Last year, Talia Hibbert’s Get a Life, Chloe Brown topped all the contemporary romance lists, and was one of the first books we recommended here at The Cool Table. So it should come as no surprise that her next installment in the Brown Sisters series, Take a Hint, Dani Brown is a perfect one-click, one-night, can’t-stop-reading romance for this summer.
I mean, it could not be, but since I just read it and couldn’t put it down and it was PURE ADORABLE, I can safely tell you all that it is. It totally is.
Take a Hint, Dani Brown has all the stuff that makes contemporary romance the most fun you have reading. Dorky and smart heroines with style that you can’t quit picturing. Hunky and grumpy heroes that catch feelings first and hardest. Friends to lovers. Fake relationships. Sex positivity. SO much banter. Only the teeniest amount of angst. Precious realization moments. It’s got it all.
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’m gonna take a hint from the shippers on Twitter in the book and go ahead and call Dani and Zaf #CoupleGoals. Despite Zaf’s love of romance novels and clear crush on Dani, he does his best to ease her into his feelings. And despite her clear horn-on for him, she does not bother easing him into that. Talia Hibbert creates a fun, enviable world for Dani Brown and Zafir Ansari. Her sense of humor leaps off the page and right into your arms. It’s perfect.
And it’s perfect for the moment as well. There’s been a call this week after the confessional threads on Twitter about the racial disparities in publishing and paying authors. Check out #PublishingPaidMe for the details. In the aftermath, the call has been for a publishing black out.
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Beth is the proud sponsor of two little women and a huge fan of fandom. She took 3 years of Latin in high school and now speaks fluent pretension, which fully explains her current preference for gay wizard regency novels. She will roll over for a giant book with a map in the front. She takes comic book recommendations every day but Wednesday and TV recommendations never (she knows what's good).