Book Review: Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Hello, sweeties! And welcome to me raving about yet another book 😉

Okay, I’ve made it to the end. This was the book that caught my attention and led me in the direction of the Brown Sisters book series. As someone who has always felt younger than they are – never really feeling like I am a proper adult, the title grabbed me. Hard. I did feel like someone out there was calling me out. It didn’t offend me, it just piqued my interest. Like, a fictional character I might be able to relate to?! A fictional character who’s the protagonist of a romantic comedy with steamy hot sex scenes? Of course, I couldn’t read this book right away, I had to read the other books first. The journey has been enjoyable and fun.


Title: Act Your Age, Eve Brown
Author: Talia Hibbert
Series: The Brown Sisters #3
Genre: Contemporary romance, adult fiction
Length: 400 pages | 10 hrs 51 mins
Narrator: Ione Butler
Published: 9th of March 2021 by Avon
Eggplants: 🍆🍆🍆🍆🍆 | 5 out of 5 purple eggplants

Summary:
In Act Your Age, Eve Brown the flightiest Brown sister crashes into the life of an uptight B&B owner and has him falling hard—literally.

Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong—so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It’s time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she’s not entirely sure how…

Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry—and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right.

Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore—and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior.


About the Book
Eve Brown is a twenty-something woman who is struggling with her path in life. She’s the youngest of three sisters and the unaccomplished one. She has a fear of failure and at the first sign of complications, she dips. Eve is a loving woman, who carries great love to the people that are important to her, but has a difficult time making connections with people who don’t know her. After an incident with some starving doves, her wedding planning business goes to the dogs. Much to her parents’ dismay – which results in her getting cut off from her trust fund. All of this results in a car accident, Eve taking on the job as a chef at a cute bed & breakfast since she was the one who ran down the owner and manager of the fine establishment. An owner who is very hot and is on the autism spectrum. Both of them are awkward individuals which then leads to some fun and cute interactions.


My thoughts about the book
As you might have noticed from my intro, I do relate a bit to Eve Brown. I’ve had a difficult time figuring out my life and the majority of the time I do feel like I am a not-adult…that is until I spend time with my teen nieces and realise that I am very much not a not-adult. I don’t know if that makes sense, but that’s how it is. It was nice to see a protagonist not being perfect and not having their live set. The other sisters, Chloe and Dani weren’t perfect either, but they had a purpose or something to work with and towards, which therefore made them “more” adult than Eve. This means that the sisters are more accomplished and more put together with their careers and relationships. After having read the two first books, I like how we get different interpretations of the sisters from who’s perspective we’re reading from. We know from the first books, that both Chloe and Dani have their struggles and insecurities, but Eve sees them through a little sister’s eyes, which I think is very sweet. She knows that they have their struggles and she’ll always be there for them. Eve is a loving person who loves making a difference in people’s days. This brings us to Jacob. For our love interest, we have socially awkward Jacob who does his best to run the perfect bed and breakfast. Both Eve and Jacob have their quirks, and it’s cute to see them reacting to each other. The steamy bits are nice too – not awkward, which is a fun contrast to how awkward these two dum-dums usually are. I liked the insight into how different neurodivergent people handle their everyday struggles and what coping mechanism they might use.


My thoughts About the writing
I’ve noticed a pattern in my last few months of book blogging and reading with a purpose. I’m not good at it when a book isn’t structured quite as I expect. The two previous books left me with an idea of what I thought I’d encounter, and starting out with Eve’s playlist threw me off a bit. I quickly got back on track, though xD Other than that, I enjoy Hibbert’s writing, it’s light and comforting, and the insight we get into both Eve’s and Jakob’s minds are well-done and enjoyable. This series will be a comfort read for me in the future.


My thoughts about the Narrator: Ione Butler
She does a great job. She brings the characters to life and gives them their own flair. 10 out 10.


About the Author: Talia Hibbert
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.


Have you read the series, and if so what do you think? If you haven’t would you?

Happy reading ❤

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