Act Your Age, Eve Brown Review

Release Date: March 9, 2021

Genre: Contemporary romance

Pages: 400

Trigger Warnings: child neglect, anti-autistic ableism

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Goodreads Synopsis

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.

Brief Review

***ARC provided through NetGalley***

I didn’t think I could relate to a character from this series as much as I did Dani but I was wrong! She journals, she LOVES music and always has to have it playing, and there’s a scene towards the end with her family that really made me *feel something.* At first, I was really unsure about Eve. Her parents made good points about her and she seemed a little spoiled but her charm and willingness to grow as a character made me change my mind, obviously.

Additionally, I really loved the relationship between Jacob and Eve. They’re so completely different from each other on the surface; they shouldn’t work but they do and it’s wonderful to see. They are definitely the grumpy/sunshine trope or “annoyed to lovers.” Their banter made me laugh and smile so much. The build-up to their romance was particularly well done. It easily could have happened too quickly or too easily but I think the pacing was perfect. THE POND SCENE!! Both characters are incredibly thoughtful and the final resolution was the cutest thing. Talia Hibbert really gave me a relationship I had no trouble rooting for. Please check this out on March 9 when it releases!!

This book does feature an autistic character and as I’m not part of that community, I would consider checking out own voices reviews for commentary and discussion about the representation.

I did a journal spread for this book and I just wanted to share that here as well because I’m kind of proud of it!

Only marginally related but there’s an @arcticmonkeys reference and it just made me happy because I’ve been aggressively listening to them for months now.

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