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Being Brooke (Barley Cross Book 1) by [Hart, Emma]
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Length: 288 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From New York Times bestselling author, Emma Hart, comes a brand new standalone novel. BEING BROOKE is a laugh-out-loud, witty, 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?
Right.


We guarantee you'll have a permanent smile on your face from this sweeter and hiiiilarious side of Emma Hart. Adored it! - The Rockstars Of Romance
A whirlwind of delicious hilarity and beautiful romance! One of THE BEST romantic comedies of the year! - Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2649 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1540806383
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N4D4C8C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This was a super fun book - I enjoyed every word. Emma Hart has enchanted me with this quirky romantic comedy. I feel like I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. This is the story of Brooke and Cain who happen to be best friends, yet that doesn't stop Brooke crushing on him (just a little) ...especially when his girlfriend really is not the right woman for him... I loved how this book was all in first person narrative from Brooke's POV. Brooke is definitely the kind of girl that only some people can handle; she is kind of broody and sassy, but deep down has a heart of gold. She may take some getting used to, but once she grows on you, you will love her (insecurities and all). I adored Brooke and Cain's friendship. There's just this underlying sense of sexual tension between them but neither one of them really knows what to do with it. But they're a hoot together.
There's all sorts of shenanigans between these two and when Brooke finds her calling, it was so nice to see the support she had...
Having not read many books by the author I wasn't too sure if I would be able to connect with her writing style, but I completely loved it. If you're on the lookout for the next romantic comedy than look no further than Being Brooke.
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I read this in one afternoon. I couldn't put it down, the author makes the characters feel like you know them. It was funny throughout and very easy to read. Loved it!
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By Chanelle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 December 2016
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Emma Hart is bound to have many laughing their grandma panties off with her latest release, Being Brooke.

“I dream about pizza and wine and not wearing pants. I know, I know. I’m going places. Like Weight Watchers, probably.”

College drop out. Twice. Brooke decides she’s had enough, and so at 24 she sets out on her own. She gets a job at a travel agency and her very own apartment. Living on take out and out of boxes. Any romance in her life comes from her battery operated friend. She’ll have you wondering if she’ll ever sort herself out. And let me tell you, it’s so much fun watching her try.
Brooke is the epitome of crazy. I’m talking finding her picture listed under ‘Hot Mess’ in the dictionary. And I absolutely adored her. She’s sarcastic, beautiful, witty and bitchy in a refreshing yet brutally honest way. She’s also been in love with her best friend Cain for a long time. It’s been so long that Brooke is resigned to dealing with her feelings by herself. Never wanting to risk rejection or the loss of their friendship. And yet everyone seems to know, being a small town and all, except for the man himself.

“I’m also totally in love with him to the point I’ve considered photoshopping myself into pictures with him, so the best friend thing kinda sucks.”

The story is told from Brooke’s perspective only, first person narration. Which I felt suited this story well. All of the characters helped bring something amazing to this book, her mum, sister, best friend Carly, Cain’s family and even his cranky girlfriend. Brooke’s crazy hilarious grandfather had me choking on my coffee more times than I’d like to admit.
Emma delivers something engrossing and so very delectable in Being Brooke.
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I am not one to go all goo goo gar over a book cover - but how refreshing is this one! Love it!
And the inside is just as good.

Brooke Barker is the best and worst best friend you can have. She is the best because she is funny and sarcastic and extremely honest. She can be your worst best friend because she is extremely honest! The sarcasm I can handle, no problem! The only thing she has been lying about to her best male friend - Cain Elliot - is that she has been in love with him for the last 10 years! Her best female friend, Carly knows it, her mum knows it, well heck all her family and friends know it except Cain, who is in a relationship with evil Barbie.

Brooke has dropped out of college again, in a job she hates, kicked out of home to grow up, and living alone. She is constantly falling over, tripping up and dropping things. She is one hot mess! Unless she is baking, then she is in her element. She is too scared to tell Cain of her real feelings, and ruin their friendship. But when his relationship with Nina is being more caustic than normal, Brooke needs to put her granny panties on and pull out the honesty card and tell Cain how she feels. Can she do it? Or is being best friends for so long, just to awkward to take to the next level?

This book is not only a friends to lovers story told in Brooks' POV, but also a book where the character has plenty of growth without loosing all the fun. She is so funny and sarcastic, she reminds me of some people I know and love! A little added tit bit, is each chapter starts with a funny life tip that will keep you amused. Even though it takes a realistic amount of time for this couple to see the light, the book is a great quick rom com that you won't want to miss.

** I received an early copy for an honest review. **
** Reviewed for JoandIsaLoveBooksBlog.**
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Brooke Barker is a mess, something her mother rarely misses an opportunity to point out. Her attempts at dating are a farce, she's completely given up on the very idea of college, and her dead end job at a travel agency is entirely unsuited to to her somewhat antisocial nature.

What she does have though, is two of the best friends a girl could hope for in Carly and Cain, though even that is complicated by the fact that she's been in love with one of them for the better part of a decade. (Heads up: I'm talking about Cain, not Carly here)

This delightfully irreverent romantic comedy ticks all the boxes. The main character, Brook is adorable in her ineptitude when it comes to all things life related. The bond she shares with Carly, the only one with whom she feels comfortable working out the issues that arise from that unrequited love is inspiring. Her relationship with her mother is ... complicated, but in a relatively good way.

Cain, of course comes complete with the kind of girlfriend that every reader will love to hate, and a family just as ready willing and able to meddle as Brooke's own, and there's certainly no shortage there.

Told entirely from Brooke's point of view, with bonus 'life tips' included at the start of each chapter, Brooke is a little too old for her tale to be called a coming of age story, but rather, it has her coming into her own, though not in the ugly-girl-gets-a-makeover-and-becomes-prom-queen kind of way that's been over exploited in rom-coms since time immemorial. No, this story has the heroine hardly changing at all, except in terms of coming to know and understand herself, her weaknesses and strengths, and developing the courage to get what she wants from life. All aspects of life.

I smiled the whole way through and have no hesitation recommending it.
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