Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert.

by - January 13, 2021



When I picked up Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert, I was in desperate need of a book that's good and wholesome. The world is a crazy place (HA!) and sometimes you just need to read a quirky, funny, and deeply passionate book that will help you see the "bright" side to things.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown was that book for me.

Once again I am overcome with the urge to give Talia Hibbert a huge round of applause for her dialogue skills. She effortlessly wove together a story of friendship and love, while remaining true to her talent of writing authentic conversations. In fact, the second installment in The Brown Sisters saga succeeded to surpass my expectations thanks to the believable and relatable relationships in this book. 

It was the little talks Dani shared with Zafir, the snide jokes she threw at Sorcha, and the relatable inside jokes she had with her sisters. These all culminated into one passionate book that I am officially counting as one of my favourite romance novels of 2020. Throughout this reading journey, which was pretty short because I simply flew through it, I was constantly in awe of the representation in this book.

As I previously stated in my book review of Get a Life, Chloe Brown, Talia expertly created a character that just happened to be curvy and black. These factors were never the driving force of the novel and the same can be said for Dani's story. The fact that she's black and curvy never played any role in this story. The same can be said about Zafir's character who was a Muslim man with anxiety. None of this actually affected our romance or overall plot. These characteristics only helped make these characters exactly the type of real human beings I want to read about.

True to Talia Hibbert fashion, this book starts off slow. While it was miles faster than the previous book, we do get the usual rushed ending. Within a few chapters the big "climax" of the story is resolved and we all get to rest assured that our beloved characters are meant to be. With this book, I came to appreciate this approach because for 80% of the story, we get to simply fall in love with these characters while they slowly fall for one another. This wonderful ride includes steamy moments, laugh out loud jokes, and riveting conversations about deep issues.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown was a heartwarming rollercoaster that I can't recommend enough. Plus, Zafir is a big teddy bear that will absolutely melt your heart. 

Rating: 5 stars.

Trigger Warnings: Anxiety attacks, cursing, sexual content.


Talia Hibbert returns with another charming romantic comedy about a young woman who agrees to fake date her friend after a video of him “rescuing” her from their office building goes viral...

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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