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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
One of Oprah Magazine's 21 Romance Novels That Are Set to Be the Best of 2020, Bustle's 25 Most Anticipated Books of June, PARADE Magazine's 30 Beach Reads of 2020, PopSugar's 35 Must-Read 2020 Books Written by Women, New York Post's Best Books of the Week, an Essence #SummerReads - 14 Books by Black Authors, and Buzzfeed's 28 Romance Novels to Read this Summer!
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Twitter leads to true love in this heartwarming rom-com with a genre-defying hero. After a video of retired rugby player Zafir Ansari rescuing a woman (Dani Brown) from a broken-down elevator goes viral, the two agree to fake a relationship in order to generate publicity for Zaf’s nonprofit. One problem: Dani’s a commitment-phobe and Zaf is really falling in love. We love Talia Hibbert’s stereotype-busting hero—Zaf’s a big, athletic guy who loves romance novels and is open about his anxiety disorder. Hibbert’s diverse stories deliver laughs while reflecting real-world relationships. With its Muslim hero and black heroine, Take a Hint, Dani Brown stands out from the crowd.
Hibbert's phenomenal second Brown Sisters contemporary (after Get a Life, Chloe Brown) strikes a perfect balance of sweetness and spice. Danika Brown, a witchy, bisexual academic, is on the hunt for a friend with benefits who won't try to morph their fling into a relationship. Enter Zafir Ansari, former rugby player turned security guard at Dani's university. When Zaf rescues Dani from a mishap during a fire drill, Dani instantly believes he's perfectly suited to her needs. But behind his burly exterior, Zaf is an anxious hopeless romantic. When a video of him saving Dani goes viral and sets the internet buzzing about their obvious chemistry, Zaf asks Dani to fake a relationship with him in order to generate publicity for his non-profit. Hibbert doesn't use this rom-com staple as an easy shortcut to a happily ever after, instead allowing plenty of time for the development of emotions. The mutual respect that grows between them is a joy to witness, as Dani realizes that committing to someone doesn't have to mean giving up on her own dreams. Their loving, supportive dynamic is simultaneously realistic and aspirational, and Hibbert's characterizations, especially her careful handling of Zaf's anxieties, are masterful. Tender, joyous, and hot as all get-out, this is sure to make readers swoon.
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Book 2 of the Brown sisters!
While I was absolutely in love with Chloe Brown, book 1, it was for biased reasons due to her and I both having chronic illnesses. Yet, I still am such a fan of the sardonic and witty humor that is written throughout the authors series of Brown sisters and I adored Dani and her fear of being hurt by another man. Her pretend and then real relationship with Zaf was so poignant and resonates with anyone who’s been hurt and has found the right person who is steady reliable and compassionate and loves you for everything you are. Perfect ending I rooted for those 2 the entire book. Cannot wait for # 3 EVIE’S story!
Talia Hibbert dazzles once again with the second installment of her Brown Sisters series. Sweet, witty, and tenderly poignant, “Take a Hint, Dani Brown” follows a steamy fake relationship between Danika and Zafir. The banter between these two is electirc! It’s such a fun read that you’ll breeze right through it, and then lament that it’s over. Can’t wait for the next one.
Super Fun Diverse Romance
Grab this right now!! Seriously, go get your copy!
Not only is TAKE A HINT, DANI BROWN funny, witty, well written, and has a super cute cover, but Zaf is so effortlessly sexy, that I fell head over heels in love with him! He lit me on fire and had me melting into a puddle! Yup, all at once! He’s that good!
Dani is my spirit animal...right down to her zodiac sign! She’s phenomenal and hilarious. The total embodiment of an amazing friend and epic love interest. She certainly kept Zaf on his toes with her antics. I adored her!
The trope is one of my faves. The writing is beyond fantastic. It’s emotive and flawless. This book freaking rocked!
I absolutely love this series! I’m completely and totally obsessed with this series. I want more right now!! Seriously, if you’re looking for a read that literally has it all:
Well developed characters
Flawless execution with some laugh out moments seamlessly woven into the dialogue
Look no further. This is the book for you!