Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Reviewed by Ginny
What I drank: welp. I got some kind of devastating news so it was kind of whatever was in reach but wouldn’t also make me useless for D&D. We had met a spider-lady and I was pretty sure I was either going to make a lucrative business deal or seduce her (I was wrong. We’re fighting her).
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…
Drunk overview: Chloe has a host of medical issues that mean shes been hiding from the world a bit. She decides to “get a life” with a ten point plan. Enter Red. The super for her building who is also SUPER hot. He mistakes her nervousness (and pain grumps) for being stuck up, and she’s kind of bitter he’s nice to everyone but her.
Drunk thoughts: this book waa crazy cute.
- It might just ve my reading but I feel like a lot of romance hides away from lifelong illnesses but Chloe’s fibro is pretty front and center.
- Also Red was def emotionally abused in a prior relationship
- But theyre both so genuine and once they understand each other better there are all these moments where something happens and people jump tk conclusions and then walk themselves back
- Which is something I have to do on an almost daily basis. Which is why I was so impressed to see it in a book.
- Chloe’s sisters are a delight and Im excited for both of their books.
- I kind of wish Red had more people around him (or more of a focus on those people – even though there was a reason for the limited people)but
- But the characters were really strong
- The world building felt a bit unimportant, qhich isnt a bad thing.
- So mucb happens in the apartmrnt comllex that most other things/places just didnt seem too important
- I continue to say nothing insightful about a qriting style.
- But the llot was so sweet.
- I always appreciate when a mistake is fully realized shortly after happening. I feel like fixing a problem is more interesting than having to realize a mistake has been made.
Drink pairing: hard seltzer, easy read and quaffable. Also I could read like six more tonight.