Take a Hint, Dani Brown

“At one point, Dani realized with a blush that she was nodding along beside him like some sort of hypnotized acolyte. She stopped. But as she leaned closer to him, like the tide drawn in by the moon, it occurred to her that she could think of no one else she’d rather fake date.”

Thank you Avon Books for gifting me a copy of Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert. 

“Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom. 

When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: Ph.D. student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse? 

Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs. 

Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?’

For those of you who have been following me a while on my reading journey, you may remember that I loved Talia Hibbert’s last book Get a Life, Chloe Brown. So, since finishing Chloe Brown’s story, I have been anxiously awaiting for Hibbert to release her book about the second Brown Sister, Dani. I started reading about Dani Brown as soon as the book arrived on my front porch and promptly devoured it in 48 hours. 

This story had me in a fit of tears from laughing so hard and then it had me giving all the heart-eyed emojis to Zafir; his character was swoon-worthy. Just as it was with the first Brown Sister, the steam factor was high and I definitely can’t complain about that. 

But all laughter and swooning aside, I love how Hibbert draws much-needed attention to serious afflictions. With Chloe Brown, it was Chloe’s chronic illness and how she managed to cope with being in constant pain. In Take a Hint, Dani Brown Hibbert brings awareness toward anxiety and how it affects even the fittest and successful of people. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I could relate to this storyline on more than one occasion. 

I highly encourage you to add this fun, witty and charming book to your I highly encourage you to add this fun, witty and charming book to your reading list. It is the perfect addition to the friends to lovers trope that the romance genre needs. 

Thank you, Talia Hibbert and Avon Books for the opportunity to read this book. Take a Hint, Dani Brown will be published on June 23, 2020, and is available for pre-order now!

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