BOOK INFORMATION:BROOKS by Chelsea M. Cameron is now available!!
Brooks Benson is bored, stuck and miserable. When both his parents were unable to continue running the variety store, he dropped out of college and came back home to help. It’s been almost two years and he’s tired of making pizzas and selling scratch tickets to the locals of Hope Harbor, Maine. But as the second oldest Benson brother, he’s the one that stepped up. Now all he can see is a gray future in front of him.
Remington “Remi” Tate is disappointed, frustrated and out of options. After dropping out of college and trying to make a go of it in New York, she’s forced to come back home to live with her parents in Hope Harbor. Totally humiliating. Things are looking pretty grim until she starts baking again and runs into Brooks when she visits Benson Variety to ask if they’ll sell her whoopie pies, cakes, and cookies.
What was once a high school crush is now something much more mature that hits both of them like a ton of bricks. Brooks is game, as long as they keep things physical. which is just fine with Remi. She’s not planning on sticking around Hope Harbor forever and Brooks is definitely a lifer. They’re just two different to ever build something that could last.
Life rarely goes according to plan and what starts as just sex soon turns into something that splashes color into their once-drab lives. For the first time, they find peace and security in one another. But will it last? Or will everything crumble into pieces, leaving them with nothing?
Review by Lisa Kane
Brooks Benson is stuck running his family's pizza shop. He was about to enter the master's program after completing his bachelor's in business when the bottom dropped out of his life. His dad suffered a heart attack and his mom broke her back. He has a bunch of brothers and a sister, but they are all wrapped up in their own lives and he can't let the family lose their business. To be honest, he wasn't exactly in love with business and secretly found his passion in art, but that passion seems to be non- existent right now.
Remi Wright never thought she would wind up back in Hope Harbor Maine. After she earned her degree in psychology, she had trouble holding down a job. Drowning in student loans, she ended up leaving the New York for her home town and moving back in with her parents. Her mom micro manages her life and she feels like she's drowning. Bored out of her mind and still jobless, she bakes to fill the hours in her day.
I'd spent the whole day covered in flour and when my parents came home they'd find trays of snickerdoodles and cakes and pies. There were only three of us, so Dad brought them to his co-workers and they started putting in order.
Surprisingly that leads to an unexpected career. Her dad took some of the baked goods they couldn't eat to work and the orders for more poured in. Looking to expand her business to some of the town's shops, she finds herself at the Benson pizza shop. She forgot about Brook Benson, the douche she remembered back in high school. He was one of the guys who made her life miserable and one of the reasons she couldn't wait to leave this town.
Brooks Goddamn Benson. Goddamn wasn't his middle name, but it might as well have been. We'd graduated the same year, but we'd never been friends. Not even close.
Their first meeting doesn't go over too well, but Brooks doesn't seem to remember having any animosity towards Remi. But then again, he looks at his high school self and thinks he was kind of a jerk back then.
Remi Wright got hot. I mean, way hot. Not that she wasn't in high school, but holy shit. That purple hair and the attitude were totally working for her.
Brooks agrees to stock some of Remi's baked goodies for a commission of the sales. He just might find himself a little attracted to the hot little baker and is thrilled when her things sell out so she can come back and restock on a regular basis. The two drift into a casual friendship, hanging out, sharing a few meals, eventually breaking down the walls they've built up. They are two souls trapped in the same town, neither one really wanting to be here.
Remington Wright was a complication. A sweet, sexy complication that I was looking forward to unraveling.
The refreshing thing about Brooks' story line was the couples' shared desires to escape the lives they were living. But in being back to a place they wanted to move on from, they were forced to confront their real desires. Remi's forced changes led to her natural knack for baking which led to a surprising career change. Brooks thought he had a path in business waiting for him, but he kept suppressing his real passion for art. Being with each other brought out their real desires. There is some mild angst, some steam and a lot of humor in this first installment of the Benson Brothers.
"Believe. I believe you can do anything."
"Yeah, well, I feel the same way about you, Brooks Benson. And maybe we can do anything together."
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Chelsea M. Cameron is a New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car, tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman) and playing fetch with her cat, Sassenach. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.