Genres: Best Friends, Contemporary Romance, Humorous, New Adult, Romance
From New York Times bestselling author, Emma Hart, comes a brand new standalone novel. BEING BROOKE is a laugh-out-loud, witty, sexy, and sometimes highly inappropriate romantic comedy about being in love with your best friend. And how much that freaking sucks.
My name is Brooke Barker...
And I'm a freaking disaster.
No, seriously. I’m a college drop-out working a dead-end job, my best friend Carly’s dog gets more action than I do, and I have more bad dates in my diary than there are movie remakes.
Not to mention I'm completely and utterly in love with Cain Elliott.
The problem? He’s in a relationship. With a girl who’s so plastic she makes Barbie cry herself to sleep with jealousy.
The second problem? He's my best friend.
My shut-up-and-put-on-Harry-Potter, yes-this-is-your-shirt, help-I-have-no-power, crap-I’m-out-of-tampons, kinda best friend.
And that’s all he can be, right?
Ah friends to lovers! One of my favorites to read. So obviously Emma Hart is one of my favorite authors, and after the ending of her Holly Woods Files series, I needed something to fill the gap, and this was the perfect book. I love Emma’s wit in her books, she always has one of two characters who are just super sassy and make me laugh out loud, they always make the book such a fun time, and this was definitely the case here.
Brooke is awesome, there is no way around that. She’s at a point in her life that I can totally relate to, she’s dropped out of college, working at a pretty much dead end job that she’s thrilled with, but without a real direction on where to go from there. The good thing is that she has some seriously awesome friends, Carly and Cain. The problem of course is that Brooke is in love with Cain, pretty much everyone else is aware of this fact, and Cain is dating a woman who seriously dislikes both Brooke and Carly. In a lot of ways Cain is kind of being pulled in two different directions, he wants to be a good boyfriend, but at the same time he has been friends with Carly and Brooke for a really long time, and they are basically like family to him.
Of course I was rooting for Cain and Brooke to get together from like page one of the book, especially because the more I got to know the girlfriend, the more I wanted to ditch her super quick. She was the worst. I also didn’t like how Cain sometimes tried to deal with it, I truly don’t think he meant anything by it, but he does end up causing some issues between him and Brooke.
As much I loved the dynamics between Cain and Brooke, there are also some really great secondary characters in this book. Brooke has a seriously hilarious grandfather in this book, and to say this guy is particularly raunchy might be an understatement. I also really liked Carly, she is kind of the voice of reason for Brooke as well as the person who advocates for her and sometimes even pushes her out of her comfort zone in an attempt to help her. The rest of Brooke’s family are interesting as well, and I really liked Cain’s mom and his brothers. There really is a whole family element going on with this book, and it just works so well.
This book went by really fast for me, I basically stepped into it and then decided to read it all in one siting because it was such a fun read. If I had to have one complaint about this book is that I wish there was more heat in it, I really wanted there to be more physicality in the book, I mean it’s good without it, but I would have loved it more if it was in their. Other than that this is great read, and I look forward to reading more of Emma’s work in 2017.