Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

by Talia Hibbert
Series: The Brown Sisters #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: March 9th 2021
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷✷1/2

What can I say about Act Your Age, Eve Brown that hasn't already been said by every reader who freaking loved this last book in The Brown Sisters series? This entire series has been a masterpiece and while I'm sad to see it end, I'm also ridiculously excited for the spinoff that Talia announced. I thought I would write this review slightly differently and give you 3 reasons why this book worked for me.

Adorable cinnamon roll characters

I've recently learned that some readers were not aware of the cinnamon roll character trope so I thought I'd start with a definition from a very legit source.

"Cinnamon rolls are basically referred to those characters described as "Too pure for the world.", meaning, characters with cute, fluffy, caring, kind and beyond innocent, saint-like personality, that makes you go "AWWWWWW" or wanting to protect the character."

I would describe both Eve and Jacob as characters who are too pure for this world. Talia is very strong at characterizations and she has always impressed me with the level of depths she goes to in order to flesh out the characters in her books. Of course, Eve and Jacob are no different.

Eve is kind of a hot mess, but a very lovable one. She's had a challenging time trying to figure out how she fits in this world and finding a career path that works for her. When her latest career downfall leads to her parents cutting her off, she decides to prove to everyone once and for all that she is capable of acting like a grown-up. This eventually brings her to Jacob's doorstep for a job opportunity at his B&B, following which she proceeds to accidentally hit him with her car! Eve forcefully decides to work for him while he is on the mend, much to Jacob's annoyance. Soon enough, she finds her groove, particularly working in the kitchen. I have a thing for characters who don't have their lives put together because sometimes that's how I feel about my own life, so I really loved Eve's constant waffling. She really does grow throughout Act Your Age, Eve Brown and you'll be rooting for her like a proud mama! Eve is also what everyone calls a sunshine character. She brings joy (and chaos) wherever she goes and you can't help but love this endearing goof. <3

Jacob is also a cinnamon roll but in an entirely different way. He is a certified grump who likes to be neat and organized. So Eve with her messiness entering his life leads to utter chaos. It's sweet to watch him dance around his feelings for her and she obviously gets under his skin often. Though he appears cold and maybe a bit too grouchy, it's truly a front because all of these issues stem from him being abandoned by his family as a child. Poor man needed some love and thankfully he gets that from the absolute rainbow that is Eve.

The swooniest of swoony romances!

I knew the romance in Act Your Age, Eve Brown was going to be a super hit for me because it has the grumpy+sunshine trope. I think almost all of my favorite romance novels have this character dynamic. The trope is done so well here. What pleased me the most with this romance was how well Eve and Jacob balanced each other out. At first glance, they seem so completely opposite of each other in personalities, but it's those very differences that make them suit as a couple. Eve needed Jacob's realism in her life and Jacob needed Eve's optimism in his. 

It's truly one of the sweetest romances I've had the chance to read and I will most certainly be going down with this ship. As with the other books in the series, Act Your Age, Eve Brown is scorching hot. Talia writes some of the hottest, burn-your-Kindle level steam, sex scenes in publishing at the moment, and thank goodness for that. Each scene is so sensual and serves to bring Jacob and Eve close together. You can also see the growing comfort and intimacy between the two as they take their swoony chemistry to the sheets.

Humor that actually had me laughing out loud

There is this recent trend in the publishing industry of calling every romance book a "rom-com" when it's in fact just a contemporary romance. It's an annoying trend, but I'm pleased to say that Act Your Age, Eve Brown is most definitely a rom-com. I know humor is subjective but I would find it hard to believe that folks wouldn't laugh at some of the scenes in this book. That accident scene at the start of the book is especially one of the funniest scenes I've read in a very long time. And the entire book has this lightness and humor to it that makes it a breeze to read through.

So there you have it. Those are my 3 reasons why Act Your Age, Eve Brown worked for me. It's truly one heck of a charming read with a lot of heart, steam, and humor. This entire series is not to be missed.

CWs: parental abandonment, autism 

Relationship disclosure: Talia Hibbert & I are mutuals on social media.

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