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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Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

As someone who works in the tech industry, I was thrilled to read a book where the female lead is a programmer. I work in a largely male dominated industry, and seeing female STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) representation in the books I read really feels like a step forward. Get a Life, Chloe Brown is a decent read with great diversity and charactesr but with a major pacing and plot issues.

Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamourous family’s mansion. The next items?

Enjoy a drunken night out.
Ride a motorcycle.
Go camping.
Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
And… do something bad.

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