One of Oprah Magazine's 21 Romance Novels That Are Set to Be the Best of 2020
USA Today bestselling author 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 big, brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and former rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact to him, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Suddenly, 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 is 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.
The easy lay Dani dreamed of is now 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?
“Talia Hibbert is a rockstar! Her writing is smart, funny, and sexy..." - Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Little Bridge Island and Princess Diaries series
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Be careful when and where you listen to this smoldering audiobook—the romantic action gets wonderfully steamy! Dani is a successful Black academic with a warm heart, a sensual streak, and zero time for dating. But when a workplace fire drill throws her (literally) into the arms of Zafir, a security guard and ex-rugby star, she discovers a perfect candidate for a casual fling. If you adore a modern love story full of humor and sass—or if you’re already a devout Talia Hibbert fan—you’ll probably fall hard for Dani and Zafir…even before they fall for each other. Narrator Ione Butler provides a great voice for Dani’s conflicted, lip-biting inner thoughts, and she nails the saucy tone needed for the racier scenes. Sometimes keeping things light and sexy is just what you want, and this audiobook delivers exactly the right kind of no-strings-attached fun.