Review of Take a Hint, Dani Brown ft. Flailing Over a New Favorite

Book: Take a Hint, Dani Brown

Series: The Brown Sisters #2

Source: I received a copy from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Avon

Release Date: June 23rd, 2020

Pages: 385

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Have you ever started a book, and just known from the beginning that this was going to be a new favorite? Because that’s what happened with me and this book. I read Get a Life, Chloe Brown in the beginning of the year, and immediately added Take a Hint, Dani Brown to my TBR without even reading the synopsis. I loved Chloe Brown enough that just by seeing the cover of Dani Brown I was sure I was going to love it. And I was right!

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Me to this book the whole time I read it

Before I give some more details about what this book is about, let me just say that this book is perfect for all the trope lovers out there. Because essentially this book has friends to lovers and fake dating all wrapped with some steamy times. It follows Dani Brown who asks the universe for a sign to point her in the direction of her next friend-with-benefits. When a video goes viral of her super hot security friend, Zafir, rescuing her from a building, they decide to pretend to date to help Zafir get more publicity for the organization he runs that uses rugby to get boys to tap into their emotions in order to help dismantle toxic masculinity. Of course, things don’t stay platonic for long!

Now one of the first things that I noticed about this book was that it’s laugh out loud funny! I received an e-ARC from Edelweiss, and 10% in I was enjoying myself so much that I pre-ordered a physical copy for myself right then and there! I think I knew even then that this book would be a favorite.

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One of the things I loved most about this book was definitely the characters. Let me start by talking about the love interest, Zafir. My heart! I love this man. He reads romance novels, and as I mentioned in the synopsis part, he runs a rugby program dedicated to teaching young boys how to get in touch with their emotions in order to fight back against toxic masculinity. Zafir has been through a lot, but he’s such a sweetie and a hopeless romantic. He is the textbook definition of someone who looks all big, scary, and grumpy, but is actually a smol cinnamon roll that would do anything for those he loves.

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Zafir also struggles with grief and anxiety throughout the book, and it was handled excellently! There was one paragraph in particular that just struck a chord with me as someone who has suffered from mental health issues for many years. It was so nice to see Zafir talk about his progress and his coping mechanisms, and to see him surrounded by such a wonderful support system.

As for Dani, well, she’s fantastic! She’s motivated and determined, she’s blunt and she’s confident, but she also protects her heart at all costs. She values her success in her academic field, and it was so wonderful getting to read about someone who so obviously loved what they did, and was not ashamed to put their focus on their work rather than other places.

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An accurate summary of Dani Brown

The relationship between the two characters was just perfection! Dani’s bluntness, and Zafir’s emotional intelligence ensure that there’s frequent communication between these two. Even when there is inevitably some drama towards the end, it made sense, and was resolved pretty quickly, because these characters talked through things instead of just acting like idiots. Not only that, but each one took responsibility for their portion of the drama, as opposed to what you usually see, which is one person groveling for forgiveness even if the other party had some hand in their altercation.

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There’s also this wonderful conversation about the difference between changing yourself for someone else and someone encouraging you to grow and become a better version of yourself. This is such an important distinction and I was so glad to see it discussed in a romance book, where many times the characters feel the need to change themselves to be with their love interest, which should not be the case!

I think my love for this book knows no bounds because every aspect of this book was exactly what I wanted and what I needed from a romance! As an overview, this book has great friendship, romance, mental health, discussions about emotions, discussions about grief and anxiety, minimal but realistic drama and more. 

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I have so much more that I love about this book but I’m struggling to be coherent about all the little details that made this book so wonderful! I think the best advice I can give is for you to read this book and then come and chat with me in full spoilery details!


In case you couldn’t already tell, this was a five star read for me! Everything about it is perfection, it immediately was added to my favorites shelf on Goodreads, and I would like anyone reading this review to go and pick up a copy for yourself this very moment!

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Have you read this book? Do you plan on reading it? What are some of your favorite romance tropes? Do you also love smol cinnamon rolls with gruff exteriors?


26 thoughts on “Review of Take a Hint, Dani Brown ft. Flailing Over a New Favorite

    1. I’m so glad! I would definitely encourage you to pick up a copy! This review honestly only covers a fraction of what I love about this book! It’s a super diverse, and is a wonderful, happy, fleshed out story! It’s definitely going to be on my list of favorite books of 2020, and also of all time! This is one of the best romance books that I’ve ever read! And I’m saying that when the romance genre makes up about half the books I read!

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  1. Your review just made me add this to my TBR right now! It sounds like an amazing book, I definitely want to read it!! And of course, Team Cinnamon Rolls!!!

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    1. That makes me so happy to hear! 💕 It’s definitely an amazing book, and my review only covered a fraction of all the aspects that I loved! I really hope you love it as much as I did when you get around to reading it!

      And agreed! Team Cinnamon Roll all the way!

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  2. I really need to check this series out soon, I’ve heard such great things and I’ve been in the mood for a romance lately. Your review has sealed it!

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    1. It really is such a great, diverse series! And honestly, Take a Hint, Dani Brown is now one of my all-time favorite romances! It was just so well done!

      I’m so glad that my review made you want to check out the series! I really hope you love this both Get a Life, Chloe Brown and this book if you decide to pick them up!


  3. this is such a great review, Malka! im so glad you enjoyed this! i’ve been hearing great things left and right, and i have no doubt that this book is amazing. talia hibbert’s always have the best representation, and they are just… so unproblematic. unfortunately i don’t think i’ll be picking this up because the horniness and steaminess in get a life chloe brown was not for my baby& ace-questioning self 😅

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    1. Thank you! 💕 Yes! The representation in this book was wonderful, as was everything else in this book! But I totally understand why you wouldn’t want to pick it up! I happen to like horniness and steaminess in romance, so I enjoy Talia Hibbert’s books! But if that’s not your thing, I definitely agree that her books (and a lot of the romance books I read) aren’t for you! So I’m glad you enjoyed my review, but ignore the part where I said you should read this book!

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  4. I’m currently reading this, and I’m loving it so damn much!! It’s so entertaining, I love Talia Hibbert’s writing voice – it feels so, idk, realistic? Like how someone would really think/speak in their own head. I really appreciate that. I agree with you about the representation of work – I love how both Dani and Zaf are passionate about what they do, and how Dani’s drive is not made to seem bad. At the same time, there’s discussion of how Dani could/should grow to take better care of herself. I love that. Anyhow, this was a great review, and I’m happy you enjoyed this novel. 😀

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    1. I’m so happy that you’re loving it! And I 100% understand what you mean about Talia Hibbert’s writing! She makes her characters so three dimensional and realistic in both subtle and obvious ways. The way that the characters interact and talk with one another is definitely one of the ways that brings her characters to life!

      Exactly! A lot of time romances make at least one of the characters decide between their career or their love interest and I love how this book went in the complete opposite direction! But the discussion about Dani neglecting herself, even for her work that she loved so dearly, was so important and I very much appreciated that addition.

      Thank you so much! I hope you end up loving it as much as I did! 💕

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