Title: Get a Life, Chloe Brown
Author: Talia Hibbert
Publisher: Avon, 2019
Length: 373 pages, paperback
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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 didn’t mean to read two books in a row about women who create lists to try and experience the life they think they never have but here we are. A few days ago I reviewed Nine Rules to Break When Romancing A Rake by Sarah MacLean. You can find the review here. But even reading the blurbs, it wasn’t until I was halfway through both that I realized the similarities. For me, Get a Life, Chloe Brown was far superior.
I could gush about this book for hours if I’m honest so I’ll try to be concise. What I loved most was definitely the characters. Chloe and Red are so adorably awkward and yet so spicy together. I liked watching them grow as people together and learn where they have to be forgiving and graceful with the other.
Oh my goodness, the humor! I won’t share the lines I sent my friends because they’re somewhat explicit but let me tell you there were several times where I had to pause, reread, and then giggle for a minute before I could continue reading. Hibbert paints such a colorful and fun picture and humor drives her writing. I love it.
The actual execution of the plot, following the list Chloe made to “get a life”, was fun and I liked the growth Chloe experienced because of the list and not just because of Red. It was nice showing a character could grow on their own AND from their relationship.
I was going to try and talk about my gripes here but honestly they’re minuscule. I think there were a few moments where the story went too fast so it was hard to keep track of things. I think a few scenes could have been fleshed out more. But these are just small things that kept it from being a full 5 star. It was pretty darn close though.
Overall, this book was excellent. I can see why it took the romance book world by storm! Reading this just raises the urge to drop all books I’m reading and plan to read so I can marathon Talia Hibbert books instead.