Friday, April 17, 2020

Book Review: Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Are you reading during this quarantine? I'm trying to get through some of the books on my TBR that I had started before all of this (and the move) but now I'm trying to get back into them and finish. This was one of them, I'm so glad I got back into it.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown - 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 don't think I have to tell you what draw me to this book but for the newbies here, I will. The premise of a romance book featuring a character with chronic illness that affects their day to day living and functionality is right up my alley. Not only is that personal to me, but a lot of the issues Chloe dealt with are ones that I deal with daily as well. Her description of becoming so tired that she basically melts to the floor?

I can identify with that. In fact, I took a nap on the dining room floor the other day because that's where my body decided to stop.

So to say I liked this is an understatement. I was worried that I wouldn't like Chloe when I started because it kind of started oddly and she was really pretty snobby and rude to Red. As the story unfolds it feels like the author found her groove and the humor really kicked in and I could not get enough of this.
"Apparently, this climb was wearing her out - but she'd been taking irregular walks for years, damn it. Surely she should be a semipro athlete by now? Apparently not. The human body was an inconvenient and unreasonable thing." - page 41
Let's talk about Red though. Red was so great. Sure, he has some hang ups and real issues that he struggles with in this book but I really adored him. He's so great with Chloe and her medical issues, he does the verbal combat on her level and it made it so fun to watch their relationship unfold. They each have a similar of issue of trusting others and together they learn how to do it.

Chloe's list is pretty fun too, and his willingness to jump into it is pretty adorable. I love her guilt of her "spying" on him, I love the camping trip, I even love the drunken night of debauchery. This book was fun, funny, sweet, and the sexy moments were pretty good (not explicit, but just enough) and I really enjoyed this one as my bedtime read. I'm excited to read the next two in what I think is going to be a trilogy, I'm assuming covering her two sisters. The sisters were quite the characters themselves so those will be really fun.
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Beth (Coffee Until Cocktails) said...

I have not been reading and I really need to be. This book has been on my want to read list so I think I will have to check it out soon!

mypixieblog said...

Aww this looks like a nice, fun, + lighthearted read. Geez, I could really go for one of those! I feel like everything I’ve picked up lately is dark and depressing which isn’t helping my overall mood with what’s happening in the world right now. So yes to more of these kinds of books—and cool that it’s part of a trilogy!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I'm so glad you liked this; it's on my list of things to read for sure. And I am reading during quarantine, but probably not as much!


mypixieblog said...

I thought I left a comment here yesterday but now I’m not seeing it so maybe I’m losing my mind again. I love love love a good lighthearted read. Since I’m in the middle of the worlds most depressing book, this might be a good one to pick up next.

Also thank you so much again for the sweet package my friend. I sent an email yesterday but now I’m paranoid my communications aren’t going through lol. Sending all my love to your family ❤️

Eli@CoachDaddy said...

Sounds kinda cool. Makes me wonder if we all should have a list like hers, though! I'm actually reading a book or two now, so you're a good influence.