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Review: Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Title: Get a Life, Chloe Brown
AuthorTalia Hibbert
Year Published: 2019

Genre: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 369
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)UK

FTC Disclosure: I bought this with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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 glamerous 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 heart-throbs. 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 likes beneath his rough exterior....

Review: I chose this book from Book of the Month club and am glad I did. It isn't the type of book I normally read (heavy on the romance and there is quite a bit of raw sex), but it was a fun diversion.

Chloe has fibromyalgia and is in pain all the time, but she has allowed it to control her attitude toward life and people who are close to her (or who want to be close to her). She comes off as snobby and rude. Although it made me want to scream at her, it also made me realize how much of people's attitudes are based in how they physically feel in the moment.

Red is a good guy, but also a bit tortured and broken from a devastating break up that made him doubt his talent and worth. There are no surprises in this story as the two have conflict, come together, experience trouble, and in the end are together. But, the author's bio at the end explains that this book has a purpose in addition to fun. "She [the author] writes sexy, diverse romances because she believes that people of marginalized identities need honest and positive representation." Well said!

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