Review: Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

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.

Eve Brown, the youngest sister of the three Brown sisters, has just been told she has to get herself together and act her age. Get a stable job and most importantly, don’t give it up, like every other career adventure Eve has attempted. Subsequently, Eve stumbles upon a little B&B and turns the owner’s life, Jacob Wayne’s, upside down. What ensues is a delicious bantering animosity and brewing romance between these two cuties that was unputdownable.

There’s just some books that evoke such adoration from the very pit of your soul, and Talia Hibbert’s books do this for me. I really, really cannot convey as damned hard as I might, what the Brown sisters series means to me. 

Get A Life Chloe Brown is my favourite book – when I finished it, I literally cried, cradled and hugged the hell out of the book due to how understood I felt. As someone who suffers from chronic pain, Chloe’s story was very, very close to the bone. As is Eve’s. So, to say I had really high expectations for Eve’s story, and it being my most anticipated book of 2021, is a massive understatement.

But from the opening chapter, I knew Hibbert had done the third and final Brown sister justice. I know that’ll read absurd to many bookworms, but I just knew. 

Anyone who feels like they haven’t found their calling, particularly those in their twenties, Eve Brown is a kindred spirit. The thing that made me love Eve was her insecurity about her intelligence and capability. Throughout the book she is riddled with self doubt, because of past failings and comparing herself to her sisters, which I’ll be hard pressed to believe nobody understands (at least the majority of us). Her fears are so relatable and believable, it made the book (and Eve) all the more endearing and memorable. 

For me, Jacob is probably the most enjoyable love interest of the sisters stories – although full disclosure, that sentiment may or may not be subject to change when I reread Red and Chloe again. Jacob was funny, he was sharp, he was charming and so real. He’s taken up real residence in my heart, with Eve and Chloe. That’s the thing, these characters aren’t just characters who you empathise, sympathise or invest in, they’re the kind that worm their way into the very fabric of your heart and soul.

I hated, hated, hated the ending. BUT! Only because it’s the ending and I have to accept that it’s all over. Hehe sorry if I made you sweat there. I just didn’t want it to end. I had the exact same problem with Take A Hint, Dani Brown. I have to admit I do feel a little unsatisfied, but I do concede that may have more to do with how invested I am in this fictional family than any great misfire from Hibbert. 

I’ll tell you what wasn’t a misfire… Are you thirsty? Because hooooott damnnnnn lady!!!!!Talia did NOT hold back on the steam! I actually – physically – literally lost grip of my kindle from the heat!!! Definitely, in my opinion, Eve’s liaison has had the most hot steam. I near enough keeled over from my heart pounding zing! I’m not ashamed one bit to say the thirst was huge. Overall, Jacob and Eve’s romance was built really well to leave me feeling all mushy and fluffy.

Most importantly, I love how comforting Hibbert’s writing is. It’s sincere, humorous and truly heartfelt. It provides a dimension to the story that is just the right amount of reality but also renews faith in happily ever after. And the fact Hibbert has illustrated autism in an insightful, joyous and celebratory portrayal is representation that means more than anything I can articulate. Especially contrasting the different experiences of autism through Jacob’s and Eve’s respectively. Thank you. 

I’ll forever feel gratitude to Hibbert for creating this family of beautiful people who give those who live on the outskirts of the norm a place to feel accepted and even better, loved for who they are. I genuinely cannot thank you, Talia Hibbert, enough for these books. I’ve never loved a book series quite as much as I do these. I see the Brown Sisters series, especially Eve’s instalment with a very homey and enjoyable setting, as a cosy Netflix original and I’ll cross my fingers that materialises one day. Until then, I’ll be rereading this series time and time again.

Thank you kindly to Talia, the publishers and Netgalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for this honest review.

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