Being Brooke - Emma Hart

Being Brooke

By Emma Hart

  • Release Date: 2016-12-13
  • Genre: Contemporary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 59 Ratings)
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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, 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?


  • Huh?

    By Dirtybut
    Within the first chapter the guy goes from having dark blue eyes to having green eyes.... not a good start.
  • Such a great, fun story!

    By tsmb02(Sue G.)
    I have never read this author before but this book sounded fun. Brooke Barker has a problem...she is in love with her best friend...Cain Elliot and has been for years. The only problem, Cain has a girlfriend, one whom Brooke does not like. The other problem...everyone in the entire town knows that Brooke and Cain should be together, except for Cain. I just adored the characters in this entire book. Brooke was so laugh out loud funny. I imagine the author just sat there cracking up as she wrote this book. Cain was sweet and good looking and too nice for his own good. No one liked Cain with his girlfriend but he didn't want to cause any problems. I loved how Brooke always came first, even before his girlfriend. That right there should have told him something. I loved the other best friend Carly, Cain's brother's and even their parents. Overall this was such a fun story. I really enjoyed the path these two went down to finally realize that they belonged together. Cain and Brooke were just made to be together!
  • A sinfully sweet story filled with delicious anticipation and lots of searing sexual tension…

    By Kristie Koste
    Being Brooke By: Emma Hart 5 Star Review by KristieK A sinfully sweet story filled with delicious anticipation and lots of searing sexual tension… Brooke Barker is a hot mess…but she is out on her own and making her own way. Wit A LOT of help from her friends. Especially her best friend, Cain Elliot. The only real problem Brooke has? She's head over heels in love with Cain. Has been for years, but Cain is the only person within a 10 mile radius that DOESN’T know it. I absolutely loved everything about this book! Being Brooke completely captured my heart, from Brooke’s quirkiness to the incredible relationships these friends have formed. Ms. Hart totally nailed the tumultuous emotions experienced in a situation with (supposedly) unrequited love. I was enthralled with every new adventure, every fun escapade, and gutted with every misstep, every tear felt like it was my own. Every girl has felt that pull, that desire to have someone that they didn’t’ think they could have. Ms. Hart captured that with startling realism and feeling. The writing was totally on point, the characters were flawless, the plot and execution of it was absolute perfection. Ten for ten, Ms. Hart…can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Kristie K
  • Awkward

    By Bookit3911
    Let me start by saying I really like some of the other books by this author but this book felt painful. The two main characters talk about how awkward they are feeling and trust me, as a reader I felt the same way. I know Ms. Hart was probably trying to create a banter between these friends but it was difficult to read. I would pick some of her other titles over purchasing this book.
  • Amazing

    By AlissaR7
    I absolutely loved this story. I couldn't get enough of Brooke, she's so sarcastic and sassy. She is a complete hot mess and reminds me a little of Emma. Sorry Emma, that wasn't in a negative way.
  • Didn't finish it...

    By Daisymay36
    Supposed to be a book about 20yr olds but it felt like I was reading about high schoolers.
  • You Will Love This Book!

    By coffeegoddesstmk
    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. Brooke Barker and Cain Elliott have been best friends, oh, forever. True but secret fact? Brooke's been in love with Cain for almost as long. True but not so secret fact? Brooke is a hot mess, and that is where all of the fun begins. Okay, I'm just going to say this right off the bat: I freaking LOVE this book. I'm already a huge fan of Emma Hart, so I had every expectation that I would like BEING BROOKE, but, friends, she continues to delight and entertain, and, per usual, I could not put this one down. Emma has a gift for writing books full of love, family, and friendships that have stood the test of time. Her Burke Brothers and Holly Woods series are great examples of the strength of family ties, of small town life with its quirks and joys, and the beauty of love born out of friendship. BEING BROOKE has all of these qualities, and they, along with Emma's signature snark, sass, and humor, make this new group of characters just as lovable as her others. Brooke is truly a mess, but she's aware of it, and she's living life with no filters. A large part of Brooke's appeal is her quirkiness, and her absolute refusal to do things any differently, and her sass and determination make her a lot of fun to read. I think that we all love to live vicariously through those characters that grab life by the throat and just live in the moment, and there is no shortage of them in this book. There were many moments in BEING BROOKE that had me laughing out loud, including those starring her hoot of a grandfather, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Emma's latest is a book that I cannot recommend highly enough. 2016 has been one heck of a year, so a read that has so much love, laughter, and wonderfully awkward moments earns every one of the 5+ stars that I'm giving it, and makes for one of my favorites of 2016. My recommendation? Grab BEING BROOKE and finish up your year on an up note. You will not be sorry.
  • Hilariously awesome!

    By Loganhre90
    This book had me laughing since page 1! I love a good friends to lovers story and this one seriously exceeded my expectations!
  • Fun!

    By KissyBooks
    Being Brooke is a cute, funny, standalone romantic comedy. Brooke, while coming off as childish at times, is a strong, sassy woman. She loves as much as she can. Her best friends are always there for her, and she's always there for them. Cain, one half of her best friends, is the voice of reason. He knows Brooke better than she knows herself. I was so nervous to begin reading Being Brooke. I was in such a book funk and within a few pages it was gone! I was giggling, smiling, and I didn't want to put it down! Ms. Hart has a way of capturing your attention and holding onto it until the last page. I was dying to see what Brooke would say next, or what was happening with one of her friends. Recommended for sure
  • Review: Being Brooke

    By @LisaHines711
    Being Brooke by Emma Hart is a standalone contemporary best friends-to lovers romance that was exquisitely written, laugh- out loud hilarious, and swoon worthy in the best of ways. Brooke is an absolute hot mess. She knows, her friends know it and it is something she is almost proud of. She is honest and loyal, and as far as any written character can be, she was very real. Cain is the hot as hades best friend she has been slowly falling in love with for years. His current girlfriend is a barbie from hell and Brooke can feel him slowly slipping into the wrong kind of crazy in Nina's direction. In an attempt to remain spoiler free - this book has a happy ending, the journey is one that will have you unable to put the book down and unconcerned if you are laughing out loud or snorting in public at Brooke's antics. The romance is there and is a slow but sure climb to some outrageous passion. Enjoy!