I received this book from Little, Brown Book Group UK (Piatkus) via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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 a wedding, 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 always in control. The uptight B&B owner expects nothing less than perfection from his employees, so when a purple-haired tornado of a woman applies 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.
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. 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…
‣ POV: 3rd person, Eve and Jacob
‣ Summary in Emojis: ☀️👩🏿🍳📈👨💼❤️♨️
‣ Trigger and Content Warnings: childhood neglect and anti-autistic ableism (major shout out to the author for putting in this warning at the beginning of the book, I wish more were like this!)
This book was frickin’ adorable. Hands down my favourite in the series! I really enjoyed the first book featuring the eldest sister but I wasn’t entirely bowled over by the second one (although I did love Zafir), but my gosh this one was just amazing!
I always knew I would love Eve, right from the first time we met her in Chloe Brown and she kept getting her sayings mixed up. She is just such a wonderfully fun character and I was rooting for her right from the start.
The premise of this book is one I think will be relatable to a lot of people out there! Eve is essentially kicked out of her home because she is considered ‘flighty’ by everyone, and her parents get tired of her constant messing up. She is someone who has never been able to hold down a proper job, has started up businesses but then never seen them through. The reasoning behind her lacklustre effort is a very emotional one and I loved the way Hibbert explored Eve’s insecurities through it, slowly revealing why Eve had no enthusiasm towards pursuing any sort of career. Her growth throughout was incredible and you will definitely find yourself wanting her to succeed.
Then we have our hero, Jacob. *sigh* He was so lovely, I actually saw a lot of myself in him in the way he keeps himself closed off to others. He has a lot of pent up insecurities as well, his fear of rejection really affects his behaviour and way of living and I will admit freely that some of his conversations with Eve about his abandonment issues had me tearing up. As soon as Eve entered his life, with her brand of chaos and kindness, it becomes very easy and clear to see why he’d decide to give love another chance and fall for her.
Hibbert’s ability to balance the romance and the character growth always amazes me. These two have some absolutely flaming hot chemistry and the way they interact is hilarious, but they also both continuously support one another and that is what ultimately made me fall for them as a couple.
This is a book that will have you laughing one moment, and then crying the next, all within the same chapter. It’s a serious talent and one of the main reasons I will keep coming back for more. I cannot wait until Hibbert releases a new series and I am so sad that this will be my last foray with the Brown sisters! (Well, until I reread them in the future haha).
A fantastic end to one of the best romantic comedy series out there, this book is at times hilarious, at others deeply moving, and one that will have you rooting for this fierce, independent yet flawed heroine to get her fierce, independent, equally flawed hero!