Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters, #2)
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?

Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters, #2) Details

TitleTake a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 23rd, 2020
PublisherAvon
ISBN-139780062941251
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Adult, Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult Fiction, LGBT, Health, Mental Health, GLBT, Queer

Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters, #2) Review

  • chai ♡
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a simple person with simple taste. I see "fake-dating", I smash that mf "want-to-read" button.
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    This book is addictive! Sooooo sweet! I’m mumbling “sweet and swoon” words like a sacred mantra for at least 45 minutes and I cannot stop! Ladies and gentleman: we officially have one of the dearest sweetest and hottest book couple and we’re introduced the best, charming, sexy, romantic, Alpha book- boyfriend Zafir ( Meaning of his name is victor, successful and triumphant one! Well, I may declare he triumphantly stole the most readers’ hearts!) I still have regrets to give 4 stars to Chloe and This book is addictive! Sooooo sweet! I’m mumbling “sweet and swoon” words like a sacred mantra for at least 45 minutes and I cannot stop! Ladies and gentleman: we officially have one of the dearest sweetest and hottest book couple and we’re introduced the best, charming, sexy, romantic, Alpha book- boyfriend Zafir ( Meaning of his name is victor, successful and triumphant one! Well, I may declare he triumphantly stole the most readers’ hearts!) I still have regrets to give 4 stars to Chloe and Red’s story because it was one of my romantic reads of last year. So I’m so adamant not to do some mistake again and starting my review by giving five opposites attract, sizzling chemistry, entertaining, quirky romantic, intellectually ravishing, blazing, hot and cutest- sweetest five gazillion stars! We’ve met Dani ( Her name is Slavic and it means “Morning star”! Even though our character is insomniac and night owl and she knows how to be shiny and energetic in the mornings thanks to Zaf’s uneaten protein bars!) at the first book and since I adored her sarcastic, witty, entertaining banters with her sisters and her quirky, likable antics, I was so excited to read her own book. In this book, we start learning more about her career driven moods, her ambitiousness to gain professional success. As an academician she is really workaholic and she doesn’t do relationships because she tells everyone it is a distraction to prevent her keep eye on the ball and work for her career oriented aims. But of course she keeps lying to herself because her first serious relationship broke her heart into smithereens and she thinks she’s emotionally cold and awkward so she doesn’t have anything to give anyone and she cannot change her emotionally disabled situation. Till she meets tempting security guard/ex rugby star Zafir Ansari working at her school, befriending her. Zafir looks intimidating, giving I’m going to kill in the middle of the night and getting away from your corpse without anyone’ notice looks but don’t be fooled by his gorgeous Hulk appearance. He is so delicately sweet, kind, nice and protective. He does anything for his family and the guy actually reads romance novels and enjoys them. When the fire drill at her work place goes wrong, Dani finds herself trapped in the elevator. Luckily Zafir finds out Dani didn’t leave the school and comes back for her. He saves his milady, holding her into his big and muscular arms and they find themselves as social media’s hottest topic with this unplanned but sexy and romantic rescue attempt! Zafir starts getting fundraising offers for his sports charity for kids. But getting more social awareness he needs to be photographed and tagged with his girlfriend. ( yes, everyone thinks he’s dating with Dani!) So he kindly asks Dani pretend as a couple for the great cause (he only thinks about the future of kids, right?) Dani accepts the offer. But both of them find out: they’re playing with fire. Zafir is romantic, possessive and he still tries to face his traumatic loss of his brother and father. And Dani is emotionally disturbed, rejecting to face her feelings but as long as they spend more time and get to know more about each other, they find out, they cannot stop to fall for each other! During my read, I laughed a lot, I sighed a lot and my eyes filled with tears. I think I loved Zafir more than Dani. I silently prayed and hoped Dani doesn’t break his heart! Normally it should be opposite but we have best book-boyfriend material in this book. You cannot help yourself not to root and chant for Zaf! Talia Hibbert did it again and wrote another fantastic Brown Sisters’ book. But this is also tormenting experience because we need to wait for one year to read the third one! Overall: I TRULY DEEPLY HOPELESSLY LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!So much thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins Publishers/Avon for sharing my most anticipated romance book’s ARC with me in exchange my honest review.
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  • Chloe
    January 1, 1970
    this was just everything. it was so funny, romantic & sexy while also tackling important issues like anxiety and dealing with the death of loved ones. the characters dani and zafir are both so well developed and so loveable, and their chemistry was THROUGH THE ROOF! i truly loved this book so so much. pre-order this book if you love adult romance and the fake dating trope!!! it comes out 23rd juneThank you so much to Avon Books for providing me with an ARC! this was just everything. it was so funny, romantic & sexy while also tackling important issues like anxiety and dealing with the death of loved ones. the characters dani and zafir are both so well developed and so loveable, and their chemistry was THROUGH THE ROOF! i truly loved this book so so much. pre-order this book if you love adult romance and the fake dating trope!!! it comes out 23rd juneThank you so much to Avon Books for providing me with an ARC!
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Hello this is a new all-time favorite rom-com and I AM OBSESSED. The chemistry between Dani and Zaf was off the charts and my heart IS SO DAMN FULL after finishing this beauty. Y'all know I loved Get a Life, Chloe Brown but somehow this one blew that one out of the water and was EVEN BETTER. Seriously, I am obsessed and this will officially be added into the rotation of rom-coms I re-read whenever I need a pick me up bc it was perfect. 10/10 do recommend!!!!!
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  • preoccupiedbybooks
    January 1, 1970
    Published today! 23/6/20 #1) Get a life, Chloe Brown ★★★★★#2) Take a hint, Dani Brown ★★★★A cute, diverse, emotional and very steamy friends to lovers romance with fake datingDanika Brown, a clever, witty workaholic doesn't do romance, she's too focussed on her academic career, and has been burnt in the past. She just wants a friends with benefits type situation. When her sexy friend Zafir Ansari, a sensitive, brooding, romantic former rugby player rescues her from a disastrous fire drill, it Published today! 23/6/20 #1) Get a life, Chloe Brown ★★★★★#2) Take a hint, Dani Brown ★★★★A cute, diverse, emotional and very steamy friends to lovers romance with fake datingDanika Brown, a clever, witty workaholic doesn't do romance, she's too focussed on her academic career, and has been burnt in the past. She just wants a friends with benefits type situation. When her sexy friend Zafir Ansari, a sensitive, brooding, romantic former rugby player rescues her from a disastrous fire drill, it goes viral, and they embark on a fake relationship to boost Zafir's rugby charity. Will their plan work? Or will it lead to more?!I absolutely loved Get a Life, Chloe Brown, so no one is more disappointed than me, that I didn't love this one quite as much! This isn't a bad book, it's a great book, but the first book set the bar so high, that I don't think this follow up could ever quite hit the same high as that! Chloe's book was just so good, that despite this being a strong book, it just didn't measure up! Despite me not enjoying it as much as GALCB, it had many strengths, and was well written, covering important issues like anxiety, depression, panic attacks and grieving over the loss of a close family member in a sensitive manner. Talia Hibbert again gives a trigger warning for this at the start of the book, which I love, and feel more authors should do. Ms Hibbert always writes such diverse characters, and she has outdone herself here, having two characters who on paper seem complete opposites. Zaf is a British Pakistani hulk of a man, who looks grumpy and menacing, but has a heart of gold. Dani, is a black, bisexual, curvy PHD student, who dabbles in witchcraft! They have different ethnicities, economic backgrounds and sexualities, but none of these were a big deal, or in any way crucial to the plot, it was just how it was! I love how this author writes realistic characters, who we can relate to, its empowering! Both the main characters were complex, rounded people with flaws, and I loved them, especially Zaf ❤️I loved both of the families, Dani and her sisters, Chloe and Eve, plus Gigi, and Zaf with his mum, Kiran and Fluffy! They were all so supportive of each other! I just want to hang out with all of them!The friendships were amazing! Dani with Sorcha, and Zaf with Jamal. Zaf and Jamal reminded me of Red and Vik in the first book, and I loved how they provided emotional support for each other.The witty dialogue and banter was *chefs kiss* and it made me laugh.I enjoyed how Zaf was a sensitive, intelligent, vulnerable romantic man! You don't see that a lot in romance, especially with male sports stars. He was open about his anxiety and grief, about loving romance books, and about wanting his own happy ending. He was so patient with Dani, and really supportive of her, he treated her really well, which just made me fall in love with him! I also liked how Dani was a socially awkward, cynical female with a guarded heart, who struggled with her emotions and feelings, and was slow to open up to people. It was like a role reversal! Together they did make a good pair, they balanced each other out and encouraged each other to be themselves. It was a reoccurring theme throughout the book, that you shouldn't try to change your partner, but accept them as they are.Dani also struggled with her life/work balance, and with the pressure of academia, which many people can relate to. Her focus was admirable, but this book reminded us that we should have outside interests, and take care of ourselves too.So yes, there was a lot to love about this book, but I did have some issues! Firstly, the plot kind of stalled in the middle of the book. There wasn't enough drama, and the pace slowed down due to many internal monologues. We knew from the start that Dani didn't do relationships, but I felt like I was being beaten over the head with it, as it was repeated over and over in both character's heads. There was also too much telling, and not enough showing, and I wished we got more of both character's history and background.Also, whereas GALCB had heavy topics like this one, it was dealt with differently, using humour and cuteness, which made it so uplifting! TAHDB felt heavier, and not as upbeat. That's not necessarily a bad thing, it was just different.To be honest, all the hashtags at the start of each chapter kind of irritated me, but that's because I'm old ha ha! But #couplegoals and #Dr Rugbae made me cringe hard!Now for the level of steaminess.. I remember the first book being steamy, but this took the levels of hot to the next level, in that I felt like I was reading porn! It felt a bit too much for me, I prefer the sexual tension leading up to a couple getting together, and this had A LOT of sex. No one else seemed to mind this though, so maybe it's just me?! Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for so many explicit sex scenes?!And what's with all the men reading romance in books at the moment?! Its like some trend, I've seen three books with it in now 😂 Is it not enough that Zaf is the perfect man, helping at risks kids deal with their emotions and with toxic masculinity?! *Swoons*So although this was a heart warming story, with many strengths, it wasn't the follow up that I was dreaming of. I think I built it up too much in my head after loving the first so completely! I still thought it was written brilliantly though, and will still anticipate and definitely read Eve's book!Many thanks to Jessica Lyons @ HarperCollins and Edelweiss for my digital ARC, in exchange for an honest review!------------------------------------------------------------------------------Oh my gawd I got a flippin' ARC!!!! I needed this so much, and cant wait to read it!
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars TW: death of a parent & sibling; panic attacksThis was a delight. This is a fake-dating romance featuring a fat, Black, bisexual witch and a Muslim ex-rugby player with anxiety. I find Talia Hibbert’s books to be laugh out loud funny, with a rom-com movie flavor. The sex scenes and sexual language continue to be over the top, but I’m able to forgive it more in her writing because her writing doesn’t take itself too seriously. I also appreciate, having now read two of her books, that th 4.5 stars TW: death of a parent & sibling; panic attacksThis was a delight. This is a fake-dating romance featuring a fat, Black, bisexual witch and a Muslim ex-rugby player with anxiety. I find Talia Hibbert’s books to be laugh out loud funny, with a rom-com movie flavor. The sex scenes and sexual language continue to be over the top, but I’m able to forgive it more in her writing because her writing doesn’t take itself too seriously. I also appreciate, having now read two of her books, that the conflict between the couple is always short lived and they talk about their feelings way more than many romance books I’ve read to avoid overly relying on the miscommunication trope. I will be continuing to read the books she puts out in the Brown Sisters series.
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second in Talia Hibbert's Brown sisters trilogy set in Nottingham in the Midlands, the highlights of which are the great diverse characters, supporting and central protagonists, and the way Hibbert tackles issues such as the depression and anxiety suffered by 31 year old former rugby player, now security guard at the university, the brooding and grumpy Zafir Ansari, regularly having to endure sleepless nights as a result. 27 year old Danika 'Dani' Brown is an ambitious academic, dete This is the second in Talia Hibbert's Brown sisters trilogy set in Nottingham in the Midlands, the highlights of which are the great diverse characters, supporting and central protagonists, and the way Hibbert tackles issues such as the depression and anxiety suffered by 31 year old former rugby player, now security guard at the university, the brooding and grumpy Zafir Ansari, regularly having to endure sleepless nights as a result. 27 year old Danika 'Dani' Brown is an ambitious academic, determined and focused on succeeding in her chosen career, at the expense of any meaningful personal relationship. For the bisexual Dani, no emotional entanglements is the name of the game, her last sex based relationship broke when the other woman developed feelings for Dani and wanted more.The only trouble is the situation has now become dire, and Dani is desperate for sex, a no strings affair, a friend with benefits is her deepest desire, so with best friend, Sorcha, engages in a little witchcraft, asking the universe for just such a friend. Dani has a humorous and bantering relationship with the good looking Zaf, he provides her with a protein bar, and she gives him his daily morning coffee. Zaf already harbours a crush on Dani, she is sassy, charming, just perfect, except he knows she doesn't do real relationships, and for the romance reading Zaf, this is a deal breaker. However, everything shifts dramatically when video of Zaf rescuing Dani goes viral, and when it brings positive attention to his charity, Tackle It, for boys and young men to understand their emotions and express them beyond the boundaries of toxic masculinity, Zaf asks Dani to engage in a publicity led fake relationship. How can Dani refuse? In the meantime she gets her friend with benefits, but what happens when their relationship begins to encroach into her no go areas?Once again Hibbert creates an irresistible set of characters that readers will adore in Zaf and Dani, I particularly loved Zaf, not to mention a fabulous cast of supporting characters in their friends and family, we become acquainted with Zaf's best friend Jamal, his interfering niece, Fatima aka Fluffy, Kiran, and his mother, all so truly endearing. Zaf is not the only one with issues, Dani has been emotionally damaged by a early relationship which trashed her self esteem, something she failed to recognise or address, but which ensured that her decisions and outlook on relationships created an arid emotional desert that must be tackled before she can move on. This is a lovely, well written, passionate and fun read, although I should point out to readers that there are plenty of sexually explicit scenes. Many thanks to Little, Brown for an ARC.
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  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    #1 Get a Life, Chloe Brown ★★★★★#2 Take a Hint, Dani Brown ★★★★★#3 Act Your Age, Eve Brown What an absolutely sickening display. Romance clearly melted the brains of sensible women. Dani was horribly glad she had nothing to do with it.Friends, I truly can't even begin to tell you how incredible it felt to dive back into the world of the Brown sisters. I love this trio so much I can barely stand myself, and more than that, I adore every word I've ever read of Talia's writing and this was no exce #1 Get a Life, Chloe Brown ★★★★★#2 Take a Hint, Dani Brown ★★★★★#3 Act Your Age, Eve Brown What an absolutely sickening display. Romance clearly melted the brains of sensible women. Dani was horribly glad she had nothing to do with it.Friends, I truly can't even begin to tell you how incredible it felt to dive back into the world of the Brown sisters. I love this trio so much I can barely stand myself, and more than that, I adore every word I've ever read of Talia's writing and this was no exception. This story is angsty, hilarious, sweet, and full of utterly delicious pining and slow-building, steamy warmth and I could not get enough! The character development is flawless and we truly get to see so much growth from both Dani and Zaf. Whether it was Dani learning to overcome her past hurts and trust herself, or Zaf finding a way to heal and accept his grief, I was cheering them both on so hard and grinning like a goofball every time either of them reached a new milestone. "Then what's the murder glare for?" With complete seriousness, he told her, "This is just my face. I have a murder face." While the writing is delightful and the characters are all absolutely fantastic, the star of the show for me was the hero. When I was introduced to Talia's writing in A Girl Like Her a few years back, I adored its hero Evan Miller so much that I became convinced no romance hero could ever beat him in my eyes, and I've held that opinion solidly true until today, but... I think Zafir Ansari might be my new favorite romance hero of all time. This former rugby player is a gentle giant with a heart of pure gold, and his dedication to seeking out his very own Happily Ever After despite all the turmoil he's been through? My heart aches to think of it. I mean, the man literally became a lover of romance books because he was so devastated by a family loss, he needed guaranteed HEAs in his stories, and frankly, that's so relatable and soft and beautiful. Plus, the anxiety representation in his character? Everything. I literally cried a few times just over how angsty and pining he was and how badly I wanted to see him happy. ♥ Oh, AND he teaches classes for teen boys about overcoming toxic masculinity. I'm telling y'all, we stan Zafir Ansari for life in this house. She detected a faint note of wonder in his voice that made her want to squish his cheeks and kiss his forehead. Fortunately, he wasn't in the room, so she was saved from the horror of actually following that impulse. Don't get me wrong, though; while Zaf was the shining light for me, I adored Danika, too. She isn't my favorite of Talia's heroines (that one's still a toss-up between Ruth Kabbah and Dani's older sister Chloe), but she was certainly fun, and I loved the fact that she was a practicing witch! I related so much to every scene that touched upon her faith and practice, and having never seen a modern witch in a romance book before, I ate it right up. Of course, Dani could be a bit cruel to my sweet Zaf at times, but without spoiling anything, trust me when I say our lovely lady impressed me to no end with how far she progressed. "All right," Redford called from the hallway. "If the guy I'm supposed to kill is that big fucker from the video, we'll need an airtight plan." And of course, I couldn't review this book without giving a shout-out to all of the ridiculously lovable side characters. Not only do we get a few quality scenes with Chloe and Redford (who I have missed tremendously), but we also get new insight into Eve's character, and I truly can't wait to spend more time with her in book 3. She's so hilarious and quirky and I already know I'm going to adore her. Plus, there are Dani and Zaf's respective best friends, Sorcha and Jamal, and Zaf's family members (who made me emotional every single time they were on the page, if that tells you anything about how trash I am for the entire Ansari family at this point). Talia excels at writing these perfect side characters that are so fleshed-out and lovable that they always make me want more time with them. I'm a coward. I'm lost. I'm addicted to being around you and I don't know what I'll do when it stops. Maybe it shouldn't stop. There's honestly so much more I could rave about (like the late-night phone calls, the sweet bliss of best-friends-turned-lovers, and how damn supportive Zaf is of every single one of Dani's multitude of big dreams), but I'll cut myself short here and just tell you that, whether you're new to romance or a huge fan of the genre, you can't afford to miss The Brown Sisters series. It's sweet, sexy, hilarious, warm, comforting, and effortlessly diverse (just check the representation listings below!). I adored every word on every page and can't wait for the finale to release next year.✨ Representation: Danika Brown is Black, plus-size, bisexual, and a witch; Zafir Ansari is Pakistani, Muslim, and has anxiety; multiple side characters are queer, POC (Black or Pakistani), plus-size, and/or disabled✨ Content warnings for: (view spoiler)[grieving loss of family members, anxiety/panic attacks, mentions of depression, body-shaming (challenged), slut-shaming (challenged) (hide spoiler)]All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to Avon for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    She's done it again folks! The Brown sisters are everything we want in contemporary romance. Review to come!*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Talia Hibbert has become one of my go-to authors for a good romance with amazing characters. I absolutely love the Brown family and could not wait to read Dani's story. All of the Brown sisters are quirky and adorable and I love them. Starting this book, I immediately loved Dani. She was curvy, quirky, passionate, and scared of getting too close to anyone. Her little friendship with Zaf was so cute and I loved how they became good friends from seeing each other every day at work. I loved how Zaf Talia Hibbert has become one of my go-to authors for a good romance with amazing characters. I absolutely love the Brown family and could not wait to read Dani's story. All of the Brown sisters are quirky and adorable and I love them. Starting this book, I immediately loved Dani. She was curvy, quirky, passionate, and scared of getting too close to anyone. Her little friendship with Zaf was so cute and I loved how they became good friends from seeing each other every day at work. I loved how Zaf had a crush but he had no idea how Dani felt about him at all. When they started fake dating, I could not get enough of how they both were feeling things but didn't know if what the other person felt was real or not. Of course, we got the full cast of Brown sisters and I loved seeing Chloe and how she was doing with Red. Dani would talk to her sisters and get advice from them, and I love when books have strong sibling bonds. And we can't have a Talia Hibbert book without diversity, which is one of my favorite things about her book. Zaf has anxiety after losing loved ones, which is an important part of his character and affects his relationship with Dani. Dani is a bisexual, curvy heroine and Zaf's family is from Pakistan. I think Talia Hibbert did a great job portraying Zaf's anxiety and I loved Dani's character even more as she took his anxiety in stride. If you can't tell, I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down and could not get enough of Zaf and Dani. I already can't wait to get the third Brown sister's story and watch her fall in love!
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  • Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
    January 1, 1970
    Take a Hint, Dani Brown completely stole my heart. I haven’t had the best of luck with stories in 2020. I’ve been slogging through books, never truly connecting with them, until this book came into my life. This wonderful romance follows an awkward, serious ex-rugby player and a confident, romantically unattached teacher who decide to fake date after a video of them goes viral, making the world ship them together. Throughout this romance, I couldn’t stop smiling at Zafir and Danika’s banter as t Take a Hint, Dani Brown completely stole my heart. I haven’t had the best of luck with stories in 2020. I’ve been slogging through books, never truly connecting with them, until this book came into my life. This wonderful romance follows an awkward, serious ex-rugby player and a confident, romantically unattached teacher who decide to fake date after a video of them goes viral, making the world ship them together. Throughout this romance, I couldn’t stop smiling at Zafir and Danika’s banter as they navigate the awkwardness of fake dating and the angst filled moments where they share genuine moments of connection. Their chemistry was off the charts, and I just thoroughly enjoyed both of their personalities where Zafir has a tough exterior but is actually a soft, romance lover who just wants to be with Dani. And then we have Dani who puts work before herself and is awkward and unsure when it comes to relationships and showing affection.I saw pieces of my personality in both Dani and Zafir, and it’s always nice to see yourself in the characters you read about. Not only was this a steamy, angst filled romance but it also touches upon caring for oneself, anxiety, grief, and learning to leap headfirst into a beautiful relationship because everyone deserves their own happy ending. This is absolutely one of my favorite reads of 2020. I couldn’t stop reading it— minus the times I had to close the book to exhale loudly because the chemistry was too much for my heart to handle! I cannot recommend this enough.AT A GLANCE • An awkward, soft, romance book lover, Pakistani, ex-pro rugby player fake dates a witchy, confident, workaholic Black teacher who just wants a fuck buddy• WONDERFUL banter and chemistry• Anxiety rep.
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  • Cassidy (Cassidys.Bookshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my free e-copy.Holy 🔥🔥🔥🔥 - I'm sure quite a few of you have read Get a Life, Chloe Brown and can understand when I say it was steamy. Take a Hint, Dani Brown was the same, but more! I absolutely adored Dani Brown and saw myself in her a lot in the sense that I'm not a romantic and I can be pretty darn blunt at times. And ex-rugby player turned security guard Zaf was absolutely dreamy! I laughed, I felt, and I blushed.... A LOT. Take a Hint, Dani Brown Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my free e-copy.Holy 🔥🔥🔥🔥 - I'm sure quite a few of you have read Get a Life, Chloe Brown and can understand when I say it was steamy. Take a Hint, Dani Brown was the same, but more! I absolutely adored Dani Brown and saw myself in her a lot in the sense that I'm not a romantic and I can be pretty darn blunt at times. And ex-rugby player turned security guard Zaf was absolutely dreamy! I laughed, I felt, and I blushed.... A LOT. Take a Hint, Dani Brown is a MUST for contemporary romance readers. Out June 23rd!! 5/5🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
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  • Mara
    January 1, 1970
    When I tell you I was smiling from ear to ear the entire time I was reading this... UGH, why is this so good??? I honestly don't even know what to tell you about this other than it seems like it was tailor made to suit my tastes in contemporary romance. Fake relationship, friends to lovers, cinnamon roll hero, nerdy heroine, sex positivity, low angst, and banter. OH THE BANTER. I just loved this-- one of my favorite contemporary romances ever and definitely my favorite 2020 release so far.
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  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    January 1, 1970
    Now Published!‘Take a Hint, Dani Brown’ is the second book in Talia Hibbert’s Brown Sisters series (although to enjoy this book you do not have to have read book one).What I really love about this series of books is the diversity and inclusivity that is so easily incorporated into the traditional romantic comedy style narrative. This book is effortlessly diverse for which deserves Hibbert deserves major kudos. The titular character Dani is a Black, bisexual woman who fully embraces her curves. S Now Published!‘Take a Hint, Dani Brown’ is the second book in Talia Hibbert’s Brown Sisters series (although to enjoy this book you do not have to have read book one).What I really love about this series of books is the diversity and inclusivity that is so easily incorporated into the traditional romantic comedy style narrative. This book is effortlessly diverse for which deserves Hibbert deserves major kudos. The titular character Dani is a Black, bisexual woman who fully embraces her curves. She’s both dynamic and feisty, super sassy, and so direct about her wants and desires that she is unapologetically in your face. But juxtaposed with this confident exterior is a woman with a vulnerable core who is riddled with self doubt and issues surrounding her self-worth. She’s been burnt by love in the past and has created a system of love-rules to protect herself from possible heartbreak. Dani is a great character. I truly loved how multilayered she is but to me the real hero of this book is leading man Zaf. I ADORED Zaf. Zaf is a big, brooding former rugby player who now works as a security guard at the university where Dani is studying for her PhD. He’s pretty much everything that you would want in a stereotypical leading man character in a romance novel in that he’s strong, athletic, and somewhat silent in a mysterious kind of way, and he is more than capable of saving a damsel in distress... But that’s where the stereotype ends. First up he’s Pakistani-British and incredibly family oriented. But most importantly, and incredibly intriguingly for the storyline, Zaf lives with anxiety. I loved this so much! It was so refreshing to read about a male character that takes the stereotypes associated with romantic male leads and turns them on their head. Zaf talks openly and honestly about his anxiety, and even has set up an organisation to help young people develop mechanisms to cope with their mental health issues in conjunction with sports and keeping fit. He also is an incredibly intelligent and sensitive character ...who likes to read romance novels in his free time... and it was a pleasure to read about this new style of leading man. Honestly he is one of the best leading male characters in a romance novel that I have ever read. The premise behind the novel is that a video of Zaf rescuing Dani from an on campus building goes viral and to help drum up some publicity for Zaf’s charitable organisation Zaf and Dani agree to fake date with a little friends with benefits action on the side. And the story is a lot of fun!It’s interesting seeing these two characters who so clearly are meant to be together dance around each other and build up their sexual and romantic relationship. But for me the actual chemistry between the two characters felt a little forced. I think there was a little too much telling and not enough showing. I guess mostly I found Dani’s feelings for Zaf a little harder to buy into rather than his feelings for her. For so much of the novel we were told Dani is anti-relationship and I think it was slightly overdone and as a reader I felt her journey to love was a little rushed in the end. I also think the book lacked a little bit on the humour side... I guess I like my romance novels to be a little more rom-com than this one was but there was still a lot to giggle at here so I wasn’t too perturbed by the lack of funny. In addition, if like me you thought Get a Life, Chloe Brown was steamy then prepare to get seeeeeriously hot under the collar reading this book. Oh my gosh it’s just... well I blushed. A LOT. And I honestly had to skim a lot of the sex parts, not because they weren’t well written but because I prefer my romance a little more PG13 rather than full on over 18s! Overall though I did really enjoy this book. The characters were really well drawn out, the book was paced pretty perfectly and I really enjoyed how this book twisted and subverted the traditional tropes of a romance novel. A very positive 3.5 to 4 stars. *An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*This edition publishing 23rd June 2020, Piatkus (Little, Brown Book Group UK) For more reviews and book related chat check out my blogFollow me on TwitterFriend me on Goodreads
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    I'm going to preface this (likely short and terribly unsatisfying) review by saying I read the first 65% basically in one sitting and then got smacked with a slump for over a week; so while this is definitely a book I loved, enjoyed, swooned at, got weepy over, I can't know for certain if it wouldn't have been rated even higher if not for that break. I'm sad I didn't do right by this book, or this author, and will have to make an effort to reread this (and book one!) before the third comes out. I'm going to preface this (likely short and terribly unsatisfying) review by saying I read the first 65% basically in one sitting and then got smacked with a slump for over a week; so while this is definitely a book I loved, enjoyed, swooned at, got weepy over, I can't know for certain if it wouldn't have been rated even higher if not for that break. I'm sad I didn't do right by this book, or this author, and will have to make an effort to reread this (and book one!) before the third comes out. For quality control's sake. And, like, also, because it was great.Danika Brown was the queen of one-time things. Zaf wouldn't know what to do with a one-time thing if it showed up with a fifty-page instruction manual and slapped him on the dick.Hibbert always fills her stories with representation, of all kinds, and this one is no exception; her treading of sensitive topics ever so considerate; and her steam? (fire emoji fire emoji). We have the sweetest of family dynamics, the focus this time more on Zafir's side — though we do get some Brown sister moments, of course, but Dani leans on her bestie Sorcha more in this one — and I just.. well, listen, I loved Dani, don't get me wrong, but big burly RBF'd yet soft and tender Zafir? He stole both my heart and the show. "Liar."What?""That's your lying voice. It's all tight and scratchy.""Who are you? The bloody.. voice police?""I hope next time you're in the shower, you think of seventy things you could've said just then that would've been way better than ‘voice police.’"I know I already mentioned it but it bears repeating : I loved, I laughed, I cried, I hurt, I swooned. It's a Hibbert. These things kind of go without saying. But here I am saying it twice anyway."Sweetie, are you crying?""No, I'm leaking masculine pain from my eyeballs."I'm certain you’ll love this book. And I can't wait for book three.** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **----This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.
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  • Fadwa (Word Wonders)
    January 1, 1970
    CW: anxiety, depression, panic attack, fatphobia, talk of racismI LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH HOLY SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!!! I am not and cannot be coherent at present time, please check again later. But long story short, Talia Hibbert never disappoints and this is one of my favorites of the year.RTC!
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  • jess ✨
    January 1, 1970
    Talia Hibbert said I had rights when she picked some of my absolute favorite things in romance and wrote this wonderful book.  I really enjoyed Get a Life, Chloe Brown, and was excited for this one, hopeful I would like as much, but it was honestly an even better experience.The banter and bickering of this book were so delightful and hilarious, I was chuckling out loud often. I'm not saying the superior way to flirt is through bickering, but yeah, that's exactly what I'm saying. I also adored bo Talia Hibbert said I had rights when she picked some of my absolute favorite things in romance and wrote this wonderful book.  I really enjoyed Get a Life, Chloe Brown, and was excited for this one, hopeful I would like as much, but it was honestly an even better experience.The banter and bickering of this book were so delightful and hilarious, I was chuckling out loud often. I'm not saying the superior way to flirt is through bickering, but yeah, that's exactly what I'm saying. I also adored both main characters. I gotta say I developed the biggest soft spot for Zaf. He was sweet and sensitive, so caring and protective without being overbearing. A tall, handsome, adorable romance reader? What else can someone want? His biggest flaw is not trusting cats but no one is perfect, so I'll let it slide. Dani was such a fun character to read the povs of, she was confident and blunt, but also awkward and aloof in a way that I can relate. (She had major Aquarius energy, just saying). The romance and chemistry was off the charts, I adored the sexual tension and oh boy, the sex scenes were amazing and so steamy. My biggest problem with this, just like with the previous book was during the Big Romance Book Drama we can all expect by the end of the book lost me a little, it felt silly and something that needed to happen for the book rather than what was natural. But that's my issue. Apart from this, I loved it so much. These books are such feel-good, perfect read and highly recommend them!
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received in exchange for an honest review ❤️Take a Hint, Dani Brown is the second book in Talia Hibbert's Brown Sister series which started with Get a Life, Chloe Brown. In this installment we follow middle sister Danika, a hard working bisexual PhD student who has an aversion to any kind of commitment beyond a casual hookup. Enter Zafir, ex rugby pro and lover of romance novels. When the two end up as unlikely Internet trending #couplegoals following a fire drill at the University building ARC received in exchange for an honest review ❤️Take a Hint, Dani Brown is the second book in Talia Hibbert's Brown Sister series which started with Get a Life, Chloe Brown. In this installment we follow middle sister Danika, a hard working bisexual PhD student who has an aversion to any kind of commitment beyond a casual hookup. Enter Zafir, ex rugby pro and lover of romance novels. When the two end up as unlikely Internet trending #couplegoals following a fire drill at the University building they both work in, the pair strike up a deal - fake dating in return for exposure for Zaf's charity, and a bit of casual sex thrown in. At no point are either of them allowed to fall in love.I love the writing style for these novels. Talia Hibbert creates an effortless amount of wit and humour in her novels that read so well from the page. I mean, the very first line in this mentions Danika having honey on her tit and it continues from their. It's full of banter between the two characters too, with a charm and affection between them that is difficult to pull off. Danika is a carefree, bisexual nerd who loves studying and is passionate about her work. She gets excited about symposiums and meeting her idol within the field. She's also incredibly guarded from being hurt in the past. She's vulnerable and awkward in romantic settings, perhaps a bit too blunt and too afraid to show how she really feels in case she gets hurt again. Zafir, by comparison, is highly romantic with anxiety issues. He's a lot more open about his emotions, having suffered from some awful experiences in his past. The two shouldn't gel well, but they do. The chemistry is palpable from the get go, with plenty of flirty chat, teasing and sexual tension. It's my kind of relationship, and I connected well with the pair of them. In terms of secondary characters, I feel they are better developed here than in Chloe's book. We have Zafir's extended family - including sister in law Karin, neice Fatima (or Fluffy) and best friend Jamal. All of them share a special bond with Zaf, and it was nice to spend time exploring this close familial side to his personality. As usual, I also loved the scenes with the other Brown sisters - although I do think they weren't used enough here, but it was nice to see Chloe and Red again, and catch more of a glimpse into Eve's life in preparation for her book.The plot, as expected, is predictable. You know going in what the outcome will be - but I think that's part of the charm. Also, at want point this goes all 'meta' as Zafir explains why he lives romance novels so much, pointing out that it helps his anxiety because there are no surprises and you're guaranteed a happy ending. I loved that discussion. So many people hate on romance novels without really examining the benefits of the escapism they grant. As an 'own voices' reader, I also appreciated the anxiety representation and thought it was handled well. That's another thing I love about Talia Hibbert - she isn't afraid to jump into diversifying her books and exploring multiple different types of people and issues while still managing to present them in a positive, highly researched and well thought out manner.I will say that the more 'sexy' scenes weren't really doing it for me. I'm not a lover of really explicit fun times in books, and I did find myself cringing at times. If that's your thing, great - the descriptions here are incredibly graphic and hard going, but they're just not my thing. I like a more subtle touch, as opposed to descriptions of bodily organs and what they are doing at all times. Wonderful diversity, highly charged and interesting characters and a whole dollop of humour and hijinx. If you loved Get a Life, Chloe Brown I think you'll love this even more. Highly recommend if you can cope with the sex scenes.
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  • m a u r a
    January 1, 1970
    I have read so many good books lately, I don't know if my heart can take any more. This was honestly just such a joy. I absolutely loved Get a Life, Chloe Brown, so I had some pretty high expectations, and trust me this lived up to it. I think I'm going to need to tackle all of Talia Hibbert's backlist because if I enjoy those books half the amount that I have enjoyed this series so far, then it'll be totally worth it. I really enjoyed Dani as a heroine. She was quirky and sarcastic and I always I have read so many good books lately, I don't know if my heart can take any more. This was honestly just such a joy. I absolutely loved Get a Life, Chloe Brown, so I had some pretty high expectations, and trust me this lived up to it. I think I'm going to need to tackle all of Talia Hibbert's backlist because if I enjoy those books half the amount that I have enjoyed this series so far, then it'll be totally worth it. I really enjoyed Dani as a heroine. She was quirky and sarcastic and I always love seeing women who care so much about their work in books. She was really really hesitant to let Zaf in, which is understandable given her past. I think my one critique about this book is that Dani's avoidance of relationships went on a little long, but other than that I absolutely adored Dani. And oh my gosh I loved Zaf. I said in one of my updates that I'll always enjoy a hero that reads romance books and oh my I loved it. I especially loved that aspect because Zaf does not seem like a person who would enjoy romance books. I will always love a bruting hero that is a real softy on the inside. Also, I loved the anxiety rep in this book! This representation is handled with such care and I loved how she tackled toxic masculinity especially with how it relates to anxiety. Overall, this was just a joy. I still think I like Get a Life, Chloe Brown more, but this is a very very close second :)
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  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a HUGE Talia Hibbert fan and I adored Get a Life, Chloe Brown (listened to it in audio and it was perfection), but though I enjoyed Take a Hint, Dani Brown, it felt lackluster in comparison to the first in the series. I'm a huge sucker for a fake dating trope, and add in a former rugby player who loves romance books(!), and I'm sold. I really liked everything about Zafir and how real and vulnerable he felt as a character. I was very, very swoony for him. Dani was more of a struggle for me. I I'm a HUGE Talia Hibbert fan and I adored Get a Life, Chloe Brown (listened to it in audio and it was perfection), but though I enjoyed Take a Hint, Dani Brown, it felt lackluster in comparison to the first in the series. I'm a huge sucker for a fake dating trope, and add in a former rugby player who loves romance books(!), and I'm sold. I really liked everything about Zafir and how real and vulnerable he felt as a character. I was very, very swoony for him. Dani was more of a struggle for me. I liked her nerdy side and her dedication to her research, but her commitment issues felt... tiresome for me by the end. It took forever for her to admit her feelings, and I grew tired of waiting for her to get there. I understand why she felt the way that she did, but it felt myself skimming and wanting them to just communicate. I also am not the biggest fan of social media-based plotline, and I found the overall story arc to be a bit thin. Both characters were well-developed and the side characters were endlessly interesting, I just felt like nothing much happened in the story. I'm hoping for even better from the third in the series, and I might have to go back to listening in audio because the narrator really made this series come alive for me, British accents and all. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog
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  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    everything about this synopsis gives me the life i need to survive high school| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram everything about this synopsis gives me the life i need to survive high school| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram
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  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    this book had me at “fake relationship”Also, I'm loving this cover!
  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    January 1, 1970
    This book was adorable and fluffy and great! The only issue I had was with the main character being a little too apprehensive towards relationships. Got kind of annoying but I'll live. Full review to come.
  • Jules ✨
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book so so much, it made me laugh out loud, swoon and be emotional for the majority of my reading experience.I absolutely appreciated how Talia wrote Zafir's anxiety and depression. It felt absolutely real and not going to lie, it made me relate to him the most. I felt his panic attacks and thought deep in my bones. I adored his love for romance books - especially after you understand why he needs happy endings so much in the books he reads - and well, that was so wholesome.Not to s I loved this book so so much, it made me laugh out loud, swoon and be emotional for the majority of my reading experience.I absolutely appreciated how Talia wrote Zafir's anxiety and depression. It felt absolutely real and not going to lie, it made me relate to him the most. I felt his panic attacks and thought deep in my bones. I adored his love for romance books - especially after you understand why he needs happy endings so much in the books he reads - and well, that was so wholesome.Not to say I didn't love Dani, because I absolutely did. I appreciated her strength and her staying true to herself. And I adored the lesson that yes, you shouldn't change yourself for someone else but you can also grow with them and become the better version of yourself.I adored Get a Life, Chloe Brown, but this book is my favorite so far. (Let's not underestimate Evie Brown, she might be the best sister yet.)I connected with them much more than I connected with Red and Chloe, I still love them, but while it was harder to understand their struggles because I can't understand them. Here it touched my heart immensely. I understood point of views, and I also understand why they needed time to work on their relationship. And oh, boy, they did. I loved that it was Dani to do the big gesture in the end.This was just a complete joy, and definitely one of the best Talia Hibbert's books I've read so far.So much thanks to Edelweiss and Harper Collins Publishers/Avon for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Bookphenomena (Micky)
    January 1, 1970
    I hope you are ready to swoon over this book because the hero Zafir is something a bit special. I knew immediately he was going to sell this book, this story line. That’s not to say Dani Brown isn’t a great character, but she’s a contradiction of sharp corners and loyalty; she took some getting to know, to like.Dani Brown was an academic chasing a PhD (that certainly resonated with me) and pretty career focused. She was only in the market for friends with benefits of any gender. Considering her I hope you are ready to swoon over this book because the hero Zafir is something a bit special. I knew immediately he was going to sell this book, this story line. That’s not to say Dani Brown isn’t a great character, but she’s a contradiction of sharp corners and loyalty; she took some getting to know, to like.Dani Brown was an academic chasing a PhD (that certainly resonated with me) and pretty career focused. She was only in the market for friends with benefits of any gender. Considering her and Zafir had been friends for some time, stepping it up was almost natural, if it wasn’t for Dani’s rules of engagement. Dani was a curvy, strong and intelligent woman but she knew she didn’t connect emotionally as well to people, so beyond her family she seemed to stop trying. I enjoyed seeing her character grow.Zafir, Zafir, Zafir…a big, kind, ex-Rugby star, romance-reading, beta-male with anxiety. How could that combination not float my boat? He was considerate, thoughtful and a big bag of lust combined with affection over Dani. The dialogue and inner monologue were perfection and chuckle-inducing.“Good morning,” he purred, his eyes landing on Dani’s chest like tit-seeking missiles.Despite Zaf’s niceness towards Dani, he was gruff and grumpy looking. There was a whole back story to Zaf that was deep and engaging. His mental health issues were well written and he was that kind of character that just pulled you in.“This is just my face. I have a murder face.”“Honestly, Zafir, you’re so grumpy you could create your own storm clouds.”The second book in this series had a story just as engaging as the first. These sisters are different, unique and so funny. There were cameo moments for Chloe and Red that made me a little gooey. And Eve…I just know her book is going to be hilarious.Go get your moves on for TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN. Talia Hibbert just writes these women with a realness and wit that you cannot resist.Thank you to Little Brown UK for the early review copy.This review can be found on A Take From Two Cities Blog.
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  • Anna Banana
    January 1, 1970
    4.75 starsThis book is so freaking good I can't believe how much I fell in love with not only the romance but both Dani and Zaf! This book gave me ALL the feels. Zaf is literally book boyfriend material. There were so many times while reading this book that I found myself thinking "god if you send me a man like Zaf I promise I won't run away and I will gladly give him my heart". He is so freaking perfect in a way that is so human that even his imperfections make him perfect. I loved his family, 4.75 starsThis book is so freaking good I can't believe how much I fell in love with not only the romance but both Dani and Zaf! This book gave me ALL the feels. Zaf is literally book boyfriend material. There were so many times while reading this book that I found myself thinking "god if you send me a man like Zaf I promise I won't run away and I will gladly give him my heart". He is so freaking perfect in a way that is so human that even his imperfections make him perfect. I loved his family, his past and how strong he was despite everything. I also loved how he's this stoic, grumpy big guy who loves to read romance books and has zero shame in it too. Dani is a character that I related to a lot. She keeps her heart sheltered and is not about that romance life at all. She's someone who is so afraid of being hurt that she's really missing out on so many opportunities in life. She's smart, beautiful, incredibly kind and has such a warm heart. And even though she's incredibly confident she is also very insecure when it comes to emotions and feelings and it's left her stunted. Even as I found myself getting irritated with Dani for a few seconds here and there, I couldn't hate her because I understand where every action was coming from. I just kept hoping that she'd take a chance and I'd get the opportunity to see what her character development could look like...and I got both. The romance is...*dreamy sigh*. Fake dating is such a fun trope and this book gave me a new found adoration of it. It's not a trope I actively search for but it was so well done here and the trope was used well in adding to their development and carrying the plot along while also leaving room for secondary plots as well. Their chemistry was also off the charts hot but I think that was in large thanks to how devoted Zaf was to Dani. You could feel the emotion and just intensity of every touch on the pages...argh I just can't explain it but they are AMAZING TOGETHER AND I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. I cannot thank fate enough that I ended up winning this book in a Goodreads giveaway! This book took me by surprise and with fate playing a role in this book, I can't help but feel like it was a sign that I also won this book when I almost didn't even sign up to begin with. This is definitely a favorite read of 2020 and I can't wait to read Eve's book next year (but also I'd love a book for Sorcha thank you very much)!
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  • Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm only halfway through Get a Life, Chloe Brown and this is already one of my most anticipated releases for the year. I need this in my life.
  • Malene
    January 1, 1970
    These Brown sisters are so much fun. First it was Chloe and this time it’s younger sister Danika. I had such a good time with Dani and Zafir. A friends to lovers romance that also has a comedic feel to it thanks to Dani and Zafir’s interactions but certainly also the interactions of the Brown sisters and grandmother Gigi.Dani is into witchcraft and ask her Goddess to send her sign as to who should be her next f**kbuddy. Cue Zafir and his kindhearted and romantic soul who seeks love and relations These Brown sisters are so much fun. First it was Chloe and this time it’s younger sister Danika. I had such a good time with Dani and Zafir. A friends to lovers romance that also has a comedic feel to it thanks to Dani and Zafir’s interactions but certainly also the interactions of the Brown sisters and grandmother Gigi.Dani is into witchcraft and ask her Goddess to send her sign as to who should be her next f**kbuddy. Cue Zafir and his kindhearted and romantic soul who seeks love and relationship which is the total opposite of Dani who only needs sex and not the strings that comes along with a relationship.Zafir is a true romantic who reads books and loves his family. He’s infatuated with Dani and she only sees him as a good friend she’s having sex with. That slowly changes and I really enjoyed that progress where it evolved into more. Their chemistry is spot on and dialogue funny as heck.As much as I adored Dani I absolutely fell in love with Zafir. A man who’s experienced a traumatic loss that’s has had a lasting effect on him. Especially mentally. He’s used that loss and turned it into something good. A foundation. A place to help people.Dani goes through a relationship growth while she’s “seeing” Zafir. He makes her want to try again. To be together with another person and to love wholeheartedly. Take a Hint, Dani Brown was such a joy to read and I’m very excited about Eve’s book. These Brown sisters have something special about them.4 Tackle It Stars*I received an arc from the publisher through Netgalley *
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  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    UK publication day today - 23/6/20Yay, she’s back, impressive chest and all! Dani Brown, fabulous and knows it, studying for her PhD and teaching some literature classes, workaholic, ambitious, been badly let down in love and doesn’t do commitment. That is until Zafir Ansari .... ex-rugby player, security guard, runs classes to help kids overcome anxiety, anxiety sufferers himself since a family tragedy, lover of romance novels and one red hot gorgeous man. They share ‘good mornings’ , tea and c UK publication day today - 23/6/20Yay, she’s back, impressive chest and all! Dani Brown, fabulous and knows it, studying for her PhD and teaching some literature classes, workaholic, ambitious, been badly let down in love and doesn’t do commitment. That is until Zafir Ansari .... ex-rugby player, security guard, runs classes to help kids overcome anxiety, anxiety sufferers himself since a family tragedy, lover of romance novels and one red hot gorgeous man. They share ‘good mornings’ , tea and coffee, smart comments until they hatch a plan and things shall we say, develop. First of all, Talia Hibbert creates fantastic characters that are colourful, extremely likeable and their personalities jump of the pages! Dani, her sisters and grandmother are fabulous as is Zaf and his extended family. The dynamics are just great and very heartwarming. The dialogue is clever, funny, smart, sassy and sexy at times. I really like the focus on anxiety which I think is an important topic and Zaf works hard to help others to overcome it, which in turn helps him. Dani herself has anxiety especially over commitment and will run away from it if she can. This book is a lot more steamy than the first book, in fact, it is very steamy in places, so be warned!! The ending is lovely and really sweet. Overall, a really good, fun, well written read and I enjoyed the escapism with lovely characters for a few hours. I am really looking forward to the next Brown sisters instalment. With thanks to NetGalley and Little, Brown Book Group, Piatkus for the Arc.
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  • Anniek
    January 1, 1970
    Did you think Get a Life, Chloe Brown was a good read? Get ready for her sister!While this companion novel is not exactly comparable to the first book, it does have the same heart, the same excellent use of tropes, the same humour, and the same near-perfect pacing. These ingredients, combined with characters that seem to be able to step off the page any second, make for an addictive, uplifting read that will find its way on many favourites lists! I absolutely adored the main characters. We get a Did you think Get a Life, Chloe Brown was a good read? Get ready for her sister!While this companion novel is not exactly comparable to the first book, it does have the same heart, the same excellent use of tropes, the same humour, and the same near-perfect pacing. These ingredients, combined with characters that seem to be able to step off the page any second, make for an addictive, uplifting read that will find its way on many favourites lists! I absolutely adored the main characters. We get an academically successful, passionate and ambitious black bisexual witch with brightly coloured hair, who's my new favourite Slytherin. And we get the most grumpy-looking but kind-hearted Pakistani Muslim man who's (not so) secretly an avid romance reader, and who's made it his mission to destroy toxic masculinity in rugby and work against the stigma on mental illness. These characters were both so distinctive, and unlike any characters I've read about before, which made them feel like real people I couldn't help but love.Of course, as a romance novel, this books uses a lot of tropes and clichés, and it does so in a really great way. (Like, there's fake dating!!) But what's even better is that it gives a lot of those tropes an original twist, and that makes this book unexpected and refreshing.CWs: past death of a parent and sibling, grief, anxiety, depression, sex scenes
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