Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Publisher: Avon Books
Length: 361 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 23, 2020
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?
‘Take a Hint, Dani Brown’ is Talia Hibbert’s second book in the Brown Sisters series. We follow Danika’s search for love! Seeking a partner with no strings attached, she finds a kindred connection with Zafir after a rescue that goes viral.
I really enjoyed reading this ‘fake dating’ storyline! Their ‘relationship’ begins according to plan: some public appearances, a few viral ‘couple-esque’ photographs, and Zafir gets his children’s organization promoted. However, things take a dramatic turn when Zafir receives his breakthrough interview. Both characters begin to confide their greatest fears and wants in life. Suddenly, playing fake love interests is no longer that simple with feelings involved!
What I loved the most is the romantic tension, the buildup for these characters to realize there might be more than just lust coming into play. The novel was filled with playful banter and sarcastic remarks, with true compassion at its core. Both characters also endured heavy traumas in their past experiences, and they lean on one another to lift them out of their anxieties.
I love the diverse representation in Hibbert’s novels! There are strong female characters handling chronic illness (Chloe) and extreme insecurities (Dani). Also, Talia Hibbert writes about men who lived through traumas and shares them with trusted support systems. Zafir battles the anxiety left behind after a traumatic life event, yet this motivates him to begin an organization for teenage boys. It’s okay for all people to address anxiety, as everyone handles fear at some point in their life.
I loved everything about Take a Hint, Dani Brown. If you’re searching for a contemporary romance that addresses the value of wonderful support systems, then you will love this story!
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