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Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
Narrator: Ione Butler
Series: The Brown Sisters #3
Published by HarperAudio on March 9, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 10 hours, 51 minutes
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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 have really enjoyed the Brown Sisters series. There are so many reasons. The setting in England is terrific. I prefer the audio to listen to those voices. The diversity and aspects of autism are layered into the story. The characters are charmingly quirky. Each sister’s story is amazing but could be read as a stand alone.
Eve is the younger sister of Chloe and Dani. She hasn’t gotten successfully into any career. I love her internal dialogue, then she edits it to what she will say. She’s so honest and yet kind. Her creative energy and enthusiasm is irresistible. But people have taken advantage of her kindness and not bothered to care for her.
Jacob deals with his issues by being in control. His order is a coping mechanism. Because of the hurt in his past, he is fairly closed off emotionally. Eve knows just how to deal with his grumpy self having managed the rest of her family. He fights his feelings but can’t deny them.
Eve and Jacob work well together for his B & B and they enjoy it. I loved their quirks and banter, the way they cared for each other. Eventually, they can’t fight their attraction and neither of them know how to handle it really. I laughed and cried, blushed and squirmed, and rooted for them all the way.
I’ve enjoyed all of this series on audio. I love the performance of the accents and different voices. The primary characters of females so that’s straightforward. The male voices are deeper and comfortably handled. I ended up listening at 1.3x speed, a bit slower than usual.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
i am in my 60s, rapidly approaching 70 and i don’t want to act my age. lol
Well Eve certainly develops more confidence when she finds she is capable of doing some things for herself and others.
I’m getting ready to start this series and am so glad I have it on audio after reading your great review? Had no idea the setting was England!
The whole series is awesome but this is probably my favorite. It’s a gem. Sometimes I feel like I don’t say enough in a review but I don’t want to spoil, which sometimes the blurb is spoiling enough.
This sounds so sweet! One of these days I’ll start this series?
Well I wouldn’t call them sweet more like fucking hilarious.
Oh I just adored this one so much. Eve and Jacob are utterly fabulous. It was so much fun listening to them learn to like and then love one another. And I’m excited b/c I think her next book (series?) will feature Mont (and maybe sisters?)
Oh that would be awesome – I would love a series with Mont and his sisters!
I have this one coming up! I haven’t read the other books in the series, but I was told you could read them out of order and be fine. I’m happy to see it was enjoyable and steamy!
Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? ?
It’s an absolute delight! You can read them out of order. I think it mostly doesn’t matter. You will know who here sisters are dating but that’s pretty obvious quickly in their books also. I mean in romances, they are going to get together after all.
I have been seeing so many good reviews for this series. It really does sound fantastic! I think that I am going to have to add these books to my tbr list!
This one is incredible. I really did enjoy the whole series.
Terrific review, Anne! I’ve been wanting to read this series and it sounds like audio sounds like the way to go!
Well I love the audio if you can do it for this series. I am funny about ebook vs audio and it’s not a simple rule to explain. The book is a gem.
Yay, so glad this was a 5 star read for you too! I’m sad the series is over but what a delightful note to end it on.
Thank you! Well hopefully, she will come up with something else fun and fresh.