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The Bro-Magnet

(Nice Guy #1)

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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  755 ratings  ·  178 reviews
"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 33, 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
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Kindle Edition, 261 pages
Published December 11th 2011 by TKA Distribution
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

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
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Saly
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Rating 3.5
I 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 lot more in common.
Mimi Smith
Feb 06, 2012 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

This book...was 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 recap.

"I 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
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willaful
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
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 ...more
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
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
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

I 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
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Sheri
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Brie
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Romance Around the Corner

This 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
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HєllyBєlly
My grade: 3 1/2 stars

I 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 a more mature 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
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Tori
When my review partner Mandi tweeted me that I HAD to read this book, telling me I would love it, I jumped to it. Know what? She was right.

Bro magnet is a hilarious rom com from a man's POV. Johnny Smith is always the best man but never the groom. Every guy loves him and every woman thinks he's an a arse. it's not he's a terrible person, he's just adorably clueless. When he meets the woman of his dreams, Johnny grabs his friends and does everything possible to reinvent himself with unbelievably
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Amy
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2read2, favorites

This book is totally made of awesome and I have laughed myself silly! General Hospital, Gone With The Wind, Pier 1, barn opera, a cat that walks on a leash. OMG, this was a total riot and I'm so excited that the author has a sequel in the works!

If you want an incredibly authentic and hilarious book about a clueless man's quest for love and the mistakes he makes in trying to reinvent himself along the way, run and get this book! You will not be disappointed!
Keri
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I giggled my way through this fun and zany read as Johnny struggles to figure out why he is such a guy magnet, but can't get a steady girl to save his life. The entire book is wrote through Johnny's POV, so we really don't know Helen very well. Except what we learn there at the end, but still very cute. I went and got the 2nd book in the series right away.
Jess
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for_review
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

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.

The one word that kept coming to mind as I was reading about Johnny and his life was likable. He’s such a nice, likable guy that I completely understood why guys would be drawn to him and want to be friends with him. Women, on the other hand, never moved beyond what
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Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

When I started this book, I was super excited. It had a great premise that I hadn't ever read before. Plus, it was told first person, MALE narrative! I'm a sucker for getting into a guy's head, and I actually really love first person books.

I think in this particular piece, it HAD to be done that way. There's no way that Johnny's voice could have come through if this was done in third person. Let's talk about his voice a little, should we? I was laughing so. damn. hard. through the first
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AMythicalBeast
I was going to write a nice long review for this one but then I read one that pretty much said it all.---> Fiction Vixen

So here I'll explain why I gave it four stars despite my great love for Johnny Smith. There were three reasons (and two of them contain mild spoilers):

The first: Till about half the book we had been regularly told that Johnny had a keen interest in law and after he helped out one of his lawyer clients with a case, Helen (who's a DA) declined to go out with him because he'd a
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Marisa
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Bro-Magnet has an interesting narrative. The story is told by Johnny, and his insights, confusions, hopes and desires are wrapped up in his distinctive view of the world and his place in it. So much of his observations carry a tone of self-deprecation but also a keen and wicked sense of humor. For all his actions he’s incredibly self-enlightened. He knows exactly what he’s about but he doesn’t quite know what that means in terms of the opposite sex. He makes you laugh out loud so you don’t f ...more
Holly
I have to admit, I was turned off this book initially by the title and cover. If the author hadn't contacted me with an excerpt, I probably wouldn't have bothered to read it. Which is a shame, because this was a hilarious, engrossing read.

I struggled a bit through the first couple chapters. After that the story captured me. I actually laughed out loud several times while reading. I even shared passages with my husband, which he snickered at as well.

There are some flaws. The writing was a bit o
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Jennifer
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, netgalley
This book was amusing and I'd recommend it to other people, but it didn't grab me like it did other readers. I'm not a fan of the first-person present tense and so found myself distanced from the experience. Also, I've never watched GH (though I do have cats) and like to watch sports, so the girls-do-this and boys-do-this struck me as off.

The main character was very likable and I thought the idea of Opera at a barn was hilarious (I'd totally go).
Patricia
This was an incredibly funny book! I like the author's writing style.
Kaetrin
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Why I read it: I saw tweets about this really funny book from a guy's perspective from Jane at Dear Author and then I saw it on NetGalley so I snapped it up.

What it's about: (This is the blurb from Goodreads) 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
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Jen
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This has got to be one of the BEST "GUY" stories out there! Seriously!
If you've ever wanted to get inside of a guy's head while growing up, meeting someone, messing up that relationship, meeting someone else, falling in love - This book is totally for you!

I LOVE getting into a guys head - How the heck does Lauren Bartatz-Logsted do it?? WOW!

The book starts off with Johnny Smith telling his story -
"Right from the start I've been a disappointment to women"

When he was born, his mom held him for
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Susi
Jan 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
The buzz around this book was getting bigger and bigger and I just couldn’t resists its lure anymore. Even with having read what feels like a million reviews The Bro-Magnet still surprised me- in a good way. This whole book is so different and refreshing in a genre that sometimes seems to be too set in its ways. For starters, our main character is Johnny a guy who’s hopelessly bad at dealing with woman. I loved Johnny. He is a nice guy with a sports obsession, an adoringly wierd family, a lesbia ...more
McGee Magoo
This was read as a buddy-read with Katerina, who, I hoped liked this as much as I did.

The Bro-Magnet is the story of Johnny Smith. Johnny's mother died shortly after giving birth to him and he was raised by his father (and house-painter) Big John. Johnny grew up to be smart, kind and funny. Unfortunately--and probably due to the lack of a real-mother figure--, his particular great traits are only appreciated by other guys. Johnny grew up to be a man's man. Best Man in 9 weddings, instant pal to
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Gaylin Walli
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
A tweet came across my Twitter stream last week from Deidre Knight (yeah, that Deidre, from the Knight Agency). She touted this book as a great little read and since I intensely admire the woman's choice of book recommendations, I figured there had to be something worthwhile in the book. But The Bro-Magnet? It sounded way too much like a bad 70s movie title and I was notably skeptical. Sadly, in my pre-caffiene induced haze of morning work I immediately fired off a tweet that was not too complim ...more
Jonita
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Johnny Smith has been the best man in eight (count 'em) weddings. Since childhood he's been known as a real man's man. He loves sports, wears a backwards ball cap every day, and drives a big truck. Men love him, and women don't want to be with him. And that's the problem. When Johnny finds himself giving the best man speech at his best buddy's wedding, and his best buddy just happens to be marrying Johnny's childhood crush, Johnny knows that it's time for him to put himself out there and find th ...more
Christi Snow
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is SO GOOD!!! I will have the full review up on January 12th. A+ rating on my blog!

My Review:


There are books that make you happy to be a reader. This is one of those books. I cannot tell you the last time when I laughed out loud as much as I did while reading this book. It is charming. It is honest. It is so incredibly sweet. At the heart of the story is a guy...you know, that guy. The one that annoys all girls around because he is just such an idiot. This story is about that guy tryin
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Nerine Dorman
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Johnny Smith’s the guy who gets asked to be the best man at his mates’ weddings, and always seems to say or do the right things so far as they’re concerned. But when it comes to the fairer sex, it would seem that his luck has permanently run out.

Basically, Johnny is very much a man’s man. He loves his sport – and specifically supports supports the Mets, who seem to be experiencing a losing streak. Johnny’s regular poker evenings with the boys are, from what I gather, pretty legendary.

Just when J
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Jennifer
Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
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 fo
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Katherine
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone in need of a laugh!
Recommended to Katherine by: http://underthecoversbookblog.blogspo...
I wasn't sure of what really I'd get when I started this book. The Bro-Magnet has really surprised me.

Johnny is this sports fan, 33 year old guy who isn't really luck with women. When he finds the one he thinks is "the one" for him, he'll do everything he can to have her.

While I loved how nonsense he was, he couldn't be that... Teenager-ish. Lol. There was a part around the middle of the book that was annoying the hell out of me. It was too much. I was thinking, This guy can't be this old and th
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