take a hint, dani brown

4 stars (release date June 23, 2020)

This is the second book in The Brown Sisters series (but it can be read as a stand-alone) and it is another fun, flirty, sexy contemporary romance book by Talia Hibbert. I love her writing, and the Brown sisters are fierce women that you want as your friend.

In this book we focus on middle child Danika. She is a driven academic determined to make a name for herself in her profession and can’t be distracted by anything as frivolous as love. Danika asks the universe to send her a friend-with-benefits, and it answers by putting security guard and ex-rugby player Zafir in her path.

Danika and Zafir had secretly been lusting after each other for months, but neither did anything about it. When Zafir “rescues” Danika during a fire drill and a photo of him carrying her goes viral, the “couple” are an instant social media hit. Because their instant fame is good PR for Zafir’s charity, the pair agree to be a fake couple for one month – all for a good cause, of course. (yeah, right)

As the duo spend more time together, their chemistry explodes into a breathless night of sex. But could it turn into more than just sex? Zafir, a hopeless romantic, is determined to break through Danika’s walls, even though he has a few that need to come tumbling down himself. The journey to their eventual love match is cute and adorable to read.

I love this author’s writing style. It’s effortless to read and her snark and humor is spot-on. I also appreciate the care she takes in writing about sensitive subjects such as mental health issues, grief and heartache. I think we can all relate to at least one of the issues her characters deal with in her books, and the honesty and compassion she injects into her writing is wonderful. As usual, the characters in Danika and Zafir’s sphere are supportive and understanding, making it clear that none of us can make it through life without help.

I love this book and highly recommend you read it, as well as the author’s first book, Get a Life, Chloe Brown.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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“Funny, deep, and romantic as hell. Will leave you smiling for days.”
— Kirkus ★ STARRED review

“another superb and emotionally rich romance. Grief and turmoil are expertly balanced with hilarious wit, making the story both complex and immensely readable. The characters are vibrant, and their chemistry is scorching. Remarkable.”
—Library Journal ★ STARRED review

“Phenomenal … a perfect balance of sweetness and spice. … Hibbert’s characterizations, especially her careful handling of Zaf’s anxieties, are masterful. Tender, joyous, and hot as all get-out, this is sure to make readers swoon.”
— Publishers Weekly ★ STARRED review

“Magical … Dani and Zaf’s ability to finally push past the fear of rejection and cope with depression and anxiety, as well as their devilishly good dialogue, make for engaging and authentic diverse characters. Hibbert is a rising star, and this tale will appeal to all contemporary romance fans, including those who enjoy British romantic comedies.”
— Booklist ★ STARRED review

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Author – Talia Hibbert

talia hibbert

USA Today bestselling author Talia Hibbert is a Black British
author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly,
there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum
up enough interest to investigate. She writes sexy, diverse
romance because she believes that people of marginalized
identities need honest and positive representation. Her
interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary
sarcasm.

 

 

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Praise for Talia Hibbert

“Talia Hibbert is a rockstar! Her writing is smart, funny, and sexy.”
— MEG CABOT, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Little Bridge Island and Princess Diaries series

“[A] fizzy, intoxicating sense of humor that bubbles off the page.”
— ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY on Get a Life, Chloe Brown

“Talia Hibbert shows how standard romance tropes – misunderstandings, meddling sisters, a steamy camping trip – can be elevated to sublime pleasure in the hands of a brilliant writer.”
— THE NEW YORK TIMES on Get a Life, Chloe Brown

“Hibbert joins important voices in contemporary romance who write steamy page-turners where the characters look nothing like they did a generation ago—and that’s a wonderful thing.”
— THE WASHINGTON POST on Get a Life, Chloe Brown

“A rom-com with depth, one that explores living with illness, the benefits of therapy, and how two people can better communicate when they slough off their own rough exteriors.”
— SHONDALAND on Get a Life, Chloe Brown

“Hibbert bills herself as an author of sexy, diverse romance—and she comes through”
— NPR.org

“Sharp and sexy”
— ESSENCE on Get a Life, Chloe Brown

“If you love rom-coms, this incredibly charming novel will sweep you off your feet.”
— POPSUGAR on Get a Life, Chloe Brown

“Hibbert’s books are a master class in inclusivity.”
— BOOKPAGE on Get a Life, Chloe Brown

“Hibbert is a major talent.”
— KIRKUS on Get a Life, Chloe Brown

“Hibbert’s prose sparkles.”
— LIBRARY JOURNAL on Get a Life, Chloe Brown

“Absolutely charming. Get a Life, Chloe Brown is a flawless balance of humor, heat, sweetness, and depth, and I loved every page.”
— Helen Hoang, USA Today bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test