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Review: Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

This was such a sweet, lovely, wonderful rom-com of a book.

I read Get a Life, Chloe Brown near the tail end of last year and it gets a mention in my recommendation list of kitschy romances. I think I might even go so far as to say that Talia Hibbert is the best current romance writer, and Take a Hint, Dani Brown is somehow even better than the first book in this series - it's like she's taken more time to develop the characters and really set everything into motion in a sweet, believable way. Or maybe I was just way more into this set-up than I was in the first book because I identified way more personally with Dani Brown than Chloe Brown - a PhD student who ends up falling for a gruff rugby player???? It is a modern-woman version of a Lady Chatterley fantasy and I am here for it.

This is just a really cute story, and the premise is one of my favorites - we must fake a relationship because it is a benefit to one of the parties! And both the main characters are so expertly drawn and crafted, and their characterizations are so sharp and witty, and the internal monologue shifts so smoothly between Zafir and Danika. Oh, it's so good. And Dani's internal monologue is so hilarious I laughed out loud multiple, multiple times. The banter between Zaf and Dani is also excellent - razor-sharp, insanely sarcastic, and so, so, so clever I actually was physically attracted to both of them by, like, ten pages into the book.

Oh, and the sex is good too. So good. There is a scene in which a table breaks. Reader, I was very aroused.

The story is sweet and lovely, and watching these two fall in love was so gripping that I stayed up until 2am just inhaling it one go (maybe it would have been smarter to ration it out). Even though you know where it's going, the ride there is massively enjoyable, and the momentum and the stakes stretch out over the entire book so you never feel your interest waning or the story itself tapering off. I was massively invested in their love story from the start and got disproportionately weepy when the Contractually Mandated Difficulty was overcome by the power of true love!

Have I mentioned how good the sex is?

Truly this is a wonderful series. I can't wait for the next book in March and I'm so upset that it's going to be a trilogy because there are only three Brown sisters. Can they find a long-lost five other sisters so this series can go on some more?

Highly recommend for everyone who needs a romance break from the terribleness of everything happening in the world!

Happy reading,

Amélie xx

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I’m Amélie, I love books and reading, and I also love talking about them.

I’m incredibly lucky to be bilingual, so I read books in both French and English, and will talk about both of those on here – although I will do more in English, since I know that’s probably what the majority of the people who ever find this blog will be interested in!

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