Thank you so much to the publisher and Netgalley for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and allowing me to be a part of the blog tour!
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.
I read the first two books in the Brown Sisters series in 2020 and they both brought me so much happiness and joy when I really needed it. I think it is safe to say that Take a Hint, Dani Brown is still my favourite in the series but Act Your Age, Eve Brown is an adorable conclusion to the series. If you have loved the other books in this series then this one won’t disappoint you and if you haven’t read any books in the series this is a great place to start.
I cannot get over the fact that Eve hit Jacob with her actual car and instead of calling his insurance he hired her to work for him. Honestly what a way to start out this book! Eve, who is the youngest of the Brown sisters, is essentially a storm in a teacup. She leaves chaos in her wake, is a little whirlwind and feels like a constant disappointment to her parents. Eve is excellent and her character brought such a big smile to my face whilst reading this book. Anyone who sits on a bench feeding ducks late at night is someone who I am going to love.
Jacob on the other hand, is the complete opposite of Eve. He keeps himself to himself and he is certainly not a people person. He keeps everything in order unlike Eve. I didn’t know what to think of him at first but as I continued to read I enjoyed his character a lot more.
I really did love the sunshine and grumpy dynamic between Eve and Jacob. I loved watching their friendship grow, their banter together and then their love for one another blossom. They are extremely adorable together.
I fell in love with Talia Hibbert’s writing style even more in this book. She always finds a way to be incredibly inclusive without letting it take over the plot. The autistic representation in this book is wonderful. Not once does it feel gratuitous, instead it feels incredibly safe and supportive. Talia Hibbert’s writing is also funny, I found myself laughing out loud a lot whilst reading this book. It is fabulous!
I would like to add that this book is very much character driven, there is not really much of a plot. It is very character, relationship and love focused. I would have loved to see more of the gingerbread festival storyline but it just seemed to slowly fizzle out.
I would really have loved to have seen some kind of extended epilogue for the entire series with more from Chloe, Red, Dani and Zanfir, just to round off the whole thing. That being said, that is me just being greedy and wanting more of all of the characters.
Overall, this is such an excellent way to end the series and a book I absolutely loved. It is adorable, hot, funny and all-round incredible. This entire series has been so wonderful and I cannot recommend it all enough!