In the last year or so, I have become a huge fan of Talia Hibbert. It started with Get a Life, Chloe Brown — the first book in her Brown Sisters series. Eager for the 2nd book, I dove into Hibbert’s backlist. I’m still working my way through her backlist (everything has been excellent), but I’ve also continued with the Brown sisters and I am a little bit gutted that this series is over.
Act Your Age, Eve Brown is the third and final book in the series, and when my request for access to a digital galley was approved on NetGalley late last year, I started reading it immediately. I couldn’t wait to get back to these wonderful characters and Hibbert’s witty, engaging writing.
Eve and her story did not disappoint in the least.
I love how well Hibbert writes such realistic, complicated, fully-developed characters. The characters are truly what make her books so special. They are all unique individuals, relatable in so many ways, and they always feel so real and authentic.
Eve is a wild, boisterous, unapologetic force of brightness and determination, and I absolutely loved her. But I also adored her grouchy romantic foil Jacob, and all of his quirks. And as much as the couple shine brightly, the supporting characters nearly steal the show (as is common in Hibberts books, if I’m being honest). Jacob’s best friend and his delightful twin sisters. Eve’s sisters and their boyfriends from the first two books in this series. And their free-spirited grandmother, of course.
This book just feels colorful and bright and joyful, and it made me just abundantly happy while reading it. And isn’t that something remarkable?
So if you’d like to feel a bounty of joy, be sure to pick up Act Your Age, Eve Brown when it comes out on March 9th. Thanks to Avon Books for access to the digital review copy. Here is the official 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.