Take a Hint, Dani Brown – Published 2020
“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?” – Goodreads
This is a companion novel, not exactly a sequel. You could absolutely read this as a standalone and still understand what’s happening in the story. Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Take a Hint are both very hyped books on #booksta, and I was late to the party on both. They’re really steamy, witty, and light reads. I liked them both a lot, but I really hard to work at getting through each of them, and did some skim reading for dialogue more often than I do with books I consider 5 stars. So, absolutely read these romances if you haven’t yet – and I am totally geeked for Evie’s story next, but they’re both 4 star reads for me.
The author gives a really great trigger warning at the beginning of this novel, and I thought it was perfect.
I also loved all of the representation in this book: Black, Pakistani, Muslim, bisexuality, athletes, mental health, anxiety, and more. We also have a male character in touch with his emotions and open about his mental health, grief, and a young woman chasing her PDD on topics related to race and sexuality. It’s really well done.
Overall, another steamboat. Love these sisters and waiting patiently for Evie’s story!