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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Blog Tour & Review - Being Brooke by Emma Hart

Title: Being Brooke
Author: Emma Hart
Publication Date: December 13th, 2016

Category/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

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-harry-potter, yes-this-is-your-shirt, help-I-have-no-power, crap-I’m-out-of-tampon, 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!

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Cain’s phone begins to buzz on the table. The screen lights up, and the short name on the screen makes me have to fight a frown.
I know it’s Nina. It always is. It’s like she has a Brooke-dar. She can sense whenever Cain and I are alone and hanging out.
My heart sinks, slowly but heavily, and I school my expression into one of not caring. I refuse to look away from the TV now.
Cain hands me his pizza box, which I take, begrudgingly, then he leans forward and grabs his phone. He waits for the buzzing to stop, then unlocks it and turns it off vibrate.
Then? Then he shoves it under the table, screen down.
Ho. Lee. Shit.
I gape at him. I can’t help it.
A piece of pepperoni drops off the slice of pizza in my hand—the same one that’s frozen halfway to my mouth as I stare at him in total disbelief. Did he really just do it?
“What?” Cain shrugs and takes his box back, grabbing a piece of half-eaten, meaty pizza and shoving the end in his mouth. The crust crunches as he bites down.
I swallow and glance at the coffee table. “I don’t think you’ve ever not taken a call from her.” I can’t help the derogatory way I say ’her’. It’s not intentional—honest. It’s ingrained in me to be vicious to other women. I think it’s a female thing. Self-preservation and all that.
“I don’t think I ever haven’t either.” Cain tilts his head to the side and meets my gaze, a suspicious glint in his green eyes. “But the point is, we haven’t done this in weeks, and I’m having too much fun to leave. Besides, we have all this junk food. If I don’t help you eat it, you’ll eat it all, then it’ll be my fault when your pants don’t fit.”
Oh my god.
“Does she know you’re here?” I smirk slyly and raise my eyebrows.
He shifts uncomfortably. With a cough, he puts his pizza down and grabs his beer bottle to swig from it.
Oh. My. Shitty. Life.
“She doesn’t, does she?” I sit up straight, throwing my half-slice back into my box and shoving his shoulder. “Cain!”
“No,” he mumbles, scratching the back of his ear. “She doesn’t know.”
I laugh. I can’t help it. It’s totally immature of me to delight in the fact he hasn’t told the Prissy Princess where is he and he’s ignoring her calls, but I do. It’s hilarious.
And, okay. I’m smug. Totally smug. There’s only one reason he hasn’t told her, and that’s because she hates me too.
Bitchy Best Friend Mission: Level Up!
“And tell me.” I snicker, just about holding back the volcano of laughter threatening to erupt. “Where does Nina think you are?”
“She thinks I’m at Mom’s.” He looks at me, his lips flattening into a thin line. “Stop laughing, B. No, don’t shake your damn head. I fucking mean it. She’s a little insecure over my friendship with you and Carly, that’s all. Sometimes it’s easier to just tell a... little white lie.”
“A little white lie? She thinks you’re at your mom’s!” I laugh harder and wipe at my eyes because they feel a little too wet.
“I just want the best of both worlds right now, all right?”
“What is the best of both worlds? Pizza with me and blow jobs from her?”
“She chooses not to eat gluten. Until she finds a gluten-free recipe she likes, I can’t eat pizza when she’s around.”
Which is a lot.
I raise my eyebrows again. “Your girlfriend won’t eat gluten but she’ll happily put your dick in her mouth?”
“Brooke. Don’t be a bitch.” He chucks a piece of chicken from his pizza at me, his eyes narrowing.
I’m dying. I think this is it—this is how I die, laughing at Cain’s lame excuses for lying to his girlfriend about spending time with me.
“Oh my fuck. This is hilarious. Seriously. Someone call Comedy Central.”
“Brooke.” He says my name again, this time quieter.
I stop laughing. Just about.
“I’m sorry. I just think it’s funny. You want me to be nice to her but you lie to her about spending time with me.” I shrug a shoulder and peel a piece of pepperoni off my pizza. I’m not even that hungry anymore.
He sighs, putting the top down on his box, and sits back. “She thinks there’s something going on between us.”
I laugh even harder because I might cry if I don’t.
Hi, breaking heart. Grab the tissues, yo.
There’s an awkward silence hanging between us now. It’s not the first time someone has thought that, but given that the more time I spend with Cain, the more I seem to fall for him, it’s awkward. Especially since he’s lying to her just to hang out with me.
I clear my throat and look up at him. “That’s ridiculous. You’re my best friend. Like anything would ever happen between us. I can’t put up with your shit taste in music, for a start.”
“Exactly,” he replies in a quieter voice, scratching behind his ear again. “It’s fucking stupid. I can’t stand your taste in music either. Who the fuck likes Justin Bieber?”
“People who think Kanye West should retire.”

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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3.5 “Hot Mess & Life Tips” Stars

ARC provided by author

Thank you!

This book is hilarious. Brooke, the MC, just has one of those voices you can't ignore. She's in your face and she's not sorry about it, and because of her personality, you'll find yourself laughing hard a lot. I mean, read the excerpt above and look at the one bellow and you'll understand what I'm saying:

I’ll be completely honest and say this book is a lot different from what I expected. While I went into it thinking I’d read a category romance (the relationship as the main focus), this turned out to be more of a women’s fiction/chick lit since it’s heavily focused on Brooke and her life.  In fact, Being Brooke reminded me a lot of Love, Chloe from Alessandra Torre, and they’re both great books.

The good news here is: Brooke is a strong enough character and has a strong enough voice to carry this book.

Don’t get me wrong, the romance is there. After all, Brooke’s main concern is the fact that she has feelings for her best friend, Cain, who happens to be in a relationship. Although this dilemma is the driving force of the story, the romance doesn’t become the focus until much later on (as contradictory as it may sound).

At first, we get to spend a lot of time seeing Brooke interact with people around her, Cain included. Brooke let us into her chaotic new home and her crazy life. She shows how her relationship with her mother isn’t the best because her mom expects her to be someone he isn’t. She treats us to great scenes with two of her best friends, Cain and Carly. She charms you with her potty mouth, her over-the-top attitude, her inability to move two steps without bumping into things or making a mess of something, and her non-stop chatter. While Brookes might drive you and the people around her crazy, she’s so eccentric you won’t be able to look away.

Brooke is full of contradictions, if you ask me. And that’s what makes her so interesting.

She’s the type of character whose voice will hook you from the start—she’s hilarious, witty, sarcastic and unapologetic; and those traits will end up driving you insane. You’ll still enjoy it, though. Brooke is bitchy AF, but to her defense, she acknowledges that all the time. She doesn’t pretend to be otherwise. Above all, Brooke felt real. She’s not one of those Mary Sue protagonists. She’s batshit crazy and she has as many flaws as redeeming qualities. I felt like I was reading about someone I could actually know, and that’s not something that happens every day. Sure she got on my nerves a few times, especially with the way she treated/talked/thought of Cain’s ex-girlfriend. I get that the ex was supposed to be as bitchy as Brooke could be, but since we hardly interacted with Cain’s ex-girlfriend, I felt Brooke’s reactions went a little too far. Still, I related to something Cain and Carly often said: Brooke drove them crazy, but they kept coming back for more because they loved it.

Another thing that felt real was the transition between Brooke and Cain’s friendship to their romantic relationship. Look, I love friends-to-lovers stories. That’s always going to be one of my favorite tropes, and it was the reason I requested this book. But I can’t say I’ve seen this trope handled the way Emma Hart did here. The awkwardness Brooke felt when Cain first kissed her, when they’re relationship moved into new territory made complete sense. Even though she’d been in love with him for so long, getting to live her fantasies was new to her and she was scared. I felt that with her, and I enjoyed how it put a spin on this trope.

Speaking of romance, Cain was a good love interest. It took me a while to get a 100% on team Cain because of a few things involving his relationship with his ex-girlfriend, but he earned my respect when he put an end to it. The fact that he didn’t cheat on her despite her being a bitch and despite the fact that he was already attracted to Brooke also made it easier to like him. It didn’t hurt that Cain was hot AF.

The ending was a big YES for me, because it made me so emotional. I won't say much because I don't want to spoil it, but I have to say I swooned hard. It was pretty perfect, in my opinion.

Overall, this was a really funny book about a crazy young woman learning to navigate life and love. It's perfect for fans of books that makes you swoon and laugh.

*If you liked this review (or not), if you read the book (or not), come say hello and leave your comments bellow.

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