Take a Hint, Dani Brown was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I adore Talia Hibbert, she is one of my favorite authors, and I am always hyped for all of her releases. Also, I really enjoyed Get a Life, Chloe Brown and I love a good Romance series, so I was excited for the second book about the Brown sisters (and I am also super excited for the third!). I am happy to report that Talia Hibbert can do no wrong and this book was just as marvelous as her other ones! If you have yet to pick up a Talia Hibbert book, consider this your much-needed push to do so.
Take a Hint, Dani Brown follows Dani Brown, a fierce, no-bullshit, no emotions academic (and a witch) and Zafir Ansari, ex-rugby player, who teaches classes about toxic masculinity through sports with young boys. YES, they are in fact the two greatest characters to grace the genre and literature in general. The two of them are just friends, but after a video of them goes viral, they decide to fake date to help Zafir’s organization. Guess what happens next.
I would like to take this moment to say thank you to Talia Hibbert for blessing us constantly with the most wonderful characters and romances. Seriously, this book was SO GOOD.
Dani Brown is definitely one of my new favorite characters ever, and I don’t say that lightly. Danika is a force of nature, and I relate to her so much. Her struggles and guilt about putting her career first, but at the same time wanting to dedicate every bit of energy to her work resonated so deeply with me. I feel like Hibbert excels at creating these real, flawed, authentic characters, and Dani is a perfect example of that. She is such a loveable, easy-to-root-for heroine, and I loved her whole character arc and her learning to trust Zaf and herself.
Zafir is this amazing, kind, wonderful character, who teaches boys about toxic masculinity and who reads romance novels to cope with his grief. YES, I CANNOT EVEN EITHER. He’s such swoony hero, and I loved seeing him come to terms with his past and sort of embrace it as a part of himself. He is such an angsty character (which we just have to stan) and he is just one of those characters that you instantly want to hug and you hope they are forever happy. He also has anxiety, and I think that was handled really well here, and I love how that was incorporated into his character and his arc.
The romance is naturally super soft and I loved the dynamic in here. Zaf and Dani do communicate well, even though they hide their true feelings, and I think there’s always a balance there to deal with – this kind of dynamic can rely on miscommunication, but that doesn’t really happen here. Instead, we get a really great arc for the relationship as well, and the characters communicate with each other in a way that is healthy but leaves room for ANGST.
I also really enjoyed all the side characters AND cameos from Chloe!
As with any Talia book, this was wonderfully diverse too – Dani is bisexual, black, and plus size, while Zafir is Pakistani and Muslim. There are also multiple queer/POC side characters.
My one grievance with this is that I felt like it was kind of slow at times, especially in the first 20 percent, but that did not hinder my overall enjoyment of the book at all.
I would highly recommend this one! It was a brilliant romance, with such loveable, wonderful characters and I hope you do pick it up tomorrow!
I would love to hear from you! Are you planning to pick this one up? Have you read any other Talia Hibbert books? Any similar romance recs for me? Let me know!
In the meantime, happy reading
*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss. All opinions are my own.
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