Title: Get a Life, Chloe Brown
Author: Talia Hibbert
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Taken from Goodreads
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…
Contemporary romance is not usually a genre that I read, but I had seen so many good reviews about Get a Life, Chloe Brown that I knew I had to check it out for myself. Get a Life, Chloe Brown about Chloe Brown as she tries to complete her Get a Life list and maybe she happens to fall in love on the way. There were so many great things about this book, and Talia Hibbert has become a writer that I want to read so much more from in the future.
I loved the characters of Chloe and Red; they had such a good dynamic, and the banter between them was hilarious. The way that they interacted felt so pure and real, and it made the romance seem that much more believable. Chloe was a character that I could relate to on so many different levels, and it is something that I love to see in the books that I read. She has a fantastic personality that shone through on the pages. It was nice to see within Get a Life, Chloe Brown that Red was a central character and we got to see a lot from him. In other contemporary romance books that I have read the leading man usually is just there for the advancement of the main character but Talia Hibbert gave him a voice and a good personality.
One thing that made Get a Life, Chloe Brown stand out for me was its portrayal of chronic and invisible illnesses. As someone with a chronic illness, it was amazing to see it shown on the page as something normal. Chloe’s illness doesn’t define her, but it does mean that she has her limitations when doing certain activities. Talia Hibbert showed this in a sensitive but realistic manner, and didn’t shy away from the hard parts of having a chronic illness. And while Red was very caring and concerned about Chloe, it was great that Talia Hibbert showed the opposite side of the way that people react when you get sick.
The only small issue that I have with Get a Life, Chloe Brown is that I wanted the ending to be that much longer. The significant conflict and the resolution of the conflict felt very rushed to me, and I would have loved another 100 pages of content. To me, this would have brought the story to a close in a much more natural way without it feeling rushed. But I still loved the ending either way.
I can’t wait to see what is next for Chloe and Red as while Take a Hint, Dani Brown is not a direct sequel about Chloe and Red it focuses on Chloe’s sister Danika, so I’m sure they will be mentioned. I would highly recommend Get a Life, Chloe Brown if you love contemporary/romance books or would like to know more about what it’s like to live with a chronic illness without reading a non-fiction book.
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