Act You Age, Eve Brown
The Brown Sisters #3
Published: March 9th 2021
In Act Your Age, Eve Brown the flightiest Brown sister crashes into the life of an uptight B&B owner and has him falling hard—literally.
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.
“Look,” he said, the word a rasp. “There are many ways to fail—” “Trust me, I’m aware.” “And very few of them are actually controllable. Life has too many moving parts.” […] “So when it comes to this job, and failing, or succeeding, there’s really only one thing you can promise me. And,” he added sharply, “you will promise.” “What?” His response couldn’t be more surprising if he’d delivered it while butt naked and standing on his head. “Try for me, Eve. That’s all. Just try.”
Honestly? This should be no surprise– Talia Hibbert can do no wrong in my eyes. And seeing as this was one of my most anticipated releases of the year…. disappointment? Cannot be found.
Now, I won’t lie– I was a bit nervous for Eve’s book. The youngest sister who flits through life without having solid ground. We didn’t get to see much of her in the previous books, but I loved her. A lot.
But! Before I get to screaming about our lovely main character from the metaphorical rooftops, let me get everything else out of the way: I have yet to not laugh at any banter this woman writes. It only gets better when there’s enemies-to-lovers/opposites attract and antics such as running someone over with your car. That entire scene had me giggling like a fool.
It did feel longer than the other two books. Which isn’t an issue as I was enjoying myself, but it did take me longer to get into it. I my be playing favorites with the sisters, so don’t let this rating fool you— this book had my feeling fuzzy and cuddled in a warm blanket. With the setting and the atmosphere… I just felt embraced with feelings.
“Where did you come from?” Jacob demanded. “Some kind of palace? Some kind of elderly lesbian palace?” “Gigi isn’t a lesbian. She’s pansexual.”
Now, back to the characters, because I related to Eve as a woman who took her time to find her passions, who’s scared of rejection and failure and just wants to make the people around her proud. On a visceral level I related hard with her. And she’s hard not to love, with her quirks and her bomb ass playlist (as soon as I saw Sticky by Ravyn Lenae I knew we’d be BEST friends).
And Jacob, you little asshole, prickly teddy bear… I loved watching him open up to Eve and show his cinnamon roll inside. However, I loved them both when they were together. Again, banter is always on ten, but the way they just got each other on a mental level. The way they had more in common than they originally thought. The fact that they became each others comfort person… UGH MY EMOTIONS DAMMIT.
Watching Eve learn that she’s autistic was also a lovely experience. It’s not something I can personally speak on, but it felt important and it was a beautiful thing to see.
I just loved this little story on self love and worth, on family, in all of its messy contraptions, on love. I will never not ride hard for Talia Hibbert’s books. They hold such a special place in my heart.
Talia Hibbert is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate.
She writes steamy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalised identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include makeup, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm. Talia and her many books reside in the English Midlands.
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