{Review}: Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Talia Brown

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.
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…

Publisher: Avon

Published: November 5th 2019 

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Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Near Death Experience, Chronic Pain

Let’s put this on record: this is my first 5 star rating of a romance book. We out here making history.

I’m joking about the history part anyway, but this book was perfect and I don’t usually call books perfect… but how else am I going to describe what I read?

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I wouldn’t call it enemies-to-lovers, but Chloe and Red have some serious I don’t particularly like you but hot damn you are attractive and I hate it thing going on. And after Chloe enlist him to help with her list to get a life basically, it was high riding after that.

And I guess I’m not discovering this may be my exact thing? Bad first impression but off the chart chemistry? Add the dialogue? Because I adored the dialogue. It was funny and had me laughing and sometimes it got deep and caused a walnut in my throat and there wasn’t a moment where I found myself losing my attention or my eyes wandering from the page… I was there for the ride.

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“So I’m doing it for you because that’s how people should behave; they should fill in each other’s gaps.”

Going off the dialogue, COMMUNICATION WAS THE HIGHEST KEY HERE. IT WAS GLORIOUS. I make it known that I don’t exactly like overly dramatics in books? They tend to come off avoidable at best and highly irritable at worst??? BUT WITH THE MAGIC OF BEING OPEN AND HONEST WITH YOUR PARTNER, WE DON’T HAVE TO SUFFER LIKE THAT.

It was such a natural thing for both of them to vocalize their insecurities and have a conversation and not have unnecessary drama because of the dumbest misunderstanding ever. Both parties recognized when they were wrong and OWNED UP TO IT. That alone warrants a fan girl moment from me forever.

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“You are a woman who, in a life filled with pain, came here to ask about love.”

I should probably talk about the characters, because they were amazing, but I related to Chloe so hard. I don’t have a chronic illness, but personality wise, I am her. From her dry humor to the lines she spit here, I just found myself going that’s definitely something I’d say and how I’d say it TOO many times.

Yet, hearing about her experiences of abandonment from friends from her illness and creating unhealthy coping mechanisms and her proactively doing something to fix it… again got emotional.

Hell, even Red and his internal turmoil of feeling inadequate, of putting his passions on hold because of abuse and fear that he wasn’t enough… he had the softest heart and oh my gosh he’s on my list of favorite book boyfriends from now on.

And I don’t think I have too much to say about their chemistry except yelling ITS PERFECT. I WILL NOT BE TAKING QUESTIONS AT THIS TIME.

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This is a bit off topic, but this is the first book I’ve read that addresses abuse runs both ways. Men can be in abusive relationships too and not just verbal and seeing Red go through it and acknowledge that his ex abused him… it broke my heart and made me appreciate this book that much moreit really isn’t something you or specifically I see in books often and it should be talked about more.

There was this message on both ends of not needing someone to be better or to survive but wanting them in your life and that might be my favorite thing of 2020 so far. As is this book. I will be singing it’s praises to the heavens and I NEED book two in my life ASAP.

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