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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Review: Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert @avonbooks @TaliaHibbert

Get A Life, Chloe Brown 
by Talia Hibbert

Publisher: Avon
Publish Date: November 5, 2019
384 Pages
Series: The Brown Sisters #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

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…

My Review:

As an avid list maker, how could I not fall in love with Chloe Brown?  And Red.  And Dani.  And Eve. Hibbert wrote these characters with such depth and goodness.  How Chloe navigates her daily life dealing with her fibromyalgia and chronic pain is a joy to see.  Her independence and snarky sense of humor really drew me to her from the beginning.  Then we have Red, who is another person whose hurt can't be seen from the outside.  We really get to learn about these two, watch their journey in revelations towards each other and the lives surrounding them.  And how one fateful day, after a near death experience, Chloe decides to "get a life" and who better to help her with that than the mysterious "bad boy", Red?

Ok, ok... so we all know how the enemies to lovers trope works so there's nothing surprising about the layout of this read and who we are ALL rooting for.  I've said this before and I'll continue to say it - it's about the journey getting there that really makes contemporary romance work for me.  There were a couple of moments where I thought I was going to get a tooth ache from the utter sweetness of some of their dialogue.  But really, how do you not love their flirting/banter for the most part?  I think the only instance that I didn't particularly care for is that added moment where something inevitably has to go wrong and I just don't quite buy why this particular part happened.  For me, I don't think it was entirely necessary and felt out of character.  Then again, I've been known to be short tempered and reactionary so..... 😏

Listen y'all.  The author wrote a very tantalizing (hello sex scenes - *purr*) contemporary romance full of diverse characters dealing with their own inner turmoil.  We needs more of this very human and real type of read.  You best believe I've already bought Dani Brown's story and can't wait to learn more about this amazing family.

Now excuse me while I go find a cat to save out of a tree. 😉


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