Take A Hint, Dani Brown is the second book in Hibbert’s Brown Sisters series after Get A Life, Chloe Brown. As you’d probably expect Dani is Chloe’s younger sister (the middle of the three) and where Chloe’s instalment focuses on living with disability/pain and male domestic abuse, this instalment focuses on grief, social media, bi-sexuality and fear of relationships.
Danika Brown is super career focused and determined to finish her PhD and make professor at the university she works in. Zaf works security at the university and the two have developed a brief flirtatious friendship. When Dani gets stuck in a lift during a fire drill, Zaf rescues her and heroically leave the building carrying her. Some of the students film it and upload it to Instagram where it goes viral, then somebody recognises Zaf as an ex-pro rugby player and the # ‘rugbae’ starts trending.
Zaf really isn’t in to social media, however, he soon learns that his charity which helps young rugby players embrace their emotional side could definitely prosper from the attention. So, in order to keep the exposure going, he asks Dani if she would be his fake girlfriend for a month. Because she fancies him and is hopeful he will become her most recent fuck buddy Dani agrees. The question is can they keep it strictly business and both get what they want out of it? Or will those tricky feelings get involved?
I really liked the balance in this story of the two narrators; Chloe’s story was very female led but this is a better split. The characters were developed nicely and where it could have been really easy to be frustrated by Dani’s casually attitude towards romance and sex (I would be annoyed about a man’s too I don’t have double standards), I could actually sympathise with her. Zaf’s issues were laid out pretty well too; dealing with the grief of losing his dad and brother in a car crash. Don’t get me wrong, it didn’t go super deep on either character but it was enough to really like them both.
This book was steamier than the first too. I feel like that was definitely driven by the fact that Dani was a confident woman who enjoyed sex and therefore a lot of her narrative was around her sexual desires and urges.
I’m not going to say it was the best book I’ve read for ages, because it wasn’t. But it was a good steady book with a good pace and nothing too serious or heavy. I would give it 4 out of 5!