Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
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 glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?
• Enjoy a drunken night out.
• Ride a motorcycle.
• Go camping.
• 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…
I’m kind of surprised by how much I liked this. I’m trying to branch out a bit here and there and romance is not normally a go to. But this is the type of romance book that I really enjoy reading.
I related to Chloe a lot. She’s got chronic pain, makes lists, and is a bit afraid to put herself out there. Her friends stopped talking to her when she could no longer go out. Chloe is close to her sisters and family, but no one else. She’s a bit prickly, but also has a great sense of humor.
I liked that Chloe and Red’s relationship developed slowly. I understood they both had issues from being hurt and that it’s hard to put themselves out there. They were so different, but their connection and attraction felt real. So did their fear and pain. I felt like they brought out the best in each other. There weren’t a ton of sexy scenes, but there were definitely some. I like the sex scenes in some books and others are just too much. This was good.
Overall, this was just a quick, fun read that also made me think about things in my own life. Chloe knew her limits with her pain, but also pushed herself. I definitely get that. And it’s terrifying to fall in love again after being hurt. I do believe it’s always worth the risk though.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5 on Goodreads. I’ll definitely read the next two books.
Have you read this? Is it on your TBR? Have you read the second book?