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Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

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Published 23rd June 2020


Synopsis

Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown and an occasional roll in the hay to relive all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits…

When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues her 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.

Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. But grumpy Zaf is secretly a romantic – and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. With every fake date and midnight meeting, Dani’s easy lay becomes more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired?

Or is the universe waiting for her to take a hint?


Review

Thanks go to the publisher and Netgalley for my digital review copy!

If you’re in need of a quick, sassy, steamy read then look no further as it is this (would also recommend you check out book one – Get a Life, Chloe Brown although it can be read stand alone). Talia Hibbert is a breath of fresh air with her quirky and stubborn characters, easy to read narrative and entertaining plots.

Dani Brown is smart and strong willed. She knows what she wants and what she wants is Zafir Ansari, the hot rugby player-built security man of the building where she works. The good news is Zafir wants Dani just as much. The only problem is Zafir is a hopeless romantic and Dani Brown does not let herself get attached which is why, when the two decide to have a fake relationship to help Zafir’s social media presence, things can only go wrong!

I really enjoyed Hibbert’s take on the fake relationship trope, it ticked all my boxes for a super easy read. After devouring Chloe Brown a couple of months ago I was well prepared for Hibbert’s easy-going writing style and somewhat … erm … descriptive sexual encounters *blush* – I definitely made sure to read this one where it couldn’t be read over my shoulder!

When not describing the sexual tension between her two characters, Hibbert gives an accurate representation for Chronic Illness and Mental Health issues in her books – Zafir suffers with anxiety and this resurfaces when he starts being recognised on social media which in today’s society is so relevant. Hibbert uses Zafir’s anxiety carefully and not without poise but also with a certain level of knowledge that I can appreciate. She doesn’t beat around the bush in describing how anxiety makes you feel and how it can be triggered by the smallest of events or thoughts which also becomes relevant to Dani, when she reveals how her past has shaped her personality.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown is straight on to my must read summer novels and I eagerly await Hibbert’s next installment in the Brown Sisters series!

Goodreads Rating: 4 / 5

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Maker’s Curse by Trudi Canavan

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Published by Orbit – May 2020


Synopsis

Rielle is now the Maker, restorer of worlds. She has lost count of the number of worlds she has been sent to save.

Tyen has cast off his old identity. No longer a spy, he now attempts to teach new sorcerers and find ways to counteract the war machines that are spreading throughout the worlds.

But when an old enemy brings news of something worse than magically dead worlds and dangerous sorcerers – a threat unlike anything the worlds have faced before – Rielle and Tyen must reunite if they are to have any chance of saving humanity.


Review

It’s here! The final book! 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Orbit for my digital review copy!

The Millennium’s Rule series is complete and I am sad but also content. This really was a journey and since I finished the book I’ve been reading all about why it took so long to complete, the obstacles Trudi Canavan has faced and it makes me appreciate it so much more.

I’ll try and keep this spoiler free 🙂

I really enjoyed this series. For me, Maker’s Curse was the weakest of the novels but only because it had so much to live up to. Four novels over 500 pages long each is A LOT. That is a huge amount of story to tell and I’m not quite sure how Canavan keeps everything straight in her brain … she may be taking lessons from George R R Martin … although at least Canavan pays out haha, sorry!

Highlights of this series are most notably it’s character driven narrative but also it’s massive multi-world building and the magic system. I always love how Canavan writes her magic systems! Tyen and Rielle stay as main protagonists throughout the entire series and while they tackle huge problems for humanity they also overcome issues caused by their own personalities – just like real people! Unlike real people though, they get out of situations far too easily. Maker’s Curse had the potential to put Rielle and Tyen into some really difficult scenarios and just when you thought it might happen, it didn’t.

In respect of the enemy of the novels – this is where I became disappointed. The Raen was a great villain in that we saw every side of him including his background, his good traits and his bad traits but we don’t have that in Maker’s Curse. Instead a new enemy is introduced and I have to say, dealt with far too easily. To go from such a high in the first novel, to such a low in this one was very underwhelming. Building up prophecies to have them just be taken care of so easily just fell a bit flat for me unfortunately.

Despite this, I did very much enjoy the tale of Tyen and Rielle and I’m sure I will revisit them in the future. To be able to easily follow such intricate and rich plot lines is one of the magics of Trudi Canavan’s writings, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

Goodreads Rating 4 / 5

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