Book Review: Take a Hint, Dani Brown

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?

About the Author: Talia Hibbert

Talia Hibbert is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room—but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate. She writes steamy stories of passion, love, and sarcasm, then hawks them online because she just can’t help herself.

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Our Five Star Review - Excellent Read

This novel, the second in The Brown Sisters series, is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Refreshingly real and with quick dialogue throughout, this novel was hard to put down and I’ll more than likely find myself reaching for it before the year is up for a re-read.


Dani Brown is a hardworking Ph.D. student that I would like to know in real life. She’s brilliant, hilarious, and compassionate on top of being one of the most interesting and provocative book characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.


Take a Hint, Dani Brown is rich in all of the things that make a romance great—twists and turns, emotional confessions, and characters to fall in love with—in addition to being unique in a number of ways. One of my favorite things about this book is that it is incredibly diverse. Dani Brown is a Black woman and a practicing witch. She also happens to be bisexual. Zafir, the other main character, is Muslim. Talia Hibbert does excellent work representing many different identities in a way that does not feel forced, as it sometimes can. She also gives each of them space to actually influence her characters’ lives and contribute to the plot in meaningful ways.


These characters have intriguing backstories that make you care about them and give you no choice but to feel invested in their lives. Without giving too much away, I’ll say that both Chloe and Zafir are facing their own internal struggles, which include but are not limited to mental health disorders and grief. These multi-layered identities make them much more realistic and dynamic than the average romance novel mains and far more interesting as a result.


This book may follow a plot you’ve read before (the fake relationship trope has been done time and time again in the romance genre), but I guarantee that you’ve never read a book like this. This book was so well-written I couldn’t find fault with it if I wanted to. It made me laugh, it made me think, it made me cry, and it made me laugh some more.


You don’t need to read Get a Life, Chloe Brown to understand this book, but you should anyway. The first book in this series is similarly addicting and more than worth a read. I can’t recommend this book highly enough and Talia Hibbert has a life-long fan in me.

Lauren Graves

Lauren Graves

Lauren is a full-time freelance writer by day and a self-proclaimed literature aficionado by night.

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