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Publisher's Summary

One of Oprah Magazine's 21 Romance Novels That Are Set to Be the Best of 2020

USA Today best-selling author Talia Hibbert returns with another charming romantic comedy about a young woman who agrees to fake date her friend after a video of him "rescuing" her from their office building goes viral....

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?

"Talia Hibbert is a rockstar! Her writing is smart, funny, and sexy...." (Meg Cabot, number one New York Times best-selling author of the Little Bridge Island and Princess Diaries series) 

©2020 Talia Hibbert (P)2020 HarperAudio

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A solid book

I was a little let down by the change in narrator from the last book. Ione Butler was decent, but didn't capture the essences of the side characters the way Adjoa Andoh did.

This book began by laying down a vibe that felt distinctly aromantic. It was framed as the heroine's wound, but it felt differently to me... at least up until she and the hero first slept together. It wasn't jarring to realize that romantic feelings were definitely going to come into play and I liked how Zaf never tried or wanted to change her, but as someone on the ace/aro spectrum, the unfulfilment of that initial promise is a bit of a disappointment.

Other than that, this book is exactly what you can expect from a Talia Hibbert book — lots of laughs, so sweet it hurts your teeth, and chemistry that sets the page on fire.

I do recommend this book, just go in knowing that it has two alloromantic leads.

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Very entertaining and sexy.

I love the Brown Sisters and Danica didn't disappoint. Nothing like an intelligent, driven woman winning in life and getting the love she deserves.

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SUCH A GREAT SEQUEL

AMAZING BOOK! even better if there was a different voice actor for zaf just to get a different sense of reader!

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HOT HOT HOT!

Hot in all the best ways! Funny, real, romance that makes your heart do a little flip. I never want her books to end!

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  • JDG
  • 2020-06-26

A wonderful read, amazing author!

You'll love this, probably listen to it and then start at the beginning right away. Talia Hibbert writes the books I want to read again and again.

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  • AudioBookHoe
  • 2020-06-26

Looking forward to book three

This book was a cute read. There was something missing for me but ultimately  did enjoy it. The author is talented, I'm just not sure I'm a fan of the situationship turned relationship because rarely do situationships ever end in monogamous relationships.

I never warmed up to Dani. Her first introduction to me is being a witch, but I never got a clear view of what she practiced religiously. As a Black Caribbean Latinx person, I recognized Oshun being mentioned but her belief system seemed so linear and one-dimensional, I would expect this by white ppl interpreting african pagan religions but not a black woman. The fact the most she'd ever ask for from Oshun was to get laid felt like she was making fun of it.

Dani was so masculine, she didn't have any feminine traits. As a reformed hyper masculine woman due to what I'd been cultured to be, I wonder why light skinned, biracial or non-black/non-dark skinned women are never encouraged to be women who "don't need men".

She was amazing as a character but a little weak as a heroine. Her hero consistently gave gave gave but she rarely reciprocated even the smallest of things(like compliments or reassurance)even the ones that took little effort.

I understand this is a trope being turned on its head; Dani is wealthy and alpha-female and anti-commitment but she had very few traits that softened her. A man in this situation wouldn't deserve his love interest so I don't think she deserves her hero Zafir.

I love brown men in interracial. I think I'm disappointed that many of the brown men I've been reading as of recent weeks are a little boring. Zafir was a non-practicing Muslim and a cinnamon roll but much of what was adorable about him made him feel like financially he couldn't compete with Dani. I had to wonder whether this is the reason she never reassured him because he wasn't impressive in comparison to her so she reminded me of Molly from Insecure. She didn't really want to put in work she just wanted when her time was free to have a loyal partner.

Zahir was soft, I wish he'd had more Alpha traits but romance works better when the characters are opposite so I get it. Many of the things he did didn't seem realistic for a cis/het man. I'm all for challenging stereotypes but at times it felt like it was trying to be too feministy(I like feminist topics brought up but this one tackled too many). I also wished that all the characters he was close to who were practicing Muslims wouldn't have had Westernized names, especially because not every PoC needs a nickname easier to pronounce.

The narrator is pretty good and I commend her for finding a Black British narrator. I think as an American, I was already lost in translation for things, so I would've loved it if the name dropping of celebrity names would've featured more British Black women instead of American ones, because it would've forced me to learn and research celebrities I don't know as well.
At times it read too witty, and the banter was good but often never led anywhere since it took so long to get them in the sheets for me. I wish for as long as it took, that they would've at least gone on dates or hangouts that weren't booty calls. I never felt like they really knew each other outside of what they liked in the bedroom. Situationships rarely become deeper than that so while there's a desire for it, both parties rarely want more than what they're getting and because they did little to learn about each other, I wasn't sure it was this developed romance it's marketed to be.

Overall I think Zafir's mental health was handled well. He experienced panic attacks, had anxiety, suffered from depression and I didn't feel like it was too much. Dani wasn't my cup of tea but I loved that she was bi and chubby. I wish the descriptions had painted better pictures of them but she's not as descriptive as some authors I also read so maybe I'm just spoiled by certain authors.

It had a HEA so I'm obliged to give it at least a 3. I wish it would have at least been a 4 for me =/

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  • Crystal Ruiz
  • 2020-07-08

Second book or Talia Hibbert

I absolutely loved the first book and was so excited to read this book. As soon as i started it i was loving it i mean a man that loves reading romance books hell yeah sign me up! Also talks about anxiety is this book which im so grateful for because there isnt much books about it or even showed in guys. Im glad she wrote about it and did it justice. Also Hes a major cinnamon roll i loved it. Dani was so funny and confident like yas girl. The steamy scenes though were woah lol i was like listening to it while walking and blushing! Anyway i loved this book and definitely will read rest of her books when she comes out with more. Lastly i just loved when Red and Chloe showed up hehe. Made my heart swooon.

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  • nyjeri whipps
  • 2020-07-06

Not as Good as the 1st Brown Sister Book

I was so excited for this come out. I had listened to and fell in love with the first book in this series Get a Life Chloe Brown which I've listened to 5 times. The story was unique, sweet, and funny AND the narration was some of the best I've ever heard. The Chloe Brown narrator had distinct voices for the main characters that truly brought them to life. Unfortunately the narration for Take a Hint, Dani Brown was a HUGE LET DOWN, You couldn't hear the distinction between the characters voices. I kept having to rewind to confirm who was talking and it distracted me from the story. And the story was simply read -rather than performed- by the narrator. The performance aspect is what makes or sadly breaks an audio book experience. I love, love, love Talia Hibbert. She again wrote a compelling story, but the narration ruined it me. HUGE BUMMER.

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  • Hadiya
  • 2021-11-11

I’ve fallen in love with this author

I am a black woman and I have loved romance novels since childhood, but as is the case most of the people I read about were white. In my first year of grad school I joined book of the month and picked “Get a life, Chloe Brown.” That book was so good I decided to get the next sister’s book and it was even better. I love how the author incorporated negative coping styles as well as positive ones. In the black community mental health is stigmatized and goes I talked about. But in this book the author wrote acceptance so well, I was in awe at the characters and their responses. The narrator had such a beautiful voice I felt captivated at all times. I fully recommend this book and other books by this author. 😊

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  • Chen
  • 2021-03-03

more like 3.5

3.5 Great writing and the pace of the romance was great, not instalove and not pining for years. Only 3.5 from me because it had so much potential to handle mental health and mix culture dating and it just went right above it...
One more thing, is it just me or most of the bisexual heroine in romance books always "end up" with a man?? Why is that?

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  • Courtney
  • 2022-01-07

Refreshing

I normally do not gravitate towards romance novels … but this book was being suggested all over blacktok (black TikTok). So I gave it a chance and I’m not mad. Would I read this book again? Probably not. But it was entertaining.

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  • Steven Polanco
  • 2022-05-17

First Romance Novel. Blew me away.

I don't listen to a lot of audio books. I've listened to 2 as of writing this review and I downloaded this one about 5 months before I actually listened to while on vacation. I didn't remember what genre it was in that I'd picked this one but I figured I must've added it for a reason and began listening. I was not prepared for the sex scenes and for them to be described in such exquisite fashion. Man the narrator, Ione Butler, was so good in this! I think I only remember a couple moments where I couldn't tell initially who was talking but her voice really amps up the experience of listening to this novel. Yeah idk I can't say much else I guess. I really enjoyed it. I hope this helps a bit.

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  • Christina McRitchie
  • 2022-04-14

Funny rom com

I love British rom com and this hit the spot perfectly. Narration was fun and enjoyable.

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  • Deema Al-Rasheed
  • 2022-03-27

Sunny, Feel-Good Book

Fake-dating-to-lovers story between a black, bisexual PhD student and a Muslim Pakistani-British ex-rugby player. She is not into committed romantic relationships (like at all), and he dreams of his own true love story. An unexpected situation causes them to fake date and get to know each other better. This book will have you smiling and laughing out loud. The narrator is excellent too. Loved this book!

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  • K. Joseph
  • 2022-03-04

Everything

What an enjoyable story! Strong characters, well developed back stories and emotional journeys. Sensual and satisfying sex scenes—does not overtake the narrative. Entirely believable and sweet. Could not ‘put it down’ #worthy #bingeread #drrugby 🙌🏾❤️

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  • Ines
  • 2022-05-08

Reads like a hug

A lot of books these days I seem to like at the beginning and than my enjoyment fizzles out after the second half. Same case here, although I do prefer it to the first installment of the Brown Sisters series. I loved the heart-to-heart conversations between the two leads, but it was predictable and I could've done without the last couple of chapters personally. The audiobook kept playing in the background and I didn't really care anymore because I knew everything was going to be alright. Still, it's a very comforting read, and the epilogue tied things up really cutely.