Take a Hint, Dani Brown is the second book in The Brown Sisters series. I will link my review to the first book in the series Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert if you are interested in also checking that out. I will try and keep my review as spoiler free as possible.
Title: Take a Hint, Dani Brown
Author: Talia Hibbert
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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?
I thought it would be hard for me to love another Talia Hibbert book as much as I love Get a Life, Chloe Brown, but I was so wrong. I actually ended up loving Take a Hint, Dani Brown even more.
Dani and Zaf are two of the most amazing characters that I have read. They both stood out individually and as a pair, which I want from my romance books. Dani had such an incredible personality, and I really connected with some of her character elements. Zaf is one of my favourite love interests, and I love the relationship that he has with his family. I also loved all of the side characters, which is strange for me. I would love for Zaf’s best friend to have a book of his own because I would love to see his relationship development with Kiram. I also loved seeing the cameo’s from Chloe and Red, which is why I would suggest reading Get a Life, Chloe Brown first before picking up this book, but it is not a necessity.
Much like Get a Life, Chloe Brown, Take a Hint, Dani Brown does cover some hard hitting topics, which I loved. I loved how Talia Hibbert addressed them and how the characters developed through emotions and their decisions. Zaf has anxiety and depression after his father and brother’s death, and I loved seeing that representation on the page.
Talia Hibbert has such a fantastic writing style, and it feels as if a friend is telling you the story. I love how much time she spends in each POV, so it never feels like you know one character better than the other. The other thing that I love is that the story never felt too far fetched; I could imagine this happening to someone I knew, especially in the digital age.
I can’t wait to see what is going to happen to the final Brown sister, Eve. I will make it a priority to read it as soon as possible because if it is half as good as Take a Hint, Dani Brown, I will adore it. If you have not picked up this series yet, I highly suggest that you do.