After how much I loved Take A Hint, Dani Brown, I thought there was no way that Act Your Age, Eve Brown could live up to it, but boy am I happy I was wrong. This book is an amazing conclusion to the Brown sister trilogy – Eve’s story is my new favorite of the sisters’.
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.
The true shining stars in Act Your Age, Eve Brown are the characters. Especially Eve – in the previous two books, she had been a fairly minor character, but this book really builds her up to be a wonderfully defined and multifaceted character. At the start of the book, Eve is adrift – until she stumbles upon Jacob’s B&B.
Eve was such a vulnerable and strong character – she was terrified of not living up to her sister’s accomplishments and her parents expectations. She really began to shine as she began to focus on figuring out who she was and what she wanted out of life for herself. Even better, her relationship with Jacob helped her grow and figure out how to navigate her relationship with her family.
Eve and Jacob definitely had a slow burn romance – they danced around each other for almost the entire first half of the book – which really helped build up the anticipation and tension. Even while they danced around their feelings, they had adorable small moments that helped cement them as my favorite Brown Sister couple. They were the quintessential example of the sunshine and grumpy character trope – Eve was a ball of light, bringing positivity to everyday life, where Jacob was buttoned up and serious, unable to cope with Eve’s joie de vivre. When their chemistry did finally peak and they got together – their relationship was… steamy to say the least.
If you haven’t read any of the Brown sister books, what are you waiting for? Talia Hibbert killed it with this trilogy, and definitely ended on a high note with Act Your Age, Eve Brown. Heartfelt, sexy, and filled with witty banter and adorable moments. This was definitely my favorite book in the trilogy, and I can’t wait to read more of her work. 5/5