Book: Being Brooke
Author: Emma Hart
Publisher and Publication Date: Smashword Publishing, 12/13/16
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.*
“Brooke is the embodiment of a modern young woman: crude, rude and socially unacceptable, and I loved every minute of it.” -CandaceReads
My Review in a Nutshell:
I zipped through this book in six hours, not even prying my eyes away to devour my sticky donuts and making a big ol mess on my poor Kindle. Emma Hart knows how to produce a sizzling romance to the perfect degree! Being Brooke is the definition of Witty banter, dirty jokes, and hot romance; what more can a girl ask for?
What’s It All About?
Brooke is striking out on her own! At 24 she just moved into her first apartment. The girl can burn water, but that doesn’t stop her from keeping her head held high. Which is hard these days, with working a dead end job, being a two-time college drop-out and swooning over your lifelong best friend, AKA- the sexiest guy in her quaint little town. To make it all the shittier, Cain is dating a real life Regina George. Will Brooke be able to fight the feeling? Or will she dig herself a hole and confess her love? The resolution may surprise you!
Brooke is the embodiment of a modern young woman: crude, rude and socially unacceptable, and I loved every minute of it. I appreciated Brooke’s blunt and hilarious persona, especially when it came to men. She holds nothing back, breaking down gender stereo-types that women are to be “prim and proper”, while unintentionally spotlighting sexism. Her only weakness being Cain, the absolutely best guy friend a girl could ask for. He’s the total package; sexy, can fix anything, funny, sexy, brings food, wine and tampons on command, sexy.
The characters were great, I’ve never laughed and smiled so much throughout a book. I enjoyed the lightness of the plot, no love triangles, no catastrophic event causing emotional damage that needs to be triumphed over. Being Brooke is an all-around feel-good love story in a small town setting, but with EDGE!
In the end, I rated Being Brooke a 4! I do feel as though the second half plateaued a bit, but ultimately picked up for a spectacular conclusion. Other than that, I have zero complaints. Emma Hart will DEFINITELY be on my instant-read list.
On a side note: Dear Emma, we need a spin-off for Carly. PLEASE!
My Favorite Quotes:
“I pride myself on being exhausting. That’s how I get people to leave me alone.”
“Yes. I like to enjoy a false sense of elation before my heart is ripped out. Keeps me humble”