Book Review: Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

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take a hint dani brown by talia hibbert book coverEarlier this year, I read Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – and I found it to be pretty middling. It felt like a million romances I had read before and didn’t really bring a lot to the table. For the sequel, Take A Hint, Dani Brown – I decided to give it a shot after seeing markedly more positive reviews for it. Plus, I’m a sucker for a good fake dating trope – especially one with a lead who definitely doesn’t ever want a relationship.

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: PhD 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 really 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?

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Book Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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one true loves by taylor jenkins reid book coverAfter reading Taylor Jenkins Reid’s two most famous books – The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & The Six – I decided to start reading her backlist of books. Do you ever start a book and think to yourself “Oh shit, this is going to be good”? If you haven’t, read One True Love, and you just might experience it.

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

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Book Review: Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

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party of two by jasmine guillory book coverAfter not loving the last two books in Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date series, I was hesitant to read the latest entry, Party of Two. After seeing some reviewers whose opinions I trust noting that Party of Two was a return to form for the series, I reluctantly decided to pick it up, and I’m glad that I did. Party of Two turned out to be a gooey slow burn romantic comedy with a heart of gold and predictable happily ever after.

A chance meeting with a handsome stranger turns into a whirlwind affair that gets everyone talking. 

Dating is the last thing on Olivia Monroe’s mind when she moves to LA to start her own law firm. But when she meets a gorgeous man at a hotel bar and they spend the entire night flirting, she discovers too late that he is none other than hotshot junior senator Max Powell. Olivia has zero interest in dating a politician, but when a cake arrives at her office with the cutest message, she can’t resist—it is chocolate cake, after all.

Olivia is surprised to find that Max is sweet, funny, and noble—not just some privileged white politician she assumed him to be. Because of Max’s high-profile job, they start seeing each other secretly, which leads to clandestine dates and silly disguises. But when they finally go public, the intense media scrutiny means people are now digging up her rocky past and criticizing her job, even her suitability as a trophy girlfriend. Olivia knows what she has with Max is something special, but is it strong enough to survive the heat of the spotlight?

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Book Review: The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

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The Honey Don't List by Christina Lauren book coverCan Christina Lauren write a bad book? So far, I’m not convinced that mediocrity is in their vocabulary. They are one of my few automatic buy authors – every book I’ve read by them has been good (and The Unhoneymooners is one of my favorite books ever). Their latest book, The Honey-Don’t List is perfect for HGTV junkies – it focuses around the two exhausted and undervalued assistants to a TV home renovation power couple.

Carey Douglas has worked for home remodeling and design gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp for nearly a decade. A country girl at heart, Carey started in their first store at sixteen, and—more than anyone would suspect—has helped them build an empire. With a new show and a book about to launch, the Tripps are on the verge of superstardom. There’s only one problem: America’s favorite couple can’t stand each other.

James McCann, MIT graduate and engineering genius, was originally hired as a structural engineer, but the job isn’t all he thought it’d be. The last straw? Both he and Carey must go on book tour with the Tripps and keep the wheels from falling off the proverbial bus.

Unfortunately, neither of them is in any position to quit. Carey needs health insurance, and James has been promised the role of a lifetime if he can just keep the couple on track for a few more weeks. While road-tripping with the Tripps up the West Coast, Carey and James vow to work together to keep their bosses’ secrets hidden, and their own jobs secure. But if they stop playing along—and start playing for keeps—they may have the chance to build something beautiful together…

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Book Review: Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey

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not like the movies by kerry winfrey book coverLast year, I read Waiting For Tom Hanks and did not love it – but I decided to give the sequel, Not Like the Movies, a shot. Needless to say, my expectations were low, but Kerry Winfrey surprised me. This book was an adorable take on what happens when two small town people are thrust into the spotlight overnight. Plus, it reads like a professionally written book instead of a fanfiction, unlike Waiting for Tom Hanks.

What happens when your life is a rom-com…but you don’t even believe in true love?

Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early onset Alzheimer’s, she’s pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time—or interest—in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that’s about to premiere in theaters across America…and happens to be inspired by Chloe and Nick Velez, Chloe’s cute but no-nonsense boss.

As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man, and now she can’t see him as anything but Reason #2: The Scruffy-Bearded Hunk Who’s Always There When You Need Him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn’t so sure her own story will end in a Happily Ever After.

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