I have recently read, and ridiculously loved, all three books in The Brown Sisters-series by Talia Hibbert. Before starting, I had heard so many good things about the series already and added them to my TBR, but what pulled me over the edge to finally read them was the fact that the author and publisher offered ARCs of the third book, Act Your Age, Eve Brown to autistic reviewers and I immediately pulled up the audiobooks of book one and two to binge. Now that the last book in the holy trinity is out and I have read, loved and reviewed it, I just want to come to you to tell you exactly what makes this series so great and why you should definitely read it. I have tried my best to turn my gushing and pure neurodivergent excitement into proper words, and I think I did a pretty decent job!
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This post discusses an adult romcom series, so there will be explicit language and mentions of sex.
Marginalized characters in romance
Something I absolutely adore about Talia Hibbert is her passion to write books with diverse characters. She believes that marginalised people need honest and positive representation and deserve to see themselves in romance books. Disabled people are often comic relief in books and bisexual characters turn out to be sexualised quite often. Seeing both in a healthy and quite normal romance setting and having hot sex was just incredible; they were treated like just regular people by these books, which is still quite rare, but so welcome.
More than just romance and sex
The romance-genre was never really my thing; when the entire plot is people falling in love and bang, my mind just wanders away. I am an aspec person, just plain attraction is something I don’t connect to the same way most people do, so standard romance is just confusing and feels plotless to me personally. The Brown Sisters-sisters series, however, is just so much more than two people falling in love and banging. Each character is developed from the ground up and is actually part of a story; even the love interests aren’t just there to be eye candy. Because of this, the romance and eventual hot sex actually paid off properly.
Talia Hibbert hands down writes amazing prose; it’s so nice to read and it just flows so well. Her writing is the type of writing that just keeps my attention and makes me want to read a hundred pages in one sitting. With a lot of books I really have to strain myself to read, understand, not trail off and just keep reading and with Talia Hibbert’s writing it just happens naturally.
Lots of books have sex in them, like actually a lot. The thing is though, that in quite a number of books the sex is told poetically, in methaphors or it skips through the details making the whole segment perhaps less than a page long. But in the Brown Sisters books, no detail is spared. The best part is, the sex is about the pleasure of both parties involved, and not just a guys sticking himself in a girl and it being all about what he feels, which is something I greatly dislike.
For those who are less interested in the sex scenes, they are quite skippable as the story often starts rolling again after the sexy times are complete. There is some sexual attraction and hornyness happening at in random places, a bit more in Take A Hint, Dani Brown, compared to the other two, but they are only brief.
Something that is clear in this series is that the Brown Sisters love each other more than anything and the sisterly love is present through all three books. Just the way they communicate or casually hang out in a group call regularly, it clearly shows these young women would do anything to make sure the others are safe and happy. In a lot of books, siblings either dislike each other or are quite indifferent, especially when they are only small characters in the story, which is a shame. Healthy sibling relationships are needed in books just as much as any other healthy relationship is needed and Talia Hibbert did an amazing job writing these three sisters.
None of the Brown Sisters are skinny; they are curvy and they own it. They are proud of their bodies and it absolutely shows, and other characters don’t make any uncalled for comments either. On top of that, all of the love interests see their bodies as the embodiments of beauty and are positively attracted, completely beating the negative attitude that was brought into the world that men aren’t attracted to women that aren’t skinny-thin.
If you like this trope, you are in luck as two out of three books in this series has a version of enemies-to-lovers, but in a vastly different way: Act Your Age, Eve Brown has a grumpy VS sunshine pairing, whereas in Get A Life, Chloe Brown you get a sarcastic heroine with an attitude and cinnamon roll hero with a motorbike.
What I have seen in the community is that people love this trope, but are always a bit weary of it, as masculinity in a lot of books nowadays creates scenarios of dubious consent and whether or not they are really in love or perhaps there’s a case of Stockholm going. Let me comfort you by saying that the men in these books are respectful and kind human beings, all incredible partners for the sisters and even though none of them are my type, I would gladly be their friend or see them date my friend.
The second trope in this series is friends-to-lovers fake dating and it’s glorious! In Take a Hint, Dani Brown the main character and love interest start out as friends, the kind that one brings the other coffee in the morning and the other makes sure the first had breakfast. But due to unforeseen circumstances, they go viral together and people see them as a couple and they keep up the façade as it’s giving some well needed attention to the love interest’s sports charity for kids. I have been weak for the fake dating trope ever since I watched the really gay show Faking It years ago and honestly, this premise is the first one in years that made me feel that good about the trope as that show did years ago.
Autism in a positive light
Representation of autism in media is just a plain shit show. Often written by non-autistic writers, autistic characters are often introduced as comic relief, The Problem of the plot, the charity case or a tool for another character to become ”better”. Just to see any flicker of positivity surrounding an autistic character these days makes me cry from relief. Can you imagine the waterfalls I poured about the third book in this series? (The answer is no.) The autistic representation was so natural; the autism of the characters was just a part of them and not an issue for anyone and in any moment. To see two autistic characters being part of a story that is not about autism nor their only character trait is that they’re autistic just made me incredibly joyous and shows how proper representation is done.
Bisexual is bisexual
Danika Brown, the protagonist of the second book, is an openly bisexual woman, and Hibbert succeeds beautifully at letting that just exist. In a lot of books the validity of the bisexuality gets questioned depending on the gender of the love interest, or even past part partners and that happens most often when the bisexual person is a woman with a man as her partner. But not for Danika; dating Zafir still leaves unapologetically bisexual and it’s a gift. Bonus points for that fact that Zafir is a respectful man and didn’t make weird comments on it whatsoever; he accepts that her being bisexual doesn’t mean anything more than her being attracted to more genders than just men, and nothing outside of that.
Tell me, had you already heard about these books or is this your first time hearing about The Brown Sisters? Did I convince you to go and read them, or was that already your plan? Let me know in the comments!
- Enemies to lovers
- Attitude VS cinnamon roll
- A cat that needed rescuing
- Lead with chronic pain
- Friends to lovers
- Fake dating
- Going viral as a couple
- Bisexual lead