ROMANCE

Take a Hint, Dani Brown

Avon . (Brown Sisters, Bk. 2). Jun. 2020. 400p. ISBN 9780062941237. pap. $15.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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PhD student Danika Brown isn’t interested in romance. Emotions and feelings? No thanks! What she needs is a friend with benefits, someone who will help her take the edge off while she’s busy preparing for an upcoming symposium. Security guard and former rugby player Zafir Ansari is Dani’s opposite when it comes to relationships. He has read enough romance novels to believe in a happily ever after. When a video of Zaf carrying Dani out of a building during an emergency drill goes viral, it draws attention to Zaf’s nonprofit for children that links sports and mental health. The two decide to fake date to keep the momentum going, for the good of the children and such. But the more time they spend in each other’s company, the harder it is to know what is fake and what is real.
VERDICT Hibbert’s follow up to Get a Life, Chloe Brown, featuring Dani’s sister, is another superb and emotionally rich romance. Grief and turmoil are expertly balanced with hilarious wit, making the story both complex and immensely readable. The characters are vibrant, and their chemistry is scorching. Remarkable. [See Prepub Alert, 12/19.]

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