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Take a Hint, Dani Brown, by Talia Hibbert

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fleur____'s review against another edition

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funny hopeful inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75


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toofondofbooks_'s review

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

I loved this book *so* much. I love Dani Brown as a character, I love our leading man, Zafir (literally the sweetest and cutest man ever put on a page), and everything that happened within this romance felt earned and rewarding. The chemistry was so on point and the banter had me laughing on almost every page. Everyone told me that I was going to like this more than I liked Chloe Brown, and since Chloe Brown is one of my favorites of this year, I didn't really believe it, but I definitely love this one even more. This book also had excellent mental health representation that really meant a lot to me.

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kyrstin_p1989's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

While I could see glimpses of myself in all 3 Brown sisters, Dani resonates with me most of all. Reading about — a confident woman who is so often full of self-doubt and fear, the girl who was always smart, nerdy, and preferred books and learning to building relationships with people growing up to be the academic chasing her phd dreams, the witchy woman with wild and shocking hair — was like looking into a mirror. This book was sweet and sexy and funny. The characters are relatable and loveable. The plot is believable and best of all it’s a friends to lovers trope instead of enemies to lovers! All the romance tropes are silly to me, but Hibbert can do them all well, and this novel is no different. Finally, the spicy scenes didn’t let me down, either. 

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ked513's review

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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eitheror's review

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

EVERYTHING I COULD HAVE WANTED. The first two chapters alone gave me a good few belly laughs, and the humour is consistent through the whole novel. The writing is whip smart and the descriptions of the emotions were diamond sharp.

Zaf and Dani are SO compelling, they’re both snarky but never feel mean. Something that I enjoyed is that there was no attempt at a dramatic backstory reveal, the author presents both of their backstories and how that’s shaped them as people in the present, so the reader gets a good idea of what makes them tick and how that will affect their relationship. 

I’m being very intellectual cause if I wasn’t I’d bloviate at how much I adored this book. If you just want a good romance with a sweet male love interest and a cool independent female lead then READ THIS!

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beccaand's review against another edition

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emotional funny lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

Wonderful. Talia Hibbert's writing is so compulsively readable.
I loved Dani a lot and related to a lot of her thoughts about being a post-grad student and the dedication to her work, and Zaf was just a genuine sweetheart, and the passion and dedication he had towards Tackle It was so heartwarming as well.

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maisierosereads's review

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

 ⭐ Full review of this book (and of the other books in the Brown Sisters series) also available on my blog!

Just like in the other books in this series, I need to take a moment to talk about how much I love Talia Hibbert’s writing before getting into this specific book. It’s no wonder that she’s a bestselling author – her writing style is polished, emotive (I’m talking laughing out loud right through to crying as I read these books), and beautifully descriptive. And although the plot and setting of these books are realistic in a relatively down-to-earth way, I still felt as though I was escaping into a better version of life when I read it. Much like with the other two books in this series, I found it really difficult to put Take a Hint, Dani Brown down; I read almost all of it on Sunday, then finished it off over my weetabix before work on Monday.

If you follow a similar set of readers to me, you’ll have seen this book recommended because it’s full of Black joy and a diverse cast of characters. The main couple are Danika (a Black bisexual woman working on her PhD) and Zafir (a Pakistani man with an anxiety disorder who reads romance novels and started a charity to get boys talking about mental health through sport). Dani is a witch with an altar to the goddess Oshun, and Zaf comes from a Muslim family (though he is not actively religious). As with all of the other marginalised identities celebrated in Hibbert’s books, the representation of both of these characters’ intersecting identities is respectful, realistic, and relatable.

I loved how well-rounded these characters are from the beginning, but their development throughout the book is truly wonderful. Dani is far from being a perfect love interest at the start of the book, given that she is so opposed to forming romantic attachments that she has lost friendships – not (as she makes clear) because she is aromantic, but because she doesn’t want to make room for anything more than casual sex in her life. She prays to Oshun for “a regular source of orgasms […] someone who won’t expect more from me than I can give” expecting a friend-with benefits, but as the book progresses (and Oshun showers her in hints), it becomes clear that what she actually needed was to learn what a healthy relationship looks like. Dani begins to properly evaluate these feelings and the reasons for them, allowing her to start making amends towards the people she has hurt in the past and to stop self-sabotaging in the present.

Meanwhile, Zafir also undergoes an emotional journey of self-improvement: he thinks that he is “over” the grief from the deaths of his dad and brother (as well as the awful way he found out about the accident and the way he was treated afterwards), but comes to realise that the lasting effects of his grief are having a definite impact on his ability to successfully run his charity and move on with his life, since he felt unable to share his motivations and was understandably scared of being recognised by the people who knew him in his previous career as a professional rugby player.

In terms of the romance? This book features several much-loved romance tropes – think fake dating meets friends with benefits – and Hibbert pulls them off excellently. You also have a side of “opposites attract” in that at the start of the book Dani is very unapolagetic about wanting lots of sex but no romance, whereas Zaf is a big romantic and considers sex to be a pretty big deal. The pacing of how this begins to change as the characters (and their relationship) develop felt spot-on.

Mixed in with all of this are plenty of hilarious moments, heartwarming scenes with family members and friends, a symposium, and (of course) a good dose of smut. Most importantly, this book shows what it means to work on developing healthy relationships, and that despite the risk of pain it is entirely possible for everyone, no matter their trauma, to have a happy and fulfilling life.

Overall, I’m sure you won’t be surprised that I highly recommend Take a Hint, Dani Brown, or that I will definitely be rereading it. It was well worth the 99p it cost me to get the eBook from Hive!

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invaderlinz's review

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challenging emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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plumpaperbacks's review

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emotional funny lighthearted medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

I really enjoyed Get a Life, Chloe Brown when I read it a few weeks ago and was excited to dive into this, as I’d heard it was even better. I can confirm that that is correct. Take a Hint, Dani Brown is such a fun read from cover to cover; I sped through it in just a few hours. Hibbert expertly writes complex characters, top notch banter, snarky but loving sisters, and delightfully sweet and passionate romance. I also appreciate that they write books with plot alongside the steamy scenes—I’m new to the romance genre and frankly not interested in all sex all the time. That’s not an issue here.

I can easily say that this is one of the best books I’ve read in 2020, and that it’s a surprise favorite. Even though I openly call myself a hopeless romantic, I didn’t expect to enjoy something like this, that’s so far out of my literary comfort zone. But it had everything I love in contemporary stories, and I’m glad I took a chance. I can’t wait to read the final Brown Sisters book, and I can definitely see myself rereading the first two while I wait.

Representation
  • fat Black bisexual protagonist
  • Muslim Pakistani-British love interest with anxiety
  • sapphic side character
  • Muslim side characters
  • side characters of color (ft Black and Pakistani rep)

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ohnoluiza's review

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emotional funny hopeful lighthearted medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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