Check out my book review of Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert to see if this #Ownvoices, opposites attract romance is a book you’ll enjoy reading.
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Hands down this is one of the best romance books of 2021 so far and definitely one of my most favorite romance books.
Congratulations to Talia Hibbert for her nomination as one of the best romance books of the year according to the 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards.
Eve and Jacob are two of the best, diverse romance book characters that I’ve read in a long time and their love story tugged on all of my heart strings!
This was my first Talia Hibbert book but won’t be my last. It was also on my list of Most Anticipated Romance Books of 2021 and it did not disappoint.
While this is the third book in the Brown sisters series, it can easily be read as a standalone but you can be that I’ll be circling back to the other two books as well after being blown away by this one.
Characters You Can’t Help But Love
I absolutely adored these characters and they are what made this book one of the best.
Eve is an adult, living in her parent’s home and without a steady job. She feels like she’s always messing up and letting her parents down because she’s not successful at anything.
At the beginning of the story, she’s given quite a harsh talking to from her parents who basically force her out of the house and cut her off hoping she can make something of herself.
No one wants to be called an embarrassment by their parents so my heart lurched for this woman who I could tell was just a big sweetheart.
Of course her streak of messing up continues in an epic way when she ends up hitting Jacob with her car after a failed interview for the chef position at his bed and breakfast.
Jacob is a character I loved just as much as Eve. He has his own baggage he’s struggling with from a past that left him convinced people always left him for his quirks given his autism.
I so enjoyed the back and forth banter between these two at the beginning.
Of course Jacob is snarky because hello the woman just ran him over and he’s a bit stodgy anyway but Eve’s just as snarky back because she feels no risk in just being herself with Jacob.
I loved his directness and his swearing because it showed just how much she was affecting him and causing him to be off kilter.
Even his compliments completely took her off guard because she wasn’t used to hearing them which only made them more endearing.
Neither had many REAL friends which kind of broke my heart but only made me root for them so much more. They truly seemed like soulmates.
The Best Relationship Development
Despite this book only taking place over a matter of weeks, it didn’t feel like a forced case of instalove which I’m starting to really not like these days in my romance book reading.
THIS is how you write a romance where two people just click. It was totally believable and just perfect.
With both of these characters sharing that they are a bit odd with others, boy did they do things right with one another.
I mean I totally wasn’t expecting this book to be so HOT but wow, were there some scenes that were off the charts. Their first love scene for instance was A-MAZING and these two were just super sexy with one another.
If this is how all of Talia Hibbert’s books are I need to get reading her entire library of books.
But truly, I loved this book for its superb writing and amazing dialogue. I just soaked up every honest conversation and sharing between these two and totally fell head over heels for their love story.
Eve and Jacob definitely take a place as one of my most favorite romance book couples.
I also loved the shout out to Vanessa Riley books in this one too.
I cannot recommend this book enough. Great writing, amazing, diverse characters and the sweetest of love stories definitely makes this one of the best of 2021.
*Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced reader copy. All opinions are my own.
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