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Act Your Age, Eve Brown is yet another phenomenal book by Talia Hibbert and solidifies The Brown Sisters as my favorite romance series I’ve read in 2022

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars (4.5 rounded up to a 5)

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert is such a great final installment in her Brown Sisters series. (You may also want to check out my reviews of the first two books in this series: Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Take a Hint, Dani Brown.) The eBook version is 393 pages. I listened to the audiobook put out by HarperAudio, which clocks in at 11 hours and is narrated wonderfully by Ione Butler. The book is dual-POV with our two main characters.

Our heroine, Eve Brown, is the youngest Brown sister and listens to music playlists as they correlate with her moods. Her life is chaos, and after she ruins an expensive wedding by liberating some doves she closes down her new wedding-planning business. As this was not the first time she has started a career to only abort it very quickly, her parents tell her it’s finally time to grow up. As she is twenty-six, they cut off her trust fund payments until she finds a job, though they do allow her to stay in the family compound for the next three months.

Our hero, Jacob Wayne, is the stoic owner of a bed and breakfast that Eve finds after aimlessly driving around in the country for a few hours to clear her head. Jacob just happens to be interviewing folks to fill an available chef position, and he needs to find the perfect candidate ASAP to cook for a festival occurring in four weeks. When Eve noticed the post on the door about the available position, she decides last-minute to interview.

I laughed so hard at the end of chapter 13/beginning of chapter 14 that I scared one of my cats out of a nap. This whole series has been a balm for my soul. I’m absolutely going to buy a boxed set of them to keep on my shelves, because this has been my favorite romance series I’ve read in 2022. I’m super excited to dip into her back catalogue.

Tropes in this book include: grumpy/sunshine, enemies-to-lovers, workplace romance, plus-sized heroine, autistic hero

CW: childhood neglect, anti-autistic ableism (both referenced as occurring in the past, not the present)

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