Hello and welcome to another review post (aka I actually read an ARC on time?).
Today I’m going to be reviewing Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert, which was kindly granted to me by the publisher through Edelweiss.
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.
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…
This was the cutest book ever. It instantly sold me with the hate to love trope, but the story has so much more depth to it than that. It’s a love story about two people who’ve been hurt before. They are learning how to let someone back in again.
The main character, Chloe Brown, suffers from a chronic illness- fibromyalgia. This is something I have never read about in a book, so I think the representation was extremely important (though I can’t personally speak to how accurate it is). She also comes from a rich family, and she’s super snotty, and I love it.
Because of her chronic illness, she’s shut herself off from life. After a recent near-death experience, she decides she wants to “get a life,” so she makes a list of things to do to help her achieve that.
The love interest, Redford Morgan, is an artist who recently dealt with a really bad breakup- it was toxic and abusive. He also happens to be the superintendent of the building Chloe’s living in. Uh oh.
There was honestly just so much to love about this story and it made me so happy. The characters were phenomenal, and the writing style worked really well. I’m not a fan of dual POVs that are written in the third person, but with this story, it just worked perfectly. I didn’t even realize it was in the third person until about a quarter of the way in.
I will say, though, some of their conversations seemed a bit exaggerated and a little unrealistic at times. BUT, the majority of it was really adorable and the two characters seemed to click really well. Their chemistry truly bounced off the walls in this one- there was just so much of it.
I also liked how they both had their flaws and were each at fault at times when they were going through a conflict. The characters have both gone through a lot in their lives. They were hurt and broken, but they were able to piece themselves back together. They also did so on their own- they weren’t relying on each other to fix them. Instead, they leaned on each other for support. That is what is missing from a lot of romances that have similar themes; the relationships become toxic because the characters rely too much on each other. In this one, both characters are strong on their own.
“She’d take care of this, to give him space to take care of himself.” What a wholesome line from a healthy, incredible relationship. I’m in love.
I just think this was so well done and crafted with so much care. I definitely want to pick up even more of Talia Hibbert’s books in the future, and I look forward to more from her.
I’m so happy that I got to read this book, and I hope you all check it out, too. Have you read any of Talia Hibbert’s books before? Which others should I pick up?