Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
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 that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.
When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?
Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs.
Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?
I really liked both Dani and Zaf. I could definitely see things about myself in both of them, but more in Zaf.
Dani is perfectly fine focusing on her career and being alone. But she’s not ok with not having sex. She searches out sex buddies because she really doesn’t believe in love. Dani is reserved about her feelings. She doesn’t really open up to people outside of her family. Her last relationship was with a friend. But that friend started to have feelings for Dani and she ended it. Dani works at a college and always brings the security guard, Zaf, a coffee every morning. He gives her a protein bar. It’s their thing. Zaf is a bit reserved too. He looks grumpy all the time and doesn’t open up to people. Zaf has been dealing with anxiety since his dad and brother died. He started a non profit to help athletes with mental health issues, to make sure they knew it was normal and ok. Zaf is a romantic and he’s very attracted to Dani.
After an incident at school gets them a hashtag and lots of attention, Zaf and Dani agree to fake date. But the sex would be real. Dani told him that it wouldn’t last forever, he couldn’t have feelings, and he couldn’t sleep over. Zaf agreed, but he struggled with it. He and Dani started spending more time together and actually became friends. Friends who had sex. Zaf knows not to push Dani, but he also knew he couldn’t hide his feelings for her forever. He wanted that perfect love and thought he found it with a girl that didn’t believe in love.
I gave this book 4 stars.
Have you read this? Did you read the first book? Is it on your TBR?