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 ViralDanika 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 Brooding Security Guard Zafir Ansari Rescues Dani 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 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 S 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 Suddenly, The Easy Lay Dani Dreamed Of Is 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 This love business is absolutely nonsensical I m high on emotions so you might want to trust me, or not trust me for that matter, when I say this book was perrrrfect Fuckin great Talia Hibbert really has me out here believing that these fictional men she creates exist So I m going to roll with this delusion I laughed out out countless of times These characters and their inner dialogue took me on a whirlwind It irritated me to no end how stupid they were about their emotions, but undeThis love business is absolutely nonsensical I m high on emotions so you might want to trust me, or not trust me for that matter, when I say this book was perrrrfect Fuckin great Talia Hibbert really has me out here believing that these fictional men she creates exist So I m going to roll with this delusion I laughed out out countless of times These characters and their inner dialogue took me on a whirlwind It irritated me to no end how stupid they were about their emotions, but understandably so I still wanted to knock them out every other page But I adored them so I desperately want them in my life On paper, you d think Dani and Zafir are complete opposites, but you take the time to uncover their layers and when laid bare, these two made complete sense I loved the way this book challenged social gender construct, looked at how living with anxiety can affect your life, dismantling the misconceptions surrounding romance novels and explored vulnerability that was masked Talia Hibbert s writing gets better and better with each book and I so appreciate the work and heart she puts in in creating a story like this Side note I d really, really like a book on Sorcha this was just everything it was so funny, romantic sexy while also tackling important issues like anxiety and dealing with the death of loved ones the characters dani and zafir are both so well developed and so loveable, and their chemistry was THROUGH THE ROOF i truly loved this book so so much pre order this book if you love adult romance and the fake dating trope it comes out 23rd june Thank you so much to Avon Books for providing me with an ARCthis was just everything it was so funny, romantic sexy while also tackling important issues like anxiety and dealing with the death of loved ones the characters dani and zafir are both so well developed and so loveable, and their chemistry was THROUGH THE ROOF i truly loved this book so so much pre order this book if you love adult romance and the fake dating trope it comes out 23rd june Thank you so much to Avon Books for providing me with an ARC Hello this is a new all time favorite rom com and I AM OBSESSED The chemistry between Dani and Zaf was off the charts and my heart IS SO DAMN FULL after finishing this beauty Y all know I loved Get a Life, Chloe Brown but somehow this one blew that one out of the water and was EVEN BETTER Seriously, I am obsessed and this will officially be added into the rotation of rom coms I re read whenever I need a pick me up bc it was perfect 10 10 do recommend 4.5 stars TW death of a parent panic attacksThis was a delight This is a fake dating romance featuring a fat, Black, bisexual witch and a Muslim ex rugby player with anxiety I find Talia Hibbert s books to be laugh out loud funny, with a rom com movie flavor The sex scenes and sexual language continue to be over the top, but I m able to forgive itin her writing because her writing doesn t take itself too seriously I also appreciate, having now read two of her books, that th 4.5 stars TW death of a parent sibling panic attacksThis was a delight This is a fake dating romance featuring a fat, Black, bisexual witch and a Muslim ex rugby player with anxiety I find Talia Hibbert s books to be laugh out loud funny, with a rom com movie flavor The sex scenes and sexual language continue to be over the top, but I m able to forgive itin her writing because her writing doesn t take itself too seriously I also appreciate, having now read two of her books, that the conflict between the couple is always short lived and they talk about their feelings waythan many romance books I ve read to avoid overly relying on the miscommunication trope I will be continuing to read the books she puts out in the Brown Sisters series Published today 23 6 20 1 Get a life, Chloe Brown 2 Take a hint, Dani Brown A cute, diverse, emotional and very steamy friends to lovers romance with fake dating Danika Brown, a clever, witty workaholic doesn t do romance, she s too focussed on her academic career, and has been burnt in the past She just wants a friends with benefits type situation When her sexy friend Zafir Ansari, a sensitive, brooding, romantic former rugby player rescues her from a disastrous fire drill, it Published today 23 6 20 1 Get a life, Chloe Brown 2 Take a hint, Dani Brown A cute, diverse, emotional and very steamy friends to lovers romance with fake dating Danika Brown, a clever, witty workaholic doesn t do romance, she s too focussed on her academic career, and has been burnt in the past She just wants a friends with benefits type situation When her sexy friend Zafir Ansari, a sensitive, brooding, romantic former rugby player rescues her from a disastrous fire drill, it goes viral, and they embark on a fake relationship to boost Zafir s rugby charity Will their plan work Or will it lead toI absolutely loved Get a Life, Chloe Brown, so no one isdisappointed than me, that I didn t love this one quite as much This isn t a bad book, it s a great book, but the first book set the bar so high, that I don t think this follow up could ever quite hit the same high as that Chloe s book was just so good, that despite this being a strong book, it just didn t measure up Despite me not enjoying it as much as GALCB, it had many strengths, and was well written, covering important issues like anxiety, depression, panic attacks and grieving over the loss of a close family member in a sensitive manner Talia Hibbert again gives a trigger warning for this at the start of the book, which I love, and feelauthors should do Ms Hibbert always writes such diverse characters, and she has outdone herself here, having two characters who on paper seem complete opposites Zaf is a British Pakistani hulk of a man, who looks grumpy and menacing, but has a heart of gold Dani, is a black, bisexual, curvy PHD student, who dabbles in witchcraft They have different ethnicities, economic backgrounds and sexualities, but none of these were a big deal, or in any way crucial to the plot, it was just how it was I love how this author writes realistic characters, who we can relate to, its empowering Both the main characters were complex, rounded people with flaws, and I loved them, especially Zaf I loved both of the families, Dani and her sisters, Chloe and Eve, plus Gigi, and Zaf with his mum, Kiran and Fluffy They were all so supportive of each other I just want to hang out with all of them The friendships were amazing Dani with Sorcha, and Zaf with Jamal Zaf and Jamal reminded me of Red and Vik in the first book, and I loved how they provided emotional support for each other.The witty dialogue and banter was chefs kiss and it made me laugh.I enjoyed how Zaf was a sensitive, intelligent, vulnerable romantic man You don t see that a lot in romance, especially with male sports stars He was open about his anxiety and grief, about loving romance books, and about wanting his own happy ending He was so patient with Dani, and really supportive of her, he treated her really well, which just made me fall in love with him I also liked how Dani was a socially awkward, cynical female with a guarded heart, who struggled with her emotions and feelings, and was slow to open up to people It was like a role reversal Together they did make a good pair, they balanced each other out and encouraged each other to be themselves It was a reoccurring theme throughout the book, that you shouldn t try to change your partner, but accept them as they are.Dani also struggled with her life work balance, and with the pressure of academia, which many people can relate to Her focus was admirable, but this book reminded us that we should have outside interests, and take care of ourselves too.So yes, there was a lot to love about this book, but I did have some issues Firstly, the plot kind of stalled in the middle of the book There wasn t enough drama, and the pace slowed down due to many internal monologues We knew from the start that Dani didn t do relationships, but I felt like I was being beaten over the head with it, as it was repeated over and over in both character s heads There was also too much telling, and not enough showing, and I wished we gotof both character s history and background.Also, whereas GALCB had heavy topics like this one, it was dealt with differently, using humour and cuteness, which made it so uplifting TAHDB felt heavier, and not as upbeat That s not necessarily a bad thing, it was just different.To be honest, all the hashtags at the start of each chapter kind of irritated me, but that s because I m old ha ha But couplegoals and Dr Rugbae made me cringe hard Now for the level of steaminess I remember the first book being steamy, but this took the levels of hot to the next level, in that I felt like I was reading porn It felt a bit too much for me, I prefer the sexual tension leading up to a couple getting together, and this had A LOT of sex No one else seemed to mind this though, so maybe it s just me Maybe I just wasn t in the mood for so many explicit sex scenes And what s with all the men reading romance in books at the moment Its like some trend, I ve seen three books with it in now Is it not enough that Zaf is the perfect man, helping at risks kids deal with their emotions and with toxic masculinity Swoons So although this was a heart warming story, with many strengths, it wasn t the follow up that I was dreaming of I think I built it up too much in my head after loving the first so completely I still thought it was written brilliantly though, and will still anticipate and definitely read Eve s book Many thanks to Jessica Lyons HarperCollins and Edelweiss for my digital ARC, in exchange for an honest reviewOh my gawd I got a flippin ARC I needed this so much, and cant wait to read it I think I enjoyed this one eventhan Chloe Brown which I didn t think would be possible This book is sooooo adorable and I love Dani s character so much She s Black, she s British and she s bisexual And there s fake dating in this book Which is one of my favorite tropes.I related to Dani s character so much when she would talk about her reason for why she doesn t date and she doesn t think she would make a good girlfriend and she prioritizes her career and her family and other thin I think I enjoyed this one eventhan Chloe Brown which I didn t think would be possible This book is sooooo adorable and I love Dani s character so much She s Black, she s British and she s bisexual And there s fake dating in this book Which is one of my favorite tropes.I related to Dani s character so much when she would talk about her reason for why she doesn t date and she doesn t think she would make a good girlfriend and she prioritizes her career and her family and other things like wow I just related to her so much and I felt like I was being called out this entire book hahaha.Zaf is her love interest and he s also incredibly soft and adorable like Red from the first book Their romance is so so cute and I love that they are fake dating at the start of this after a video of them goes viral, ahhh it s just so fun to read I can t wait for the third book with the younger sister Eve I love these Brown sister so so much 1 Get a Life, Chloe Brown 2 Take a Hint, Dani Brown 3 Act Your Age, Eve Brown What an absolutely sickening display Romance clearly melted the brains of sensible women Dani was horribly glad she had nothing to do with it.Friends, I truly can t even begin to tell you how incredible it felt to dive back into the world of the Brown sisters I love this trio so much I can barely stand myself, andthan that, I adore every word I ve ever read of Talia s writing and this was no exce 1 Get a Life, Chloe Brown 2 Take a Hint, Dani Brown 3 Act Your Age, Eve Brown What an absolutely sickening display Romance clearly melted the brains of sensible women Dani was horribly glad she had nothing to do with it.Friends, I truly can t even begin to tell you how incredible it felt to dive back into the world of the Brown sisters I love this trio so much I can barely stand myself, andthan that, I adore every word I ve ever read of Talia s writing and this was no exception This story is angsty, hilarious, sweet, and full of utterly delicious pining and slow building, steamy warmth and I could not get enoughThe character development is flawless and we truly get to see so much growth from both Dani and Zaf Whether it was Dani learning to overcome her past hurts and trust herself, or Zaf finding a way to heal and accept his grief, I was cheering them both on so hard and grinning like a goofball every time either of them reached a new milestone Then what s the murder glare for With complete seriousness, he told her, This is just my face I have a murder face While the writing is delightful and the characters are all absolutely fantastic, the star of the show for me was the hero When I was introduced to Talia s writing inA Girl Like Hera few years back, I adored its hero Evan Miller so much that I became convinced no romance hero could ever beat him in my eyes, and I ve held that opinion solidly true until today, but I think Zafir Ansari might be my new favorite romance hero of all time This former rugby player is a gentle giant with a heart of pure gold, and his dedication to seeking out his very own Happily Ever After despite all the turmoil he s been through My heart aches to think of it I mean, the man literally became a lover of romance books because he was so devastated by a family loss, he needed guaranteed HEAs in his stories, and frankly, that s so relatable and soft and beautiful Plus, the anxiety representation in his character Everything I literally cried a few times just over how angsty and pining he was and how badly I wanted to see him happy Oh, AND he teaches classes for teen boys about overcoming toxic masculinity I m telling y all, we stan Zafir Ansari for life in this house She detected a faint note of wonder in his voice that made her want to squish his cheeks and kiss his forehead Fortunately, he wasn t in the room, so she was saved from the horror of actually following that impulse Don t get me wrong, though while Zaf was the shining light for me, I adored Danika, too She isn t my favorite of Talia s heroines that one s still a toss up between Ruth Kabbah and Dani s older sister Chloe , but she was certainly fun, and I loved the fact that she was a practicing witch I related so much to every scene that touched upon her faith and practice, and having never seen a modern witch in a romance book before, I ate it right up Of course, Dani could be a bit cruel to my sweet Zaf at times, but without spoiling anything, trust me when I say our lovely lady impressed me to no end with how far she progressed All right, Redford called from the hallway If the guy I m supposed to kill is that big fucker from the video, we ll need an airtight plan And of course, I couldn t review this book without giving a shout out to all of the ridiculously lovable side characters Not only do we get a few quality scenes with Chloe and Redford who I have missed tremendously , but we also get new insight into Eve s character, and I truly can t wait to spendtime with her in book 3 She s so hilarious and quirky and I already know I m going to adore her Plus, there are Dani and Zaf s respective best friends, Sorcha and Jamal, and Zaf s family members who made me emotional every single time they were on the page, if that tells you anything about how trash I am for the entire Ansari family at this point Talia excels at writing these perfect side characters that are so fleshed out and lovable that they always make me wanttime with them I m a coward I m lost I m addicted to being around you and I don t know what I ll do when it stops Maybe it shouldn t stop There s honestly so muchI could rave about like the late night phone calls, the sweet bliss of best friends turned lovers, and how damn supportive Zaf is of every single one of Dani s multitude of big dreams , but I ll cut myself short here and just tell you that, whether you re new to romance or a huge fan of the genre, you can t afford to miss The Brown Sisters series It s sweet, sexy, hilarious, warm, comforting, and effortlessly diverse just check the representation listings below I adored every word on every page and can t wait for the finale to release next year Representation Danika Brown is Black, plus size, bisexual, and a witch Zafir Ansari is Pakistani, Muslim, and has anxiety multiple side characters are queer, POC Black or Pakistani , plus size, and or disabled Content warnings for view spoiler grieving loss of family members, anxiety panic attacks, mentions of depression, body shaming challenged , slut shaming challenged hide spoiler All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release Thank you so much to Avon for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review This book is addictive Sooooo sweet I m mumbling sweet and swoon words like a sacred mantra for at least 45 minutes and I cannot stop Ladies and gentleman we officially have one of the dearest sweetest and hottest book couple and we re introduced the best, charming, sexy, romantic, Alpha book boyfriend Zafir Meaning of his name is victor, successful and triumphant one Well, I may declare he triumphantly stole the most readers hearts I still have regrets to give 4 stars to Chloe and This book is addictive Sooooo sweet I m mumbling sweet and swoon words like a sacred mantra for at least 45 minutes and I cannot stop Ladies and gentleman we officially have one of the dearest sweetest and hottest book couple and we re introduced the best, charming, sexy, romantic, Alpha book boyfriend Zafir Meaning of his name is victor, successful and triumphant one Well, I may declare he triumphantly stole the most readers hearts I still have regrets to give 4 stars to Chloe and Red s story because it was one of my romantic reads of last year So I m so adamant not to do some mistake again and starting my review by giving five opposites attract, sizzling chemistry, entertaining, quirky romantic, intellectually ravishing, blazing, hot and cutest sweetest five gazillion stars We ve met Dani Her name is Slavic and it means Morning star Even though our character is insomniac and night owl and she knows how to be shiny and energetic in the mornings thanks to Zaf s uneaten protein bars at the first book and since I adored her sarcastic, witty, entertaining banters with her sisters and her quirky, likable antics, I was so excited to read her own book In this book, we start learningabout her career driven moods, her ambitiousness to gain professional success As an academician she is really workaholic and she doesn t do relationships because she tells everyone it is a distraction to prevent her keep eye on the ball and work for her career oriented aims But of course she keeps lying to herself because her first serious relationship broke her heart into smithereens and she thinks she s emotionally cold and awkward so she doesn t have anything to give anyone and she cannot change her emotionally disabled situation Till she meets tempting security guard ex rugby star Zafir Ansari working at her school, befriending her Zafir looks intimidating, giving I m going to kill in the middle of the night and getting away from your corpse without anyone notice looks but don t be fooled by his gorgeous Hulk appearance He is so delicately sweet, kind, nice and protective He does anything for his family and the guy actually reads romance novels and enjoys them When the fire drill at her work place goes wrong, Dani finds herself trapped in the elevator Luckily Zafir finds out Dani didn t leave the school and comes back for her He saves his milady, holding her into his big and muscular arms and they find themselves as social media s hottest topic with this unplanned but sexy and romantic rescue attempt Zafir starts getting fundraising offers for his sports charity for kids But gettingsocial awareness he needs to be photographed and tagged with his girlfriend yes, everyone thinks he s dating with Dani So he kindly asks Dani pretend as a couple for the great cause he only thinks about the future of kids, right Dani accepts the offer But both of them find out they re playing with fire Zafir is romantic, possessive and he still tries to face his traumatic loss of his brother and father And Dani is emotionally disturbed, rejecting to face her feelings but as long as they spendtime and get to knowabout each other, they find out, they cannot stop to fall for each other During my read, I laughed a lot, I sighed a lot and my eyes filled with tears I think I loved Zafirthan Dani I silently prayed and hoped Dani doesn t break his heart Normally it should be opposite but we have best book boyfriend material in this book You cannot help yourself not to root and chant for Zaf Talia Hibbert did it again and wrote another fantastic Brown Sisters book But this is also tormenting experience because we need to wait for one year to read the third one Overall I TRULY DEEPLY HOPELESSLY LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH So much thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins Publishers Avon for sharing my most anticipated romance book s ARC with me in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter Gah this was 1000% adorable and I am obsessed with Zafir What a soft, precious guy