Title: Take a Hint, Dani Brown
Series: The Brown Sisters #2
Author: Talia Hibber
Release Date: June 23, 2020
Page Length: 320
Genre: Romance (Smut), Contemporary
Rep: POC, LGBT, Anxiety
Age Range: Adult
CAWPILE Rating: 8.36/10
Goodreads Synopsis: 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?
*Note: this ebook was sent to me by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
This is the second book in the Brown Sisters series. Can you read this without reading Get A Life, Chloe Brown? I’d say yes – it follows a completely different sister, but it could spoil the ending by knowing what happens to Chloe’s relationship. So I guess go in knowing that.
As for Dani’s story…. I loved it. We follow Dani in her quest to find the perfect friend’s with benefits. She follows the signs and believes that Zaf is this perfect friend’s with benefits. We then follow them through a fake dating scenario to help Zaf with his company and, well antics (both sexy and non) ensue. The story was interesting. I like that both Brown Sisters book, so far, have dealt with improving businesses – making them better or more prominent. There are some fairly predictable moments, but that didn’t bother me.
Dani is more of a character I could see myself getting along with. I love the witchy vibe she gives off (plus she does practice witch craft). She’s strong and determined. She has career goals and is very focused on achieving them. I love that we get to see so much of her career – although I wouldn’t have been upset to see more – and we got to see just how determined and focused she is; how much of a passion it is.
Zaf was so sweet! An ex-rugby player who started up a business that helps young athletes get in tough with their emotions and combat the negative masculine image that is so often seen in professional sports. I loved that we got to see Zaf’s work as well – how close he is with his young athletes and how that compares to his work as a security guard! Working through his character arc was so good! I felt he had such a growth throughout the book, not just professional, but also emotionally.
As for representation, this book actually had a lot – and a lot I hadn’t known about. Dani identifies as bisexual and her best friend identifies as gay. Zaf suffers from severe anxiety and loved how it was represented and handled here.
Overall, I loved this book and how the characters progressed and grew. There was lovely representation, some that I hadn’t heard about. Talia’s writing study is great and sucks you in from the start. I will definitely be continuing on with this series and will likely start into her backlog as well. If you loved Get a Life Chloe Brown, The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, or the Hot & Hammered series by Tess Bailey, then I think you’ll like this ones too (less sex scenes than Hot & Hammered though)