Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Wednesday, June 24, 2020


by Talia Hibbert
Series: The Brown Sisters #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: June 23rd 2020
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷✷

Are you guys ready to meet my favorite book of the year? Yes, you heard it. I know there's still a half a year left to go but Take a Hint, Dani Brown is my favorite romantic book this year. I discovered the magic of Talia Hibbert last year and it's been one magical ride with her books. She's an author who makes me swoon and smile and I'm left feeling so enchanted by her characters that I want to carry them in my pocket! After what a hit Get at a Life, Chloe Brown was I knew I was going to love Dani's story too, but oh my goodness. This book left my heart squeezing in happiness and reminded me why romance will always be my favorite genre.

I'm not kidding when I say that these characters are precious beans who I wanted to protect at all costs. Dani and Zaf owned my heart. Usually, when I'm reading books I will always have a preference for one character over the other, but here, I adored both Dani and Zaf equally. They were so soft and so likable. I dare anyone not to like either of them because it is impossible. Dani was a super-smart Ph.D. student working on her dissertation on feminist literature. Though she had a very vibrant personality, she kept her heart tightly guarded as she was afraid of being hurt. I loved every aspect of Dani's character, from her wittiness to her workaholic ways. She was a sweetheart and I just wanted her to be real so we could be BFFs for life. One of my favorite parts about Take a Hint, Dani Brown was Dani's stress and anxiety towards some of the opportunities she had. She had to present on a panel with one of her academic role-models and she was plagued by what we know as impostor syndrome in academics. I loved watching her take the steps to overcome her anxiety towards the panel. It was very realistic and quite inspiring to me as a fellow Ph.D. student who struggles a lot with impostor syndrome.

Dani had the perfect cheerleader in the form of Zaf. I fear I will be a blubbering mess in this paragraph, but he was just so swoony and perfect. He was dream-guy material and at the very top of some of my all-time favorite romantic heroes. Not only was Zaf one of those silent, grumpy, and intense types, but he also read romance novels. Are you swooning yet? Because honestly, that was all it took for me to fall madly in love with the man. Things only got worse for me and my poor heart when he turned out to be a complete sweetheart who was so caring and so self-sacrificing. Oof, can someone invent a machine that turns book characters into real people, please?? Zaf has had to deal with tremendous loss in his life which has resulted in anxiety and insomnia. A former rugby player, he now works as a security guard at Dani's school and has a charity that is aimed at helping young athletes deal with anxiety themselves.

When a video of Zaf carrying Dani out of her building goes viral with the hashtag #DrRugbae, the two enter a fake relationship to help bring more attention to his charity. We all know how fake relationships end in romance novels and for me, it's the journey to get to that moment when they realize that their fake relationship is the most real relationship they've had that's so damn addicting - I will never tire of the butterflies that this trope gives me. Dani and Zaf were brilliant together. They've always had a comfortable relationship with Dani bringing Zaf coffee daily and Zaf making sure she was fed with his protein bars. And of course, they were both intensely attracted to each other. The fake relationship brought them so much closer together. I loved how they had great banter together, but that they were also at ease talking about their vulnerabilities. It was sweet to watch them. The sexy times were also beautifully written. I love it when authors manage to evoke all the emotions the couple feels towards each other during the sex scenes and Talia Hibbert is a pro at it.

This review is getting very long-winded, but I wanted to wrap it up by telling you guys how much I also loved Dani's relationship with her sisters. They endlessly teased each other but my goodness did these women love each other fiercely. Zaf's relationship with his family was another highlight for me. Honestly, everything about Take a Hint, Dani Brown was a hit for me.

As soon as I was done with the book, I was ready to re-read it. If that's not a sign of a great book then I don't know what is. Take a Hint, Dani Brown is THE book for romance readers this year, so if you love a good romance, you need it in your life.

What has been your favorite romance book this year so far?
Let me know in the comments below!

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