Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
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1 sentence summary: Academic with commitment issues fakes a relationship with a committed romantic for altruistic reasons, all the while engaging in the most delightful banter since The Hating Game.
Hero: Kiss, Marry or Kill? A former professional athlete with the strength to show for, confident with his emotions & outspokenly in awe of the heroine - I'd marry this man and then divorce him just to be able to marry Zafir again!
Heroine: World peace bringer or hell raiser? Puppy rescuer or needs rescuing? Instead of just aiming for World Peace, I'd expect Dani to systematically dissect the fundamentals of society in order to develop an intersectional critique of this system which seeks to radically re-order rather than just bringing the current factions to the table.
The plot: Love it or leave it? Gah, I absolutely loved it. Usually not a huge fan of fake relationships, the book started a bit slow for me in the first couple of chapters but then just got better and better. The book is incredibly funny, Talia Hibbert has a true gift for dialogue. Rapid-fire wit reminded me of classic screwball comedies, though the excellent smut would have never survived Hollywood censorship of course.
Happy with the ending? What can I say, the girl gets herself the guy in a way worthy of the genre. I loved it!
Who should read this? Everyone who likes hilarious and highly relatable main characters with the ability to express their wants and needs, even if it takes them a while to comprehend them fully.