Y’all – I’ve been so excited to read this one since I finished Get A Life, Chloe Brown last October. It came in the mail and I literally immediately unwrapped it and cracked it open – that’s how excited I was. And now, I’m stoked to read the third installment featuring Eve next year. Talia Hibbert has quickly become one of my favorite authors.
𝘛𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦: Take A Hint, Dani Brown
𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳: Talia Hibbert
𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘳𝘦: Romance, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, Chick-Lit
𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 #: 47/75
𝙎𝙮𝙣𝙤𝙥𝙨𝙞𝙨 (𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨): Talia Hibbert returns with another charming romantic comedy about a young woman who agrees to fake date her friend after a video of him “rescuing” her from their office building goes viral…
Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.
When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?
Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs.
Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?
𝙍𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬: Get A Life, Chloe Brown was my favorite book of 2019, so I was stoked to read this one. It definitely didn’t disappoint!
This book was equal parts funny, emotional, and steamy. The characters were relatable and real and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.
Dani was incredibly relatable. Due to some past relationship trauma, she’d decided relationships weren’t for her. Friends with benefits only. So when Zaf suggests they engage in a fake relationship to help promote his non-profit and she starts feeling little zaps, she starts to get nervous. We see her struggle with her feelings and emotions and “rules” for herself rather than letting herself give into what she really wants. She goes to her sisters (yay for seeing Chloe Brown again!) and her best friend for advice, which is exactly what any girl would do.
I loved how we got to see how both Dani and Zaf’s pasts affected them. Both struggled with anxiety and hurt and through their fake relationship, learned what the other needed deep down, which was beautiful to watch unfold. I especially loved Zaf – I loved how he taught young boys about toxic masculinity and that it was okay for boys and men to show emotion and that he actually believed that for himself. I wish more men were like that honestly. I think that shaped his character development so well and allowed him to truly get underneath Dani’s skin and into her heart.
Hibbert does an incredible job at including diversity in her books and this was no exception. Chloe Brown is Black, plus-sized, and disabled. Dani is Black, seemingly average-sized (which you don’t get enough of in books), and a self-proclaimed Wiccan. Both Dani and Zaf dealt with tragedy, trauma, and anxiety. I feel like everyone can find a bit of themselves in these characters, which is so cool.
I can’t wait for the third installment and to learn more about Eve!