Title: Get a life, Chloe Brown
Author: Talia Hibbert
Series: The Brown Sisters
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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…
As I’ve said before, I’m not a romance person. But I’m starting to believe it’s not romance but New Adult that I don’t like, because I’ve been reading a few books that I really enjoyed.
As a lesbian, my tolerance level for men is really low so you’re either on a boyband or you have to not be an asshole for me to like you and, luckily, there’re romance books without assholes as protagonists (yes, it took me a while to realize that and I blame Twitter).
Get a life, Chloe Brown is probably my favorite discovery this year. It fills me with joy to think of this book.
We have a fat, disabled, black main character who decides she needs more autonomy after an accident, and decides to move out. Chloe is a big fan of lists so she makes one to actually “live”. What she wasn’t counting on was his new apartment superintendent, as annoying and sexy as he is, to be the key to make her list happen.
This book is the perfect mix between steamy and romantic, and I love that the relationship is dicussed and worked on. Both Chloe and Red have had bad experiences in past relationships, and that has left them a little wary of starting a new one. On top of that, they’re both prejudiced towards the other in some kind of way, which makes the foundation for their relationship a little rocky. I don’t know if I would call this rivals to lovers, but I really enjoy that kind of dynamics.
I loved their little “adventures” and how much thought Redford put on everything so Chloe didn’t felt left behind or couldn’t enjoy them as much because of her chronical pain.
I also enjoyed the characters a lot. The Brown family is really funny and interesting, but they never feel like charicatures because of that. Chloe is much more than her chronical pain, and her little quirks make her a really lovely character to read. Red is also someone complex to get to know, and his creative side is something that has a
But my favorite character is hands down Gigi. I won’t say anything else but if you know you know.
I have to admit something. My kink is characters going to therapy to adress their feelings and solve their problems in a mature way. Which makes this trilogy perfect for me, if I’m being honest. There were a few miscommunication problems, obviously, and I feel like Chloe was more open to share about herself than Red was at the beggining, but I was fine with most of it.
I’m not the biggest fan of last-twenty-pages-problems that need a fast resolution but I get why they’re there and it honestly didn’t bother me that much.
All in all, this book is the perfect romance read with diversity and representation and I really recommend it.