Book Reviews

The Brown Sisters Series by Talia Hibbert Review

I picked up this series on a whim a few weeks ago, thinking they would be a few fluffy Sophie Kinsella-ish reads to boost my reading goal for the month. Boy was I wrong!!! I was not expecting to fall in love with these characters and their stories! After reading each of these books, I had a stupid grin on my face for hours. The Brown Sisters series by Talia Hibbert is adorable in the best way and each book contains emotional depth, complex characters, witty one-liners, and heartfelt quotes. Overall, this series is a must-read, and definitely one that I’ll be re-reading whenever I’m in a slump!

Now if you haven’t read all of The Brown Sisters books yet, don’t panic! (but also be careful with reading this post, because I’m *pretty positive* that I won’t be able to keep these mini-reviews spoiler-free.) So bookmark this post, head to your local Target and buy these books, go home and read them right away, then come back and discuss everything with me! Seriously, comment below with all of your thoughts and feelings! Now let’s get on with the book reviews, shall we?

Get A Life, Chloe Brown

book cover of 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 motorcycle.

• 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 step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.

Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.

But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior.

Synopsis from Goodreads

I fell in love almost immediately with Chloe and her sarcasm. And then I met Red, and spent the rest of the book screaming, “How do you not see that you are perfect for each other”! Watching Chloe and Red’s story unfold was very entertaining, and honestly a lot steamier than I was expecting (although I’m really not complaining…) Obviously, Talia Hibbert has an amazing writing style, and I love that she made sure to make her characters full of emotional depth. Also, this book really opened my eyes to chronic pain and disability. It’s so necessary to talk about these topics! Overall, Get a Life, Chloe Brown is truly one of the best romance books I’ve ever read!

“So I’m doing it for you because that’s how people should behave; they should fill in each other’s gaps.”

Talia Hibbert

Take A Hint, Dani Brown

book cover of Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

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?

Synopsis from Goodreads

The fake dating trope in this book was so great. And as much as I love Dani’s character, I really related more to Zafir. The way Talia Hibbert wrote about anxiety and mental health was genuine and very relatable. Also, can we just talk about how Zafir was the hopeless romantic? I LOVE THAT! Honestly, my favorite “scene” was him listening to a romance audiobook and having it play out loud in front of Dani. I laughed until I cried!

“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.”

Talia Hibbert

Act Your Age, Eve Brown

Book cover of Act your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

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.

Synopsis from Goodreads

Out of the three Brown Sisters books, Act Your Age, Eve Brown, *might* be my favorite– but I truly love them all so much I can’t pick a definite favorite. From the first page, I was laughing at Eve’s inner thoughts and quirkiness. I genuinely love her so much! Then I was introduced to Jacob and knew right away that he was going to be my favorite…sarcastic and cold, runs an adorable B&B, AND he has an English accent?? I mean?! Again, Talia Hibbert does an amazing job at talking about the autism spectrum and giving Jacob and Eve space to tell their story.

“I told you before, that there are different ways to fail. Imperfection is inevitable. That’s life. But it doesn’t sound to me like you failed at all, Eve. It sounds like your dream broke, and you’ve been picking up shattered pieces, and blaming yourself when your hands bleed.”

Talia Hibbert

Which Brown sister is your favorite? For me, it’s absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to choose! I love little slivers of Chloe, Dani, and Eve. I think maybe the better question is, who is your favorite significant other: Red, Zafir, or Jacob?

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