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Take a Hint, Dani Brown is a great installment to The Brown Sisters series by Talia Hibbert

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Take a Hint, Dani Brown is the second book of the Brown Sisters series by Talia Hibbert. The eBook version is 376 pages. I listened to the audiobook by HarperAudio, which clocks in at 10 hours and is narrated by Ione Butler. Butler is a different narrator than the reader of Get a Life, Chloe Brown (the first book in the series). The third-person point of view alternates between our main characters, Dani and Zaf.

Our heroine, Danika Brown is a Black bisexual feminist literature PhD student who becomes trapped in an elevator during a workplace fire drill gone wrong. Zafir Ansari is a former rugby player of Pakistani descent currently working as a security guard on campus. His jaunt as a knight in shining armor by saving Dani becomes a viral video and the internet ships them as #DrRugbae. Zaf runs a sports nonprofit for kids and since internet fame is good for business, he asks Dani to pretend to be his girlfriend to really make use of the publicity. Dani is game, since she doesn’t “do relationships.” But what happens when they catch feelings?

This whole series is so charming! Not only did this book make me laugh out loud several times, it also made me audibly “aww” a lot. I was so invested in their romance. I’m rather certain that Dani has an Earth moon because the descriptions of how she thinks through things made my Virgo moon feel SO SEEN.

Tropes in this book include: fake dating, friends to lovers, interracial romance, Black heroine, bisexual heroine, plus-sized heroine, South Asian hero, cinnamon roll hero, hero with anxiety

CW: description of panic attacks, exploration of grief, processing former gaslighting

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