REVIEW: TALIA HIBBERT – TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWNTake a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Also by this author: Get a Life Chloe Brown
Also in this series: Get a Life Chloe Brown
Series: The Brown Sisters #2
Published by Avon on June 23, 2020
Genres: RomCom, Fake Relationship
Tropes: Fake Relationship
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Cliffhanger: No


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 was super impressed with Talia Hibbert’s writing style in Get a Life, Chloe Brown. She has this humorous, crisp way of writing that makes her stories super easy to read. So I was excited to get Chloe’s sister Danika’s story, TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN.

Dani is a super brain who keeps people at a distance. Relationships are a big no-no, and with her uncompromising honesty she tends to hurt people when she tells them that commitment isn’t for her. Of course, we find the root of her attitude in her past and I hurt a little for her when I learned how she became so guarded. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before but experiences affect people differently. I loved Dani’s straightfowardness, her snark, her ambition and her quirks.

Zafir was one of the best-book boyfriends I’ve read about in a while. Romance reader? Check. A tender heart, full of compassion and affection and in touch with his feelings? Check!

“Sweetie, are you crying?”
“No,” he said. “I’m leaking masculine pain from my eyeballs.”

He was the epitome of a dream man. Zafir deals with anxiety and I admired how he learned to live with it. He was completely self-aware. He is also the kind of guy who doesn’t want meaningless sex, which is a welcome change to all the reformed players we get to read about. You could actually watch him tumble head over heals into love with Dani. He loved every single quirk about her.

Loved to catch up a little bit with the other Brown sisters and Red and I really liked the new additions of Zaf’s family and best friend. The plot is, naturally, quite predictable but that doesn’t take away from the enjoyment. The author’s writing, the chemistry and relationships make sure that you still have a blast.

If you’re looking for a fabulous diverse rom-com with a fake relationship trope don’t look further. Take a Hint, Dani Brown is a good time and will entertain you for hours. If you love grand gestures, this story has some really good grovel in the end!

“This love business is absolutely nonsensical,” she told him unsteadily.
“I know,” he replied. “Isn’t it great?”

About Talia Hibbert

Talia Hibbert is a Black British author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate.

She writes steamy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalised identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include makeup, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm.

Talia publishes independently via Nixon House and is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan at Handspun Literary.


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