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Take a Hint, Dani Brown

(The Brown Sisters #2)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  34,001 ratings  ·  6,545 reviews
Talia Hibbert returns with another charming romantic comedy about a young woman who agrees to fake date her friend after a video of him “rescuing” her from their office building goes viral...

Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done tha
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published June 23rd 2020 by Avon
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Jenifer You definitely don't have to read Get a Life, Chloe Brown before reading this one (although I loved Chloe's story, and highly recommend reading it for…moreYou definitely don't have to read Get a Life, Chloe Brown before reading this one (although I loved Chloe's story, and highly recommend reading it for its own sake!) There are a few scenes featuring characters introduced in the first book, but both books work fine as stand-alones. (less)
Sadye Maley Oshun. She's a river goddess among other things and Dani Inherited the statue from her Nan.
Oshun. She's a river goddess among other things and Dani Inherited the statue from her Nan.

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chai ♡
If you ever want to feel unbearably sunny about the world, read this fake-dating-to-lovers love story between a Black, bisexual PhD student who is unstoppably allergic to commitment and a Muslim Pakistani-British ex-rugby player who reads romance novels and dreams of his own Happily Ever After. It'll make you feel like your whole body is smiling. ...more
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talia Hibbert is consistent with bringing us yet another cute romance story that’s great for a comfort read. I really dig the dynamic of the jaded, anti-romance female character paired with the sentimental, romance-loving male character. I enjoyed the smut, banter, and moments of compassion that the characters have for each other. Mental health struggles and anxiety were a large part of how they dealt with the world and relationships, so I appreciated seeing how kind and patient they were with e ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is addictive! Sooooo sweet! I’m mumbling “sweet and swoon” words like a sacred mantra for at least 45 minutes and I cannot stop! Ladies and gentleman: we officially have one of the dearest sweetest and hottest book couple and we’re introduced the best, charming, sexy, romantic, Alpha book- boyfriend Zafir ( Meaning of his name is victor, successful and triumphant one! Well, I may declare he triumphantly stole the most readers’ hearts!)

I still have regrets to give 4 stars to Chloe and
chan ☆
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
fanfuckingtastic. truly perfect in every way.
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
I was a bit hesitant going into this because while I did enjoy Get a Life, Chloe Brown, I felt like I was missing something because I didn't seem to like it quite as much as everyone else seemed to, but I think it was just a matter of personal preference with romance tropes because this book was so great! I loved the fake dating aspect, but I'd also never read a book with a friends with benefits situation and that was a lot of fun! I thought the characters were fantastic and I felt their chemist ...more
mina reads™️
Talia Hibbert INVENTED romance with this book, Zafir and Danika have changed my life lowkey. Never have I ever read a story so full of pure love and adoration on every page. I will now go cry and lament my forever alone status ✌🏽✌🏽✌🏽


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Take a Hint, Dani Brown follows our emotionally constipated protagonist Danika, a hardworking Phd student and the romance loving, muslim security guard, Zafir, who works in the building where she teaches. They serve us some strong Jim and
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was just everything. it was so funny, romantic & sexy while also tackling important issues like anxiety and dealing with the death of loved ones. the characters dani and zafir are both so well developed and so loveable, and their chemistry was THROUGH THE ROOF! i truly loved this book so so much.

pre-order this book if you love adult romance and the fake dating trope!!! it comes out 23rd june

Thank you so much to Avon Books for providing me with an ARC!
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Hello this is a new all-time favorite rom-com and I AM OBSESSED. The chemistry between Dani and Zaf was off the charts and my heart IS SO DAMN FULL after finishing this beauty. Y'all know I loved Get a Life, Chloe Brown but somehow this one blew that one out of the water and was EVEN BETTER. Seriously, I am obsessed and this will officially be added into the rotation of rom-coms I re-read whenever I need a pick me up bc it was perfect. 10/10 do recommend!!!!! ...more
Help! I’ve fallen [prey to my fairly high expectations and been brutally disappointed] and I can’t get up!

This is me attempting to start out this review in a Fun Way, in the hopes that so much as one moment of my experience with this book can be Fun, because reading it was...not.

I hope the hint Dani Brown is taking is to stay far away from this review, because I do not, unfortunately, have many nice things to say.

In fact, let’s get the few things I liked out of the way now so we can get on with
Joel Rochester
i love dani brown so much and zaf is truly my king

review to come!
“This love business is absolutely nonsensical.”

I’m high on emotions so you might want to trust me, or not trust me for that matter, when I say this book was perrrrfect. Fuckin great!

Talia Hibbert really has me out here believing that these fictional men she creates exist. So I’m going to roll with this delusion.

I laughed out out countless of times. These characters and their inner dialogue took me on a whirlwind. It irritated me to no end how stupid they were about their emotions, but unde
Whitney Atkinson
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has all the ingredients of a great romance and I loved the main character's bluntness and the love interest's anxiety rep, but I'm just not a big fan of the fake dating trope. this book even poked fun at the fact that it's something that only happens in fiction but not in real life, but it still followed a pretty typical and predictable format, so it was less cheeky than I would've hoped. still, this had a lot of great quotes and made me laugh out loud and was quite cute. Definitely worth c ...more
4.5 stars


Last year I read Get a Life Chloe Brown, and while I liked it a lot it was one of those books where I didn’t quite get the hype. This book… I totally get the hype. I absolutely LOVED Take a Hint Dani Brown. Zaf and Dani were both fantastic characters and I enjoyed reading this so much.

Dani Brown is career driven and doesn't want a relationship. Zafir and Dani are friends, but when he rescues her from an elevator and the whole thing ends up on line, things change. Zaf is an ex-Rugby
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Published today! 23/6/20

#1) Get a life, Chloe Brown ★★★★★
#2) Take a hint, Dani Brown ★★★★

A cute, diverse, emotional and very steamy friends to lovers romance with fake dating

Danika Brown, a clever, witty workaholic doesn't do romance, she's too focussed on her academic career, and has been burnt in the past. She just wants a friends with benefits type situation. When her sexy friend Zafir Ansari, a sensitive, brooding, romantic former rugby player rescues her from a disastrous fire drill, it
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
4.5 stars

TW: death of a parent & sibling; panic attacks

This was a delight. This is a fake-dating romance featuring a fat, Black, bisexual witch and a Muslim ex-rugby player with anxiety. I find Talia Hibbert’s books to be laugh out loud funny, with a rom-com movie flavor. The sex scenes and sexual language continue to be over the top, but I’m able to forgive it more in her writing because her writing doesn’t take itself too seriously. I also appreciate, having now read two of her books, that th
I think I enjoyed this one even more than Chloe Brown which I didn't think would be possible. This book is sooooo adorable and I love Dani's character so much. She's Black, she's British and she's bisexual!!! And there's fake dating in this book!!!! Which is one of my favorite tropes.

I related to Dani's character so much when she would talk about her reason for why she doesn't date and she doesn't think she would make a good girlfriend and she prioritizes her career and her family and other thin
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caution: Rated R for 🔥🔥🔥

I didn’t have high hopes for this book, after reading the prequel Chloe Brown. 😬 But I was pleasantly surprised! 👏👏👏 I really liked the chemistry between these two and actually found the steamy scenes actually pretty hot!! ☺️ And these two still kept that chemistry going even after the hookup.... I loved their dates at work- soooo cute! Dani was a great character, who knew her flaws and owned them. ❤️📚
alluring B ❄︎
4 stars 🌟

"Major or minor, if something keeps you human when pressure makes you feel like a volcano, hold on to that thing by whatever means necessary."

It’s no surprise that this was cuteness-overload at its finest✨ The anxiety rep was done well in my opinion. The beginning was a ᵗᵃᵈ bit slow for me and just like book 1: Get a life, Chloe Brown , this book was....too happy and cheery for my taste?—like sunshine/rainbow type of vibe. Idk maybe i was just not in the mood for it
Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
UGH THAT WAS SO CUTE. I'M GOING TO BE IN DANI AND ZAF WITHDRAWAL FOR WEEKS 😭😭y'all weren't kidding when you kept saying these books were great ...more
Ashley Nuckles
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SO. FREAKING. CUTE. Why are these books so good they make me want to cry? AHHH.
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
Reasons to love this book:

1. The king of all romance tropes - fake date and fall in bed/love, whatever comes first
2. Hero who's basically a golden retriever in a human body - Zafir Ansari, sweetest (fake) boyfriend and ardent romance reader, built like Thor but a total cinnamon roll
3. Decent diverse representation with none of the stereotypes - Muslim, poc and bisexual protagonists
4. Rolling-on-the-floor-laugh-your-ass-off banter and ready-to-climb-each-other-any-minute-even-with-clothes-on,
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
This was so sweet with a lot of diversity, swoon worthy sweet caring hero who reads romance books, sarcastic witty heroine who cares so much about her work and avoids relationships, and a fake dating trope. I couldn’t ask for more!!

I loved how Zafir’s anxiety was shown in this book. It was tackled with so much care! I loved how sassy they both were and how they both truly know, support, and care for each other. I loved the ending of this book and how the grand gesture was done by Dani! It was so
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 Get a Life, Chloe Brown ★★★★★
#2 Take a Hint, Dani Brown ★★★★★
#3 Act Your Age, Eve Brown

What an absolutely sickening display. Romance clearly melted the brains of sensible women. Dani was horribly glad she had nothing to do with it.

Friends, I truly can't even begin to tell you how incredible it felt to dive back into the world of the Brown sisters. I love this trio so much I can barely stand myself, and more than that, I adore every word I've ever read of Talia's writing and this was no exce
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-adult
Gah this was 1000% adorable and I am obsessed with Zafir. What a soft, precious guy!
This book! I like Get A Life, Chloe Brown BUT this one definitely has potential to be my favorite. Not only did I resonate with Danika, but the cuteness between her and Zaf was definitely everything that I could have asked for in a romance. 4.5 Stars

Take A Hint, Dani Brown focuses on the relationship between Danika Brown, a PhD student and Zaf an ex-rugby player. Built on a fake dating relationship gone viral turned friends with benefits, the romance between these two was explosive, dynamic and
myo (myonna reads)
i cant decide if i love this more than the first book or just as much? Zaf is my dream guy!! muscular, grumpy and loves smutty romance. This book had me giggling while i listened to the audiobook because Zaf and Dani are so funny. The smut could’ve been better ngl but i think i just didn’t enjoy it because that’s the kind of love making Zaf does and not because it was bad or anything.

I loved that Dani was bi and you watched her struggle with not wanting be in a relationship where as you seen Za
This is the second in Talia Hibbert's Brown sisters trilogy set in Nottingham in the Midlands, the highlights of which are the great diverse characters, supporting and central protagonists, and the way Hibbert tackles issues such as the depression and anxiety suffered by 31 year old former rugby player, now security guard at the university, the brooding and grumpy Zafir Ansari, regularly having to endure sleepless nights as a result. 27 year old Danika 'Dani' Brown is an ambitious academic, dete ...more
K.J. Charles
An absolute unalloyed joy. Zaf is a cinnamon-roll ex rugby player (a flanker! you don't get many of them to the pound) who hides the kindest possible heart under a gruff and sweary exterior, and reads romance novels. Dani is a workaholic with limited people skills. The pair of them do the classic tropes of fake relationship and 'a month's shagging to get it out of our systems' in the full knowledge of how implausible and ridiculous those things are to do. There is joyous laugh out loud banter, l ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
She's done it again folks! The Brown sisters are everything we want in contemporary romance. Review to come!

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Lists this book is found in: Best Books I read in March 2021

~ 5 stars ~

“Anything you want to do, you can. Hurdles were made to be jumped. Glass ceilings were made to be smashed. But all that can be exhausting, so make sure you care for yourself too. There's great value in the things that bring you joy.”

Take a hint, Dani Brown is the second book in The Brown Sisters series by Talia Hibbert. It follows Dani Brown, a PhD student who doesn’t do relationships and stays far from anything that
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Talia Hibbert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate.

She writes sexy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalised identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary

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The Brown Sisters (3 books)
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1)
  • Act Your Age, Eve Brown (The Brown Sisters, #3)

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