Series: The Brown Sisters #2
Publication date : June 20th, 2020
Publisher : Avon| Harpercollins
Genre : Adult | Romance
Page Count: 320
Synopsis : 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? (from goodreads)
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
CW: panic attack, talk of anxiety and depression, discussion of loss of loved ones and grief, talk of racism, fatphobia.
Everytime I read a Talia Hibbert book I think to myself “This is my new favorite of hers”, EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Every book is better than the next and Take a Hint Dani Brown is no different. This book gave me everything I wanted from the tropes, the characters, the writing, the chemistry, it was just amazing, groundbreaking, brilliant, show stopping… * chef’s kiss*.
This book has Talia Hibbert’s signature tone and writing…if you put the usual sarcasm and banter on steroids. This book is SO MUCH FUN, it has it all: the romance, the humor, the serious discussions, the smut. It had me in tears and cackling one second, in my feelings the next, and clutching my pearls right after that. I don’t know if I said this before but I love when we get both (or all) perspectives in a romance so much more than getting just one, and Take a hint Dani Brown gives me exactly that. It’s told in dual perspective, we get both Dani and Zafir, who are work friends at the beginning of the book. And it doesn’t only give me that, it also gives me some of my favorite tropes, namely friends with benefits and fake dating. Like what’s there not to love?
I adore Dani Brown.
I think, no i’m sure, she’s my new Talia Hibbert heroine. I would go as far as to say she’s my favorite romance heroine. Period. She’s dethroned Saadia from Wrong to Need You, whose been up there for two years. I’m not sure if I want to marry Dani or be her, but all I know is that I love her. She’s Black, bisexual, fat, a professor and a witch who talks all proper but curses like a sailor. Her bite, sarcasm, confidence and bossiness are the best thing I’ve ever read. I really like how the author explored that women can be confident and still have insecurities through Dani going headfirst into all her life endeavors, with the exception of romance. Romance is her one weak spot.
Dani doesn’t do romance. It gets in the way of her career and her non romantic relationships. But above all she’s been burned before and is scared shitless of getting hurt again, she was told she’s selfish and not good at romance so she believed it. Eventhough she gives without ever expecting anything in return, she never believes herself to enough, romantically. So she does no-strings attached and flees if strings start appearing. And that really struck a chord with me, which I think that mixed with the sarcasm is what made me love Dani so much. Furthermore, what I appreciated is that Aromanticism was casually brought up as a possibility for her for not wanting romantic relationships. And as an Aro-spec person, I really appreciated that addition. It was small but went a long way.
Then we have Zafir, a grumpy teddy bear who’s a huge romance reader (YES! I LOVE HIM) who completely softens around Dani. He’s a non-practicing Muslim and super close with his family, especially his niece. I loved the way his mental illnesses were explored and talked about. He’s always dealt with anxiety, but after some tragic events, depression was added to his load and at the start of the book he’s at a decent place in handling both, but the only way he knows how to do that is to separate himself from his past so this book might be about the romance, but we also get to see Zafir explore that and grow as a person.
Their banter is fantastic, the way the bounce off of each other, feed off of each other’s sense of humor and give each other shit was amazing to read. I love witty banter like that where characters aren’t scared to relentlessly tease each other but at the end of the day are there for each other and would probably bodily hurt anyone who hurts the other. I loved reading about how much they adored and respected each other and how in tune to each other’s needs they were, doing things without being told or ever expecting anything in return. I especially loved how in awe of Dani’s brain Zafir was and how he loved to hear her talk about the things she’s passionate about even when he doesn’t understand them, and never for one second does he feel intimidated or threatened by her intelligence. Truly all I want in life.
I really loved seeing Dani have a good support system around her, especially when it comes to her relationship with her sisters, Chloe and Eve and I can’t wait to read Eve’s book, aaah.
Do I recommend?
YES! Hands down my favorite romance I read this year.
That’s it until next time.
Did you read Take a Hint, Dani Brown? If so, what did you think?
Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.