Author: Emma Barry
What I’m Talking About:
Sam and Bree have been best friends since kindergarten, and she’s been in love with him since they were 14. He’s now a famous comedian on a hit sketch show (think Saturday Night Live) known for aggressive comedy and asshole behavior. But his hard nature is an act to protect the boy beneath. So when his famous pop star ex-fiancee bares Sam’s soul in her latest hit, it’s time for him to hide out with Bree, again.
Funny Guy is a wonderful friends-to-lovers romance. It’s easy to understand Bree’s unrequited love and the heartache of loving your best friend. Bree and Sam have their own issues, and I love that the author doesn’t dismiss them or make things easy. While Bree is very in touch with her own feelings, Sam is very spontaneous and allows his more negative emotions to control his actions. So when he realizes that he has these odd feelings towards Sam, it’s a bit of a shock for him.
While on the surface, it looks like Sam and Bree have a one-sided relationship, it’s evident from both POVs that he loves Bree and will do anything for her. It’s just that his baggage is way more visible than hers. He comes to her after every breakup, yo-yoing in and out of her life; however, it’s not that he leaves her life, it’s just more in your face when he stays with her. The author and Bree make it clear that Sam may be clueless about her feelings, but he’s a good friend. He does what he can with a kind heart.
Bree loves Sam with her whole being, but is happy being his friend because their relationship is so important to her. She doesn’t want to risk telling him her feelings out of fear it will get awkward, or worse, that he’ll question their entire friendship and cheapen what they have. But she also realizes she’s never going to have a full life as long as Sam is such a big part of it. Deciding to move is a huge decision, and I felt the weight in my own being.
In the end, I adored Funny Guy. The author does a wonderful job creating real emotions that I could understand and experience through her characters. I loved watching Sam realize what is true and who he loves, and seeing the pair fall in love.
My Rating: A- Enjoyed A Lot
About the Book:
Sam can’t escape the smash hit “Lost Boy” because, well, he is the lost boy. His pop-singer ex immortalized him in a song about his childish ways, and now his comedy career is on the line.
At least he still has Bree, his best friend and confidante. Bree has always been there for Sam, but she’s never revealed her biggest secret: she’s in love with him. To help herself move on, Bree applies for her dream job across the country―and doesn’t say a thing to Sam.
But as Sam tries to resuscitate his career, he turns to Bree for support―and maybe more. In the confines of her tiny apartment, they share a different dynamic. A charged dynamic. But she’s his friend. He can’t be falling for her.
Except he is.
Are his feelings for Bree just funny business? Or is their smoldering attraction the real deal?
Release Date: May 16, 2023
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format(s): paperback (271 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: NetGalley
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