It’s been a while since I did a proper review, and now is the time! Here is my review of Talia Hibbert’s second book in The Brown Sisters series. This is a lot of fun and very sweet. Sadly for this book, I have to hold it up towards the first book, Get a Life, Chloe Brown, which I thoroughly enjoyed. This does hold up well to the first book, but it’s not as good. Still good, but not as good. And hi o/
About the book
Title: Take a Hint, Dani Brown, by Talia Hibbert
Series: #2 in The Brown Sisters series
Genre: Romance, contemporary, fiction
Length: 400 pages; audiobook 10 hours
Stars: 4 out of 5
About the author
Talia Hibbert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate.
She writes sexy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalised identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm. She also rambles intermittently about the romance genre online.
Talia self-publishes via Nixon House and is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan at Handspun Literary.
The second instalment of Hibbert’s The Brown Sisters series where we follow the journey of middle sister, Dani Brown.
Dani is a PhD student and an educator at the university. She’s ambitious, driven and intelligent. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I get a bit of a vibe that she isn’t exactly neurotypical? There are some aspects of her personality that have caused her problems regarding her previous relationships. Dani tends to hyper fixate on her work and her studies which often leads to her not only forgetting about other people but also forgetting about herself. Due to a negative experience in a past relationship – in which Dani also blames herself – she has decided to lay off romantic relationships altogether. However, as a woman, Dani does have needs, and she enjoys having friends with benefits. These types of relationships do tend to get a bit messy if the other party gets too involved, which has resulted in her having a bit of a dry spell. In lack of physical satisfaction, she turns to her spirituality and performs a ritual to ask her Goddess, Oshun, to find her an appropriate fuck buddy. Danny might think she knows what she wants, but the Oshun knows what she needs.
Enter the broody security guard, Zafir Ansari, a former professional rugby player. Big and serious on the outside but soft and sweet like a marshmallow on the inside. Zafir – or Zaf as he’s called – appears to people that don’t know him as broody, angry and not very welcoming. He hides a soft side – one that only those close to him see. A side that enjoys reading romance novels, loving his friends and family and managing his anxiety.
The plot kicks off after a harrowing rescue mission, where Zaf is carrying Dani out securely in his arms. The whole incident is caught on camera and quickly goes viral and #DrRugbae quickly takes social media by storm. Their new fame has a positive impact on Zaf’s personal project, and to help out a friend Dani agrees to pretend that they’re in a relationship. You know, just to help a friend out.
This is an enjoyable read. Cute, romantic and just enough steam to keep things exciting. I know I gave this four stars compared to Get a Life, Chloe Brown’s five stars – and I am not completely sure why. It is well written, funny and sweet, but it just needs the last oomph to really kick it up to five stars. I can’t exactly put my fingers on it, but it’s four stars and I do recommend this read! I am definitely looking forward to the third book of the series 😀
If you’ve read this series what were your thoughts? If you haven’t would you like to pick it up?