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?
When I found out about Get A Life, Chloe Brown, a book with a main character that shared a whole ton of my qualities (including my name!), I knew I had to read it. I read it and fell absolutely in love. Then, I read another one of Hibbert’s books Work For It, and fell completely in love with that one too. So, I was very eager to read another one of her books!
This book was the shine of pure light that I needed. I’m pretty sure this book just sealed the deal on the fact that I will want to read anything that Talia Hibbert writes. She’s brilliantly talented and her books always leaving me feeling better just overall.
Let’s start off with the obvious. This book was adorable. Everything about the romantic reltionship just melted my heart. Hibbert just knows how to tug on your heartstrings and make you want to hug the book close to your chest. Just, the looks and the hugs and the things they said to each other. I just want to inject what I felt into every one of you, because it was so good.
While Hibbert is a master at making you feel good, she is also a master at writing about heavier topics as well. And she always puts trigger warnings in the beginnings of her books, which I will forever be thankful for. This book features a male main character with anxiety. I will always love anxiety rep, but it was so incredible to see it affect a guy. Because it does affect men and that’s alright. On top of that, Zaf also runs a programs that helps boys get in touch with their feelings, helps them realize that taking care of themselves is alright and how to dismantle toxic masculinity. My jaw was pretty much on the ground the whole time because of how amazing it was.
And let’s talk about Dani. I wasn’t sure about her. In Get A Life, she seemed so different from me I guess I wasn’t sure if I would be able to connect with her. But wow does she burn brightly. She’s confident and she knows what she wants. And she’s not afraid to tell you. She also has her hidden insecurities and inner emotional turmoil to work through. Her emotional journey is a more subtle one, but it’s not one that’s any less powerful. I loved seeing her slowly open up and slowly come to terms with what was bothering her. Just, Hibbert is such a master at so many things. Emotional development being one of them.
I also loved the best friends. Basically all the relationships in this book were top notch. There were best friends, there was family, there was colleagues, there was idols, and all of them hit the mark perfectly. There was support, there was subtle pushing, there was teasing, there was motivation. It was just all very well done.
Also, the humor is another thing I’ve come to love about these books. It’s biting and sarcastic and it’s totally up my alley. It’s hilarious and I think every joke landed exactly how it supposed to. Truly, something incredible.
In all, this book is something incredible. It’s bright and it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s sweet and it’s funny and it talks about emotions and coping and healing frankly. It’s just a spectacular romance and I really loved it.
Thank you for reading!