Published 23rd June 2020
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?
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!