Reviews for the three novels in The Brown Sisters series by Talia Hibbert.
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Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?
• Enjoy a drunken night out.
• Ride a motorbike.
• Go camping.
• Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
• Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
• And… do something bad.
But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written out step-by-step guidelines. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job: Redford ‘Red’ Morgan.
With tattoos and a motorbike, Red is the perfect helper in her mission to rebel, but as they spend more time together, Chloe realises there’s much more to him than his tough exterior implies. Soon she’s left wanting more from him than she ever expected . . . maybe there’s more to life than her list ever imagined?
Get a Life, Chloe Brown was a great introduction to the Brown sisters and a wonderful example of how diverse and inclusive this romance series is. I really enjoyed the build up of the romance between Chloe and Red, their sarcasm and wit kept me thoroughly entertained! Chloe’s to do list was the brilliant base of the storyline that really drove most of the plot, there were so many sweet and tender moments between Chloe and Red that melted my heart. Sadly the second half of the novel wasn’t quite as excellent as the first half for me, it felt rather empty and included a very overdone romance trope which left me screaming at the page! Get a Life, Chloe Brown was the first adult romance novel I read, I thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to continue the series.
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?
Dani Brown was an instant favourite for me, I loved her determination and independence, Zafir was equally a strong yet sweet and compassionate character. I was rooting for them to end up together from the moment I met them both. I loved the premise of how an online miscommunication led to Dani and Zaf having their very own dedicated hashtag, it was adorable and something that could very realistically happen. In this novel, Talia Hibbert displayed her skill at writing incredible characters with mental health issues, and working through those issues as the story progressed, as well as a confident bisexual character. Take a Hint, Dani Brown was an addictive read that I could not put down, the pacing of the story was perfection!
Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong—so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It’s time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she’s not entirely sure how…
Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry—and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right.
Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore—and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior.
Eve Brown stole my heart from the very first page of this book, I could relate with Eve so much as the spoilt younger sister trying to prove herself! Eve had a sweet naivety to her that her older sisters did not, she wasn’t independent or confident in herself but she was trying to be. Her attempts at helping to run the B&B were hilarious, Eve could be the funniest of the three sisters, she’s definitely my favourite! I love how slowly her romance with Jacob began, with a focus on friendship and trust. Eve’s self-discovery of being autistic was also incredible to watch unfold on the page, Talia Hibbert’s inclusion of two very different autistic characters will hopefully help quash the typical stereotypes of autism readers might expect to come across. Talia Hibbert creates the most refreshingly real characters, I love them all! Each book in this series has got better and better. I now wish there were twelve Brown sisters, so the series didn’t have to end!
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