on December 11, 2016
Genres: Friends to Lovers, New Adult, Romantic Comedy
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?
(Being Brooke is a standalone romantic comedy. Hilarious, super-sexy, and possibly highly inappropriate at times, this is the perfect feel-good read!)
LIFE TIP #18: Be honest. Always. Sometimes the reactions are surprising. Unless you killed your sister’s cat. Don’t be honest about that.
Friends to lovers has always, always been a trope I struggle with. Whether I don’t find the progression believable or feel that it’s forced, don’t buy the connection, the history, I could go on. It either really works for me or it really doesn’t and Being Brooke is definitely the former! This was such a cute and fun read, I loved the relationship between Brooke and Cain even at the beginning. It was flawless and portrayed exactly how I feel it should be for these characters. You’re given enough background to make the feelings believable but enough current interactions to really push the idea forward.
“I don’t speak grumpy. I speak fluent sarcasm, bitch, and PMS.”
This is so me its a little scary.
Disregarding the fact that I’m not a complete klutz and at least possess my adult card, Brooke and I are the same person. She’s my spirit guide and I loved reading about her life. Seeing this all pan out was an absolute treat and I couldn’t stop laughing at how ridiculous she was.
I’m twenty-four, it’s a Friday night, and I’m waiting in for a take-out gyros and fries in my onesie.
My life is just so exciting I can barely stand it.
There’s something to be said about a guy like Cain. Sure, you’ve got the basics of a hero: tall, athletic, GQ, sweet, funny, thoughtful, the list goes on. But my favourite part is when these characters can get embarrassed, shy or unsure. I find that so completely endearing! I don’t always need a cocky or alpha type guy. I want to feel that this is genuine and Emma Hart delivers just that.
One word to describe the banter: WIN. This book is filled with a lot of win, let’s be honest here, but banter is one of my favourite aspects of a book ever! Banter or angst, those are my two downfalls. Brooke was quick witted and saucy while Cain had no problem dishing everything back to her. These two will definitely keep you on your toes. But more than the banter, these two had some really adorable ‘awwww’ moments too. I really liked how the author could balance both the fun and adorable to make it more genuine.
“Brooke? Shut up and eat.”
I roll my eyes. “Lord, that’s romantic. Excuse me while I swoon all over the place.”
This is definitely the type of book that can be a favourite in the RomCom genre, easily. Brooke is hilarious. Granted, sometimes over the top but I like to think that Cain and Carly help to tone her down a bit. This girl I tell you, she has no filter at all.
I’ll be honest, I was kind of expecting some more depth in this book. Yes, I knew going in that it was a RomCom but I still expected more than what we would get a thicker plot, some grittier scenes, especially maybe in relation to the confusion and ‘what are we doing’ type scenes. Brooke had a few where she would start to freak out and just when I would think something might happen, the storm passed. It just felt maybe a little superficial.
In the name of honesty, I need to forewarn my fellow readers on the low level of heat. Kind of like when you have a pot simmering on the stove but can’t let it boil. It’s the underlying warmth, but it doesn’t break the surface.
You’re chaos, Brooke Barker. Luckily for you, I happen to love chaos.”
Overall this is ultimately an enjoyable read to put smile on your face and keep you laughing. It’s so freaking cute that it made my cheeks hurt. There’s no knowing what this group of friends will get up to (and be sure to keep an eye on grandpa!) so make sure you’re ready for a good laugh when you pick this one up. This is the second book by Emma that I’ve read this year and I’d definitely recommend her as an author! I’ve adored both Being Brooke and Dirty Little Rendezvous.
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.