Review 44: Bro Code and Copper Valley Fireballs

Pippa Grant is a fabulous comedic author and I love reading her stuff. But I’m cranky because she *only* retails her books through the ‘Zon. I’m not sure if I’ve discussed this here, but I do my level best not to buy books through Kindle, because I really do not want to support their censorship or their appalling treatment of authors. Given the option, I will choose to buy directly from the author’s website, directly from the publisher (for example: Baen), through Edenbooks.org for romance, or through Kobo. However, with a bit of patience and the help of giveaways and Bookbub, I managed to put together the currently published books in the Bro Code and related Copper Valley Fireballs series to binge through.

Pippa Grant excels at creating scenarios that are wildly unlikely-although not completely impossible-and outrageously funny. The Bro Code is a former boy band, the members of which have now gone on to new careers. They reminisce quite a bit about the adventures of their touring days and the stories are just as wild as one could hope. But, either by accident or design, none of them have really left the craziness behind, just refined it a little. Since they are all just regular kids who grew up in the same city, they have a shared base of friends and acquaintances which includes members of the Copper Valley Fireballs, the Copper Valley Thrusters, and citizens of Shipwreck-including a certain Master Baker.

The latest release, The Hot Mess and The Heartthrob is probably my favourite. I’m not a mom of little humans, but I have nieces and nephews, I did my share of babysitting and even I can recognize that the madness of all the kids in this series is in no way exaggeration. Kids be cray-cray and they definitely drag you along for the ride. My least favourite was Master Baker, which is surprising because I expected to love it. I mean-baked goods! However, I felt like the fake rivalry dragged on for about four more chapters than it really needed. We all get it, we all know where it’s going to end up, let’s get there already.

The thing that makes these books great is the moments that she creates. The plots, when you strip off all the madness, are pretty basic and the relationships don’t really develop per se, more like survive the obstacles. The moments, however, can be sweet, sexy, ab-stressingly funny and sometimes a combination thereof. They are escapism of the highest pinnacle, designed to give you a memorable ride, not to teach you anything about humanity. But we all need those types of experiences and Pippa Grant will likely remain in my favourites pile for a long while.

Especially if she expands her distribution options.