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  • Kindle Edition
  • 261 pages
  • The Bro-Magnet
  • Lauren Baratz-Logsted
  • English
  • 11 January 2019

The Bro-Magnet❮Epub❯ ➣ The Bro-Magnet ➢ Author Lauren Baratz-Logsted – Essayreview.co.uk There are so many memorable moments in this book that I could spend page after page quoting them USA TODAY Poor Johnny Smith At age , the house painter has been a best man a whopping eight times, when There are so many memorable moments in this book that I could spend page after page quoting them USA TODAY Poor Johnny Smith At age , the house painter has been a best man a whopping eight times, when all he s ever really wanted is to be a groom But despite being everyone s favorite dude, Johnny has yet to find The One Or even anyone So when he meets high powered District Attorney Helen Troy, and falls for her hard, he follows the advice of family and friends Since Helen seems to hate sports, Johnny pretends he does too No Jets No Mets At least not in public He redecorates his condo He gets a cat He takes up watching soap operas Anything he thinks will earn him Helen, Johnny is willing to do There s just one hitch If he does finally win her heart, who will he be.


About the Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Lauren grew up in Monroe, CT, where her father owned a drugstore at which her mother was the pharmacist She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where she majored in psychology She also has what she calls her half Masters in English from Western Connecticut State University five courses down, another five to go somedayThroughout college, she worked semester breaks as a doughnut salesperson, a job that she swears gave her white lung disease from all the powdered sugar she breathedUpon graduation, she began work at the venerable independent spacebookseller, now sadly defunct as such, Klein s of Westport There, she bought and sold for the better part of yearsIn November , Lauren left the bookstore to finally take a chance on herself as a writer Success did not happen over night Between and May when Red Dress Ink called with an offer to buy THE THIN PINK LINE Lauren worked as a book reviewer, a freelance editor and writer, and a window washer, making her arguably the only woman in the world who has ever both hosted a book signing party and washed the windows of the late best selling novelist Robert LudlumSince Red Dress Ink s call in , Lauren has been kept very busy with writingnovels and checking herranking on a daily basis She still lives in Danbury, with her husband and daughter, where she has lived since In addition to writing, Lauren s daughter keeps her busy, accounting for the rest of her timeLauren s favorite color is greenLauren s favorite non cat animals are penguinsLauren wants you to know that, however you are pronouncing her last name, you are probably pronouncing it wrong.


10 thoughts on “The Bro-Magnet

  1. says:

    The Bro Magnet is a laugh out loud story about life and love, told in the first person POV from a man s perspective If you re married or have spent any length of time in a relationship with a guy, you know how clueless they can be when it comes to their feelings and the ways of the world the real world, that is Well, in this book we get to spend years inside Johnny s head and while I still don t think I ll ever understand the way men think, at least I got a lot of great laughs from reading ab The Bro Magnet is a laugh out loud story about life and love, told in the first person POV from a man s perspective If you re married or have spent any length of time in a relationship with a guy, you know how clueless they can be when it comes to their feelings and the ways of the world the real world, that is Well, in this book we get to spend years inside Johnny s head and while I still don t think I ll ever understand the way men think, at least I got a lot of great laughs from reading about it.If you re looking for something out of the ordinary, something light and easy to read, you really should pick up The Bro Magnet and settle yourself in for an entertaining story This book was provided by netgalley.com, TKA Distribution, and author, Lauren Baratz Logsted, in exchange for an honest review

  2. says:

    Rating 3.5I liked reading about a guy everyone wanted to be but who didn t have good luck with women It was funny seeing him try to be someone else for the woman he liked, as it turned out both of them were hiding their real selves and had a lotin common.

  3. says:

    2.5 starsThis bookwas so not for me There were very funny moments and I really felt for and loved Johnny, but at a certain point I was just so tired with that which annoyed me, I couldn t even enjoy the humour so much, which is sad.You want to hear about That Which Annoyed Me Before we get to that here s a recapI Am Born and I begin as life intends me to go on Right from the start, I ve been a disappointment to women So, Johnny is like the ultimate best pal to men They want to be like 2.5 starsThis bookwas so not for me There were very funny moments and I really felt for and loved Johnny, but at a certain point I was just so tired with that which annoyed me, I couldn t even enjoy the humour so much, which is sad.You want to hear about That Which Annoyed Me Before we get to that here s a recapI Am Born and I begin as life intends me to go on Right from the start, I ve been a disappointment to women So, Johnny is like the ultimate best pal to men They want to be like him, want to be with him, etc But women always thought he was an asshole Guys Verdict Johnny is seriously cool Women s Verdict Asshole So, one day Johnny meets a D.A Helen, and all of a sudden he thinks of something if he wants a woman to stay with him he has to change, right No, not only change pretend he is someone completely different All of a sudden Johnny the ultimate man s man likes opera, fancy wines, cooks and whatnot He lies constantly, just censors his words and actions to belikable And he does it again And again And again and keeps doing with the help of his friends and women who keep telling him everything that s wrong with him and that needs to be changed So, Johnny of course listens and does all kinds of crazy things.At the end, though, he s totally in love with her and she says she s been pretending too That she wasfeminine and stuff So all of the sudden you have two people who re in a relationship and don t really know each other and they re talking love and HEA Really I don t buy it and this whole situation bothered me.Yes, I can see that the point WAS to get us to see that being ourselves is ok and all, but I just had a hard time getting into this particular topic I definitely like the author s writing style, so I ll try reading her other work.For the humor, and Johnny, it s 2.5 starsAnd it s not like I did anything borderline illegal like, say, reach out and actually grab one of her breasts, which you can t blame a guy for wanting to do since, in the entire history of the world and if God really did create the human body, nothing has ever been invented yet to rival the beautiful glory of the female breast Hell, I think all women in all their various colors and shapes and sizes are cute or pretty or gorgeous or handsome or attractive Women they re a beautiful thing But scary too Very scary You re way over thinking this, Johnny If this is the sort of crap that goes on in your mind during an actual date, no wonder you never get around to kissing the girl Remind me again why you re my best friend Because I m standing here with the blinds drawn and I m going to let you practice kissing on me even though I m a lesbian Oh right That

  4. says:

    I started this with some trepidation, because humor based on gender stereotypes is rarely my thing It sounded fun though, so I gave it a try and it turned out to be a lot of fun, as well as sweet and unexpectedly wise.Johnny is a really good guy, who somehow rarely gets credit for his stellar qualities from women The traits that other men love in him, like being good at sports and able to fix junker cars, always seem to lead women to one conclusion asshole They rarely notice that he s I started this with some trepidation, because humor based on gender stereotypes is rarely my thing It sounded fun though, so I gave it a try and it turned out to be a lot of fun, as well as sweet and unexpectedly wise.Johnny is a really good guy, who somehow rarely gets credit for his stellar qualities from women The traits that other men love in him, like being good at sports and able to fix junker cars, always seem to lead women to one conclusion asshole They rarely notice that he s considerate, generous, warm hearted, chivalrous and at least makes an effort to remember to put the seat back down.When Johnny meets a woman who seems like she might just possibly like him, he s determined not to mess it up this time And seeking advice from pretty much anyone who ll give it, he performs a make over, becoming John because y ending names are too little boyish who likes wine instead of beer and opera instead of sports What happens next is partially incredibly obvious and partially a real surprise.This is a light story lighthearted, lightly characterized, lightly over the top The beginning description of Johnny s adolescence, in his first person narrative, made me feel like I was reading YA and actually I think young adults could love this story There s some swearing but no graphic sex It s very funny in a wry sort of way, and though there is some ridiculous situational humor, it s not what entirely drives the book in one memorable scene, John takes his date to an opera that turns out to be put on by a farm family in a hayloft, but they just go with it and have a really good time.I think what I liked best about the story is that it s essentially non judgmental Although Johnny s manly, low brow tastes are embraced, he discovers he actually likes some of the new things he s tried butimportantly, he discovers that things like who loves sports and who loves GH General Hospital and who loves both none of that stuff mattered so long as, somehow, you saw down into the essence of the other person and they saw you It s hard to categorize this book it s not traditional romance, not exactly YA, certainly not realistic fiction Its most obvious category is humor But I think romance readers will also enjoy it I certainly did reviewed from e arc provided by netGalley

  5. says:

    Very cute chick lit with a twist because it is told from a male POV It was sweet and fluffy, though it felt really dated at times I couldn t relate to many of the references no one I know watches General Hospital period and it seemed pretty obvious to me that this was actually written by a female However, at times it was laugh out loud funny, so that was a major plus I honestly didn t feel like the couple knew each other at all, certainly not enough to be in love, but it was still a su Very cute chick lit with a twist because it is told from a male POV It was sweet and fluffy, though it felt really dated at times I couldn t relate to many of the references no one I know watches General Hospital period and it seemed pretty obvious to me that this was actually written by a female However, at times it was laugh out loud funny, so that was a major plus I honestly didn t feel like the couple knew each other at all, certainly not enough to be in love, but it was still a surprisingly enjoyable read

  6. says:

    I heard a lot of talk about The Bro Magnet by Lauren Baratz Logsted on Twitter, and then I saw Dear Author give it a favorable review, so I had to check it out Thank goodness, because I am not sure if I would have ever picked this book up based on the title and the cover But put that behind you because this book will make you laugh and smile the entire way through.Johnny Smith is a guy s guy He loves sports and poker, he paints houses for a living and every man finds him very likable He has I heard a lot of talk about The Bro Magnet by Lauren Baratz Logsted on Twitter, and then I saw Dear Author give it a favorable review, so I had to check it out Thank goodness, because I am not sure if I would have ever picked this book up based on the title and the cover But put that behind you because this book will make you laugh and smile the entire way through.Johnny Smith is a guy s guy He loves sports and poker, he paints houses for a living and every man finds him very likable He has been the best man in about seven weddings and is just a happy dude However, he knew he was cursed against all females the day he was born Oh, Francesca his mother says, gently parting the swaddling to examine my body further, it s a boy This wasn t what I was expecting at all I was so sure, all along, I was going to have a girl Then, she dies If you d been a girl, Alfresca says, taking me from my dead mother s arms as the midwife tries in vain to resuscitate my disappointed mother, this never would have happened This sets the stage for what is one of the funniest books I have read in a very long time We quickly move forward in Johnny s life as we watch him fail at numerous attempts with women in his young adult years.The story finally settles as Johnny is in his early 30s and as single as he can be Very smart and interested in law, he decides he d rather help his dad in his painting business than become a professional With his best friend, Sam, who is a lesbian, by his side, Johnny spends his days talking about the Mets and accepting best man invitations to numerous weddings.It isn t until he meets District Attorney Helen that he realizes his backward wearing baseball cap and somewhat frat house style might need to change if he wants to pursue this serious relationship His friends step up to the plate to help him better himself, with much amusement.While this story is a romance, it is very different from the typical romances I read It sof a one man show, where Johnny takes center stage and the other characters are all supporting him, even his love interest, Helen I think I heard someone refer to it as a chick lit book, except told from a man s point of view The reason this book works so well is that under all the laughs and silly situations Johnny gets put in, he really is a good guy He is warm and endearing, and you root for him through the entire book He is not necessarily suave and charming, rather just downright all male.He has had relationships with women in the past, but when he meets Helen, he knows it is different and that totally flusters him He freaks out and tries to act cool, but it comes across just silly He doesn t want Helen, a lawyer, to know he has an obsession with trying to find loopholes in court cases, so he tries to throw her off course So let me get this straight, she says It s not loopholes you have a thing for, it s ice holes Oh yes, I say, from when I was little and my dad used to take me ice fishing Ever since he got MS and can t get around as well any, I like to remember the times when we used to be together on the ice, sitting around the ice holes Well at least the part about him having MS is true That s sweet, she says.Hey, I m on a roll here Not only do I like ice holes, I say, but I like sinkholes Sinkholes I mean, I d hate to get my truck stuck in one, but they re so interesting, the way they just appear all of a sudden And peepholes, I like those too Peepholes It is always good to see who s on the other side of the door so you know whether you want to let them in or not Oh, and blowholes you know, whales They should be saved So, she says slowly, reviewing my case item by item, you like ice holes, sinkholes, peepholes and blowholes There are so many memorable moments in this book that I could spend page after page quoting them The entertainment in this book never stops, from taking Helen to a Barn Opera to trying to buy a kitten, or when Johnny gets scared by a clown and screams, EEK Since Johnny is telling you the story, it makes his slightly over the top world feelintimate.It is great fun to find a new author, and I will definitely be keeping my eye on Lauren Baratz Logsted

  7. says:

    Posted on Under the CoversI will be honest I overlooked this book countless times because I have no idea that this was a romance novel The cover confuses you, but once you read the blurb you kind of know what to expect Even then, I was still caught by surprise over this book This is definitely not your typical contemporary romance.THE BRO MAGNET is written from a male s perspective I don t know about you, but this is a first for me in romance Wildly refreshing and outrageously funny, Laur Posted on Under the CoversI will be honest I overlooked this book countless times because I have no idea that this was a romance novel The cover confuses you, but once you read the blurb you kind of know what to expect Even then, I was still caught by surprise over this book This is definitely not your typical contemporary romance.THE BRO MAGNET is written from a male s perspective I don t know about you, but this is a first for me in romance Wildly refreshing and outrageously funny, Lauren Baratz Logsted completely took me by surprise Not only was Johnny s perspective engaging and unlike anything I ve ever read before, but I died laughing at some of the lines in this book In fact, if I could, I would quote this entire book and leave it at that for a review.As I said earlier, this book follows Johnny, a 33 year old guy who makes a living out of painting houses He s been Best Man eight times, even graduated with honors BUT he has the tendency to fall over himself when talking to a woman.Here s what you need to know to set up this scene Johnny has a thing for Helen Troy, a lawyer and at this point, he s trying to play it cool denying the fact that he has this slight obsession about figuring out loopholes in court cases In the end, he just ends up looking silly So let me get this straight, she says It s not loopholes you have a thing for, it s ice holes Oh yes, I say, from when I was little and my dad used to take me ice fishing Ever since he got MS and can t get around as well any, I like to remember the times when we used to be together on the ice, sitting around the ice holes Well at least the part about him having MS is true That s sweet, she says Hey, I m on a roll here Not only do I like ice holes, I say, but I like sinkholes Sinkholes I mean, I d hate to get my truck stuck in one, but they re so interesting, the way they just appear all of a sudden And peepholes, I like those too Peepholes It is always good to see who s on the other side of the door so you know whether you want to let them in or not Oh, and blowholes you know, whales They should be saved So, she says slowly, reviewing my case item by item, you like ice holes, sinkholes, peepholes and blowholes Nice save, Johnny.There are also some great moments with Johnny s wingwoman and lesbian BFF, Sam whom I loved as well Sam tries to help the less than smooth Jonny set a date with Helen Most often than not, it ends up like this I pick up the phone, start to punch in the number from the slip of paper, stop Are you just going to stand there I say What s the big deal I just feel funny talking on the phone with you standing there like that It s like when a guy s trying to take a pee and some guy comes in and starts using the urinal right next to him It feels awkward You re being ridiculous about this I just keep staring at her, waiting Fine, Sam huffs, heading for the door Don t judge a book by its cover This saying has never held so much truth than in this case If you re looking for something unique and fun, then Johnny is your man

  8. says:

    My grade C This is like chick lit, only it s told in the hero s 1st person POV Parts of this book I liked a lot Several times I laughed out loud I was fond of Helen and Johnny, but didn t like how much he was acting like someone he wasn t in order to appeal to Helen And she was doing the same Johnny has always been a bust with women, but men love him All in all, I kept wanting him to act like himself I didn t find him appealing getting a cat he didn t want, watching General Hospital, e My grade C This is like chick lit, only it s told in the hero s 1st person POV Parts of this book I liked a lot Several times I laughed out loud I was fond of Helen and Johnny, but didn t like how much he was acting like someone he wasn t in order to appeal to Helen And she was doing the same Johnny has always been a bust with women, but men love him All in all, I kept wanting him to act like himself I didn t find him appealing getting a cat he didn t want, watching General Hospital, etc I kept wishing I could see them having fun together, watching a baseball game and yelling their heads off It was a quick read and a different premise

  9. says:

    Originally posted at Romance Around the CornerThis is a perfect example of why you should never judge a book by its cover I know it s bad, I also know the title isn t helping, but believe me, you re in for a treat.Johnny Smith is man s man That means that every single guy he s ever met loves him They all find him funny, clever, approachable, admirable, all the guys want to be his best friend and they all want Johnny to be their Best Man In fact, he s been Best Man at eight weddings and count Originally posted at Romance Around the CornerThis is a perfect example of why you should never judge a book by its cover I know it s bad, I also know the title isn t helping, but believe me, you re in for a treat.Johnny Smith is man s man That means that every single guy he s ever met loves him They all find him funny, clever, approachable, admirable, all the guys want to be his best friend and they all want Johnny to be their Best Man In fact, he s been Best Man at eight weddings and counting However, when it comes to women the story is the complete opposite They all hate him, no matter what he does, men love him for it and women hate him He s been disappointing women ever since he was born Right from the start, I ve been a disappointment to women Here s me at my own birth On January 1, 1977, after thirty two hours, fourteen minutes and fifty three seconds of labor, most of it during a heat wave so bad there are citywide power outages a heat wave that would have been perfectly normal in Florida, but in New England, not so much my mother, Francesca Smith, gives birth to me at home at exactly 2 19 p.m She insisted on the home birth because she said it would benatural Alfresca Tivoli, Francesca s sister, is present as Francesca s birthing coach because my father, John Smith, says it s women s work Plus, he s scared shitless As I emerge from between my mother s legs all thirteen pounds, eight ounces of me Alfresca catches me Then I do the usual baby stuff I get my cord cut, I m slapped, I cry, I get weighed and measured, someone wipes the cheesy stuff off my hairy head, and finally I get handed off to my mother Oh, Francesca says, gently parting the swaddling to examine my body further, it s a boy This wasn t what I was expecting at all I was so sure, all along, I was going to have a girl Then, she dies If you d been a girl, Alfresca says, taking me from my dead mother s arms as the midwife tries in vain to resuscitate my disappointed mother, this never would have happenedSee what I mean Now, at 33 years old, he s ready to settle down and form a family But he wonders How did I get to be the guy that men all gravitate toward but that women, except for lesbians, mostly shunWhen he meets Helen, finding the answer to that question becomes an urgent matter because he really likes her So he enlists the help of everyone around him his friends wives, his dad and even the local tailor They all agree that he should change his douchey ways and become a different guy no baseball cap, no jeans, no t shirts, no sports, no belching but yes to the opera, yes to changing his name from Johnny to John, yes to watching General Hospital and yes to getting a cat.It s pretty obvious to the reader that Helen isn t shallow and that they are pretty compatible, but he is so worried about becoming what he thinks is a better person that he fails to see this He s completely self absorbed and blind, but he doesn t realize it and his journey is about figuring out that the right person loves you just the way you are.I have so many good things to say about this book that I don t even know where to start First I should say that it s a comedy and I that I started laughing from page one, right about thethen she dies partand just kept laughing all the way to the end Next I should say that the whole book is told from Johnny s POV and that, plus the whole journey to self discovery part of the story, made me feel like I was reading a bizarre chick lit, but instead of chick lit this should be called dude lit or something like that I have read my fair share of chick lit and some I have loved, but most just blurs together, so this book was a refreshing and an original twist to the genre I m trying to come up with a way to describe Johnny and the best I can say is that he was charming, goodhearted, caring, clueless, and yes, a douche His story inspired lots of laughs, lots of face palms and lots of yelling get a clue This is a guy who is wicked smart for some things, and then goes and says things like this Johnny asks his friend Sam to help him get a catPrecisely Here s one Free, six adorable kittens in need of good home But I don t need six I only need one What are you, stupid We look at the six and pick out the one you like best How hard can it be But it says good home, not homes Clearly whoever placed the ad is looking to have all the kittens adopted at once Oh, for Christ sake, Johnny, just get in the truck and driveParts of his characters felt a bit over the top and cartoonish Things like his obsession with sports, his lack of understanding women s minds, and the fact that he put together women into one huge bag where if you manage to decipher one then you have deciphered them all, felt like a huge stereotype of how men are and not like a real person But despite his shortcomings, both as a book character and as a person, I loved him He was reliable, honest, loyal and inherently good When you have to spend a whole book in company of the same character he better be likeable, otherwise the reading experience is going to be bad Thankfully Johnny was as likeable a character as it gets.Another thing I loved about the book was the narration Johnny s personality grabbed me to the point where I felt like he was sitting beside me telling me his story Sometimes first person POVs readlike the characters talking to themselves, but in this case I felt like he was talking directly to me The book isn t perfect, the ending was a bit weak, it wasn t what I was expecting which was good, but it was abrupt and rushed The book s pacing is slow and it drags a bit in the middle, but then I had so much fun that I didn t want it to end Helen isn t really the heroine, she actslike a secondary character and as love interest, she isn t developed at all and we don t really get to know much about her which was disappointing Finally I want to say that I m happy I read the book and I m happy because I read it It s a feel good book similar to its main character crass on the outside, but charming and funny on the inside This is how romantic comedies should be.In case there were any doubts left, I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone feeling like spending an afternoon laughing out loud and in the company of a great guy

  10. says:

    My grade 3 1 2 starsI GREW UP AS THE OLDEST of four daughters My mum has three sisters and only one of them has a son the rest of my cousins are female So with that background I particularly enjoy books from a male main character s point of view Johnny or John, as he decides to go by, in order to project amature image has an endearing voice Just like all the guys bros that he comes across, I find him charming and endearing and I really want to be his friend And, I think that is My grade 3 1 2 starsI GREW UP AS THE OLDEST of four daughters My mum has three sisters and only one of them has a son the rest of my cousins are female So with that background I particularly enjoy books from a male main character s point of view Johnny or John, as he decides to go by, in order to project amature image has an endearing voice Just like all the guys bros that he comes across, I find him charming and endearing and I really want to be his friend And, I think that is one of the problems I have with this book Johnny is like the brother I never had and he is not convincing to me as a romantic lead.Some might argue that this is supposed to be a romantic comedy first and foremost, and I agree that many scenes in this book are funny There is a thin line you have to walk in order for the hilarious situations that ensue a date at the opera in a barn with a pair of siblings performing multiple roles, for instance not becoming over the top and too unrealistic, and the author does this very well I think, however, that Johnny s long time crush could have been painted with a somewhat finer brush to beeffective.Just like many a romantic comedy herione needs a gay best friend, so does a hero Johnny s neighbour, sometime employee and BFF Sam is a lesbian She is also very self assured almost like a guy, actually, and very attractive She has just come out of a failed relationship and is also wondering what she is doing wrong As Johnny goes about trying to turn himself into the man that he thinks that Helen the love interest wants, Sam assists him and also applies some of the helpful hints he picks up along the way The banter between Johnny and Sam is something that I enjoyed a lot, almost to the point where I was rooting for the outcome that Sam would be a closet bi sexual person and she and Johnny would be an item at the end But, of course she is not.Another problem I had with the book is that I don t feel what Johnny feels about Helen he tells me the reader how he reacts and what he thinks about and his hopes for this relationship, but when we reach the butterfly in the tummy moments the first kiss and when they finally progress to aphysical relationship, he tells me that as well The door is closed.When I say that I had some problems with the book, I don t mean that I am disappointed it was a thoroughly enjoyable and easy read It brought out a lot of smiles an d giggles and left me with a happy feeling But, at the end of the day I do wish that there had been a littleromance to this comedy.This review can also be found at hellyslibrary.wordpress.com

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