God I love Talia Hibbert. What a delight to read. Like I said in my last review of hers, Get a Life, Chloe Brown, I would basically read anything Hibbert writes. I am HERE FOR IT.
Take a Hint, Dani Brown focuses on the second Brown sister, Danika, in her quest to find some no-strings-attached, a-bit-more-than-friendship. The security guard at her work building, Zaf, is a great friend, but she doubts he’d be up for more than that. Until the goddess Oshun leads her to believe otherwise! After a video goes viral of Zaf saving Dani from a building that is definitely not on fire or filled with poisonous gas, Zaf proposes they fake a relationship for the good of his nonprofit. Tackle It, which provides training programs during rugby games that help young boys get in touch with their emotions, is getting great publicity from their fake relationship…but it’s only bringing Dani and Zaf closer together.
The problem is, Dani has been seriously hurt in the past. She’s got a lot of confidence and bravado, but her self-esteem is in the toilet. She is extremely opposed to making this friendship with benefits into anything else.
I’m just so in love with the way Talia Hibbert writes her characters and her stories. She’s got a wonderful way of using words. Again, I will read anything she writes. It’s just a delight.
I particularly liked in this one just how different the characters we got were. I feel sometimes that repeat romance authors fall into the trap of using the same archetype over and over. But Zaf and Dani were very, very different from Chloe and Red! Dani is a witchy, feminist PhD candidate with an incredible brain but basically no capacity for taking care of herself. Zaf is tough on the outside, but has struggled much over the last few years of his life, trying to put loss behind him. Their story is a fundamentally different, yet important one. I like that this book can dive into some real issues and gives the romance more purpose. I hate nothing more than a romance that sticks two people together with no rhyme or reason; this book does the opposite because it provides a really deep understanding of who these people are and why they fit together so well.
I particularly liked Dani’s character, because I think she’s relatable. Not only to me, but to the many women who have begun to pick up our modern age’s feminist romances. She’s an academic, and extremely goal driven. She forgets to take care of herself properly. She’s a feminist. And she practices whatever form of witchcraft feels good to her. Basically, Dani is all of us, and Take a Hint is our reminder to stop eating Skittles for breakfast and staying up ’til 2 in the morning. YOU CAN DO THIS. ❤
In an age where we are driven by progress and accomplishments, we mustn’t forget to leave time for what brings us joy. Which is exactly why I’m very happy and grateful I got to read this delightful novel. 🙂
Highly, highly recommend Take a Hint! I can’t wait to read the next book, with Eve’s story! A copy of Take a Hint, Dani Brown was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. It will be published June 23, 2020 (and you should go get a copy!).