ARC Review: ‘Act Your Age, Eve Brown’ by Talia Hibbert

“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 a wedding, 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 always in control. The uptight B&B owner expects nothing less than perfection from his employees, so when a purple-haired tornado of a woman applies 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. 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. 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…

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my e-copy of this book.

Review of Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

My rating: 4.5/5

Talia Hibbert’s Act Your Age, Eve Brown is another fun read from Talia Hibbert that tackles some heavier issues. Third in the Brown series, and as always full of flawed, raw and honest characters. It was a joy to read! 

Act Your Age, Eve Brown follows Eve, the youngest of three sisters, who is lost. Having tried multiple paths in life, and feeling like she failed at every and each of them (especially when her parents confirm her suspicions and cut her off), she drives only to find herself close to a lovely B&B run by a very controlling Jacob. Jacob and Eve’s interactions and their developing banter was fun to witness, and you can clearly see how quickly they started to care for one another despite claiming the opposite initially. 

While I think that I have enjoyed the previous two books in the Brown series a little more, Act Your Age, Eve Brown offered a great way of escapism. It’s one of the books you sit down to read with your cup of tea, and then you blink, and it’s over. But Talia Hibbert writing definitely gives joy and makes you escape a dull reality for a few hours. It felt at moments a little more absurd than the other books in the series, but ultimately it was written during the pandemic, and now having read it in another lockdown, I enjoyed this little escape quite a lot. 

Talia Hibbert’s next novel is definitely something I’m looking forward to. 

Who is the book for: Those who enjoyed the previous books in the Brown series by Talia Hibbert, will definitely love this book. But Act Your Age, Eve Brown will be a great book for everyone enjoying a good romance. The book is out on 9 March, and you can find it here.

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