I read book 1: Get a Life, Chloe Brown in 2020 and the next two Take a Hint, Dani Brown (book 2) and Act Your Age, Eve Brown (book 3) this year and loved all three (on varying levels of course) and what they had to bring.
Generally, the writing is great. The characters are different, complex and lovable and their dialogues are witty and tender. The writing certainly improved as the series progressed. The approaches I didn’t like in book one e.g. the conflict, were better written in the others.
I love that the books explore more than just the romance between the characters. We get to see and understand physical, mental and emotional health issues (fibromyalgia, anxiety, autism, grief etc.) and how they are treated in healthy relationship dynamics. The author also did a great job representing marginalized people with respect. With all the sisters being black, Dani being bisexual and Zaf (book 2) being Asian and Muslim, their identities were not exploited for comedic relief which I appreciated. And to add to this, the books radiated body positivity in the writing itself and in the dialogues.
I liked that we also get to see in each book (especially books 2 and 3) how the sisters relate with each other and with their family. They are all so loving and supportive of each other and it was just amazing to see more than just romantic relationships being shown. I especially loved Gigi’s (their grandma) cameos.
For me, the sisters were relatable AF in one way or another. Chloe making lists and schedules for everything is literally ME. Eve having one million and one career ideas is literally ME. I also liked how the male love interests were characterized. They weren’t one-dimensional and weren’t the stereotypical heroes.
I especially liked Act Your Age, Eve Brown as it was more on the ‘new adult’ side and I long for books in that category exploring post college life and the struggles of trying to get your shit together. This book also comes with a playlist and a favourite is on it :).
I read to all three via audio*, I wasn’t a big fan of the narrator’s voice for the first book but the narrator second and third was great.
Overall, these books are hilarious, fun, steamy and great to get into. However, be sure to check the content warnings for these books before diving in!
Also Talia, please give us a Gigi novella.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown: 3.75
Take a Hint, Dani Brown: 4.5
Act Your Age, Eve Brown: 5
*All audiobooks are available on Scribd. You can get 60 days free on Scribd by clicking this link. In return, I will receive 30 days free.
synopses and content warnings
Get a Life, Chloe Brown synopsis
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…
content warnings: sexual content, mentioned ableism, mention of past abusive relationship, car accident – near death experience, chronic pain
Take a Hint, Dani Brown synopsis
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?
content warnings: sexual content, anxiety, panic attack, mentioned car accident, death of family member (mentioned), grief
Act Your Age, Eve Brown synopsis
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.
content warnings: sexual content, past child neglect, car accident, ableism