Published by Avon on March 9, 2021
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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.
Wow. It’s been a while since I’ve loved every book of a series, but Hibbert got me with The Brown Sisters. *heart eyes forever*
This woman – he kept waiting for her to hate him more, but she appeared to be hating him less. They were moving backward, firmly away from safe, spiky interactions and closer to something dangerously like friendship.
After several failed starts and being nudged out of the comfortable nest of her family’s estate, Eve Brown is on a quest. It’s finally time for her to figure out who she is and more importantly, who she wants to be. She heads out for a drive, sees a help wanted sign, and let’s fate starting guiding her to where she was meant to be – right into the kitchen of Jacob Wayne’s country Bed & Breakfast. One miserable interview later, Eve is feeling lost when she throws her car into reverse and slams right into Jacob. While he’s on the mend, Eve agrees to run the B&B where she unlocks her true calling and falls in love with the grumpy innkeeper.
“I take care of people,” Eve replied. Nothing had ever sounded so right.
Book three is the absolute SCORCHER of the series. I’m a little glad I can’t read in public at the moment because the thought of my old routine of reading smut in the breakroom of work over lunch for this one…let’s just say I would have proven the existence of spontaneous human combustion with how hot and bothered I was. Congratulations on your hot fictional sex Eve. God dayum.
On the other hand, the momentary swell of love wasn’t actually momentary, because as soon as she thought about him, she felt it again: a flood of tenderness and affection, gentle yet powerful enough to swallow entire cities whole. Familiar, but magnified. Known, but intense. The sort of love you read about in books.
What I like most about Hibbert’s MCs is that they represent a wide range of physical and mental abilities, sexual orientation, religions and races. These heroes and heroines are diverse AF and have such good heft to their characterization – without the tokenism I see in so many other books where I feel like the author is just trying to hit Inclusion Bingo instead of honoring the rich tapestry that is being a modern human. Her characters are written so well and with such authenticity that you can’t help but think, oh, I know a Chloe, or a Dani, or an Eve.
That the things she did – feeding people, helping people, making them feel good – were just as important as counting money or writing contracts. That she respected her own skills enough to use them, fear of failure be damned.
I am sincerely hoping in the time between me writing this and it posting, there is some announcement from Hibbert that there will be more books with this lovely family. I need more – an origin story for the badass force that is Gigi, a spin-off series for Mont and his sisters, something. Pretty please!