Named one of the Best Romances of 2020 by Apple, Kirkus, PW, Washington Post, NPR, BookPage, OprahMag, EW, Insider, Buzzfeed, Bustle, and Amazon!
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
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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.
I can’t decide if I like Dani but I love the story
I don’t know why I found Dani so off putting, My opinion of her fluctuated while I was reading. I found her relatable on a minimal level, witty, but also a little cruel. I also couldn’t really get a good grip of her personality, she was a drastic portal of the independent, sassy, no nonsense black woman one chapter, but then this kind of soft cinnamon roll the next. As a black wo a I actually connected more with Zaf, I relegated to his feelings of rejections by Dani more than i related to Dani’s need to protect herself from love. I almost wish their personalities were flipped: Dani as a black woman wants that “happily ever after” after having been hurt so much in the past. The reason i called her cruel was because in the beginning she faulted her partner Jo for “catching feelings” because they had had some agreement in the beginning. I thought that was a tiny bit heartless, to completely reject someone’s love for you and then blame them for it. Anyway i’m rambling. However all in all I loved the story, loved how the author made a point to describe Dani as a thicker woman who’s a witch, and she’s Bi which I thought was a great dimension to her character. Great read would recommend. Zafir’s grief and anxiety is so heartbreakingly related and well flushed out.
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.
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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!