. TDG
Published 9 months ago by TDG
5.0 out of 5 stars soooo funny
And human. I laughed, and cried, and laughed some more. A great story of how we all are trying to find our place in this world and the important roles, small and large, that those... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Maria
4.0 out of 5 stars One little problem
In this masculine version of Bridget Jones Diary, the main character, Johnny Smith, is a guy's guy who has no idea what to do to get a gal. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars unusual telling of romance
Sometimes unusual is good and even outstanding. Often unusual means different. Unusual in "The Bro-Magnet" mostly means different. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

I was an independent bookseller and buyer for 11 years before deciding to take a chance on myself as a novelist. While trying to sell my books, I worked variously as a Publishers Weekly reviewer, a freelance editor, a sort-of librarian, and a window washer. My first novel, The Thin Pink Line, about a woman who fakes an entire pregnancy, was published by Red Dress Ink in 2003 as their own first-ever hardcover. It was published in 11 countries and was the first book from any Harlequin imprint ever to receive a starred Kirkus review. I've since had over 20 books published for adults (Vertigo), teens (The Twin's Daughter) and children (The Sisters 8 series, created with my husband and daughter). Recently, I've published a few ebooks as well, including a comedic romance for adults, The Bro-Magnet. I live in Danbury, CT, with my wonderful husband Greg and my equally wonderful daughter Jackie.

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