Review // Take a Hint, Dani Brown

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown was one of the first books I ever reviewed when I started. As such, it holds a special place in my heart (don’t ask me why, but I just get sentimental about certain things), and the Brown sisters hold a special place in my heart. Take a Hint, Dani Brown has only cemented my love of Hibbert’s characters and this special series.

Dani Brown is many things—brilliant, queer, witchy, prickly, hilarious—but romantic is not one of them. Zafir Ansari is a hunky ex-Rugby player with a heart of gold and a love of romance novels. He’s a romantic through-and-through. So when a video of Zaf rescuing Dani during a campus fire drill goes viral and the two realize that pretending to date could help Zaf’s budding business, Dani makes sure to set the record straight—they’ll pretend to date in public, they’ll sleep together in private, but absolutely no falling in love. Spoiler alert: there’s a ton of falling in love.

Talia Hibbert is, to put it simply, an absolute rom-com QUEEN. With her newest release, she has officially become an auto-buy author for me. Her stories capture all of the delight and fun of the classic rom-com, but she infuses them with diverse characters and perspectives. Her characters are not devices that exist to simply fall in love, but rather are living, breathing, energetic; her characters drive the story, not the other way around.

Dani and Zaf are electric together. Their chemistry is sizzling and Hibbert writes some of the best steam out there, but it’s more than just the physical chemistry. Dani and Zaf are hilarious and witty and Hibbert’s stories are always full of quips and snappy banter that makes me smile.

Sweet exasperation crept into [Zafir’s] tone, a gleaming thread that said, I know what a chaos demon you are, and I think it’s great.

What really elevated this story for me was how much I loved Zaf. There was a gentleness, a vulnerability to him that completely endeared him to me. Oh, and did I mention that he runs a charity for children? Yeah, no big deal, it’s just a program that uses sports therapy to help boys deal with toxic masculinity and learn how to cultivate emotional maturity. NO BIG DEAL. I’m not crying, you are.

My love for these sisters and this series knows no bounds. I cannot wait to read Eve’s story. I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that it might just be my favorite one yet.

☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ½ / 5
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