Let's Be Frank by Brea Brown
Nate Bingham’s successful career as a pediatric nurse provides plenty of personal satisfaction (and an endless supply of lollipops), but at the end of every day, he comes home to an empty house. He claims he wants domestic bliss—a wife, some adorable booger-munchers, and a pooch—but so far, a picket-fence existence has eluded him. Is finding The One really that difficult, or is Nate sabotaging his own chance at happiness? When his obnoxiously perfect older brother, Nick, announces his engagement to the only woman Nate ever came close to marrying, Nate decides he’s ready to do just about anything to secure his own happily-ever-after… even if that means sliding on some skinny jeans and a pair of fake specs and tricking the chick lit reading public into believing he’s their latest overnight success. It thrills his new high-maintenance girlfriend, the real writer of the books, but her interests soon become Nate’s smallest motivator in the venture. And that’s a major complication that doesn’t fit into Nate’s tidy five-year plan.
I have been waiting weeks, months even, for this latest novel from Brea Brown. This is the first novel of hers that I've read, which must make you wonder - why this one? Of all the books out there, why this one? It's a good question. And the answer is that over the past eight or so months, I've been privileged to be part of a ChickLit group full of wonderful, amazing, talented and supportive women. Ms. Brown is one of them. I've read posts and teasers, I've offered suggestions, and I've waited on the sidelines for this story to be finished. Yesterday, it was finally available for purchase and I did so immediately.
Last night after I put the littles to bed, finished my writing for the day, got ready for bed and snuggled up next to the hubs -- I powered up my iPad Mini, opened my Kindle app and started to read...and read...and read...and read...until almost 5:00 this morning - when I finished Let's Be Frank. It was well worth the wait. I loved this story - absolutely loved this story! I laughed, cried, sighed and cheered for Nate throughout the whole story. He's so wonderful, truly a character that any reader would fall in love with. He's funny, self-depreciating, cute, loves kids, dedicated to his work and desperately wants his own family. It's hard to fault him for being a man that so many women wish their man was. He's not without his little idiosyncrasies...he's a neat freak (nice change of pace compared to most men) and is not impressed with potential partners who aren't neat. He's a bit of a germophobe. And he can psychoanalyze as well as his shrink parents. But he's so endearing, so sweet and so pathetic at times that I just wanted to jump into the book and fix everything for him.
I wanted to wring Frankie's neck - pretty much from the first moment we met her. But especially after we were first introduced to her best friend, Betty. Frankie's rudeness, her manipulations, her annoying habit of leaving Nate out of the decision making and the way she deliberately kept Nate and Betty apart - when it was sooooo apparent they belonged together - just made me so angry. Seriously, it's been a few book reviews since I've disliked a character as much as Frankie.
This story had so many fun moments, so many avenues of drama, so much jammed packed inside - you really just have to read it for yourself. I could go on and on and on, but that would take away from time you could be reading Let's Be Frank. Trust me, go read this fantastic novel! I only have two complaints...it wasn't long enough and I read it much too fast.
Brea Brown lives in Springfield, Missouri, with her husband and three sons, but her international support network stretches as far as Australia. She's an administrative assistant at an environmental consulting firm for forty hours a week and a writer all the other waking hours of the week not taken up by motherhood, wifedom, reading, and watching cheesy TV shows like Sleepy Hollow. (That leaves a surprisingly large number of hours, believe it or not.) Her published novels are Daydreamer, The Secret Keeper, The Secret Keeper Confined, The Secret Keeper Up All Night, The Secret Keeper Holds On, The Secret Keeper Lets Go, Plain Jayne, Quiet, Please! and Let's Be Frank.
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