Act Your Age, Eve Brown
Author: Talia Hibbert
Series: The Brown Sisters, book 3
Publisher: Avon (March 9, 2021)
Paperback, 400 pages
Romance, Adult Contemporary Romance
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.
So good. So many good, can’t words. Byuh. *gestures helplessly at heart, which is splatted on the ground like an overripe tomato that somehow exploded in a burst of juice and glitter*
I buddy-read this with a friend and we basically just shouted passages back and forth at each other with various declarations of “my heart!” and “I die!” Glitter. Sunshine. The nest. The window. The DESK. I can’t. *perishes*
*clears throat* Ahem, okay. I will compose myself and write an actual review. Act Your Age, Eve Brown is mind-blowingly amazing. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to force their faces together and shout “NOW KISS.” I love Eve’s mind, and I loved even more the way Jacob sees Eve’s mind. The descriptions in this book are so weird and wonderful and so very EVE AND JACOB, and it’s just so lovely and perfect. Their chemistry is amazing, and Talia Hibbert gives us an immediate animosity that gives that great enemies-to-lovers flavor without there being any REAL history or bad thing between the leads that they have to get over. The development of Eve and Jacob’s relationship, and the way Eve blossoms into herself in such tremendous leaps and bounds in the very short time frame this book is set in is just spectacular to witness. As ever, I adore a plus sized heroine, and love the neurodivergent rep. Talia’s books always have such a diverse cast of fully-fleshed out characters that I would like to be best friends with, please.
Also, I have to say, the sex scenes in this book are mind-meltingly hot. Flood-the-basement hot. My friend was like “Is it just me or did she amp up the heat level for this one?” I don’t know, I also remember Take A Hint, Dani Brown being pretty dang sexy, but GOOD LORD. *fans self*
This is the third book in the Brown Sisters series, and while it can be read as a stand alone there are some spoilers for the first two books and Eve’s sisters (who are the leads in the first two) show up as side characters in this book. The entire series is fire, so you may as well read it in order. 🙂 I CANNOT WAIT to read more about the Montrose family, and from a tweet Talia Hibbert posted recently I have HIGH HOPES that her next trilogy will be about Mont, Tessa, and Alex. (Pleasepleasepleaseplease…)
A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.