Title: Act Your Age, Eve Brown
Author: Talia Hibbert
Series: The Brown Sisters #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Ione Butler
Length: 11 hours (400 pages)
Publisher: Avon; HarperAudio
Release Date: March 9, 2021
Content Warnings: mentions of child neglect and ableism
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.
This is easily my favorite of The Brown Sisters books (which are all wonderful). I absolutely adored the enemies to friends to lovers romance. Plus, it was freaking hilarious.
This book has incredible autism and neurodiverse representation. Jacob was diagnosed with autism as a child, and spending time with Jacob leads Eve to recognize her own autistic tendencies. This led to Eve and Jacob developing such a great understanding of each other’s needs and reactions.
And oh boy, this book is spicy! The steamy scenes left me blushing, but there were only a couple scenes like that.
I especially loved Eve as a main character. I love how sure she is of herself and her personality. Her openness is inspiring, and I loved watching her mature throughout the book as she finally let go of her fear of failure and chose a path for herself.
Thank you Libro.fm, HarperAudio, and Avon for the ALC in exchange for an honest review.