Hi everyone! Today I’m bringing to you a review for Act Your Age, Eve Brown! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy for this highly anticipated romance book, and I’m so happy to be bringing to you my review!
Act Your Age, Eve Brown
by Talia Hibbert
Series: The Brown Sisters #3
Release date: March 9th 2021
Genre: Adult, Romance
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.
I was so excited to have the chance to read this early! I was a little worried at first that I wouldn’t like Eve because her personality was so wildly different than mine and I struggled at first to understand her thought process and motivations, but after I hit the 15% mark it was smooth sailing.
I ended up really loving Eve and the struggles she went through, and I especially loved Jacob! I can’t say that I’ve read a lot of books with autism rep (fantasy tends to be lacking in that department) so I was a little bit nervous going into this how it would be portrayed. I ended up really enjoying it and how it highlighted how different autism can be from person to person because it is after all, a spectrum.
The romance was simultaneously sweet and very steamy, I would even say more so than the previous two books! I was not prepared for how intense some of those scenes were, but they were enjoyable all the same.
I do wish that we got a little more plot with the Gingerbread Festival thing, because it felt a little bit like it was pushed aside, and I would’ve loved to see more interactions between Jacob, Eve and Jacob’s friends! Although, I think that Hibbert will be writing a series that focuses on the Montrose family, which I’m now very excited about!
As I am not autistic myself, I can’t speak as to how good this representation is, however I think this could be own voices but I was unable to find a definitive answer online. Because I can’t speak to the rep, I don’t know if some situations were accurate or not. Eve mentions at one point that she thinks her family members are in one way or another on the spectrum, and I also didn’t know how to feel about Eve learning she was autistic, because I’ve never been through that process so I don’t know if you have to be formally diagnosed.
I tried looking for some Own Voices reviewers, and was unable to find any on Goodreads, or at least no reviews that specifically stated that, so if you are an Own Voices reviewer for this book, please let me know and I’ll link your review below!
Overall, I really enjoyed this conclusion to The Brown Sisters and I’m very excited to read more from Talia Hibbert!
Will you be reading Act Your Age, Eve Brown or have you read it already? Make sure you check it out on March 9th!