Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Talia Hibbert, one of contemporary romance’s brightest new stars, delivers a witty, hilarious romantic comedy about a woman who’s tired of being “boring” and recruits her mysterious, sexy neighbor to help her experience new things—perfect for fans of Sally Thorne, Jasmine Guillory, and Helen Hoang.
Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamourous family’s mansion. The next items?
Enjoy a drunken night out.
Ride a motorcycle.
Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
And… do something bad.
But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.
Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.
But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…
Once upon a time, Chloe Brown died. Nearly.
Wow. This book was STEAMY- much more than I was expecting, but I loved it. Chloe and Red had such amazing chemistry, which is always important for me when reading a romance.
What I really appreciated was that I felt connected to both Chloe and Red separately and as a couple. They are both well-developed and complex characters. I loved their banter, and how the story starts off as a sort of hate-to-love romance- my favourite trope!
There was a lot of amazing rep in this book and I so appreciated that Chloe’s fibromyalgia was acknowledged and part of the story, but it was not what defined her. The way that Red was so gentle with her while also realizing that she is strong and independent was so refreshing. He realized that she was no damsel in distress.
The relationship was very realistic. Often we bring insecurities and trauma from past relationships into our next one, and that was the case for both Chloe and Red. When people grow tired of dealing with her sickness they are quick to leave her, as a result she has issues with abandonment. Red had an abusive ex-partner who made him question every decision and action he makes. This leads to Chloe and Red having some conflicts, but I thought it was refreshing to see them recognize their insecurities and fight to work through them.
It was also just really romantic and made me smiling!
Very much! One of my favourite romances of the year- so realistic and sweet. I can not wait to read the sequel Take a Hint, Dani Brown, which follows Chloe’s sister.