What you get out of being loved, it’s supposed to be worth the compromise. When it’s good, it makes you want to compromise.

About the Book

Publication Date: June 23, 2020
Published by: Avon
Length: 376 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance


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?

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Trigger Warning: Book contains scenes that mentions death and loss.


In all honesty, I really am not a big fan of the romance genre. This wasn’t always the case though, since I grew up loving romance novels by Nicholas Sparks and Sophie Kinsella. Initially, I picked up this book as part of my participation in Yna’s Mood Reader Bingo, and I went in with the idea that this book would serve as a refreshment with all the fantasy and Sci-Fi books I’ve been reading… and boy, was I refreshed.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown is a steamy yet sweet read about the romance that builds between Dani and Zaf. Dani, a career-oriented woman with no time to spare for romance, is physically attracted to Zaf, the guard of the university Dani works in, who happens to be a hopeless romantic. Little does she know that Zaf is very much interested in her as well! The book’s premise revolves on the enjoyable trope of fake dating, which is something I haven’t read in a while.

I really loved the dynamic between the two characters, their banter, and how eventually despite their different ideas and expectations of love, they found common ground in realizing and accepting each other’s differences. That gradual realization that took place in both the characters from chapter 1 until the end was super fun and exciting to read about; there were times were I couldn’t put down the book! Furthermore, I am amazed by the way the author was able to discuss mental health issues such as anxiety and moving on from loss in a novel that comes off as a light and romantic read.

While I am not a big fan of the writing itself, its lightness and humor had me laughing through multiple parts of the book. Lastly, I also love how the book reminds the readers that love shouldn’t be hard; yes, it takes work, but when its good and nurturing, its always worth the compromise.

After reading this book, I definitely do want to check out more romance books. I may not consider it as my #1 genre, but I do love the refreshing feeling I got after reading a great romance book. I guess I can now consider romance as my palate cleanser for books!

About the Author

Talia Hibbert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate.
She writes sexy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalised identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include beauty, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm. She also rambles intermittently about the romance genre online.

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