“You’re just a cute little hermit who hisses at sunlight.”
Title: Get A Life, Chloe Brown
Author: Talia Hibbert
Page Count: 336 pages
Genre: Romance // Fiction
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Avon, an imprint of Penguin Random House
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
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…
When romances have high maintenance feamle main characters I instantly cringe and get prepared not to like the character. With Chloe Brown I had the opposite reaction. I actually liked this high maintenance quirky character! Her exterior personality was strong and firey but the interior Chloe was a battle ground where she used all her effort to stay alive. I learned a lot from this book thanks to Tibbert expertly describing chronic illness in a way those that those who are fortunate to not have to experience this excruciating pain understand what the person goes through.
There are so many layers to Chloe Brown and if you’ve read any of my other reviews you’ll know that I love a good complex character with many layers. Chloe is a person who has Fibromyalgia. This limits her life experiences and limits what and how much of things she can do. Which also limits the people she interacts with because with any illness some people step out of the person’s life. Chloe has been left alone by many. And the hurt of this has prevented her to step out of her comfort zone. But now is the time. Chloe is out to get a life. To do the things she never did before. To experience life. Enter Red.
My favourite aspect about the male lead was that even though he was hurt by a total twat he doesn’t use that as an excuse to be an even bigger twat to other women. He can separate the two situations and can heal from the pain. A concept many struggle with, female and male. One of my favourite character developments Red goes through is his ability to apologize after making a mess of things. His ability to make amends. To say something and then follow through with it by actually doing said something. Take notes from Red gentleman. It’s Red that helps Chloe undertake her Get A Life list.
The banter was perfect. It was snarky and fun and didn’t make me roll my eyes. The steamy-ness was steammyyy. I love that Tibbert put us in Red’s mindframe and showed us how attractive he finds Chloe but also how much he likes her. The balance here is key.
A hate to love romance that is more than that. It’s a book about redemption. A book about taking chances and finding yourself in a sea of confusion.
It’s hard to say if I liked this one as much or more than The Friend Zone. We have a romance war here for best romance of 2019. The usually non-romance reader. Although, can I even call myself that anymore? I’m going to shout it out loud and proud – I read romance! A new era has begun my friends.